4728th Air Defense Group

The 4728th Air Defense Group is a discontinued United States Air Force organization. Its last assignment was with the New York Air Defense Sector at Dover Air Force Base.

4728th Air Defense Group
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Active1957–1958
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
TypeFighter Interceptor
RoleAir Defense
Part ofAir Defense Command

The group was formed to provide a single command and support organization for the two fighter interceptor squadrons of Air Defense Command (ADC), that were tenants at Dover, a Military Air Transport Service (MATS) base. It was also assigned a maintenance squadron to perform aircraft maintenance. It was discontinued after the 46th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron inactivated in 1958, leaving only a single fighter squadron at Griffiss.

HistoryEdit

The 4728th Air Defense Group was organized in early 1957. The group was established to provide a headquarters for Air Defense Command (ADC) Fighter-Interceptor Squadrons (FIS) stationed at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware,[1] a Military Air Transport Service base,[2] whose 1607th Air Base Group acted as the host base organization.[3] It was assigned the 46th FIS, flying Lockheed F-94 Starfire aircraft,[4] armed with Mighty Mouse rockets. and the 98th FIS, flying Northrop F-89 Scorpion aircraft,[5] armed with both Mighty Mouse rockets and AIM-4 Falcons as its operational squadrons.[6][7] Both aircraft had a radar officer to operate the aircraft airborne intercept radar. The group mission was air defense of the Middle Atlantic Area of the United States.[citation needed] These squadrons were already stationed at Dover and had been assigned to the New York Air Defense Sector.[6][7]

In August, maintenance for the two squadrons was combined in the 604th Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (CAMS), which was activated at Dover.[8] The 98th FIS converted to newer model F-89s, which could carry nuclear armed AIR-2 Genies, in the fall of 1957.[5] The group was discontinued when the 46th FIS was inactivated,[6] leaving only a single operational ADC squadron at Dover.[1] The 604th CAMS was also inactivated, while the 98th FIS was then assigned directly to the New York Air Defense Sector.[7]

LineageEdit

  • Designated and organized as the 4728th Air Defense Group on 8 February 1957
Discontinued on 1 July 1958

AssignmentsEdit

  • New York Air Defense Sector, 8 February 1957 – 1 July 1958

StationsEdit

  • Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, 8 February 1957 – 1 July 1958

ComponentsEdit

  • 46th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, 8 February 1957 – 1 July 1958
  • 98th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, 8 February 1957 – 1 July 1958
  • 604th Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 8 August 1957 – 1 July 1958

AircraftEdit

  • Northrop F-89H Scorpion, 1957
  • Northrop F-89J Scorpion, 1957–1958
  • Lockheed F-94C Starfire, 1957–1958

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b Cornett & Johnson, p. 89
  2. ^ Mueller, p. 114
  3. ^ Mueller, p. 111
  4. ^ Cornett & Johnson, p. 115
  5. ^ a b Cornett & Johnson, p.121
  6. ^ a b c Maurer, p. 204
  7. ^ a b c Maurer, p.327
  8. ^ Cornett & Johnson, p.142

BibliographyEdit

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

  • Cornett, Lloyd H; Johnson, Mildred W (1980). A Handbook of Aerospace Defense Organization, 1946–1980 (PDF). Peterson AFB, CO: Office of History, Aerospace Defense Center.
  • Maurer, Maurer, ed. (1982) [1969]. Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II (PDF) (reprint ed.). Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-405-12194-6. LCCN 70605402. OCLC 72556.
  • Mueller, Robert (1989). Air Force Bases, Vol. I, Active Air Force Bases Within the United States of America on 17 September 1982 (PDF). Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-912799-53-6.

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