Bartlesville Air Force Station

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Bartlesville Air Force Station
Part of Air Defense Command (ADC)
Bartlesville AFS is located in Oklahoma
Bartlesville AFS
Bartlesville AFS
Location of Bartlesville AFS, Oklahoma
Coordinates 36°45′44″N 096°02′18″W / 36.76222°N 96.03833°W / 36.76222; -96.03833 (Bartlesville AFS P-77)
Type Air Force Station
Site information
Controlled by  United States Air Force
Site history
Built 1951
In use 1951-1961
Garrison information
Garrison 796th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron
Emblem of the 796th Aircraft Control and Warning

Bartlesville Air Force Station (ADC ID: P-77) is a closed United States Air Force General Surveillance Radar station. It is located 3.2 miles (5.1 km) west-northwest of Bartlesville, Oklahoma. It was closed in 1961.


In late 1951 Air Defense Command selected Bartlesville, OK as a site for one of twenty-eight radar stations built as part of the second segment of the permanent radar surveillance network. Prompted by the start of the Korean War, on July 11, 1950, the Secretary of the Air Force asked the Secretary of Defense for approval to expedite construction of the second segment of the permanent network. Receiving the Defense Secretary’s approval on July 21, the Air Force directed the Corps of Engineers to proceed with construction.

On 1 May 1951 the 796th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron began operating a pair of AN/FPS-10 radars, and initially the station functioned as a Ground-Control Intercept (GCI) and warning station. As a GCI station, the squadron's role was to guide interceptor aircraft toward unidentified intruders picked up on the unit's radar scopes. In 1958 an AN/FPS-6 replaced the AN/FPS-10 height-finder radar.

In addition to the main facility, Bartlesville operated two AN/FPS-14 Gap Filler site:

This site was inactivated 1 June 1961 due to budgetary constraints. Today what was Bartlesville Air Force Station is largely obliterated. It now consists of various residential and commercial establishments.

Air Force units and assignments[edit]


  • Constituted as the 796th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron
Activated on 1 May 1951
Discontinued and inactivated on 1 June 1961


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 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

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