Silver Lake Air Warning Station

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Silver Lake Air Warning Station (1948-1951) - A Cold War USAF Air Warning Station (AWS) first established in 1948 near Silver Lake in Everett, Snohomish County, Washington. Named Silver Lake Air Warning Station after the location. Became the headquarters of the U.S. Air Force (USAF) 25th Air Division (AD) and the site of the Silver Lake Manual Air Defense Control Center (ADCC). Deactivated as an Air Warning Station in 1951 with functions moved to McChord Air Force Base.

History

Established at the Silver Lake AWS Station on 25 Oct 1948 as Headquarters of the 25th Air Division (Defense) under the Fourth Air Force. The Headquarters would later be reassigned to the Western Air Defense Force in February 1950. Initial authorized strength included 18 Officers and 31 enlisted personnel. It was the first postwar Air Warning Station opened by the newly created USAF Air Defense Command

In addition to the Headquarters staff functions the station was the site of the Silver Lake Manual Air Defense Control Center (ADCC) established to provide a command and control facility for the fledgling radar network being established in the Pacific Northwest

Closure

The Silver Lake Air Warning Station remained operational until 15 Sep 1951 when the Headquarters and the manual direction center were moved to McChord Air Force Base. On 11 Aug 1953, the Silver Lake AWS was declared excess. The permits and licenses were terminated on 28 Sep 1953 and the leases were terminated during 1953 and 1954. At the time of excess, 18 buildings were left on the site.


Silver Lake AWS Radar Sites (edit list)
Location Type State Unit ADC NORAD JSS From To GPS Notes
Silver Lake AWS WA 634th 1948 1951 47.89417,
-122.23636
McChord AFB WA 635th 1948 1951 47.12417,
-122.49222
Condon AFS OR 636th 1948 1951 45.23667,
-120.30167
Othello AFS WA 637th 1951 1951 46.72139,
-119.18

Current Status

No remains.


Location: Silver Lake Neighborhood of Everett, Snohomish County, Washington.

Maps & Images

Lat: 47.89417 Long: -122.23636

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See Also:

Sources:

  • Winkler, David F., Searching the Skies: the Legacy of the United States Cold War Defense Radar Program, USAF Hq Air Combat Command, 1997, 192 pages, Pdf, page .....
  • Cornett, Lloyd H. & Johnson, Mildred W., A Handbook of Aerospace Defense Organization (1946-1980), Office of History ADC, Peterson AFB, Colorado, 31 Dec 1980, 179 pages, Pdf, page 54.
  • Weitze, Karen J., Ph.D., Cold War Infrastructure for Air Defense: The Fighter and Command Missions, Prepared for Headquarters, Air Combat Command Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, Nov 1999, Contract DACA63-98-P-1363 United States Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District, 167 pages, Pdf

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