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820th Strategic Aerospace Division
Emblem of the 820th Strategic Aerospace Division
Active 1956–1965
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Role Command and Control
Part of Strategic Air Command
Garrison/HQ Plattsburgh AFB, New York

The 820th Strategic Aerospace Division (820th SAD) is an inactive United States Air Force organization. Its last assignment was with Strategic Air Command, assigned to Eighth Air Force, being stationed at Plattsburgh Air Force Base, New York. It was inactivated on June 25, 1965.

Activated in 1956 as an intermediate command echelon of Strategic Air Command, providing command and control of B-47 Stratojet subordinate units in New England and upper New York. It also managed SAC MAJCOM B-52 Stratojet Strategic wings, along with air refueling squadrons. The 820th supervised the organization and training of its subordinate units in long range bombardment and air to air refueling operations. Acquired control of Atlas missile wings in 1962 for strategic aerospace warfare using intercontinental ballistic missiles, being redesignated as a Strategic Aerospace Division.

The division supervised the training of assigned reserve personnel and units. In fulfilling its mission, the 820th participated in numerous training exercises. Inactivated in June 1965 as part of the phaseout of the B-47.





  • Established as 820 Air Division on January 24, 1956
Activated on February 1, 1956
Redesignated 820 Strategic Aerospace Division on May 1, 1962
Discontinued, and inactivated, on June 25, 1965





July 15, 1959 – June 25, 1961
February 1, 1956 – June 25, 1965
January 1, 1963 – September 15, 1964
January 1, 1959 – April 1, 1961
January 5, 1959 – April 1, 1961
January 1, 1959 – February 1, 1960
January 1, 1961 – January 1, 1963.


  • 11 Air Refueling: July 1, 1964 – June 25, 1965
  • 26 Air Refueling: August 7, 1957 – August 1, 1959
  • 556 Strategic Missile: October 1, 1961 – September 15, 1964
  • 4365 Support (later, 4365 Post Attack Command Control): July 20, 1962 – December 24, 1964.

Aircraft and Missiles

EC-47 Stratojet 1962–1964


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