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Eastern Air Defense Force

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Air Defense Command

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Emblem of the Eastern Air Defense Force
Active 1949–1960
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Role Air Defense
Part of Air Defense Command

The Eastern Air Defense Force (EADF) is an inactive United States Air Force organization. Its last assignment was with Air Defense Command being stationed at Stewart Air Force Base, New York. It was inactivated on July 1, 1960.

Contents

History

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Lineage

  • Established as Eastern Air Defense Force and organized September 1, 1949.
Discontinued July 1, 1960

Assignments

Stations

Components

Divisions

Attached: November 17, 1949 – August 31, 1950
Assigned: September 1, 1950 – February 1, 1952
Assigned: February 1, 1952 – August 1, 1959
Attached: December 16, 1949 – February 1, 1952, Selfridge AFB, Michigan
Assigned: February 1, 1952 – August 1, 1959, Willow Run AFS, Michigan
Attached: October 8 – November 27, 1950
Assigned: November 27, 1950 – February 1, 1951
Assigned: September 1, 1950 – February 1, 1952, Stewart AFB, New York
Assigned: February 1, 1952 – August 1, 1959, Syracuse AFS, New York
March 19, 1951 – May 20, 1951
Transferred to Central Air Defense Force
April 10, 1955 – November 15, 1958
September 8, 1955 – April 1, 1959
September 8, 1955 – February 1, 1959

Wings

November 10, 1949 – February 20, 1950, Langley AFB, Virginia
August 1 – November 19, 1950, New Castle County Apt, Delaware
January 12, 1951 – February 6, 1952
November 10, 1949 – February 6, 1952
(33d Fighter-Interceptor Group February 6, 1952 – July 1, 1960)
58th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron (1949–1960)
59th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron (1949–1952)
60th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron (1949–1950, 1955–1960)
437th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron (1952–1956)
September 1, 1950 – June 2, 1951
Attached: November 10, 1949 – August 31, 1950
Assigned: September 1, 1950 – February 6, 1952
September 1, 1950 – February 6, 1952
July 1, 1957 – July 1, 1959
6 Feb 1952-1 Jan 1955

Groups

August 15, 1950 – June 3, 1951
(Detached from 1st Fighter-Interceptor Wing, George AFB, California)
27th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
71st Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
1952–1960
37th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
1952–1960
47th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
August 18, 1955 – July 1, 1960
2d Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
5th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
August 18, 1955 – January 1, 1958
42d Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
September 1, 1950 – June 2, 1951
Connecticut Air National Guard
March 1, 1951 – December 4, 1952
118th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron (Connecticut ANG)
District of Columbia Air National Guard
February 1, 1951 – February 6, 1952
121st Fighter-Interceptor Squadron(D.C. ANG)
142d Fighter-Interceptor Squadron (Oregon ANG)
148th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron (Arizona ANG)
20 Sep 1954
Redesignated: 329th Fighter Group (Air Defense),
18 Aug 1955–1 Aug 1959
330th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron (1955–1959)
331st Fighter-Interceptor Squadron (1955–1958)

Squadrons

September 1, 1950 – September 11, 1951
August 15, 1950 – June 3, 1951
August 15 – October 24, 1950
December 1, 1950 – May 20, 1951

Active-Duty bases hosting EADF units

Dover AFB
New Castle AP
Homestead AFB
Pine Castle/McCoy AFB
Tyndall AFB
Dow AAF/AFB
Loring AFB
Presque Isle AFB
Andrews AFB
Hanscom AFB
Otis AFB
Westover AFB
Seymour-Johnson AFB
Grenier AFB
McGuire AFB
Griffis AFB
Mitchel AAF
Niagara Falls AP
Suffolk County AFB
Pittsburgh IAP
Charleston AFB
Langley AFB
Burlington AP/Ethan Allen AFB
  • Non-US ADC Bases assigned to EADF
Goose Bay AB Labrador Canada
Harmon AB Newfoundland Canada
Thule AB Greenland

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

Operational History

Was responsible for the air defense of the Eastern United States. EADF's region was the continental United States essentially east of the Appalachian Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean, along with ADC bases in Labrador, Canada and Greenland.

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 Eastern Air Defense Force was deactivated on July 1, 1960 when the NORAD Air Defense Sectors were established.

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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