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4728th Air Defense Group

4728th Air Defense Group
Active 1957–1958
Country  United States
Branch  United States Air Force
Type Fighter Interceptor
Role Air Defense
Part of Air Defense Command

The 4728th Air Defense Group is a discontinued New York Air Defense Sector at Dover Air Force Base.

The fighter interceptor squadrons of Air Defense Command (ADC), that were tenants at Dover, a Military Air Transport Service (MATS) base. It was also assigned a maintenance squadron to perform aircraft maintenance. It was discontinued after the 46th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron inactivated in 1958, leaving only a single fighter squadron at Griffiss.

History

The 4728th Air Defense Group was organized in early 1957. The [3] It was assigned the 46th FIS, flying Lockheed F-94 Starfire aircraft,[4] armed with HVAR rockets. and the 98th FIS, flying Northrop F-89 Scorpion aircraft,[5] armed with both HVAR rockets and AIM-4 Falcons as its operational squadrons.[6][7] Both aircraft had a radar officer to operate the aircraft airborne intercept radar. The group mission was air defense of the Middle Atlantic Area of the United States. These squadrons were already stationed at Dover and had been assigned to the New York Air Defense Sector.[6][7]

In August, maintenance for the two squadrons was combined in the 604th Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (CAMS), which was activated at Dover.[8] The 98th FIS converted to newer model F-89s, which could carry nuclear armed AIR-2 Genies, in the fall of 1957.[5] The group was discontinued when the 46th FIS was inactivated,[6] leaving only a single operational ADC squadron at Dover.[1] The 604th CAMS was also inactivated, while the 98th FIS was then assigned directly to the New York Air Defense Sector.[7]

Lineage

  • Designated and organized as the 4728th Air Defense Group on 8 February 1957
Discontinued on 1 July 1958

Assignments

  • New York Air Defense Sector, 8 February 1957 – 1 July 1958

Stations

  • Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, 8 February 1957 – 1 July 1958

Components

  • 46th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, 8 February 1957 – 1 July 1958
  • 98th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, 8 February 1957 – 1 July 1958
  • 604th Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 8 August 1957 - 1 July 1958

Aircraft

  • Northrop F-89H Scorpion, 1957
  • Northrop F-89J Scorpion, 1957-1958
  • Lockheed F-94C Starfire, 1957-1958

See also

References

Notes

  1. ^ a b Cornett & Johnson, p. 89
  2. ^ Mueller, p. 114
  3. ^ Mueller, p. 111
  4. ^ Cornett & Johnson, p. 115
  5. ^ a b Cornett & Johnson, p.121
  6. ^ a b c Maurer, p. 204
  7. ^ a b c Maurer, p.327
  8. ^ Cornett & Johnson, p.142

Bibliography

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