542nd Aircraft Control and Warning Group


The 542d Aircraft Control and Warning Group is an inactive United States Air Force unit. It was last assigned to the 28th Air Division, stationed at Hamilton Air Force Base, California. It was inactivated on 6 February 1952.

542d Aircraft Control and Warning Group
CountryUnited States
Branch United States Air Force
TypeCommand and Control
Part ofAir Defense Command

This command and control organization was responsible for Aircraft Control and Warning (Radar) stations along the West Coast. On 27 April 1950, the reserve 566th AC&WG was activated as a Corollary unit at Hamilton, sharing the 542d's equipment and facilities. The 566th was called to active duty on 10 May 1951 and was inactivated, with its personnel used as fillers for the 542d. It was dissolved after about three years, with the units being assigned directly to its parent Air Division.

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  • Established as 542d Aircraft Control and Warning Group
Activated on 8 December 1949
Inactivated on 6 February 1952
Disbanded on 21 September 1984



  • Hamilton AFB, California, 8 December 1949 – 6 February 1952


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References Edit

  This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

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  • Grant, C.L., The Development of Continental Air Defense to 1 September 1954, (1961), USAF Historical Study No. 126
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  • Winkler, David F.; Webster, Julie L (1997). Searching the skies : the legacy of the United States Cold War Defense Radar Program. Champaign, IL: US Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratories. LCCN 97020912.[dead link]

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