|35th Air Division|
Emblem of the 35th Air Division
|Branch||United States Air Force|
|Role||Command and Control|
|Part of||Air Defense Command|
The 35th Air Division (35th AD) is an inactive United States Air Force organization. Its last assignment was with Air Defense Command, assigned to First Air Force, being stationed at Hancock Field, New York. It was inactivated on 19 November 1969.
History[edit | edit source]
Assigned to Air Defense Command (ADC) for most of its existence, from July 1951 – November 1969, the 35th equipped, administered, and trained its assigned and attached units and placed those forces in a maximum state of readiness for use in air defense. Initially, its area of responsibility included all or part of Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, and Mississippi.
In 1966, the area changed to include most of New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and southern Maine when the division assumed the responsibilities of the inactivated Boston Air Defense Sector. Assumed additional designation of 35th 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. The division participated in numerous live and simulated exercises such as Apache Brave, Mohawk Echo, and Desk Top.
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 35 Air Division (Defense) on 11 June 1951
- Activated on 1 July 1951
- Inactivated on 1 February 1952
- Organized on 1 February 1952
- Inactivated on 15 November 1958
- Redesignated 35 Air Division, and activated, on 20 January 1966
- Organized on 1 April 1966
- Inactivated on 19 November 1969.
Assignments[edit | edit source]
- Central Air Defense Force, 1 July 1951 – 10 April 1955
- Eastern Air Defense Force, 10 April 1955 – 15 November 1958
- Air Defense Command, 20 January 1966
- First Air Force, 1 April 1966 – 19 November 1969.
Stations[edit | edit source]
- Kansas City, Missouri, 1 July – 1 September 1951
- Dobbins AFB, Georgia, 4 September 1951 – 15 November 1958
- Hancock Field, New York, 1 April 1966 – 19 November 1969.
Components[edit | edit source]
Sector[edit | edit source]
- Gunter AFB, Alabama, 8 September 1957-15 November 1958
Wing[edit | edit source]
- 52d Fighter Wing (Air Defense)
- Suffolk County AFB, New York, 1 December 1967-30 September 1968
Groups[edit | edit source]
- Suffolk County AFB, New York, 30 September 1968-31 December 1969
- 355th Fighter Group (Air Defense)
- McGhee-Tyson MAP, Tennessee, 18 August 1955-1 March 1956
- McGhee-Tyson MAP, Tennessee, 16 February 1953-18 August 1955
Interceptor squadron[edit | edit source]
- Loring AFB, Maine, 15 September-19 November 1969
Missile squadrons[edit | edit source]
- 26th Air Defense Missile Squadron (BOMARC)
- Otis AFB, Massachusetts, 1 April 1966-19 November 1969
- 35th Air Defense Missile Squadron (BOMARC)
- Niagara Falls Air Force Missile Site, New York, 15 September-19 November 1969
- 46th Air Defense Missile Squadron (BOMARC)
- McGuire AFB, New Jersey, 1 Dec 1967-1 Oct 1972.
Radar squadrons[edit | edit source]
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: 35th Air Division
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