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816th Strategic Aerospace Division
Emblem of the 816th Strategic Aerospace Division
Active 1958–1965
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Role Command and Control
Part of Strategic Air Command
Garrison/HQ Altus AFB, Oklahoma

The 816th Strategic Aerospace Division (816th SAD) is an inactive United States Air Force organization. Its last assignment was with Strategic Air Command, assigned to Second Air Force, being stationed at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. It was inactivated on July 1, 1965.

Activated in 1958 as an intermediate command echelon of Strategic Air Command, providing command and control and coordinated the manning, equipping, and operational readiness of B-52 Stratofortress MAJCOM Strategic Wings in Texas and Oklahoma. Assigned SM-65 Atlas ICBM wings in 1961 and was redesignated as a Strategic Aerospace Division, conducted training in strategic air warfare on a global scale from 1958–1965. It participated in tactical exercises such as Card Game, Steel Trap, and Blonde Cutey.

Inactivated in June 1965 as part of the phaseout of the Atlas ICBM and as a result of budget reductions.





  • Established as 816 Air Division on May 20, 1958.
Activated on July 1, 1958
Redesignated 816 Strategic Aerospace Division on April 1, 1962
Discontinued, and inactivated, on July 1, 1965.





July 1, 1958 – July 1, 1965.
February 1, 1963 – July 1, 1965
February 1 – July 1, 1963; July 1, 1964 – July 1, 1965


RB-47, 1958–1962


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

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