RCAF Station Beaverbank

RCAF Station Beaverbank

RCAF Station Beaverbank was a long-range Pinetree Line early warning radar station operated by the Royal Canadian Air Force, located in central Nova Scotia near the community of Beaverbank.

RCAF Station Beaverbank was approximately 40 km (25 mi) north of the twin cities of Halifax-Dartmouth. The station sat on 430 acres (1.7 km²) with about a half a mile (800 m) separation between the domestic and the operations site; both sites being divided by the county line between Halifax County (domestic site) and Hants County (operations site).

The "22 Aircraft Control & Warning Squadron" was the operational unit posted to the station, its colours having been created in 1953 and the unit made operational a year later in the fall of 1954. The radar unit itself was manually operated and reported to the Fredericton NORAD Sector at RCAF Station St. Margarets until September 1962 when this was changed to the Bangor NORAD Sector at Topsham AFB.

The 22 AC&W became SAGE-operational on January 1, 1964 however this capability did not last long as the station was closed and the squadron disbanded 4 months later on April 1, 1964 following a NORAD realignment and increasing focus being placed on the DEW Line. After the closure of the base, it had been used briefly as a cement factory.

RCAF Station Beaverbank occupied a unique location in proximity to Canada's largest Atlantic seaport and its biggest naval base, making it an important early warning radar during the manual environment of the 1950s. Since manned bomber raids by the Soviet Union in the area were considered quite likely, it was felt that RCAF Station Beaverbank fulfilled a critical role in the early days of Canada's and North America's air defence. The station was originally financed by the United States Air Force, although operational responsibility rested with the RCAF, until 1962 when the RCAF assumed financial responsibility as well.In the mid 70s the base was converted for a short time to a cement plant. This was only used for a few years before the base was abandoned completely.

External links

* [http://www.pinetreeline.org/other/other6.html Beaverbank, NS-Additional Information]

the radar base is also believed to be haunted as 1 person was electricuted to death and 2 were killed while pourng cement during its construction and when it was used as a cement factory in the 70's someone had a cement wall fall on them.Fact|date=October 2007

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