|820th Strategic Aerospace Division
|Branch||United States Air Force|
|Role||Command and Control|
|Part of||Strategic Air Command|
|820th Strategic Aerospace Division emblem (approved 14 December 1962)|
The 820th Strategic Aerospace Division (820th SAD) is an inactive United States Air Force organization. Its last assignment was with Strategic Air Command's Eighth Air Force at Plattsburgh Air Force Base, New York. It was inactivated on 25 June 1965.
The division was activated in 1956 as an intermediate command echelon of Strategic Air Command, providing command and control of Boeing B-47 Stratojet wings at Plattsburgh. It later managed SAC MAJCOM B-52 Stratofortress Strategic wings, along with air refueling squadrons. The 820th supervised the organization and training of its subordinate units in long range bombardment and air to air refueling operations. It acquired control of SM-65 Atlas ICBM missile units in 1962 for strategic aerospace warfare using intercontinental ballistic missiles, being redesignated as a Strategic Aerospace Division.
The 820th Air Division was activated By Strategic Air Command (SAC) at Plattsburgh Air Force Base, New York in January 1956 as the command headquarters for Plattsburgh in anticipation of the movement of a second Boeing B-47 Stratojet wing to Plattsburgh. In June, its 820th Air Base Group became the host organization for Plattsburgh, taking over from the 380th Air Base Group, which had acted in that capacity since the summer of 1955. The 380th Bombardment Wing, which had activated at Plattsburgh in the summer of 1955 was the first combat wing assigned to the division. While awaiting the completion of facilities at Plattsburgh, the 380th wing had been training with B-47s at Pinecastle Air Force Base, Florida. In late June 1956, the wing's initial training was complete and its operatinal units returned to Plattsburgh However, the arrival of the second B-47 wing was delayed, and the 380th was the division's only operational wing until 1959.
The division supervised the training of assigned reserve personnel and units. In fulfilling its mission, the 820th participated in numerous training exercises. Inactivated in June 1965 as part of the phaseout of the B-47.
- Established as 820 Air Division on 24 January 1956
- Activated on 1 February 1956
- Redesignated 820 Strategic Aerospace Division on 1 May 1962
- Discontinued and inactivated, on 25 June 1965
- 308th Bombardment Wing: 15 July 1959 – 25 June 1961
- 380th Bombardment Wing (later 380 Strategic Aerospace Wing): 1 February 1956 – 25 June 1965 (attached to 7th Air Division, 3 April 1957 - 3 July 1957)
- 497th Air Refueling Wing: 1 January 1963 – 15 September 1964
- 4038th Strategic Wing: 1 January 1959 – 1 April 1961
- Dow Air Force Base, Maine
- 4039th Strategic Wing: 5 January 1959 – 1 April 1961
- Griffiss Air Force Base, New York
- 4060th Air Refueling Wing: 1 January 1959 – 1 February 1960
- Dow Air Force Base, Maine
- 4108th Air Refueling Wing: 1 January 1961 – 1 January 1963
- 820th Air Base Group (later 820th Combat Support Group): 1 June 1956 - 15 September 1964
- 820th Medical Group: 1 May 1959 - 15 September 1964
- 11th Air Refueling Squadron: 1 July 1964 – 25 June 1965
- 26th Air Refueling Squadron: 7 August 1957 – 1 August 1959
- 341st Air Refueling Squadron: 1 February 1956 - 1 April 1961
- 556th Strategic Missile Squadron: 1 October 1961 – 15 September 1964
- 4365th Support (later, 4365 Post Attack Command Control) Squadron: 20 July 1962 – 24 December 1964
- 4020th USAF Hospital: 1 June 1956 - 1 May 1959
Aircraft and Missiles
- B-47 Stratojet, 1956–1965
- EC-47 Stratojet 1962–1964
- KC-97 Stratotanker, 1956–1965
- KC-135 Stratotanker, 1969–1961; 1964–1965
- B-52 Stratofortress, 1960–1961
- SM-65 Atlas missile, 1961–1965
KC-97s of 341st ARS assigned to Dow AFB, Maine = 22 aircraft---one was an "E" model, tail 51-151 (overwing fueling only), we had several "F" models (no drop tanks but central pressure fueling) and the balance were 52- "G" models. some I remember were 52-619, -620, -621, -622, -623 and -624. All had R-4360-59B engines. The air re-fuleing tank location was very different on "E", "F", and "G" models and the flight engineers station was a mess on 51-151.
- Mueller, Robert (1989). Air Force Bases, Vol. I, Active Air Force Bases Within the United States of America on 17 September 1982. Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-912799-53-6.
- Ravenstein, Charles A. Air Force Combat Wings, Lineage & Honors Histories 1947-1977. Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-912799-12-9.
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