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4729th Air Defense Group

4729th Air Defense Group
324th FIS F-86D Sabres at Westover AFB
Active 1957–1958
Country  United States
Branch  United States Air Force
Type Fighter Interceptor
Role Air Defense
Part of Air Defense Command

The 4729th Air Defense Group is a discontinued Boston Air Defense Sector at Westover Air Force Base, Massachusetts, where it was discontinued in 1958.

The group was formed to provide a single command and support organization for the two fighter interceptor squadrons of Air Defense Command, that were tenants at Westover, a Strategic Air Command (SAC) base. It was also assigned a maintenance squadron to perform aircraft maintenance. It was discontinued after the 324th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron moved in 1958, leaving only a single fighter squadron at Westover.

Contents

  • History 1
    • Lineage 1.1
    • Aircraft 1.2
  • See also 2
  • References 3
    • Notes 3.1
    • Bibliography 3.2

History

The 4729th Air Defense Group was established to provide a


  • Leonard, Barry (2009). History of Strategic Air and Ballistic Missile Defense. Vol II, 1955-1972. Fort McNair, DC: Center for Military History.  

Further Reading

  • Cornett, Lloyd H; Johnson, Mildred W (1980). A Handbook of Aerospace Defense Organization, 1946–1980. Peterson AFB, CO: Office of History, Aerospace Defense Center. 
  • Maurer, Maurer, ed. (1982) [1969]. Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II (reprint ed.). Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History.  
  • Mueller, Robert (1989). Air Force Bases, Vol. I, Active Air Force Bases Within the United States of America on 17 September 1982. Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History.  

Bibliography

  1. ^ a b c Cornett & Johnson, p. 89
  2. ^ Mueller, pp. 578, 582-583
  3. ^ a b c Cornett & Johnson, p. 125
  4. ^ a b Cornett & Johnson, p. 127
  5. ^ a b c Maurer, Combat Squadrons, p. 399
  6. ^ a b c Maurer, p.417
  7. ^ a b c Cornett & Johnson, p.142

Notes

References

See also

  • North American F-86D Sabre 1957
  • North American F-86L Sabre 1957-1958
  • Lockheed F-104A Starfighter 1958

Aircraft

  • 324th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, 8 July 1957 – 25 June 1958
  • 337th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, 8 July 1957 – 25 June 1958
  • 603rd Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 8 August 1957 - 8 February 1958[7]

Components

  • Westover Air Force Base, Massachusetts, 8 July 1957 – 25 June 1958

Stations

  • Boston Air Defense Sector, 8 July 1957 – 25 June 1958[1]

Assignments

Discontinued on 25 June 1958
  • Designated and organized as: 4729th Air Defense Group on 8 July 1957

Lineage

The group was discontinued when the 324th FIS departed for Morocco, leaving only a single operational ADC squadron at Westover.[1][5] The 603rd CAMS was also inactivated, while the 337th FIS was then assigned directly to the Boston Air Defense Sector.[6][7]

The group was assigned the 324th FIS and 337th FIS, flying radar equipped and rocket armed North American F-86D Sabre aircraft[3][4] as its operational components,[5][6] to provide air defense of New England. These squadrons were already stationed at Westover and had been assigned to the Boston Air Defense Sector.[5][6] In August, maintenance for the two fighter squadrons was combined in the 603rd Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (CAMS), which was activated at Westover.[7] The 324th FIS and 337th FIS upgraded to newer model Sabres with data link for interception control through the Semi-Automatic Ground Environment system in the fall of 1957.[3][4] In the spring of 1958, the 337th FIS converted to Lockheed F-104 Starfighter aircraft.[3]

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