816th Strategic Aerospace Division
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|816th Strategic Aerospace Division|
Emblem of the 816th Strategic Aerospace Division
|Branch||United States Air Force|
|Role||Command and Control|
|Part of||Strategic Air Command|
|Garrison/HQ||Altus AFB, Oklahoma|
The 816th Strategic Aerospace Division (816th SAD) is an inactive United States Air Force organization. Its last assignment was with Strategic Air Command, assigned to Second Air Force, being stationed at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. It was inactivated on July 1, 1965.
Activated in 1958 as an intermediate command echelon of Strategic Air Command, providing command and control and coordinated the manning, equipping, and operational readiness of B-52 Stratofortress MAJCOM Strategic Wings in Texas and Oklahoma. Assigned SM-65 Atlas ICBM wings in 1961 and was redesignated as a Strategic Aerospace Division, conducted training in strategic air warfare on a global scale from 1958–1965. It participated in tactical exercises such as Card Game, Steel Trap, and Blonde Cutey.
Inactivated in June 1965 as part of the phaseout of the Atlas ICBM and as a result of budget reductions.
- Established as 816 Air Division on May 20, 1958.
- Activated on July 1, 1958
- Redesignated 816 Strategic Aerospace Division on April 1, 1962
- Discontinued, and inactivated, on July 1, 1965.
- Second Air Force, July 1, 1958 – July 1, 1965.
- July 1, 1958 – July 1, 1965.
- 4123 Strategic: March 1, 1959 – February 1, 1963 (Clinton-Sherman AFB)
- 70 Bombardment(Clinton-Sherman AFB)
- February 1, 1963 – July 1, 1965
- February 1 – July 1, 1963; July 1, 1964 – July 1, 1965
- B-52 Stratofortress, 1958–1965
- KC-97 Stratotanker, 1958–1961
- KC-135 Stratotanker, 1958–1965
- B-47 Stratojet, 1961–1962.
- RB-47, 1958–1962
- SM-65 Atlas, 1961–1965
- 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.
- 816th Strategic Aerospace Division Factsheet