|Canadian Forces Station Saglek|
|Part of North Warning System
Formerly part of Pinetree Line
Emblem of the 924th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron
|Controlled by||Royal Canadian Air Force|
|Built by||United States Air Force|
Canadian Forces Station Saglek is a Canadian Forces Air Command radar base in the former Pinetree Line and currently part of the North Warning System, located near Saglek Bay in Newfoundland and Labrador. located 367.7 miles (591.8 km) north-northwest of CFB Goose Bay.
The site was established in 1953 as a General Surveillance Radar station. It was used initially by the United States Air Force, one of the many that would make up the Pinetree Line of Ground-Control Intercept (GCI) radar sites.
The Northeast Air Command, the 924th Aircraft Control and Radar Squadron on the station on 1 October 1953. Initial radars installed were AN/FPS-3C long Range Search Radar; AN/FPS-502 small surveillance radar, AN/FPS-87A general Surveillance and an AN/TPS-502 height finder radar.
As a GCI base, the 924th's role was to guide interceptor aircraft toward unidentified intruders picked up on the unit's radar scopes. These interceptors were assigned to the 64th Air Division at Goose AFB, Labrador. The station was reassigned to the USAF Air Defense Command on 1 April 1957, and was given designation "N-29".
In 1963, the site was connected to the Semi Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE) Data Center (DC-31) at Goose AFB, and the site was upgraded to an AN/FPS-93A and AN/TPS-502 radars. On 30 June 1971, the USAF transferred control of the site to the Canadian Forces, which closed the facility.
North Warning System
A long range, phased array AN/FPS-117 3-dimensional air search surveillance radar and a doppler AN/FPS-124 short-range surveillance radar were installed in November 1989 as part of the North Warning System to cover any radar surveillance gaps. The new site (LAB-2) consists of a radar towers, communications facility, and storage and tunnel connected buildings for personnel.
USAF units and assignments
- 924th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron, Activated at Grenier AFB, New Hampshire 13 June 1953
- Moved to Saglek Air Station, Labrador, 1 October 1953
- Inactivated 30 June 1971
- 4707th Air Defense Wing, 25 May 1953
- 64th Air Division (NEAC), 1 October 1953
- 4732d Air Defense Group (ADC), 1 April 1957
- Goose Air Defense Sector, 1 April 1960
- 37th Air Division, 1 April 1966
- 21st Air Division, 31 March 1970 – 30 June 1971
- Saglek Airport
- Distant Early Warning Line
- Pinetree Line
- List of USAF Aerospace Defense Command General Surveillance Radar Stations
References and notes
- A Handbook of Aerospace Defense Organization 1946 - 1980, by Lloyd H. Cornett and Mildred W. Johnson, Office of History, Aerospace Defense Center, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado
- Winkler, David F. (1997), Searching the skies: the legacy of the United States Cold War defense radar program. Prepared for United States Air Force Headquarters Air Combat Command.
- Information for Saglek AS, NL
- Personal Memories of Saglek Circa 1969
- Personal Account of final year of operation of 924th ACW Squadron