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20th Air Division
USAF 20th Air Division Crest.jpg
Emblem of the 20th Air Division
Active 1955-1983
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Role Command and Control
Part of Tactical Air Command (ADTAC)

The 20th Air Division (20th AD) is an inactive United States Air Force organization. Its last assignment was with Tactical Air Command, being stationed at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. It was inactivated on 1 Mar 1983.

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History

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Lineage

  • Established as 20 Air Division (Defense) on 8 Jun 1955
Activated on 8 Oct 1955
Inactivated on 1 Jan 1960
  • Redesignated 20 Air Division, and activated, on 20 Jan 1966
Organized on 1 Apr 1966 by redesignation of Chicago Air Defense Sector
Discontinued, and inactivated, on 31 Dec 1967
  • Activated on 19 Nov 1969
Inactivated on 1 Mar 1983.

Assignments

Central Air Defense Force, 8 Oct 1955 – 1 Jan 1960
Tenth Air Force, 1 Apr 1966 – 31 Dec 1967

Stations

Components

Sector

Groups

Sioux Gateway Airport, Iowa
Truax Field, Wisconsin
Richards-Gebaur AFB, Missouri
Tyndall AFB, Florida
Fort Lee AFS, Virginia

Squadrons

  • 22d Air Defense Missile Squadron (BOMARC): 19 Nov 1969 – 31 Oct 1972
Langley AFB, Virginia
Langley AFB, Virginia
Scott AFB, Illinois
Dover AFS, Delaware

Operational History

On 8 June 1955, the 20th Air Division (Defense) assumed responsibility for the air defense of an area that covered parts of Nebraska, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, and virtually all of Kansas and Missouri. In 1966, it provided air defense for parts of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, and all of Illinois. It supervised Air National Guard units that flew interception sorties using, among others, F-101 and F-106 aircraft, while at the same time controlling numerous radar squadrons. Beginning in November 1969, the 20th provided air defense for virtually all of the southeastern United States, except for most of Louisiana. After 1981, it controlled units equipped with F-15 aircraft, while its subordinate units continued to participate in intensive academic training, numerous multi-region simulated (non-flying) exercises, and flying exercises.

References

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

  • Aerospace Defense Command publication, The Interceptor, January 1979 (Volume 21, Number 1).

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