Albuquerque Air Defense Sector

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Albuquerque Air Defense Sector Airdefensecommand-logo.jpg
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Emblem of Albuquerque Air Defense Sector
Active 1960
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Role Air Defense
Part of Air Defense Command
Map of Albuquerque ADS

The Albuquerque Air Defense Sector (AADS) is an inactive United States Air Force organization. Its last assignment was with the 33d Air Division, being stationed at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. It was inactivated on 1 November 1960.


The Albuquerque Air Defense Sector was established in 1960 by redesignation of the Air Defense Command 34th Air Division. The mission of the AADS was to provide air defense of New Mexico and most of Texas. The organization provided command and control over several aircraft and radar squadrons.

The sector operated Manual Air-Defense Control Center (ADCC) (P-41). A SAGE Direction Center was planned but never built. On 1 November 1960 the Albuquerque ADS was inactivated without gaining operational status when ADC ended command and control operations at Kirtland and Air Research and Development command becoming the Major Command to which Kirtland was assigned.

The organizations under AADS were inactivated or placed under the 4752d Air Defense Wing (later Oklahoma City Air Defense Sector) after inactivation.


  • Established as Albuquerque Air Defense Sector on 1 January 1960
Inactivated on 1 November 1960




Interceptor squadrons

Walker AFB, New Mexico, 1 January-15 September 1960
Kirtland AFB, New Mexico, 1 January-8 July 1960
Webb AFB, Texas, 1 January-15 September 1960

Radar squadrons

See also


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

  • A Handbook of Aerospace Defense Organization 1946 - 1980, by Lloyd H. Cornett and Mildred W. Johnson, Office of History, Aerospace Defense Center, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado
  • Winkler, David F. (1997), Searching the skies: the legacy of the United States Cold War defense radar program. Prepared for United States Air Force Headquarters Air Combat Command.
  • 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.
  • Radomes.Org

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