839th Air Division

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839th Air Division
Lockheed C-130E Hercules (L-382), USA - Air Force AN1532343.jpg
Active 1957–1974
Country  United States
Branch  United States Air Force
Role Command of airlift forces
Part of Tactical Air Command
839th Air Division emblem (Approved 16 June 1958)[2] 839th Air Division crest.jpg

The 839th Air Division is an inactive United States Air Force organization. Its last assignment was with Military Airlift Command, assigned to Twenty-First Air Force at Sewart Air Force Base, Tennessee, although except for the last month of its existence it was assigned to Tactical Air Command. It was inactivated on 31 December 1974.


The unit was an intermediate command echelon for Tactical Air Command.

"From October 1957, the division provided command and staff supervision of assigned units. Subordinate troop carrier units performed joint airborne training with Army forces, developed assault airlift operations, and participated in aerial demonstrations, tactical exercises, maneuvers, and joint operations. During 1966-1971, the assigned units provided worldwide airlift, aeromedical evacuation, and Lockheed C-130 Hercules combat crew training."[2]

"The 839th supported forces deployed during the crises in Lebanon (July 1958), Taiwan (August 1958), Berlin (September 1961), Cuba (October–November 1962), and the Dominican Republic (April 1965-September 1966). The 839th also provided Fairchild C-123 Provider combat crew training (September 1969-August 1971) for both United States and Republic of Vietnam aircrews."[2]

The command was inactivated in 1974[2] in conjunction with the transfer of TAC C-130 units to Military Airlift Command.


  • Established as the 839 Air Division on 26 September 1957
Activated on 8 October 1957
Inactivated on 31 December 1974[2]




  • 4442d Combat Crew Training Group: See 4442d School Squadron


  • 61st Troop Carrier Squadron: 1 December 1965 – 1 July 1966
  • 62d Troop Carrier Squadron: 1 December 1965 – 1 July 1966[2]
  • 4442d School Squadron (later 4442d Combat Crew Training Squadron, 4442d Combat Crew Training Group, 4442d Combat Crew Training Wing): 1 July 1962 – 26 February 1970[2]



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  1. ^ Aircraft is C-130E Serial 63-7847. Taken at RAF Abbingdon
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Factsheet 839 Air Division". Air Force Historical Research Agency. October 11, 2007. Archived from the original on October 30, 2012. Retrieved March 25, 2014. 


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