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Minot Air Defense Sector

Minot Air Defense Sector
Emblem of the Minot Air Defense Sector
Active 1959-1963
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Role Air Defense
Part of Air Defense Command
Map of Minot ADS

The Minot Air Defense Sector (MADS) is an inactive Air Defense Command 29th Air Division, being stationed at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota. It was inactivated on 1 December 1963


  • History 1
    • Lineage 1.1
    • Assignments 1.2
    • Stations 1.3
    • Components 1.4
      • Wing 1.4.1
      • Group 1.4.2
      • Fighter squadrons 1.4.3
      • Radar squadrons 1.4.4
  • See also 2
  • References 3


Established in April 1959 assuming control of former ADC radar squadrons.

The sector operated a SAGE Air-Defense Control Center (ADCC) (DC-19). A SAGE Direction Center built, and an [AN/FSQ-7]] direction computers operated the live air picture. The Combat Control Center or CC and it's accompanying An/FSQ - 8 computer were never installed or activated. The SAGE DC was consolidated with the Grand Forks Air Defense Sector on 1 March 1963, and inactivated on 1 December 1963.


  • Established as Minot Air Defense Sector on 1 April 1959
Inactivated on 1 December 1963





Minot AFB, North Dakota, 1 February 1961-1 July 1962


Minot AFB, North Dakota, 1 August 1960-1 February 1961

Fighter squadrons

Minot AFB, North Dakota, 1 July 1962-25 June 1963
Minot AFB, North Dakota, 1 January 1961-25 June 1963

Radar squadrons

See also


 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

  • 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 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.
  • Minot Air Defense Sector
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