Syracuse Air Defense Sector
|Syracuse Air Defense Sector|
Emblem of the Syracuse Air Defense Sector
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|Part of||Air Defense Command|
SADS was established in October 1956 as the 4624th Air Defense Wing, SAGE at Syracuse Air Force Station (AFS), New York, assuming control of former ADC Eastern Air Defense Force units primarily in western New York, most of Pennsylvania and a small portion of western Maryland and eastern West Virginia. The organization provided command and control over several aircraft and radar squadrons.
On 15 August 1958 the new Semi Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE) Direction Center (DC-03) and Combat Center (CC-01) became operational. DC-03 was equipped with dual AN/FSQ-7 Computers. The day-to-day operations of the command were to train and maintain tactical units flying jet interceptor aircraft (F-89 Scorpion, F-101 Voodoo, F-102 Delta Dagger) and operating radars and interceptor missiles (CIM-10 Bomarc)in a state of readiness with training missions and a series of exercises with Strategic Air Command and other units simulating interceptions of incoming enemy aircraft. In early 1958, Syracuse AFS was renamed Hancock Field.
The Sector was inactivated on 4 September 1963 when the 26th Air Division headquarters moved to Hancock Field and the Syracuse Sector, in a realignment of sector boundaries, merged with the Boston Air Defense Sector.
- Designated as 4624th Air Defense Wing, SAGE and organized on 1 October 1956
- Redesignated Syracuse Air Defense Sector on 8 January 1957
- Inactivated on 4 September 1963
- 32nd Air Division, 1 October 1956
- 26th Air Division, 15 August 1958 – 4 September 1963
- Syracuse AFS, (later Hancock Field) New York, 1 October 1956 – 4 September 1963
- Niagara Falls Municipal Airport, New York, 1 September 1958 - 1 July 1960
- Griffiss AFB, New York, 1 August 1959 - 4 September 1963
- Niagara Falls Air Force Missile Site, New York, 1 June 1960 - 4 September 1963
- F-89J, 1959-1959
- F-101B, 1959-1963
- F-102A, 1958-1960
- IM-99 (later CIM-10), 1960-1963
- List of USAF Aerospace Defense Command General Surveillance Radar Stations
- Aerospace Defense Command Fighter Squadrons
- List of United States Air Force aircraft control and warning squadrons
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- Cornett & Johnson, pp. 165-67
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