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86th Air Division 86th Air Division emblem Active 1960-1968 Country United States Branch United States Air Force Type Air Defense Part of United States Air Forces in Europe Garrison/HQ Ramstein Air Base The 86th Air Division (86 AD) is an inactive United States Air Force organization. Its last assignment was with the United States Air Forces in Europe, being stationed at Ramstein Air Base, West Germany. It was inactivated on 14 November 1968 Contents 1 History 1.1 Lineage 1.2 Assignments 2 Stations 2.1 Major components 3 Aircraft 3.1 Operational history 4 See also 5 References 6 External links // History Lineage Established as 86 Air Division (Defense) As a redesignation of the 86th Fighter-Interceptor Wing, 18 November 1960. Inactivated on 14 November 1968. Assignments United States Air Forces in Europe Seventeenth Air Force, 18 November 1960 United States Air Forces in Europe, 1 July 1963 Seventeenth Air Force, 1 September 1963 United States Air Forces in Europe, 20 May 1965- 14 November 1968 Stations Ramstein Air Base, West Germany, 18 November 1960 - 14 November 1968 Major components Convair TF-102A-20-CO Delta Dagger Serial 54-1366 of the 526th FIS / 86th Air Division - 1962. This aircraft is now on display at the Pima Air and Space Museum, Tucson AZ. Lockheed F-104B-10-LO Starfighters of the TN Air National Guard 151st FIS at Ramstein during the 1961 Berlin Crisis. In front is serial 57-1306 32d Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, 8 April 1960 - 1 November 1968 Soesterberg AB, Netherlands 151st Fighter-Interceptor Squadron: 25 November 1961-11 July 1962 (F-104) Tennessee Air National Guard TDY to Ramstein AB, West Germany 197th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron: 25 November 1961-11 July 1962 (F-104) Arizona Air National Guard TDY to Ramstein AB, West Germany 431st Fighter-Interceptor Squadron 1960 - 1964 Zaragoza AB, Spain 496th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, 1960–1969 Hahn AB, West Germany 497th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, 1960–1963 Torrejon AB, Spain 525th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, 1960–1969 Bitburg AB, West Germany 513th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, 1960–1961 Phalsbourg-Bourscheid AB, France 514th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, 1960–1961 Ramstein AB, West Germany 526th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron. 1960 - 1969 Ramstein AB, West Germany Aircraft F-86D Sabre F-102 Delta Dagger F-104 Starfighter Operational history In January 1959 the 525th Fighter Interceptor Squadron at Bitburg Air Base received its first Convair F-102 Delta Dagger, designed to upgrade the air defense capabilities of Western Europe. HQ USAFE decided to upgrade the 86th Fighter-Interceptor Wing to Air Division status and centralize the command of all the European Air Defense squadrons in USAFE to it. With this change, the 86th Fighter-Interceptor Wing was redesignated the 86th Air Division (Defense) on 18 November 1960. At Ramstein, the 526th FIS was equipped with F-102s in 1960, while the 440th, 512th, 513th and 514th FIS began to retire their F-86s during November and December, and were deactivated on Jan. 8, 1961. However at the time of their arrival in Europe, the F-102 was already being replaced by the McDonnell F-101 Voodoo and the Convair F-106 Delta Dart in the Aerospace Defense Command as an interceptor, and by much more versatile McDonnell F-4 Phantom II. In USAFE, the 497th FIS transitioned to F-4Cs in 1963 and was redesignated 497th Tactical Fighter Squadron and transferred to George AFB, California. The 86th AD continued to fly an air defense mission using its separate fighter-interceptor squadrons while simultaneously providing control of the airways through efforts of the various aircraft control and warning units. In recognition of how well it accomplished its myriad missions and for implementing the single 412L Air Weapons Control System, the 86th received a second Air Force Outstanding Unit Award for the period from July 1964 to June 1965. By 1968, the F-102s were phased out of the interceptor role in Europe, and replaced by the F-4C/E. On 14 November 1968 the 86th Air Division was inactivated See also United States Air Force portal Military of the United States portal List of United States Air Force air divisions References  This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency. External links v • d • e United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) Air Forces Third Air Force · Sixteenth Air Force · Seventeenth Air Force Bases Aviano Air Base · Lajes Air Station · RAF Alconbury · RAF Lakenheath · RAF Mildenhall · Ramstein Air Base · Spangdahlem Air Base Support facilities Chièvres · Morón · RAF Akrotiri · RAF Fairford · RAF Molesworth · RAF Upwood · San Vito · Sembach Annex · Stuttgart Airport · Taszár Air Base · Tuzla Air Base Major units 31st Fighter Wing · 32d Air Operations Group · 39th Air Base Wing · 52d Fighter Wing · 65th Air Base Wing · 48th Fighter Wing · 86th Airlift Wing · 100th Air Refueling Wing · 423d Air Base Group · 501st Combat Support Wing