7th Air Division

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7th Air Division
Active 1944-1948; 1951-1965; 1978–1992
Country  United States
Branch  United States Air Force
Role Command of strike forces
Equipment see "Aircraft / Missiles / Space Vehicles" section below
Insignia
7th Air Division emblem (approved 16 September 1954)[1] 7th Air Division crest.png

The 7th Air Division (7 AD) served the United States Air Force with distinction from early 1944 through early 1992, earning an outstanding unit decoration and a service streamer along the way.

History[edit]

The division provided air defense of the Hawaiian Islands April 1944 – September 1948.

In 1951 as part of the Strategic Air Command, the division controlled deployed bombardment and reconnaissance forces between 1951 and 1965. It participated in alerts, exercises, operational readiness inspections, evaluations, and intensive training programs to provide an advanced combat ready force. It also assumed responsibility for air base construction and improvement, which included building complexes to accommodate bombers, fighters, and special functions such as communications, weapons storage, aircraft parts, and navigational aids.

From 1978, the division was activated in Europe to provide command and control for SAC units assigned to USAFE, primarily air refueling and reconnaissance organizations, but also ground support units such as the 3920th Strategic Wing. It assured that assigned units trained to conduct strategic warfare according to the Emergency War Order. It also assured that assigned units could conduct strategic reconnaissance and air refueling and function as the nucleus of a SAC advanced echelon in event of contingency operations.[1]

Lineage[edit]

  • Established as the 7 Fighter Wing on 31 March 1944
Activated on 21 April 1944
Redesignated 7 Air Division on 15 December 1947
Inactivated on 1 May 1948
  • Organized on 1 May 1948
Discontinued on 3 September 1948
  • Activated on 20 March 1951
Inactivated on 16 June 1952
  • Organized on 16 June 1952
Discontinued on 30 June 1965
  • Activated on 1 July 1978
Inactivated on 1 February 1992[1]

Assignments[edit]

  • Seventh Air Force, 21 April 1944 (attached to VII Fighter Command after 24 April 1944)
  • Army Air Forces, Pacific Ocean Area, 15 August 1944
  • Provisional Army Air Forces, Middle Pacific, attached 1 July 1945 and assigned, 22 November 1945
  • Seventh Air Force (later Pacific Air Command), 1 January 1946 – 1 May 1948
  • Pacific Air Command, 1 May – 3 September 1948
  • Strategic Air Command, 20 March 1951 – 16 June 1952; 16 June 1952 – 30 June 1965; 1 July 1978
  • Strategic Air Command, 16 June 1952 - 30 June 1965
  • Strategic Air Command, 1 July 1978
  • Eighth Air Force, 31 January 1982 – 1 February 1992[1]

Components[edit]

Wings

Groups

Squadrons

Stations[edit]

Aircraft / Missiles / Space Vehicles[edit]

After activation on 1 July 1978, the division controlled aircraft such as the: KC-135 Stratotanker, B-52 Stratofortress, RC-135V/W Rivet Joint, SR-71 Blackbird, and U-2 Dragon Lady.

See also[edit]


References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Factsheet 7 Air Division". Air Force Historical Research Agency. October 4, 2007. Archived from the original on October 30, 2012. Retrieved March 17, 2014. 

Bibliography[edit]

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