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73d Space Group
73d Space Group.png
Emblem of the 73d Space Group
Active 1966-1971; 1989-1995
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Space Surveillance
Role Combat Support
Part of AFSPC/14 AF
Garrison/HQ Falcon AFB, Colorado

The 73d Space Group is an inactive United States Air Force space surveillance organization. Its last assignment was with Fourteenth Air Force, being stationed at Falcon Air Force Base, Colorado. It was inactivated on 26 April 1995.

The Group performed space surveillance. In April 1995 the 73rd Space Surveillance Group merged with the 21st Space Wing. From that point the 21st became the largest wing in the United States Air Force with units deployed literally throughout the world.





  • Established as: 73d Aerospace Surveillance Wing on 1 Nov 1966
Organized on 1 Jan 1967
Inactivated on 30 Apr 1971
  • Redesignated as 73d Space Surveillance Group on 10 Feb 1989
Activated on 1 Mar 1989
Redesignated as 73d Space Wing on 1 Jun 1991
Redesignated as 73d Space Group on 1 May 1992
Inactivated on 26 Apr 1995


  • 9th Aerospace Defense Division., 1 Jan 1967
  • 14th Aerospace Force, 1 Jul 1968-30 Apr 1971
  • Air Force Space Command, 1 Mar 1989
  • 1st Space Wing, 1 Jun 1991
  • 14th Air Force, 20 Sep 1993-26 Apr 1995






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

  1. ^ Air Force Historical Research Agency: Supplement to 73d Space Group Lineage and Honors, 1 Nov 2009
  • Information compiled by Daniel L. Haulman, Phd; Chief, Organizational Histories Branch; Air Force Historical Research Agency


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