34th Air Division

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34th Air Division
USAF 34th Air Division Crest.jpg
Emblem of the 34th Air Division
Active 1951–1969
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Role Command and Control
Part of Air Defense Command
34th Air Division ADC AOR 1951-1960
93d Fighter-Interceptor Squadron North American F-86A-5-NA Sabre 48-133 Western Air Defense Force, 34th Air Division, Kirtland AFB NM Aircraft participating in B-36 intercept tests, wide color bands were painted on the fuselage for identification as a test aircraft, October 1951
34th Air Division ADC AOR 1966-1969

The 34th Air Division (34th AD) is an inactive United States Air Force organization. Its last assignment was with Air Defense Command, being stationed at Custer Air Force Station, Michigan. It was inactivated on 31 December 1969.


Assigned to Air Defense Command (ADC) for most of its existence, from January 1951 – until 1960 the 34th administered, trained, operated and supported assigned units, and placed all available combat capable elements in a maximum state of readiness. Initially, its area of responsibility included Arizona, New Mexico, and parts of Nevada, Utah, Colorado, and Texas. Redesignated Albuquerque Air Defense Sector on 1 January 1960.

Reactivated on 1 April 1966, to perform Air Defense including all or part of Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia assuming responsibility for the missions of the Detroit and parts of the Syracuse Air Defense Sectors.

Assumed additional designation of 34th 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 participated in numerous live and simulated exercises such as Fainting Echo, Apache Arrow, and Fainting Knife.

Inactivated in December 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 34 Air Division (Defense) on 1 January 1951
Activated on 5 January 1951
Inactivated on 1 February 1952
  • Organized on 1 February 1952
Inactivated on 1 January 1960
  • Redesignated 34 Air Division, and activated, on 20 January 1966
Organized on 1 April 1966 as redesignation of Detroit Air Defense Sector
Inactivated on 31 December 1969





Selfridge AFB, Michigan, 1 April 1966-1 December 1969


Duluth MAP, Minnesota, 15 September-14 November 1969

Interceptor squadrons[edit]

Missile squadron[edit]

Niagara Falls Air Force Missile Site, 15 September-19 November 1969

Radar squadrons[edit]

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: 34th Air Division