Fortuna Air Force Station is an abandoned Air Force radar station located in Divide County, North Dakota, about 6 1/2 miles from Canada and 8 miles from Montana. Like the Minot Air Force Station, Fortuna AFS was a GCI (Ground Control Intercept) base designed to detect unidentified aircraft and coordinate interception. Originally opened in 1952, it served its purpose until it was partially deactivated in 1979. It was closed for good in 1984.
The radar dishes and domes were removed long ago, and the site has since been heavily vandalized and scavenged. The salvage rights were sold some years back and the team that did the salvage knocked holes in the walls of most of the buildings to remove boilers and scrap metal.
We got word that this base was to be demolished in 2013, so we set out to photograph it before it was too late. We got permission to explore it and directions for how to access the base. Upon arrival, we were not able to access the base in the manner the owner suggested, so we played it by ear, starting with the former family housing units on the south side of the base and working our way through a gate and up the hill on foot to the former site of the radar tower.
The photos assembled here are a fraction of what we shot. See more.
Terry ventured into the bowels of the building above, and ran into the ominous warning below.
Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp, copyright Sonic Tremor Media LLC