Bootlegger Ridge FAA Radar Site

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Bootlegger Ridge FAA Radar Site (1997-Active) - A FAA Radar Site first established in 1997 near Great Falls, Cascade County, Montana. Initially assigned a JSS ID of J-77A and a FAA ID of ZGTF. Active FAA Radar Site.

Bootlegger Ridge FAA Radar Site.


This site was commissioned on 4 Nov 1997 as a FAA/USAF joint-use long range radar site, furnishing radar track data to both air traffic controllers at the Salt Lake City Utah Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) and USAF Direction Centers. Initially equipped with ARSR-4 radar equipment that cost over $12 million dollars.

This site was a replacement for the joint-use Malmstrom AFB FAA Radar Site‎ J-77 site.

The radar site data is now available to the USAF/NORAD Battle Control System-Fixed (BCS-F) operations centers (EADS & WADS) as well as the FAA Salt Lake City ARTCC (ZLC) and adjacent ARTCCs. Other federal agencies have access to the data under the Homeland Security umbrella.

Bootlegger Ridge FAA Site Major Equipment List
Search Radar Data Systems IFF/SIF/Beacon

Current Status

Active facility near Great Falls, Cascade County, Montana.

Location: Nine miles North of Great Falls on Bootlegger Trail in
Cascade County, Montana.

Maps & Images

Lat: 47.61378 Long: -111.29034

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  • Elevation: 3,800'

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See Also:


  • 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


Fortification ID:

  • MT0015 - Bootlegger Ridge FAA Radar Site

Visited: 12 Aug 2016

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