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29th Air Division
USAF 29th Air Division Crest.jpg
Emblem of the 29th Air Division
Active 1951–1969
Branch United States Air Force
Role Command and control
Part of Air Defense Command
29thAD - Map - 1951-1960

29th Air Division ADC AOR 1951-1960

29thAD - Map - 1966-1969

29th Air Division ADC AOR 1966-1969

62d Fighter-Interceptor Squadron F-101B 57-0386 1968

62d Fighter-Interceptor Squadron McDonnell F-101B-95-MC Voodoo 57-386 K. I. Sawyer Air Force Base, Michigan July 1968

The 29th Air Division (29th AD) is an inactive United States Air Force organization. Its last assignment was with Air Defense Command, being stationed at Duluth International Airport, Minnesota. It was inactivated on 15 November 1969.

HistoryEdit

Assigned to Air Defense Command (ADC) for most of its existence, the division's mission was the air defense of Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, and parts of Nevada, Utah, and Colorado. By 1953, the area changed to include North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska. The 29th supervised the training of its units, and participated in numerous training exercises.

Reassigned from Richards-Gebaur AFB, Missouri, to Duluth International Airport, Minnesota, on 1 April 1966 as part of an ADC reorganization, the division's area changed to include Minnesota, parts of Wisconsin, and North Dakota, and later expanded to cover most of Iowa. Assumed additional designation of 29th NORAD Region after activation of the NORAD Combat Operations Center at Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado and reporting was transferred to NORAD from ADC at Ent AFB in April 1966.

Inactivated in November 1969 as ADC phased down its interceptor mission as the chances of a Soviet bomber attack on the United States seemed remote, its mission being consolidated into North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).

LineageEdit

  • Established as 29 Air Division (Defense) on 29 January 1951
Activated on 1 March 1951
Inactivated on 1 February 1952
  • Organized on 1 February 1952
Redesignated 29 Air Division (SAGE) on 1 January 1960
Organized as 29th NORAD Region/Air Division on 1 April 1966, replacing Duluth Air Defense Sector
Inactivated on 19 November 1969, assets transferred to 23d and 24th NORAD Regions/Air Divisions.

AssignmentsEdit

StationsEdit

ComponentsEdit

SectorsEdit

Grand Forks AFB, North Dakota
Malmstrom AFB, Montana
Richards-Gebaur AFB, Missouri

Minot AFB, North Dakota
Richards-Gebaur AFB, Missouri
Sioux City MAP, Iowa

WingEdit

Kincheloe AFB, Michigan

GroupsEdit

Minot AFB, North Dakota
Duluth MAP, Minnesota
Glasgow AFB, Montana

Grand Forks AFB, North Dakota
Great Falls AFB, Montana, 1 March 1951 – 6 February 1952

Interceptor squadronsEdit

Glasgow AFB, Montana
Grand Forks AFB, North Dakota
Malmstrom AFB, Montana

Kincheloe AFB, Michigan
Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota
K.I. Sawyer AFB, Michigan

Missile squadronsEdit

Kincheloe AFB, Michigan, 1 April 1966 – 19 November 1969
Duluth AF Missile Site, Minnesota, 1 April 1966 – 19 November 1969

Radar squadronsEdit

Selfridge AFB, Michigan, 14–19 November 1969
Calumet AFS, Michigan, 1 April 1966 – 19 November 1969
Osceola AFS, Wisconsin, 1 April 1966 – 15 November 1969; 14–19 November 1969
Antigo AFS, Wisconsin, 14 November 1969 – 30 June 1977
Yaak AFS, Montana, 6 February 1952 – 16 February 1953
Cut Bank AFS, Montana, 6 February 1952 – 1 July 1960
Baudette AFS, Minnesota, 1 April 1966 – 19 November 1969
Lewistown AFS, Montana, 1 September 1958 – 1 July 1960
Dickinson AFS, North Dakota, 1 July 1958 – 1 January 1961
Kalispell AFS, Montana, 15 February-1 July 1960
Willmar AFS, Minnesota, 1 January-1 April 1959
Sundance AFS, Wyoming, 1 December 1960 – 1 January 1961
Wadena AFS, Minnesota, 14–19 November 1969
Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota, 16 February 1953 – 1 January 1961
Empire AFS, Michigan, 14 November 1966 – 19 November 1969

Sault Sainte Marie AFS, Michigan, 14–19 November 1969
Port Austin AFS, Michigan, 14–19 November 1969
Finland AFS, Minnesota, 1 April 1966 – 15 September 1969
Harve AFS, Montana, 6 February 1952 – 1 July 1960
Opheim AFS, Montana, 6 February 1952 – 1 January 1961
Fortuna AFS, North Dakota, 6 February 1952 – 1 January 1961
Finley AFS, North Dakota, 20 May 1953 – 1 March 1956; 1 January 1959 – 1 April 1969
Minot AFS, North Dakota, 16 February 1953 – 1 January 1961
Chandler AFS, Minnesota, 1 July 1968 – 30 September 1969
Waverly AFS, Iowa, 1 July 1968 – 30 September 1969
Malmstrom AFB, Montana, 1 February 1956 – 1 July 1960
Miles City AFS, Montana, 20 May 1953 – 1 January 1961
Gettysburg AFS, South Dakota, 20 May 1953 – 1 March 1956; 1 January 1959 – 1 April 1969
Great Falls AFB, Montana, 25 June 1953 – 25 September 1954
Beausejour AS, Manitoba, 1 January-1 April 1959

Radar evaluation squadronEdit

Hill AFB, Utah, 1 January 1960 – 1 July 1961

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

PD-icon.svg This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

  • Winkler, David F. (1997), Searching the skies: the legacy of the United States Cold War defense radar program. Prepared for United States Air Force Headquarters Air Combat Command.
  • A Handbook of Aerospace Defense Organization 1946 - 1980, by Lloyd H. Cornett and Mildred W. Johnson, Office of History, Aerospace Defense Center, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado
  • Aerospace Defense Command publication, The Interceptor, January 1979 (Volume 21, Number 1).
  • Air Force Historical Research Agency: 29th Air Division

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