North Truro Air Force Station


The North Truro Air Force Station (AFS) was built in 1951 in response to the first atomic bomb being tested by Russia. North Truro AFS was one of the first of twenty-four stations of the permanent Air Defense Command (ADC) radar network. Over the years, the station monitored the radio waves and the ocean waves, searching for intruders and information. Different radars were used throughout the decades, including Texas Tower 2 which was located 110 miles offshore.

After the end of the Cold War, in 1994, the Air Force closed down operations at North Truro. Most of the land was transferred to the National Park Service and the majority of the buildings and radars remain abandoned.

The Air Force base is open to the public and there are miles of trails to explore. I explored the family housing area and it was fascinating to see how rundown and vandalized they were. If you are a lover of urban decay and abandoned places, North Truro Air Force Station is a must-see location!

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  • Year Established: 1951
  • Year Abandoned: 1994
  • Original Function: Family homes for the North Truro Air Force Station which functioned as a radar listening station to monitor for Soviet bombers during the Cold War.


  • Address: 29 Old Dewline Rd
  • Town: North Truro
  • State: Massachusetts
  • GPS: Lat 42.03005 Lng -70.05383
  • Parking notes: There are about a dozen parking spots located close to the air force base entrance. Additional parking can be found outside the base on the entry road.
  • Parking directions: HERE
  • Location directions: HERE


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