35th Air Division

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35th Air Division
F-106 of the division's 52d Fighter Group[1]
Active 1951–1958; 1966-1969
Country  United States
Branch  United States Air Force
Role Command of air defense forces
Part of Air Defense Command
35th Air Division emblem (Approved 20 April 1966)[2] 165px

The 35th Air Division (35th AD) is an inactive United States Air Force organization. Its last assignment was with Air Defense Command, assigned to First Air Force, at Hancock Field, New York. It was inactivated on 19 November 1969.


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35th Air Division ADC AOR 1951-1958

Assigned to Air Defense Command (ADC) for most of its existence, from July 1951 – November 1969, the 35th "equipped, administered, and trained its assigned and attached units and placed those forces in a maximum state of readiness for use in air defense. Initially, its area of responsibility included all or part of Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, and Mississippi".[2]

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35th Air Division ADC AOR 1966-1969

"In 1966, the area changed to include most of New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and southern Maine when the division assumed the responsibilities of the inactivated Boston Air Defense Sector. "[2]

Assumed additional designation of 35th NORAD Region after activation of the NORAD Combat Operations Center at the Cheyenne Mountain Complex, Colorado and reporting was transferred to NORAD from ADC at Ent Air Force Base in April 1966. "The division participated in numerous live and simulated exercises such as Apache Brave, Mohawk Echo, and Desk Top."[2]

Inactivated in November 1969[2] as ADC phased down its interceptor mission as the chances of a Soviet bomber attack on the United States seemed remote, its mission being consolidated into North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).


  • Established as the 35 Air Division (Defense) on 11 June 1951
Activated on 1 July 1951
Inactivated on 1 February 1952
  • Organized on 1 February 1952[3]
Inactivated on 15 November 1958
  • Redesignated 35 Air Division and activated on 20 January 1966 (not organized)
Organized on 1 April 1966
Inactivated on 19 November 1969[2]





Gunter Air Force Base, Alabama, 8 September 1957 - 15 November 1958


Suffolk County Air Force Base, New York, 1 December 1967 - 30 September 1968


Suffolk County Air Force Base, New York, 30 September 1968 1966 – 31 December 1969
McGhee-Tyson MAP, Tennessee, 18 August 1955 1966 – 1 March 1956
McGhee-Tyson MAP, Tennessee, 16 February 1953 1966 – 18 August 1955

Interceptor squadron

Loring Air Force Base, Maine, 15 September 1966 – 19 November 1969

Missile squadrons

Otis Air Force Base, Massachusetts, 1 April 1966 1966 – 19 November 1969
Niagara Falls Air Force Missile Site, New York, 15 September 1966 – 19 November 1969
McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey, 1 Dec 1967 1966 – 1 Oct 1972

Radar squadrons

See also



  1. Aircraft depicted is F-106B serial number 57-2523
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 "Factsheet 35 Air Division". Air Force Historical Research Agency. October 5, 2007. Archived from the original on October 23, 2012. Retrieved April 9, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. The simultaneous activation and inactivation in February 1952 represents a change between a table of organization unit and a table of distribution unit


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

  • Cornett, Lloyd H; Johnson, Mildred W (1980). A Handbook of Aerospace Defense Organization, 1946 - 1980 (PDF). Peterson AFB, CO: Office of History, Aerospace Defense Center. Retrieved March 23, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Lua error in Module:Citation/CS1/Identifiers at line 47: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value).
  • "ADCOM's Fighter Interceptor Squadrons". The Interceptor. Aerospace Defense Command. 21 (1): 5–11, 26–31, 40–45, 54–59. January 1979.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

The unit emblem was designed by A1C Mathias Alfred Jaren