The location on which the radar station was constructed was originally a World War II coastal battery. Construction of the site began in 1952, and was completed the following year when it officially began operations. It was built, financed and operated by the United States Air Force during its complete life-span of 9 years.
As with most of these stations, Redcliff AFS was designed to be self-contained and included barracks, shops, warehouses, dining halls, power generators and a steam plant for heating. The station's location subjected it to high winds and cold temperatures making life for the personnel manning it quite interesting.
In 1957, a gap-filler radar site was constructed at Elliston Ridge which answered to Redcliff. It was closed in 1960.
Redcliff was closed in 1961 and its equipment dismantled.
It was a reasonably short hike up hill along the old access road to get to the old station. The day had been quite warm, and the mosquitoes were being particularly vicious and relentless.
There wasn't a great deal left of the site, as you can see from the photos. In fairness, the place was decommissioned in 1961. All things considered, it's amazing there was anything left at all after 53 years.
The fading sunlight and the continued attacks on our exposed flesh finally horsed us to leave. If you find yourself in St. John's, Newfoundland, keep this on your list. The view alone is worth it!