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

The San Francisco Air Defense Sector (SFADS) is an inactive United States Air Force organization. Its last assignment was with the 28th Air Division, being stationed at Beale Air Force Base, California.


SFADS was established in February 1959 assuming control of former ADC Western Air Defense Force units in California west of the Sierra Nevada; north of Santa Barbara and south of Eureka. The organization provided command and control over several aircraft and radar squadrons.

On 1 December 1960 the new Semi Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE) Direction Center (DC-18) became operational. 39°06′35″N 121°23′49″W / 39.10972°N 121.39694°W / 39.10972; -121.39694 (SFADS-SAGE DC-18) DC-18 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); ( 2 F-101B Voodoo Squadrons) 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 August 1963 as part of an ADC consolidation and reorganization; and its units were assigned to 28th Air Division at Hamilton AFB.


Inactivated on 1 August 1963





Hamilton AFB, California, 1 July 1960-1 August 1963

Interceptor squadrons

Travis AFB, California, 1 July 1960-1 August 1963
Castle AFB, California, 1 July 1960-1 August 1963

(83 Fighter interceptor Squadron) Hamilton AFB, Ca[1] (84th Fighter Interceptor Squadron) Hamilton AFB, Ca[2]

Radar squadrons

See also


  1. ^ stationed @ SFADS 1959 to 1962
  2. ^ I was stationed there 1959 to 1962

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