Detroit - Cleveland
|Unit:||1/55 - 6/57, Battery D, 504th USA
6/57 - 9/58, Battery C 18th USA
9/58 - 12/60, Battery C, 4th Battalion, 3rd USA
12/60- 9/72, Battery C, 3rd Batallion, 517th USA
9/72 - 4/74, Battery C, 2nd Battalion, 3rd USA
|Activation Date:||January 1955|
|Hercules Conversion Date||August 1959|
|De-activation Date:||November 1974|
|IFC Area:||South of Wise Rd. just East of Carroll Lake Rd.
GPS: +42° 35' 47", -83° 28' 15"
|Launch Area:||South of Wise Rd. 1 mile East of IFC.
GPS: +42° 36' 02", -83° 27' 50"
|Missiles:||30 Ajax/18 Hercules|
|Magazine(s):||1 type B, 2 type C|
|Launchers:||12 Universal (10 converted to Hercules)|
|Current Status:||The Launcher Area was demolished around 1994. All that remains are a few building foundations including the Assembly & Test building foundation, some asphalt road, and some concrete sidewalks. The area is controlled by the Michigan DNR. The IFC is almost intact - minus the radars. It is also owned by the Michigan DNR. It is being used as a Day Camp for children. The HIPAR equipment building (with HIPAR platform foundation), Generator building, Barracks, Admin building, Guard Shack, and Helo pad still remain.|
09/20/2013 - Chris Freytag just sent me the following message:
"Just wanted to update you on the status of D-87.
After being left open to trespass for several years, and several arson fires, the IFC site was purchased by the local township government. One of the first things they did was apply for a grant to demolish what was left of the buildings. This was done last summer.
Such a sad end to the place."
You can see pictures of the site after being vacated at http://detroiturbex.com/content/healthandsafety/d87/
D-87 as seen in 1956.
D-87 Launcher Area as seen in 1956.
D-87 IFC Area as seen in 1956.
D-87 IFC as seen in 1967. Note the addition of the HIPAR and TRR radars due to the Hercules upgrade.
These images are from the Microsoft TerraServer and were taken on 6 June 1988. This is where the Launcher area was. You can still see some of the roads and building foundations.
Here's the IFC Area. It is still pretty much intact. The buildings that are not in use are boarded up.
|Memo documenting the personnel assignments for Emergency Equipment Maintenance for all Detroit Nike Sites. Contributed by Linda Klais. 395k|
|The parking area behind the Admin building.|
|The Admin and Barracks buildings.|
|The courtyard between the Admin and Barracks buildings.|
|The Generator and HIPAR buildings.|
|The HIPAR building. You can see a bit of the HIPAR tower foundation peeking above the grass in spots.|
|The road leading into the Launcher Area.|
|What is left of the Guard Shack.|
|The parking area that was in front of the Launcher Area Barracks.|
|A small building foundation at the end of a curved asphalt road that came from the Barracks.|
|The area in front of the Assembly & Test building.|
|The foundation for the Assembly & Test building|
|The helo pad.|
|A small concrete block walkway that goes along the side of the pit area|
|The pit area.|
|SP5||Chuck Beach||Backup Computer Operator and Primary Acquisition Radar Operator||03/66 - 03/68|
|SP4||Terry Bohannon||TRR & ACQ operator||1968 - 1969|
|SP4||Roger Brittan||LoPar & HiPar Acquisition Radar Operator||1966 - 1967|
|SP5||Dwight Brown (CW4, USA, Ret.)||Missile Launch Crewman and Panel Operator||1968 - 1971|
|SP4||Bob Hinklin||Company Clerk||1968|
|SGT||William Lizenberg||Supply Sergeant||1965 - 1968|
|Samual McDaniel||Missile Launch Crewman||1966 - 1967|
|CWO2||Richard L. Mitchell||Launch Area A&T WO||1967 - 1968|
|SP5||Art Porter||Target Tracking Supervisor||1965 - 1968|
|2LT||Warren Riekenberg||IFC platoon leader||10/59 - 02/60|
|SP5||Joe Tuttle||Chief Engineer Missile Mechanic||1968 - 1970|
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