posted on Oct, 2 2011 @ 12:56 PM
I live in Upstate NY (Syracuse-area) and there are a few left-over Cold War-era facilities that have been closed for years. NY had a wealth of
military facilities that were important in the protection of the U.S. Specifically, Griffiss Air Force Base was a SAC base and had nukes and is
located in Rome, NY. While it is no longer a SAC base, NEADS (formerly EADS) operates at the former air base. "The Eastern Air Defense Sector is one
of two Sectors responsible to the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and the Continental NORAD Region for peacetime air sovereignty,
strategic air defense, and airborne counter-drug operations in the continental United States. The other sector is the Western Air Defense Sector
Anyways, Griffiss operated several satellite facilities that performed a variety of radar research & development. One of these facilities was located
a short distance away, it was called the Verona Test Site or Annex. It was home to the 1st Space Surveillance Squadron. The mission of the 1 SSS was
to operate the Low Altitude Space Surveillance (LASS) system to gather space intelligence and track space systems in near-Earth orbits. Griffiss was
removed as a SAC base due to closures produced by BRAC (base closure and realignment commission). The Verona Test Site also closed. The entire site is
complete, yet vacant. The buildings are in a bad state of repair and falling apart. The newer buildings are intact but much of the buildings have a
significant amount of water and roof damage. Its a really cool place. The radar dishes have been removed but the towers remain. It provides an
interesting look into Cold War-era facilities.
I've lived here all my life and I had no idea it was here. I found it accidentally. I work on a helicopter employed to provide medevac services and
we were heading back to the hospital when the pilot spotted the Test Site. From altitude, it appeared interesting. There was a military-looking
"feel" to the place and it stuck out like a sore thumb to the rest of its surroundings. There appeared to be an airfield and there was a giant "H"
for a helipad. I've visited it a couple times but it has been purchased by a private organization. I believe they allow the local fire department to
practice controlled burns there. There a bunch of radar domes that are empty, but still cool to look at.
There is also an additional site located south of the Site that performs radar cross section (RCS) work. They have done work on B-52's and C-130's.
North of Rome, additional sites perform RCS on current aircraft. They call it the "Upside Down Air Force" because when they perform RCS the aircraft
are suspended upside down on pedestals. It's pretty awesome to see! I've always had a fascination with underground facilities and have been wanting
to visit Camp Hero on Montauk Point in Long Island, home to the infamous Montauk Project. Lol
Has anyone else done Urban Exploring in former military facilities?