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Murphy Dome pictures

Fall of 1957 Just before we installed the bubble on the new

 FPS8 tower to the left.

 Occupied by  200+ Airmen, NCO's and Officers

1970 Not much changed since 1957 except the Radars

Added one tower, the Gymnasium and some outbuildings.


         ^ --- 2002 above

<----2005 LEFT

FPS-117 Radar Tower and Backup Generator outbuilding is all that's left

Power is now supplied from Fairbanks. Maintenance is mostly done remotely and when necessary humans are dispatched to do onsite repairs.  

Map showing the original 50 mile road from

 Fairbanks to Murphy Dome

Road going north from Fairbanks and then looping west.

We did Artic Survival by the Emerg Runway next to the road



The Mail Room at 2991' (with individual mail boxes)

Bill Murphree - John Falk - Patrick Doherty - Larry Griffin

Playing Pool

9 months in '55 & '56 = $476,038.79 or $53,000/month

Remember the free Moose steaks at the NCO club???

NCO Club (straight ahead) - Airman Barracks to right

My 1/2 room on the left in '56 & '57   Note: Blackout blinds

and Indiv. 'Days on Site'/'Days to Go' Calendars on wall


When I visited Murphy Dome in 1976 the 800 mile 48" dia Trans Alaska pipeline construction was well underway. Passed just west of Fox and a few miles east of Murphy Dome.  Fairbanks was like an old wild west boom town.

The road from Fairbanks had been extended from the College to the old Dome Road siding at Martin/Saulich and so the trip up to MD from there was now only a quick 8 miles.


The Commander gave me a tour of the facility. Was only one person to a room, had a refrigerator in every room, and there were WAF's there. I was there 20 years too soon.




Rotating shift work could be tough and tiring     John Falk

Remotely operated and maintained radar. Techs are dispatched from Fairbanks. Automatic Generator on site backs up City Power.  


Whats in the bubble now.

Many many individual Tx-Rx units allow one or several to fail and keep on going like the Enginizer Bunny. Actually the system calls in and reports failures so maintenance personel can bring the necessary spares to repair on a scheduled basis.
Introduced 1980
Type Long-Range Radar System
Frequency 1215 to 1400 MHz (D/L)
PRF 241
Pulsewidth 51.2 / 409.6 μS
RPM 5 or 6 RPMs
Range 470 km (250 nmi)
Altitude 30.5 km (100,000 ft)
Azimuth 0.18 at 250 km
Elevation -6 to +20
Power 24.6 kw
Other Names AN/TPS-77

For more technical info on the FPS-117 Click here

Everything but the one radar is gone

Only one scrap of Murphy Dome Air Force Station remains

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