Arlington Heights Army Air Defense Command Post C-80DC
Arlington Heights Army Air Defense Command Post C-80DC (1960-1974) - A U.S. Army NIKE System AADCP command post collocated with a USAF SAGE radar site, Arlington Heights Air Force Station, Z-31 on Arlington Heights AI, Illinois. Deactivated in 1974.
History of Arlington Heights Army Air Defense Command Post C-80DC
Established in 1960. The Army command post evolved with the NIKE System housing a FSQ-51 (Missile Mentor) and later a FSG-1 (Missile Master) acquisition, launch and guidance systems. The building that housed the Army computer equipment and command post came to be known as the Missile Master Blockhouse. The Army deactivated the Arlington Heights Army Air Defense Command Post C-80DC site on 30 Sep 1974.
Besides the FSQ-51 and FSG-1 computer equipment the Army also maintained two FPS-6 height-finder radars in addition to the two USAF height-finders. Search radar data from the USAF FPS-67B was share by the Army and USAF computer systems and fed to the SAGE Direction Centers. The SAGE Direction Center would feed track assignments back to the Army command post for missile intercepts.