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810th Air Division

810th Strategic Aerospace Division

Emblem of the 810th Strategic Aerospace Division
Active 1952–1971
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Role Command and Control
Part of Strategic Air Command
Garrison/HQ Minot AFB, North Dakota

The 810th Strategic Aerospace Division (810th SAD) is an inactive United States Air Force organization. Its last assignment was with Strategic Air Command, assigned to Fifteenth Air Force, being stationed at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota. It was inactivated on June 30, 1971.

Activated in 1952 as an intermediate command echelon of Strategic Air Command, the 810th Air Division assured the manning, training, and equipping of assigned units to conduct long range bombardment missions with its assigned B-50D Superfortress and B-36 Peacemaker strategic bombardment Wings using either nuclear or conventional weapons. With the phaseout of the B-36 in the late 1950s, the Division controlled B-47 Stratojet medium bomber wings.

In 1962 the organization was redesignated as a Strategic Aerospace Division after taking command of several intercontinental ballistic missile wings equipped with SM-65 Atlas and LGM-30A Minuteman I missiles and trained for strategic aerospace warfare.

Between 1966 and 1973, 810 AD subordinate organizations loaned KC-135 Stratotanker and B-52 Stratofortress aircraft and crews, at various times, to Strategic Air command organizations flying Arc Light combat missions in Southeast Asia. In the spring of 1968, some aircraft and crews deployed to Okinawa in response to the Pueblo Incident, when the USSS Pueblo, a United States Navy vessel, was seized on the high seas by the armed forces of the People's Republic of Korea (North Korea).

The 810th also participated in tactical exercises such as Club Car, Snow Bank, and Bar None. It was inactivated in 1971 as a result of budgetary reductions.

History

Lineage

  • Established as 810th Air Division on June 4, 1952
Activated on June 16, 1952
Redesignated 810 Strategic Aerospace Division on November 1, 1962
Inactivated on June 30, 1971.

Assignments

Stations

Components

Wings

July 25, 1968 – June 30, 1971
September 1, 1964 – July 2, 1966
February 1 – July 1, 1963
July 1, 1966 – June 30, 1971 (detached c. February 5 – April 15, 1968)
June 16, 1952 – July 1, 1962 (detached July 23 – November 19, 1955)
June 16, 1952 – July 1, 1959 (detached May 5 – July 4, 1956)
March 25, 1965 – June 25, 1966
February 1, 1963 – September 1, 1964
July 2, 1968 – June 30, 1971
February 1, 1963 – July 25, 1968
November 1, 1962 – June 25, 1968
  • 4128 Strategic: July 1, 1962 – February 1, 1963
  • 4133 Strategic: July 1, 1962 – February 1, 1963
  • 4136 Strategic: July 1, 1962 – February 1, 1963
  • 4141 Strategic: July 1, 1962 – February 1, 1963.

Squadrons

  • 34 Air Refueling: April 1 – July 1, 1965
  • 4024 Bombardment: April 1, 1955 – August 1, 1956.

Aircraft and Missiles

RB-50, 1954–1956
ERB-29, 1954–1956
EC-135, 1966–1969
  • Minuteman I, 1963–1971
  • Atlas, 1964–1965
  • Minuteman II, 1968–1971
  • Minuteman III, 1968–1971.

See also


References

  • 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.
  • 810th Strategic Aerospace Division Factsheet

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