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 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.
- Established as San Francisco Air Defense Sector on 15 February 1959
- Inactivated on 1 August 1963
- Hamilton AFB, California, 1 July 1960-1 August 1963
- 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
(84th Fighter Interceptor Squadron)
Hamilton AFB, Ca
- Burns AFS, Oregon, 1 July 1960-1 September 1960
- Winnemucca AFS, Nevada, 1 July 1960-1 September 1961
- Mill Valley AFS, California, 1 July 1960-1 August 1963
- Mather AFB, California, 1 July 1960-1 September 1961
- Almaden AFS, California, 1 July 1960-1 August 1963
- Madera AFS, California, 1 July 1960-1 August 1963
- Point Arena AFS, California, 1 July 1960-1 August 1963
- Baker AFS, Oregon, 1 July-15 September 1960
- Fallon AFS, Nevada, 1 July-15 September 1960
- Tonopah AFS, Nevada, 1 July-15 September 1960
- ^ stationed @ SFADS 1959 to 1962
- ^ I was stationed there 1959 to 1962
This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.
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