Almaden Air Force Station - Santa Clara County, CA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member DougK
N 37° 09.567 W 121° 54.067
10S E 597571 N 4113126
Quick Description: Mount Umunhum, the site of Almaden AFS is now part of the Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve, but is currently off-limits to the general public, because of lead and asbestos hazards.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 3/23/2009 12:22:43 AM
Waymark Code: WM62RH
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member kJfishman
Views: 13

Long Description:
Mount Umunhum, the site of Almaden AFS is now part of the Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve, but is currently off-limits to the general public, because of lead and asbestos hazards.

The posted coordinates are those cited at the Almaden AFS info site. The 80 foot tall tower building, visible from the Santa Clara Valley floor, can be pinpointed in Google Maps.
In 1958 the Almaden Air Force Station came on line with AN/FPS-20 and AN/MPS-14 radar sets. In 1959 an AN/FPS-6A height-finder radar joined the site. In 1961 the site received the second production model of an AN/FPS-24 search radar, and the radar became operational in 1962. The AN/FPS-20 was removed soon afterwards. In 1963 an AN/FPS-90 replaced the AN/FPS-6A. In 1979 the Almaden AFS came under the jurisdiction of the TAC and was subsequently closed in 1980.
Many nice pictures of the Almaden AFS are available on the web.

Squadron number: 682nd AC&W Squadron

Served at this site :: From: 1/1/1958 To: 4/1/1980

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