8th Air Division
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Lockheed EC-121D as flown by the division
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
RoleCommand and Control
Part ofAir Defense Command
8th Air Division emblem (approved 21 June 1957)[1]
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The 8th Air Division (8th AD) is an inactive United States Air Force organization. Its last assignment was with Air Defense Command, being stationed at McClellan Air Force Base, California. It was inactivated on 1 July 1957.


The 8th AD was established in 1949. Its initial assignment was the air defense of North and South Carolina under Fourteenth Air Force. It was inactivated in 1950 with its air defense mission taken over by Eastern Air Defense Force.

In 1954 it was re-activated under Western Air Defense Force with a mission of being the command and control organization for Airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) units of Air Defense Command. Its mission also included the training and equipping of Lockheed EC-121 Warning Star AEW&C units.

Division components flew early warning missions in "flying radar stations" off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of the United States until its inactivation in July 1957, its mission being taken over directly by the Western Air Defense Force.[1]


Activated on 1 May 1949.
Inactivated on 1 August 1950
Activated on 1 May 1954
Inactivated on 1 July 1957[1]





Otis Air Force Base, Massachusetts
McClellan Air Force Base, California


McClellan Air Force Base, California
McClellan Air Force Base, California
McClellan Air Force Base, California
McClellan Air Force Base, California

See also



  1. ^ a b c d e "Factsheet 8 Air Division". Air Force Historical Research Agency. 4 October 2007. Archived from the original on 30 October 2012. Retrieved 9 April 2014.


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