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34th Air Division
USAF 34th Air Division Crest.jpg
Emblem of the 34th Air Division
Active 1951–1969
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Role Command and Control
Part of Air Defense Command

The 34th Air Division (34th AD) is an inactive United States Air Force organization. Its last assignment was with Air Defense Command, being stationed at Custer Air Force Station, Michigan. It was inactivated on 31 December 1969.





  • Established as 34 Air Division (Defense) on 1 January 1951
Activated on 5 January 1951
Inactivated on 1 February 1952
  • Organized on 1 February 1952
Inactivated on 1 January 1960
  • Redesignated 34 Air Division, and activated, on 20 January 1966
Organized on 1 April 1966 as redesignation of Detroit Air Defense Sector
Inactivated on 31 December 1969





Selfridge AFB, Michigan


Duluth Airport, Minnesota


Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona
  • 35 Air Defense Missile (BOMARC) : 1 April 1966 – 15 September 1969
Niagara Falls Airport, New York
Walker AFB, New Mexico
K.I. Sawyer AFB, Michigan
Wurtsmith AFB, Michigan
Duluth Airport. Minnesota
Attached 10 August 1951 – 1 February 1952; 1–5 February 1952
Assigned 6 February 1952 – 1 January 1960
Kirtland AFB, New Mexico
Wurtsmith AFB, Michigan

Operational History

From January 1951 – until 1960 the 34th administered, trained, operated and supported assigned units, and placed all available combat capable elements in a maximum state of readiness. Initially, its area of responsibility included Arizona, New Mexico, and parts of Nevada, Utah, Colorado, and Texas. Redesignated Albuquerque Air Defense Sector on 1 Jan 1960.

Reactivated on 1 April 1966, to perform Air Defense including all or part of Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia. The division participated in numerous live and simulated exercises such as Fainting Echo, Apache Arrow, and Fainting Knife.


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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