Detroit Air Defense Sector

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Detroit Air Defense Sector Airdefensecommand-logo.jpg
Detroit Air Defense Sector - Emblem.png
Emblem of the Detroit Air Defense Sector
Active 1957–1966
Country United States
Branch  United States Air Force
Role Air Defense
Part of Air Defense Command
Map of Detroit ADS

The Detroit Air Defense Sector (DEADS) is an inactive United States Air Force organization. Its last assignment was with the Air Defense Command (ADC) 26th Air Division at Custer Air Force Station (AFS), Michigan. It was inactivated on 1 April 1966.


DEADS was originally designated as the 4627th Air Defense Wing, but was redesignated before being organized in January 1957 at Custer AFS, Michigan.[1] It became operational in September 1958, but did not assume control of former ADC Central Air Defense Force units with a mission to provide air defense of lower Michigan, northeast Indiana, and most of Ohio until 1959.[2] The organization provided command and control over several aircraft, missile and radar squadrons.

On 1 September 1959 the new Semi Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE) Direction Center (DC-06) and Combat Center (CC-01) became operational. Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found. DC-06 was equipped with dual AN/FSQ-7 Computers. The day-to-day operations of the command were to train and maintain tactical units flying jet interceptor aircraft (F-86 Sabre, F-89 Scorpion, F-101 Voodoo, F-102 Delta Dagger, F-104 Starfighter, F-106 Delta Dart) and operating interceptor missiles (CIM-10 Bomarc) and radar squadrons in a state of readiness with training missions and series of exercises with Strategic Air Command and other units simulating interceptions of incoming enemy aircraft.

The Sector was inactivated 1 April 1966 as part of ADC reorganization and consolidation and replaced at Custer AFS by the 34th Air Division.[3] Most of its units were reassigned to 34th or the 29th Air Division.


  • Designated as 4627th Air Defense Wing, SAGE
Redesignated as Detroit Air Defense Sector on 8 January 1957 and organized
Discontinued and inactivated on 1 April 1966.


  • 30th Air Division, 8 January 1957
  • 26th Air Division, 4 September 1963 – 1 April 1966


  • Custer AFS, Michigan, 8 January 1957 – 1 April 1966



Selfridge AFB, Michigan, 1 April 1959 - 1 April 1966


Youngstown Airport, Ohio, 1 April 1959 - 1 March 1960

Interceptor Squadrons

Missile Squadron

Niagara Falls Air Force Missile Site, New York, 4 September 1963 - 1 April 1966

Radar Squadrons

Weapons Systems

  • F-86D, 1959-1960
  • F-86L, 1959-1960
  • F-89J, 1959-1960
  • F-101B, 1960-1966
  • F-102A, 1959-1960
  • F-104A, 1959-1960
  • F-106A, 1960-1966
  • CIM-10 Bomarc, 1963-1966

See also


  1. See 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. p. 57.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Cornett & Johnson, p. 37 (Map)
  3. Abstract, History of 34th Air Div, Apr-Dec 1966 (accessed 7 Feb 2012)
  4. Ravenstein, Charles A (1984). Air Force Combat Wings, Lineage & Honors Histories 1947-1977 (PDF). Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. p. 6. ISBN 0-912799-12-9.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Cornett & Johnson, p. 73
  6. Maurer, Maurer, ed. (1982) [1969]. Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II (PDF) (reprint ed.). Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. p. 227. ISBN 0-405-12194-6.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Maurer, p. 299
  8. Cornett & Johnson, P. 120
  9. Maurer, p. 391
  10. Cornett & Johnson, p. 128
  11. Cornett & Johnson, p. 150
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Cornett & Johnson, p. 158
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Cornett & Johnson, pp. 163-165
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Cornett & Johnson, p. 168


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

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SAGE facilities