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329th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron North American F-86D-40-NA Sabre 52-3719.jpg
329th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron 4722d Air Defense Group F-86D Sabre at George AFB, July 1957. Two stripes on fuselage represent Operations Officer's aircraft
Active 1956–1958
Country  United States
Branch  United States Air Force
Type Fighter Interceptor
Role Air Defense
Part of Air Defense Command

The 4722d Air Defense Group is a discontinued United States Air Force organization. Its last assignment was with the 27th Air Division at George Air Force Base, California, where it was discontinued in 1958. The group was formed to provide a single command and support organization for the two fighter interceptor squadrons of Air Defense Command (ADC), that were tenants at George, a Tactical Air Command (TAC) base. It was discontinued when the 327th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron was scheduled to move in 1958, leaving only a single ADC fighter squadron at George.

History[edit | edit source]

The group was established to provide a headquarters for Air Defense Command (ADC) Fighter-Interceptor Squadrons (FIS) stationed at George AFB,[1] a Tactical Air Command (TAC) Base.[2] TAC's 479th Air Base Group (until July 1957) and 809th Air Base Group (after July 1957) acted as host base organizations for the group.[2] The 4722d was assigned the 327th FIS, flying radar equipped and air to air missile armed Convair F-102 Delta Dagger aircraft, and 329th FIS, flying North American F-86 Sabre[3] aircraft which were also radar equipped but armed with HVAR rockets, as its operational components.[4][5] The 329th FIS upgraded to newer model F-86s in the spring of 1957 which, like the 327th's F-102s, were equipped with data link to tie them in to the Semi-Automatic Ground Environment command and control system.[3] /the group was discontinued when the 327th FIS was scheduled to move to Thule AB, Greenland in July 1958,[4] leaving only a single operational ADC squadron at George.[1] Its squadrons were then assigned directly to the 27th Air Division.[4][5]

Lineage[edit | edit source]

  • Designated as 4722d Air Defense Group and organized on 1 Dec 1956
Discontinued on 25 Jun 1958

Assignments[edit | edit source]

  • 27th Air Division, 1 Dec 1956 – 25 Jun 1958[1]

Components[edit | edit source]

  • 327th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, 1 Dec 1956 – 25 Jun 1958
  • 329th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, 1 Dec 1956 – 25 Jun 1958

Stations[edit | edit source]

  • George AFB, California, 1 Dec 1956 – 25 Jun 1958[1]

Aircraft[edit | edit source]

  • F-86D 1956-1957
  • F-86L 1956-1957
  • F-102A 1956-1958

Commanders[edit | edit source]

  • Lt Col. Harris F. Krause, unknown - 25 Jun 1958[6]

References[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Cornett, Lloyd H; Johnson, Mildred W (1980). A Handbook of Aerospace Defense Organization, 1946-1980. Peterson AFB, CO: Office of History, Aerospace Defense Center. p. 89. http://www.usafpatches.com/pubs/handbookofadcorg.pdf. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Mueller, Robert (1989). Air Force Bases, Vol. I, Active Air Force Bases Within the United States of America on 17 September 1982. Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. pp. 188–189. ISBN 0-912799-53-6. http://www.afhso.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-100921-026.pdf. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Cornett & Johnson, p. 126
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Maurer, Maurer, ed (1982) [1969]. Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II (reprint ed.). Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. p. 403. ISBN 0-405-12194-6. http://www.airforcehistory.hq.af.mil/Publications/fulltext/combat_sq_of_the_af_wwii.pdf. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 Maurer, p. 406
  6. History of 4722nd Air Def Gp, Jan 1958-Jun 1958 (accessed 19 Jan 2012)

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

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