|29th Air Division|
Emblem of the 29th Air Division
|Branch||United States Air Force|
|Role||Command and control|
|Part of||Air Defense Command|
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.
History[edit | edit source]
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).
Lineage[edit | edit source]
- 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.
Assignments[edit | edit source]
- Western Air Defense Force, 1 March 1951 – 1 February 1952
- Central Air Defense Force, 16 February 1953
- Air Defense Command, 1 January 1960
- Tenth Air Force, 1 April 1966
- First Air Force, 15 September – 19 November 1969
Stations[edit | edit source]
- Great Falls (Malmstrom) AFB, Montana, 1 March 1951 – 1 February 1952
- Richards-Gebaur AFB, Missouri, 1 July 1961
- Duluth International Airport, Minnesota, 1 April 1966 – 19 November 1969.
Components[edit | edit source]
Sectors[edit | edit source]
Wing[edit | edit source]
- 507th Fighter Wing (Air Defense): 1 April 1966 – 30 September 1968
- Kincheloe AFB, Michigan
Groups[edit | edit source]
Interceptor squadrons[edit | edit source]
Missile squadrons[edit | edit source]
- 37th Air Defense Missile Squadron (BOMARC)
- Kincheloe AFB, Michigan, 1 April 1966 – 19 November 1969
- 74th Air Defense Missile Squadron (BOMARC)
- Duluth AF Missile Site, Minnesota, 1 April 1966 – 19 November 1969
Radar squadrons[edit | edit source]
Radar evaluation squadron[edit | edit source]
- Hill AFB, Utah, 1 January 1960 – 1 July 1961
See also[edit | edit source]
- List of USAF Aerospace Defense Command General Surveillance Radar Stations
- Aerospace Defense Command Fighter Squadrons
- List of United States Air Force air divisions
References[edit | edit source]
- 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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