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33d Air Division
USAF 33d Air Division Crest.jpg
Emblem of the 33d Air Division
Active 1949–1969
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Role Command and Control
Part of Air Defense Command

The 33d Air Division (33d 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 Fort Lee Air Force Station, Virginia. It was inactivated on 19 November 1969





  • Established as 33 Air Division (Defense) on 5 March 1951
Activated on 19 March 1951
Inactivated on 1 February 1952
  • Organized on 1 February 1952
Redesignated 33 Air Division (SAGE) on 1 January 1960
Discontinued, and inactivated, on 1 July 1961
  • Redesignated 33 Air Division, and activated, on 20 January 1966
Organized on 1 April 1966 by redesignation of Washington Air Defense Sector
Inactivated on 19 November 1969


Eastern Air Defense Force 19 March – 20 May 1951
Central Air Defense Force, 20 May 1951 – 1 January 1960
First Air Force, 1 April 1966 – 19 November 1969




Kirtland AFB, New Mexico
Richards-Gebaur AFB, Missouri
Oklahoma City AFS, Oklahoma
Sioux City Municipal Airport, Iowa


Redesignated: 328th Fighter: 18 August 1955 – 1 March 1956
Richards-Gebaur AFB, Missouri


  • 22d Air Defense Missile (BOMARC): 1 April 1966 – 19 November 1969
Langley AFB, Virginia
Langley AFB, Virginia
Scott AFB, Illinois
Dover AFS, Delaware
Scott AFB, Illinois, (Federalized Indiana Air National Guard)
Fairfax Field, Virginia
Webb AFB, Texas
England AFB, Louisiana
Charleston AFB, South Carolina

Operational History

The 33d Air Division had air defense responsibility for an area encompassing Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, and parts of Kansas, Missouri, and Mississippi in March 1951. Later, in 1966, its area changed to cover parts of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. The division supervised, administered, and trained its assigned units and, in doing so, participated in numerous live and simulated exercises.


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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