Finley Air Force Station

Finley Air Force Station

Finley Air Force Station is an abandoned radar base outside Finley, North Dakota.  Closed in 1979, the site now functions as a landfill.  Similar to the Minot and Fortuna Air Force Stations, Finley AFS was a ground control intercept facility tasked with detecting and dispatching intercept aircraft in the event unidentified aircraft threatened to penetrate American air space.

Finley Air Force Station

Finley Air Force Station

Just like what we’ve seen in other abandoned military bases in the state, the salvage rights to the base were sold, and the salvage crews blew holes in the walls to get the boilers and scrap metal out of the buildings.

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Finley Air Force Station

Finley Air Force Station

Finley Air Force Station

A motocross track now exists where the airmen’s housing used to be. The sidewalks are a remnant.

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Finley Air Force Station

Finley Air Force Station

Finley Air Force Station

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2 Responses to “Finley Air Force Station”
  1. MIke Buie says:

    This pictures are incredible! My father was stationed here in the late 70′s and I remember some of these houses. Wow.

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