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Arlington Heights Army Air Defense Site
1211 S New Wilke Road, Arlington Heights, Illinois
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Built 1959 (1959)
In use 1960-1968
Controlled by Army Air Defense Command

The Arlington Heights Army Air Defense Site was a Project Nike Missile Master installation started in late 1959[1] after the United States Army had purchased 44 acres (18 ha).[2] Adjacent to the Arlington Heights Air Force Station, the Arlington Heights Army Installation opened on October 28, 1960,[2] as the 8th of 10 Army Air Defense Command Posts (AADCP) to have a Martin AN/FSG-1 Antiaircraft Defense System installed for Nike-Hercules command and control. In addition to the Army's 2 AN/FPS-6 radars,[3] the radars of the co-located[specify]

USAF station provided AADCP data for the 45th Artillery Brigade's control of the Chicago-Gary Defense Area[2] (10 missile batteries and their Integrated Fire Control sites).[1]  The vacuum tube AN/FSG-1 was replaced c. October 1967[4]* with a solid-state Hughes AN/TSQ-51 Air Defense Command and Coordination System, which controlled the combined Chicago-Milwaukee Defense Area after the Milwaukee Defense Area merged with Chicago-Gary in 1968.[citation needed]  Project Concise ended the site's Nike operations in 1974, and 52 acres (21 ha) were transferred to the city parks district.[5]  A May 1979 golf course was built[6] near the nuclear bunker[specify]

—the Arlington Lakes Golf Club has 90 acres (36 ha) with 14 lakes.

Site locations[edit | edit source]

External images
Radomes.org images
nuclear bunker
Google overhead image of bunker

References[edit | edit source]

Before the 1960 Operation Skyshield and the Arlington Heights opening of a Missile Master, simulated Strategic Air Command bomber raids against the Chicago missile batteries indicated the Nike-Hercules was only 8% effective.[8]

  1. http://www.radomes.org/museum/documents/ArlingtonHeightsAIILHistory.html
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Freeman, Paul (6/4/11). "Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields: Illinois, Northwestern Chicago area". Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields. http://www.airfields-freeman.com/IL/Airfields_IL_Chicago_NW.html. "On April 6, 1959, BG Peter Schmick, Brigade CG, announced the purchase of the land,along with plans for the construction of the [Army] Command Post, 5 radar towers and supporting buildings… The official dedication…was made on October 28, 1960." 
  3. "Corrections to The Second Edition of Rings of Supersonic Steel". Ed-Thelen.org. October 29, 2006. http://ed-thelen.org/CorrectRSSOct06.html. Retrieved 2012-04-01. 
  4. McMaster, B. N., et al (December 1984). Historical Overview of the Nike Missile System (Report). Environmental Science and Engineering, Inc.. http://www5.hanford.gov/pdw/fsd/AR/FSD0001/FSD0037/D199049898/D199049898_19126_147.pdf. Retrieved 2011-09-16.  *NOTE: The 1968 McMaster map shows the Arlington AN/FSG-1 on July 1, and the last AN/FSG-1 was replaced on February 8, 1967, at the AADCP at Oakdale, Pennsylvania.
  5. "Arlington Heights Facts at a Glance" (chronology). Arlingtoncards.com. http://www.arlingtoncards.com/facts/. Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
  6. Stimely, Margot (February 1996). Nike Base (Report). Arlington Heights Historical Society. http://www.radomes.org/museum/documents/ArlingtonHeightsAIILHistory.html. Retrieved 2012-04-01. 
  7. "1211 S New Wilke Rd" (Google Maps image). http://maps.google.com/maps?q=42.063611,-87.997778&ll=42.065025,-87.995625&spn=0.00062,0.001629&t=h&z=20&vpsrc=6. Retrieved 2012-04-01. 
  8. "Poor Rating for Hercules" (Google News Archive). May 27, 1959. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=50UaAAAAIBAJ&sjid=xCUEAAAAIBAJ&pg=7386,3788168&dq=poor-rating-for-hercules&hl=en. Retrieved 2012-04-01.  (cited by Martinia & Haller 1998)

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