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18th Strategic Aerospace Division
18th Strategic Aerospace Division crest.jpg
18th Strategic Aerospace Division emblem
Active 8 May 1929–29 January 1942
17 June 1942–11 April 1944
20 May 1959–2 July 1968
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Garrison/HQ see "Stations" section below
Equipment see "Aircraft / Missiles / Space vehicles" section below
Decorations see "Lineage and honors" section below

The 18th Strategic Aerospace Division is an inactive United States Air Force unit. Its last assignment was with the Fifteenth Air Force, stationed at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. It was inactivated on 2 July 1968.

The 18th Composite Wing served as part of the defense force for the Hawaiian Islands from 1 May 1931-29 Jan 1942. It inactivated after suffering disastrous losses in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (7 December 1941).

From Jun 1942-Apr 1944, it operated as the 18th Replacement Wing, processing personnel entering Second Air Force.

Redesignated as the 18th Air Division on 1 Jul 1959, it assured that assigned wings were organized, manned, trained, and equipped to conduct long-range bombardment operations using either nuclear or conventional weapons.

Redesignated 18 Strategic Aerospace Division on 15 Feb 1962, the division also developed and maintained a strategic missile operational capability. Between 1965 and 1968, subordinate units of the 18th loaned aircraft and aircrews to SAC organizations in Southeast Asia for combat operations.

Inactivated on 2 July 1968 due to budget constraints





  • Established as 18 Composite Wing on 8 May 1929
Activated on 1 May 1931
Redesignated: 18 Wing on 1 Sep 1937
Redesignated: 18 Bombardment Wing on 19 Oct 1940
Inactivated on 29 Jan 1942
  • Redesignated 18 Replacement Wing on 17 Jun 1942
Activated on 23 Jun 1942
Disestablished on 11 Apr 1944
  • Reestablished, and redesignated 18 Air Division, on 20 May 1959
Activated on 1 Jul 1959
Redesignated 18 Strategic Aerospace Division on 15 Feb 1962
Discontinued, and inactivated, on 2 Jul 1968.







PD-icon.svg This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

  • Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0892010924.
  • Ravenstein, Charles A. (1984). Air Force Combat Wings Lineage and Honors Histories 1947-1977. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0912799129.
  • Air Force Historical Research Agency: 18th Strategic Aerospace Division

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