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Location DB > United States > New York > Cambria > USAF Radar Control Center NF-17DC
USAF Radar Control Center NF-17DC
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created by Corporal_Clegg on 7/14/2006 12:09 AM
last modified by uedamien on 8/11/2018 2:50 AM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
An intresting location if you have some time to kill, plenty of buildings to poke around in for a few hours. Many of the buildings have cheaply painted mushrooms, penis's (with stick figures to suck on them), plenty of "Class of" tags, 'X' loves 'Y' 4eva. Plenty of the local kids know about this place and have turned it to shit, interesting location to check out though. The people in the apartments seem friendly when I was there. They plainly seen me walking in with a tripod in my hand and didnt seem to care, as they seemed to know that I wasnt going to damage the building. If stopped by the police I feel they couldnt do anything, as there are NO "No Tresspassing" signs. On the back of "Building #6" its painted on the building from when it was in use <-----POSTED KEEP OUT----->
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
 Physical Information

Cambria, New York
United States
Owner: USAF
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  •  Hazards
  • flooding
  • water
  • air quality
  • Mold
  •  Interesting Features
    Many of the buildings have fallen into a great state of disrepair and make for some cool scenes. Also, I havent seen a SINGLE "No Tresspassing" sign ;-)

    1 Barracks building demolished in 2005
     Security Measures
  • welded doors
  • Apartment Complex, around some entrances of the buildings they are heavily overgrown in the summer
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1951
    Closed: 1979
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • breathing mask
  •  Recommended Equipment
    Camera, Boots
    The US Air Force Radar Control Center was responsible for radar defense against air attacks. Aircraft control and warning were the primary functions of the site until 1959 when it was modernized for SAGE (semi-automatic ground environment) system operations. SAGE could perform complex computations and display visually in seconds on scopes, the air defense picture in the area of its responsibility. Fighter groups could then assign weapons to intercept intruders, or when used with missile systems SAGE could transmit all necessary information to sucessfully fire missles in the direction of the target. The Missile Master system was installed in 1960 and was an electronic firing system for coordinating the use of Army Nike missile batteries.

    "I was the Air Force electronics maintenance officer from Nov 1965 to Dec 1967. My office was in the building with the mural.I hate to disappoint folks, but there were no underground facilities at all a Lockport AFS. They might be thinking of the Nike firing batteries (Cambria, Grand Island. Lancaster in my days -- Nov 65 to Dec 67), which did have missiles stored underground, but I, as an Air Force person, was not a part of that. In my building, and we managed the whole radar operations and maintenance activity, which, before my time, included weapons controllers and operators and radar scopes in the room with the mural. They would direct the intercepts/control the fighters to identify and destroy enemy aircraft. In my days we just provided radar data to headquarters in Battle Creek Michigan who would have the weapon controllers, etc., so the room with the mural was a meeting/training room. My office was the room with the eagle and 76 painted on it, but of course in 1965 it was not painted that way. " - Vince Burolla

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    Lockport AFS
    Fri, Jul 14th, 2006
    posted by Corporal_Clegg
    17 pictures
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    Windows Live Local
    Sat, Aug 19th, 2006
    posted by Corporal_Clegg
    10 pictures
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    "Building #6"
    Sun, Aug 20th, 2006
    posted by Corporal_Clegg
    24 pictures
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    The Gymnasium
    Sun, Aug 27th, 2006
    posted by Corporal_Clegg
    12 pictures
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    The Dormatories
    Sun, Aug 27th, 2006
    posted by Corporal_Clegg
    16 pictures
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    "Building #3"
    Sun, Aug 27th, 2006
    posted by Corporal_Clegg
    19 pictures
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    Thu, Aug 31st, 2006
    posted by Anonymous
    8 pictures

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    Gym Pano
    Sat, Dec 2nd, 2006
    posted by Corporal_Clegg
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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Steed on 8/12/2018 9:10 AM.

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  • on Aug 12 18 at 9:10, Steed validated this location
  • on Aug 11 18 at 2:50, uedamien changed the following: Status, Web Links
  • on Dec 3 06 at 20:39, Agent Skelly validated this location
  • on Dec 2 06 at 21:05, Corporal_Clegg updated panorama Gym Pano
  • on Dec 2 06 at 21:03, Corporal_Clegg updated a panorama image
  • on Dec 2 06 at 21:02, Corporal_Clegg updated panorama Gym Pano
  • on Sep 1 06 at 20:05, Emperor Wang validated this location
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