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The Great Falls Air Defense Sector
Great Falls Air Defense Sector
(GFADS) is an inactive United States Air Force organization. Its last assignment was with the Air Defense Command 29th Air Division, being stationed at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana. It was inactivated on 1 April 1966.

Contents

1 History

1.1 Lineage 1.2 Assignments 1.3 Stations 1.4 Components

1.4.1 Interceptor squadrons 1.4.2 Radar
Radar
squadrons

2 See also 3 References

History[edit] GFADS was established in March 1959 assuming control of former ADC Central Air Defense Force
Central Air Defense Force
units with a mission to provide air defense of central Montana. The organization provided command and control over several aircraft and radar squadrons. On 15 February 1960 the new Semi Automatic Ground Environment
Semi Automatic Ground Environment
(SAGE) Direction Center (DC-20) became operational. 47°30′59″N 111°10′55″W / 47.51639°N 111.18194°W / 47.51639; -111.18194 (GFADS-SAGE DC-20) DC-20 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. The Sector was inactivated on 1 April 1966 as part of ADC reorganization and consolidation, the command being redesignated as the 28th Air Division. Lineage[edit]

Established as Great Falls Air Defense Sector
Great Falls Air Defense Sector
on 1 March 1959

Inactivated on 1 April 1966; redesignated as 28th Air Division

Assignments[edit]

29th Air Division, 21 January 1960 – 1 April 1966

Stations[edit]

Malmstrom AFB, Montana, 1 January 1960 – 1 April 1966

Components[edit] Interceptor squadrons[edit]

5th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron

Minot AFB, North Dakota, 25 June 1963-1 April 1966

13th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron

Minot AFB, North Dakota, 25 June 1963-1 April 1966

29th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron

Malmstron AFB, Montana, 1953-1968

Radar
Radar
squadrons[edit]

681st Radar
Radar
Squadron

Cut Bank AFS, Montana, 1 July 1960-25 June 1965

694th Radar
Radar
Squadron

Lewistown AFS, Montana, 1 July 1960-1 April 1966

706th Radar
Radar
Squadron

Dickinson AFS, North Dakota, 25 June 1963-25 June 1965

716th Radar
Radar
Squadron

Kalispell AFS, Montana, 1 July 1960-1 April 1966

778th Radar
Radar
Squadron

Harve AFS, Montana, 1 July 1960-1 April 1966

779th Radar
Radar
Squadron

Opheim AFS, Montana, 25 June 1963-1 April 1966

780th Radar
Radar
Squadron

Fortuna AFS, North Dakota, 25 June 1963-1 April 1966

786th Radar
Radar
Squadron

Minot AFS, North Dakota, 25 June 1963-1 April 1966

801st Radar
Radar
Squadron

Malmstrom AFB, Montana, 1 July 1960-1 April 1966

902d Radar
Radar
Squadron

Miles City AFS, Montana, 25 June 1963-1 April 1966

See also[edit]

United States
United States
Air Force portal Military of the United States
United States
portal

List of USAF Aerospace Defense Command
Aerospace Defense Command
General Surveillance Radar Stations Aerospace Defense Command
Aerospace Defense Command
Fighter Squadrons

References[edit]  This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency
Air Force Historical Research Agency
website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

A Handbook of Aerospace Defense Organization 1946 - 1980, by Lloyd H. Cornett and Mildred W. Johnson, Office of History, Aerospace Defense Center, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado Winkler, David F. (1997), Searching the skies: the legacy of the United States
United States
Cold War defense radar program. Prepared for United States Air Force Headquarters Air Combat Command. Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-89201-092-4. 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. Radomes.org Great Falls Air Defense Sector

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SAGE facilities

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Aerospace Defense Command
Aerospace Defense Command
(ADC)

Bases

CONUS

Amarillo Beale Charleston Davis-Monthan Dobbins Dover Dow Duluth Eglin Edwards Ellington Ellsworth England Ent Ethan Allen Fairfax Fallon Fort Heath Fort Lee Geiger George Glasgow Grand Forks Grenier Griffiss Gunter Hamilton Hancock Homestead Hurlburt Hunter Imeson Key West Kincheloe Kingsley Kirtland Lackland Laredo Larson Luke MacDill March Malmstrom McCoy McChord McClellan McGhee Tyson McGuire Minneapolis-St. Paul Minot Mitchel New Castle Niagara Falls Norton O'Hare Otis Oxnard Paine Perrin Peterson Pittsburgh Portland Presque Isle R.I. Bong Richards-Gebaur Robins K.I. Sawyer Selfridge Seymour Johnson Sioux City Stead Stewart Suffolk County Tinker Travis Truax Tyndall Vandenburg Vincent Walker Webb Westover Wright-Patterson Wurtsmith Youngstown

Overseas

Ernest Harmon Frobisher Bay Goose Bay Keflavik McAndrew Pepperrell Thule

Stations

CONUS

Adair Aiken Almaden Alpena Antigo Arlington Heights Baker Bedford Bellefontaine Belleville Benton Blaine Brookfield Brunswick Bucks Harbor Burns Calumet Cambria Cape Charles Cape Cod Carmi Caswell Chandler Charleston Cheyenne Mountain Claysburg Clear Colville Condon Continental Divide Cottonwood Cross City Crystal Springs Curlew Custer Cut Bank Dallas Center Dauphin Island Dickinson Duncanville Eldorado Empire Finland Finley Flintstone Fordland Fort Fisher Fort Lee Fortuna Gettysburg Grand Marais Grand Rapids Guthrie Hanna City Havre Highlands Houma Hutchinson Joelton Keno Killeen Kingman Kirksville Klamath Lake Charles Lake City Las Cruces Las Vegas Lewistown Lockport Lufkin Lyndonville Madera Makah Mica Peak Miles City Mill Valley Minot Montauk Moriarty Mount Hebo Mount Laguna Mount Lemmon Naselle North Bend North Charleston North Truro Oklahoma City Olathe Omaha Opheim Osceola Othello Owingsville Ozona Palermo Point Arena Port Austin Port Isabel Pyote Red Bluff Rochester Rockport Rockville (Indiana) Roslyn Rye Saint Albans San Clemente Island Santa Rosa Island Saratoga Springs Sault Ste Marie Shemya Snelling Snow Mountain Sweetwater Texarkana Tierra Amarilla Thomasville Tonopah Topsham Two Creeks Wadena Walnut Ridge Watertown Waverly West Mesa Willow Run Winnemucca Winslow Winston-Salem Woomera Yaak Zapata

Overseas

Armstrong Baldy Hughes Beausejour Cape Makkovik Cartwright Cut Throat Island Elliston Ridge Fox Harbour Hofn Hopedale Kamloops La Scie Langanes Latrar Melville Puntzi Mountain Ramore Red Cliff Rockville Saglek St. Anthony Saskatoon Mountain Sioux Lookout Spotted Island Stephenville

Air Defense units

Forces

Central Air Defense Eastern Air Defense Iceland Western Air Defense First Fourth Tenth Fourteenth

Air Divisions

8th 9th 20th 21st 23d 24th 25th 26th 27th 28th 29th 30th 31st 32d 33d 34th 35th 36th 37th 58th 64th 73d 85th

Sectors

Albuquerque Bangor Boston Chicago Detroit Duluth Goose Grand Forks Great Falls Kansas City Los Angeles Minot Montgomery New York Oklahoma City Phoenix Portland Reno Sault Sainte Marie San Francisco Seattle Sioux City Spokane Stewart Syracuse Washington

Wings

Fighter 1st 4th 23d 32d 33d 50th 52d 56th 78th 81st 325th 328th 507th

Detection and Control 71st 73d 551st 552d

Air Defense 46th 4620th 4621st 4622d 4624th 4625th 4627th 4628th 4683d 4700th 4702d 4703d 4704th 4705th 4706th 4707th 4708th 4709th 4710th 4711th 4750th 4751st 4752d 4756th 4780th

Groups

Fighter 1st 4th 14th 15th 23d 32d 33d 50th 52d 53d 54th 56th 57th 78th 79th 81st 82d 84th 325th 326th 327th 328th 329th 337th 343d 355th 408th 412th 414th 473d 475th 476th 478th 507th

Air Defense 10th 500th 501st 502d 503d 514th 515th 516th 517th 518th 519th 520th 521st 525th 527th 528th 529th 530th 533d 534th 564th 566th 567th 568th 575th 637th 665th 678th 692d 701st 751st 762d 765th 778th 780th 827th 858th 4606th 4620th 4676th 4700th 4721st 4722d 4727th 4728th 4729th 4730th 4731st 4732d 4733d 4734th 4735th 4750th 4756th

Aircraft Control & Warning 503d 505th 540th 541st 542d 543d 544th 545th 546th 563d 564th 565th 566th

Squadrons

Aerospace Defense Command
Aerospace Defense Command
Fighter Squadrons Aircraft Control and Warning Squadrons

Major weapon systems

Electronic

TB-29 EB-57 EC-121

Fighters

Propellor: F-47 F-51 P-61 F-82

Subsonic Jet: P-80 F-84 F-86 F-89 F-94

Supersonic Jet: F-101 F-102 F-104 F-106

Missiles

AIM-4 AIM-26 AIR-2 CIM-10

Ships

Guardian Interceptor Interdictor Interpreter Investigator Locator Lookout Outpost Pickett Protector Scanner Searcher Skywatcher Tracer Watchman Vigil

Texas Towers

Texas Tower 2 Texas Tower 3 Texas Tower 4

Miscellaneous

Air Defense Command Emblem Gallery (on Wikimedia Commons) General Surveillance Ra

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