821st Strategic Aerospace Division

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821st Strategic Aerospace Division
Emblem of the 821st Strategic Aerospace Division
Active 1959-1971
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Role Command and Control
Part of Strategic Air Command

The 821st Strategic Aerospace Division (821st SAD) is an inactive United States Air Force organization. Its last assignment was with Strategic Air Command, assigned to Fifteenth Air Force, being stationed at Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota. It was inactivated on 30 June 1971.

Activated in 1958 as an intermediate command echelon of Strategic Air Command, providing command and control, manning, training, and equipping of B-52 Stratofortress Strategic Wings in the Upper Midwest United States for long range bombardment missions using either nuclear or conventional weapons. It also developed and maintained the capability for effective air refueling operations. Redesignated as a Strategic Aerospace Division in 1962 when Strategic Wings were inactivated and the command assumed control over Titan I Wings for strategic aerospace warfare using intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Between 1966 and 1970, the division's subordinate units loaned B-52 and KC-135 aircraft and crews to Strategic Air Command organizations in Southeast Asia in support of Arc Light combat missions. The 821st conducted numerous staff assistance visits, and participated in tactical exercises such as Operation Chrome Dome and Buckskin Rider.

Inactivated in 1971 as part of SAC's withdrawal from Southeast Asia and also as a result of budgetary reductions.



  • Established as 821 Air Division on 22 August 1958
Activated on 1 January 1959
Redesignated 821 Strategic Aerospace Division on 15 February 1962
Inactivated on 30 June 1971.






  • B-52, 1959–1971
  • KC-135, 1959–1971
  • KC-97, 1962–1964
  • Titan I, 1962–1965
  • Minuteman I, 1963–1971
  • EC-135, 1965-1971.

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

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