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Central Air Defense Force

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Air Defense Command

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North Amerian F-86D Sabre at the National Museum of the United States Air Force assigned to the 97th Fighter Interceptor Squadron at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, during the mid-1950s.
Active 1951–1960
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Role Air Defense
Part of Air Defense Command

The Central Air Defense Force (CADF) is an inactive United States Air Force organization. Its last assignment was with Air Defense Command being stationed at Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base, Missouri. It was deactivated on July 1, 1960.

CADF was responsible for the air defense of the Central and Southcentral United States (1951–1960). CADF's area was essentially the area east of the Rocky Mountains to the west of the Appalachian Mountains, from the Canadian border south to the Gulf of Mexico.

In August 1957, Canadian and United States officials announced the establishment of an integrated command in Colorado Springs, Colorado which would centralize operational control of continental air defense. On September 12, 1957, NORAD Headquarters operations commenced at Ent Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colorado. On May 12, 1958, the Canadian and US governments formally exchanged diplomatic notes which constituted the NORAD Agreement. The Central Air Defense Force was inactivated on July 1, 1960 when the NORAD Air Defense Sectors were established.

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History

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Lineage

  • Established as Central Air Defense Force and organized February 5, 1951.
Organized March 1, 1951
Inactivated July 1, 1960

Assignments

Stations

Components

Divisions

October 8, 1955 – January 1, 1960
February 16, 1953 – January 1, 1960
May 20, 1951 – February 1, 1952, Selfridge AFB, Michigan
February 1, 1952 – January 1, 1960, Snelling AFS, Minnesota
May 20, 1951 – May 8, 1956, Tinker AFB, Oklahoma
May 8, 1956 – January 1, 1960, Oklahoma City, AFS, Oklahoma
February 16, 1953 – January 1, 1960
Attached: July 1, 1951 – February 1, 1952
Assigned: February 1, 1952 – April 10, 1955
Transferred to Eastern Air Defense Force

Groups

February 8, 1957 – July 1, 1960
5th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
August 18, 1955 – July 1, 1960
13th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
14th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
August 18, 1955 – July 1, 1960
(Detached from 56th Fighter-Interceptor Wing, Selfridge AFB, Michigan)
62d Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
63d Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
August 18, 1955 – July 1, 1960
86th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
Indiana Air National Guard
Active duty: February 1, 1951 – February 7, 1952
113th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron (Indiana ANG)
166th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron (Ohio ANG)
Wisconsin Air National Guard
Active duty: March 1, 1951 – February 6, 1952
126th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron (Wisconsin ANG)
172d Fighter-Interceptor Squadron (Michigan ANG)
176th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron (Wisconsin ANG)
Minnesota Air National Guard
Active duty: March 1, 1951 – February 6, 1952
166th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron (Ohio ANG)
Oregon Air National Guard
Active duty: March 1, 1951 – February 6, 1952
62d Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
August 18, 1955 – July 1, 1960
321st Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
August 18, 1955 – July 1, 1960
326th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
August 18, 1955 – July 1, 1960
11th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
August 18, 1955 – July 1, 1960
354th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
469th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
August 18, 1955 – July 1, 1960
445th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
1959 – July 1, 1960
13th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
August 18, 1955 – July 1, 1960
432d Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
August 18, 1955 – July 1, 1960
438th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron

Active-Duty bases hosting CADF units

Ent AFB
Sioux City AP
O'Hare AP
Scott AFB
Bunker Hill AFB
Fairfax AFLD
England AFB
K.I. Sawyer AFB
Kinross/Kincheloe AFB
Selfridge AFB
Oscoda/Wurtsmith AFB
Duluth IAP
Minneapolis-St. Paul AP
Richards-Gebaur AFB
Glasgow AFB
Malmstrom AFB (1953–1960)
Grand Forks AFB
Minot AFB
Kirtland AFB (1953–1960)
Walker AFB
Lockbourne AFB
Wright-Patterson AFB
Youngstown AP
Rapid City/Ellsworth AFB
McGhee Tyson AP
Bergstrom AFB
Webb AFB
Truax AFLD

Adc-regions.jpg Regions of ADC Air Defense Forces and known Air Force Bases with ADC units, 1949–1960 Note: States containing ADC bases of Western & Central ADF and Eastern & Central ADF identified as Central/Western and Central/Eastern

See also

References

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

  • USAF Aerospace Defense Command publication, The Interceptor, January 1979 (Volume 21, Number 1)
  • Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-89201-092-4
  • Ravenstein, Charles A. (1984). Air Force Combat Wings Lineage and Honors Histories 1947–1977. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-912799-12-9

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