The system did not gain wide support until the Soviet Union exploded their first atomic bomb in August 1949. The Williams Bay station became operational in 1950. Built on one of the highest elevations in the region, its two radomes scanned the skies 24 hours a day for the ten years it was active. The 755th operated in relative secrecy, ready to provide instant communications about suspicious aircraft to the regional processing centers at Truax Field in Madison and O'Hare Field in Chicago. Through the 1950s the Air Force rapidly built a nationwide network of radar stations. By 1957, the system consisted of over 200 stations. That year, the successful Soviet Sputnik satellite launch changed the focus of aerial defense from aircraft to ballistic missiles and the radar defense network was gradually decommissioned and consolidated.
|Series||This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series|
|Placed By||Wisconsin Historical Society Sponsored by Eugene N. Shreves and Allan J. Mullen|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 4:31pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16T E 373669 N 4719406|
|Decimal Degrees||42.61675000, -88.54035000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 42° 37.005', W 88° 32.421'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||42° 37' 0.30" N, 88° 32' 25.26" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 3371 WI-67, Lake Geneva WI 53147, US|
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