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36th Air Division
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36th Air Division emblem
Active 4 September 1951–15 March 1960
1 April 1966–30 September 1969
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Garrison/HQ see
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Decorations see

The 36th Air Division (36th AD) is an inactive United States Air Force organization. Its last assignment was with First Air Force, being stationed at Topsham Air Force Station, Maine. It was inactivated on 30 September 1969.

The 36th Air Division was activated to solve the organizational and jurisdictional problems caused by placing two combat wings at Davis-Monthan AFB in 1951. The division first flew B-29s and B-50 Superfortresses for bombardment operations, but by late 1954 it was completely equipped with B-47 Stratojet medium bombers. Conversion from KB-29s to KC-97s for refueling began in the summer of 1952 and ended in 1954.

The division constantly flew training missions, engaged in simulated combat operations, and participated in joint exercises with the Air Defense Command. Until 1960, it continued its task of manning, training, and equipping the assigned bombardment wings with B-47s so that they would be ready for aerial warfare on a global scale. Inactivated with the turnover of Davis Monthan to Tactical Air Command in 1960.

Reactivated as part of First Air Force (Air Defense Command), April 1966–September 1969. The division administered, trained, and placed all available combat capable forces, including surveillance and control elements, in a maximum state of readiness for air defense missions, and participated in numerous exercises.

Inactivated in 1969 due to budget reductions and the diminished air defense threat to the United States.





  • Established as 36 Air Division, and organized, on 4 Sep 1951
Discontinued on 16 Jun 1952
  • Activated on 16 Jun 1952
Discontinued on 15 Mar 1960
  • Organized on 1 Apr 1966
Inactivated on 30 Sept 1969.



  • 43d Bombardment Wing: 4 Sept 1951-6 Jun 1952. 16 Jun 1952-15 Mar 1960 (detached c. 10 Mar-5 Jun 1953, 5 Sept-10 Dec 1954, and 1 Jul-l Oct 1957)
  • 303d Bombardment Wing: 4 Sept 1951-16 Jun 1952. 16 Jun 1952-15 Mar 1960 (detached 5 Oct-6 Nov 1952, 4 Mar-5 Jun 1954, 4 Jul-4 Oct 1956, and 5 Apr-4 Jul 1958)



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.
  • Aerospace Defense Command publication, The Interceptor, January 1979 (Volume 21, Number 1).
  • Air Force Historical Research Agency: 36th Air Division

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