33rd Air Division (United States)

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33d Air Division
USAF 33d Air Division Crest.jpg
Emblem of the 33d Air Division
Active 1949–1969
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Role Command and Control
Part of Air Defense Command
33d Air Division AOR 1951-1961
33d Air Division AOR 1966-1969

The 33rd Air Division (33d AD) is an inactive United States Air Force organization. Its last assignment was with Air Defense Command, assigned to First Air Force, being stationed at Fort Lee Air Force Station, Virginia. It was inactivated on 19 November 1969.


The 33d Air Division had air defense responsibility for an area encompassing Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, and parts of Kansas, Missouri, and Mississippi in March 1951. Later, in 1966, its area changed to cover parts of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.

Assumed additional designation of 33d 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. The division supervised, administered, and trained its assigned units and, in doing so, participated in numerous live and simulated exercises.


  • Established as 33 Air Division (Defense) on 5 March 1951
Activated on 19 March 1951
Inactivated on 1 February 1952
  • Organized on 1 February 1952
Redesignated 33 Air Division (SAGE) on 1 January 1960
Discontinued, and inactivated, on 1 July 1961
  • Redesignated 33 Air Division, and activated, on 20 January 1966
Organized on 1 April 1966 by redesignation of Washington Air Defense Sector
Inactivated on 19 November 1969


Eastern Air Defense Force 19 March – 20 May 1951
Central Air Defense Force, 20 May 1951 – 1 January 1960
First Air Force, 1 April 1966 – 19 November 1969





Tinker AFB, Oklahoma, 19 March-4 June 1951
Redesignated: 328th Fighter Group: 18 August 1955 – 1 March 1956
Richards-Gebaur AFB, Missouri

Interceptor squadrons[edit]

Missile squadrons[edit]

Langley AFB, Virginia

Radar squadrons[edit]

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 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).

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