Minot Air Defense Sector


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CountryUnited States
BranchUnited States Air Force
RoleAir Defense
Part ofAir Defense Command
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The Minot Air Defense Sector (MADS) is an inactive United States Air Force organization. Its last assignment was with the Air Defense Command 29th Air Division, being stationed at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota. It was inactivated on 1 December 1963


Established in April 1959 assuming control of former ADC Western Air Defense Force 27th Air Division units in western North Dakota and eastern Montana. The organization provided command and control over several aircraft and 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 its 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


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

  • 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.
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