Nike Battery NY-88
Wayne, NJ



Becoming operational during 1955, site NY-88 was a "classic" three magazine Nike missile base. Both Regular Army and New Jersey Army National Guard units, manned this Ajax only site which was operational through 1963.

Fairleigh Dickinson University later renovated several buildings at the control area and utilized the former Army facility as a satellite campus for several years. Portions of the nearby launcher area were adapted to serve as township and county offices and a school bus maintenance facility.



Location
Launcher Area:
Mountain View, NJ
Control Area:
Wayne, NJ

Dates of Operation
1955-1963

Weapons Systems
& Missile Load

Nike Ajax / 30
Nike Hercules / 0

Missile Magazines
3 Magazines.
1 type "B" and 2 type "C".


Radar Types
ACQR

Unit Information
Army -
D/483rd (1955-1958)
D/2/65th (1958-1959)

National Guard -
D/1/254th (1959-1963)

Present Status
The launcher area near Route 23 North was mostly demolished. Two original structures remain and have been adapted as county offices and a maintenance facility. School buses and other vehicles are parked atop the magazine area. The control area on Alps Road contains more original Cold War era buildings and structures, although these are presently abandoned and vandalized. The site is now scheduled to be demolished and replaced by a residential subdivision.





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