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817th Air Division
Emblem of the 817th Air Division
Active 1956–1971
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Role Command and Control
Part of Strategic Air Command
Garrison/HQ Pease AFB, New Hampshire

The 817th Air Division (817th AD) is an inactive United States Air Force organization. Its last assignment was with Strategic Air Command, assigned to Second Air Force, being stationed at Pease Air Force Base, New Hampshire. It was inactivated on June 30, 1971.

Activated in 1956 as an intermediate command echelon of Strategic Air Command, initially supervising and directing the organization and training of subordinate B-47 Stratojet wings primarily in the Northeast. It ensured a force capable of immediate and sustained long range offensive bombardment and air-to-air refueling operations anywhere in the world.

With the retirement of the B-47 in 1965, beginning in 1966, the command controlled B-52 Stratofortress heavy bombardment wings and at various times, deployed B-52 and KC-135 aircraft and crews to Strategic Air Command units involved in combat operations during the Vietnam War. The 817th also participated in tactical exercises such as War Dance, Grand Slam, and Blast Off.

Inactivated in 1971 as part of SAC's withdrawal from Southeast Asia and also as a result of budgetary reductions





  • Established as 817 Air Division on January 24, 1956
Activated on February 1, 1956
Inactivated on June 30, 1971





July 2, 1968 – July 2, 1969
July 2, 1969 – June 30, 1971
February 1, 1956 – June 25, 1966
Detached December 29, 1957 – April 1, 1958
March 15 – November 15, 1965
June 25, 1965 – July 1, 1968
July 2, 1969 – June 30, 1971.
September 2, 1966 – July 2, 1969.


  • 509 Air Refueling: January 5 – May 1, 1958.

Aircraft and Missiles


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

  • Ravenstein, Charles A. (1984). Air Force Combat Wings Lineage and Honors Histories 1947-1977. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0912799129.
  • 817th Air Division Factsheet

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