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Under The Radar In Truro

Written by Brian Tarcy

TRURO – There are so many cool historic spots on Cape Cod that it’s easy for some of them to fall under the radar – in this case, quite literally. Here, from the era of the Cold War, is the radar dome at the former North Truro Air Station.

Apparently, from 1950 to 1985, this radar dome was used to watch for Soviet bombers. Now the site is used by the Federal Aviation Administration to monitor air traffic.

So we wandered around Truro for a bit. Saw this sculpture called, “Fire Dragon,” and some playful views of light through trees.  We hardly saw any people. A very under the radar day.


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Brian Tarcy

Brian Tarcy is co-founder of Cape Cod Wave. He is a longtime journalist who has written for the Boston Globe, Boston magazine, the Cape Cod Times and several other publications. He is the author of "YOU CAN'T SELL RIGHT FIELD; A Cape Cod Novel." He is also the author or co-author of more than a dozen mostly non-fiction books, including books with celebrity athletes Cam Neely, Tom Glavine and Joe Theisman. His previous book was, "ALMOST: 12 Electric Months Chasing A Silicon Valley Dream" with Hap Klopp,who created the iconic brand, The North Face.
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  • The present-day radar tower at the former North Truro Air Force Station was built well *after* the Cold War ended. All original USAF radar towers have been removed. The existing tower was erected circa 1996, and houses a modern FAA ARSR-4 radar that is shared with the USAF. (I was stationed there from Aug 1979 until Oct 1981.)

  • you are correct about the tower. I was stationed there from 1976 to 1979. one of the survivors of the “blizzard of 78”. I worked the search tower which was An FPS-107. It was probably the best of the places I was stationed, The friendships I developed there are still with me.

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