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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.

29th Air Division
62d Fighter-Interceptor Squadron F-101B 57-0386 1968.jpg
Active1951–1969
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
RoleCommand of air defense forces
Part ofAir Defense Command
Insignia
29th Air Division emblem (Approved 27 November 1961)[2]USAF 29th Air Division Crest.jpg

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HistoryEdit

 
29th Air Division ADC AOR 1951-1960

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.[2]

 
29th Air Division ADC AOR 1966-1969

The division moved from Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base, 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.[2] Assumed additional designation of 29th NORAD Region after activation of the NORAD Combat Operations Center at the Cheyenne Mountain Complex, Colorado and reporting was transferred to NORAD from ADC at Ent Air Force Base in April 1966 as the : Organized as 29th NORAD Region/Air Division on 1 April 1966, replacing the Duluth Air Defense Sector.

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)'s, 23d and 24th NORAD Regions/Air Divisions.

LineageEdit

  • Established as the 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
Inactivated on 19 November 1969[2]

AssignmentsEdit

StationsEdit

  • Great Falls Air Force Base, Montana, 1 March 1951 – 1 February 1952
  • Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base, Missouri, 1 July 1961
  • Duluth International Airport, Minnesota, 1 April 1966 – 19 November 1969[2]

ComponentsEdit

SectorsEdit

WingEdit

Kincheloe Air Force Base, Michigan

GroupsEdit

Interceptor squadronsEdit

Missile squadronsEdit

Kincheloe Air Force Base, Michigan, 1 April 1966 – 19 November 1969[2]
Duluth AF Missile Site, Minnesota, 1 April 1966 – 19 November 1969

Radar squadronsEdit

Radar evaluation squadronEdit

Hill Air Force Base, Utah, 1 January 1960 – 1 July 1961

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Aircraft pictured is Serial 57-0386
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Factsheet 29 Air Division". Air Force Historical Research Agency. 5 October 2007. Archived from the original on 24 October 2012. Retrieved 9 April 2014.

BibliographyEdit

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