29th Air Division

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29th Air Division
USAF 29th Air Division Crest.jpg
Emblem of the 29th Air Division
Active 1951–1969
Branch United States Air Force
Role Command and control
Part of Air Defense Command
29th Air Division ADC AOR 1951-1960
29th Air Division ADC AOR 1966-1969
62d Fighter-Interceptor Squadron McDonnell F-101B-95-MC Voodoo 57-386 K. I. Sawyer Air Force Base, Michigan July 1968

The 29th Air Division (29th AD) is an inactive United States Air Force organization. Its last assignment was with Air Defense Command, being stationed at Duluth International Airport, Minnesota. It was inactivated on 15 November 1969.


Assigned to Air Defense Command (ADC) for most of its existence, the division's mission was the air defense of Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, and parts of Nevada, Utah, and Colorado. By 1953, the area changed to include North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska. The 29th supervised the training of its units, and participated in numerous training exercises.

Reassigned from Richards-Gebaur AFB, Missouri, to Duluth International Airport, Minnesota, on 1 April 1966 as part of an ADC reorganization, the division's area changed to include Minnesota, parts of Wisconsin, and North Dakota, and later expanded to cover most of Iowa. Assumed additional designation of 29th NORAD Region after activation of the NORAD Combat Operations Center at Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado and reporting was transferred to NORAD from ADC at Ent AFB in April 1966.

Inactivated in November 1969 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 29 Air Division (Defense) on 29 January 1951
Activated on 1 March 1951
Inactivated on 1 February 1952
  • Organized on 1 February 1952
Redesignated 29 Air Division (SAGE) on 1 January 1960
Organized as 29th NORAD Region/Air Division on 1 April 1966, replacing Duluth Air Defense Sector
Inactivated on 19 November 1969, assets transferred to 23d and 24th NORAD Regions/Air Divisions.






Kincheloe AFB, Michigan


Interceptor squadrons[edit]

Missile squadrons[edit]

Kincheloe AFB, Michigan, 1 April 1966 – 19 November 1969
Duluth AF Missile Site, Minnesota, 1 April 1966 – 19 November 1969

Radar squadrons[edit]

Radar evaluation squadron[edit]

Hill AFB, Utah, 1 January 1960 – 1 July 1961

See also[edit]


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

  • 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.
  • 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
  • Aerospace Defense Command publication, The Interceptor, January 1979 (Volume 21, Number 1).
  • Air Force Historical Research Agency: 29th Air Division