Portland Air Defense Sector
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Emblem of the Portland Air Defense Sector
CountryUnited States
BranchUnited States Air Force
RoleAir Defense
Part ofAir Defense Command
Carroll W. McColpin
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Map of Portland ADS
Map of Portland ADS

The Portland Air Defense Sector (PADS) is an inactive United States Air Force organization. Its last assignment was with the 25th Air Division, being stationed at Adair Air Force Station, Oregon. It was inactivated on 1 July 1969


PADS was established in June 1958 assuming control of former ADC Western Air Defense Force units in eastern Oregon and northwest California. The organization provided command and control over several aircraft and radar squadrons.

On 1 June 1960 the new Semi Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE) Direction Center (DC-13) became operational. 44°40′15″N 123°12′58″W / 44.67083°N 123.21611°W / 44.67083; -123.21611 (PADS-SAGE DC-13) DC-13 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 an ADC consolidation and reorganization; and its units were reassigned to 28th Air Division. The 689th Radar Squadron (SAGE) was rehomed to DC-12, 25th Air Division, McChord AFB, WA on 1 April 1966.


Inactivated on 1 April 1966





Portland IAP, Oregon, 15 April 1960-25 March 1966
Kingsley Field, Oregon, 15 April 1960-1 April 1966

Interceptor squadron

Travis AFB, California, 1 August 1963-1 April 1966

Radar squadrons

See also


Public Domain This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website https://www.afhra.af.mil/.

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