635th, Fort Lawton - Seattle, WA
Posted by: Hikenutty
N 47° 39.434 W 122° 24.824
10T E 544021 N 5278370
Quick Description: The 635th Squadron relocated from McChord AFB to Fort Lawton. They shared equipment with the Army and the FAA. Of three towers, one is still standing and actively used by the FAA.
Location: Washington, United States
Date Posted: 2/10/2008 4:59:04 PM
Waymark Code: WM3508
The following Fort Lawton site history is from the radomes.org Website:
The 635th AC&W Squadron relocated to this site which by 1960 was a joint-use station with the Army and the FAA. This site used an FAA ARSR-1C search radar and two Air Force AN/FPS-6A height-finder radars. (The Army also had 2 AN/FPS-6 variant height-finder radars of their own.) Circa late 1962 an AN/FPS-26 height-finder radar was installed. In March 1963 the Air Force directed the site to close, and the 635th Radar Squadron (SAGE) deactivated. [However, the squadron would be reborn in 1972 at Dauphin Island AFS, AL (Z-249) when that site re-opened as part of the Southern Air Defense System.] The Fort Lawton radar site remains in use by the FAA today, still operating the ARSR-1E search radar.
Fort Lawton was deactivated by the Army in 2005 and currently only the military housing sections of the property are used by the military. The property, other than the FAA sections, are now a park called "Discovery Park." The park includes the historic West Point Lighthouse, miles of trails, the historic fort buildings, an environmental learning center.
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