Rochester Air Force Station

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Rochester Air Force Station (1956-1957) - A Cold War U.S. Air Force Radar Station established in 1955. Located near Rochester in Olmsted County, Minnesota. Initially assigned a Permanent ID of M-101. Closed in 1957.


Established in 1955 and became operational in September 1956 as Rochester Air Force Station manned by the 808th Aircraft Control & Warning (AC&W) Squadron.

Initial equipment included the TPS-1D search radar.

Closed on 8 Sep 1957.

Physical Plant

The facility consists of eleven structures on 23 acres and included a mess hall, barracks, a large garage/shop, and two storage buildings. Smaller buildings included a water supply pump house and a smaller building. A large earth-mounded water supply reservoir provided water.

Rochester AFS Major Equipment List
Search Radar HF Radar Data Systems Radio
Unit Designations
  • 808th Aircraft Control & Warning (AC&W) Squadron (1956-1957)
808th Assignments
  • 20 Jun 1953 - Activated at Snelling AFS, MN, as the 31st Air Division.
  • ca Sep 1955 - Moved to Rochester, MN.
  • 8 Sep 1957 - Inactivated.

Current Status

Location: Eight miles northeast of Rochester in Olmsted County, Minnesota.

Maps & Images

Lat: 44.06981 Long: -92.34015

  • Multi Maps from ACME
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  • Elevation: 1,280'

See Also:


  • 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 102.
  • 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 126.
  • USGS Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) Database Entry: 2090202


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