San Francisco Air Defense Sector
|San Francisco Air Defense Sector|
Emblem of the San Francisco Air Defense Sector
|Branch||United States Air Force|
|Part of||Air Defense Command|
|Carroll W. McColpin|
The San Francisco Air Defense Sector (SFADS) is an inactive United States Air Force organization. Its last assignment was with the 28th Air Division, being stationed at Beale Air Force Base, California.
SFADS was established in February 1959 assuming control of former ADC Western Air Defense Force units in California west of the Sierra Nevada; north of Santa Barbara and south of Eureka. The organization provided command and control over several aircraft and radar squadrons.
On 1 December 1960 the new Semi Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE) Direction Center (DC-18) became operational. DC-18 was equipped with dual AN/FSQ-7 Computers. The day-to-day operations of the command was to train and maintain tactical flying units flying jet interceptor aircraft (F-94 Starfire; F-102 Delta Dagger; F-106 Delta Dart) in a state of readiness with training missions and series of exercises with SAC and other units simulating interceptions of incoming enemy aircraft.
- Established as San Francisco Air Defense Sector on 15 February 1959
- Inactivated on 1 August 1963
- 28th Air Division, 15 February 1959 – 1 August 1963
- 78th Fighter Wing (Air Defense)
- Hamilton AFB, California, 1 July 1960-1 August 1963
- Travis AFB, California, 1 July 1960-1 August 1963
- Castle AFB, California, 1 July 1960-1 August 1963
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