Lufkin Air Force Station

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Lufkin Air Force Station
Part of Air Defense Command (ADC)
Lufkin AFS is located in Texas
Lufkin AFS
Lufkin AFS
Location of Lufkin AFS, Texas
Coordinates 31°25′17″N 094°48′10″W / 31.42139°N 94.80278°W / 31.42139; -94.80278 (Lufkin AFS TM-193)
Type Air Force Station
Site information
Controlled by  United States Air Force
Site history
Built 1957
In use 1957-1961
Garrison information
Garrison 815th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron

Lufkin Air Force Station (ADC ID: TM-193) is a closed United States Air Force General Surveillance Radar station. It is located 7.2 miles (11.6 km) northwest of Lufkin, Texas. It was closed in 1961.


Lufkin Air Force Station came into existence as part of Phase III of the Air Defense Command Mobile Radar program. On October 20, 1953 ADC requested a third phase of twenty-five radar sites be constructed.

The 815th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron was moved to Lufkin AFS on 14 February 1957. It began operating an AN/FPS-3A search radar and an AN/FPS-6 height-finder radar, 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.

The Air Force inactivated Lufkin on 1 June 1961 due to budgetary constraints. The site is now home to one of the Texas state supported living centers.

Air Force units and assignments[edit]


  • Constituted as the 815th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron
Activated on 8 November 1956 at Oklahoma City AFS, OK (not equipped or manned)
Moved to Lufkin AFS on 1 November 1957
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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