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This is a fascinating survey and detailed history of air defense fighter and command mission properties addressing the history of flightline real property supporting these missions from 1947 to 1991, with an emphasis on buildings and structures of the 1947 to 1963 period. It is a companion volume to the book Cold War Infrastructure for Strategic Air Command (SAC): The Bomber Mission.
During the more than half-century that unfolded between the closing months of World War II and winding down of the Cold War in 1989-1991, the U.S. War Department evolved into the Department of Defense as it is now understood, with its primary supporting arms of the Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force, and its reserve forces of the Army, Air Force, and Air National Guards. American military infrastructure is predominantly a phenomenon of the 1939-to-present period, thus precisely paralleling the modern movement in Western European and U.S. architecture and engineering.
Chapter 1 - Cold War Events and the Operational Infrastructure of the Air Force * 1946-1950 * The Germans * The Major Commands and First Generation Infrastructure * ADC and ANG * SAC * The 1950s * Evolution of the Directorate of Civil Engineering * Achieving Standardized Design * Prefabricated Structures, the Steel Industry, and Mobilization * The Major Commands and Second Generation Infrastructure * ADC and TAC * SAC * After 1960 * Chapter 2 - Evolution of Key Property Types * First Generation Alert Hangars * The Overseas, Mobilization Hangar * The Gable-Roofed Anomaly * Primary Buildout: the Strobel & Salzman Hangar * The Butler Alert Hangar * First Generation Modified, and Second Generation, Alert Hangars * Modifications for the First Generation Hangars * Second Generation ADC Alert Hangar * TAC Hangars of the 1960s and 1970s * Support Structures for Alert * The Readiness Crew Dormitory and Squadron Operations * Flight Simulator * Readiness/Maintenance Hangars * Aircraft Shelters * Electronics and Calibration Structures * Hardened Aircraft Shelters for Overseas * Weapons Checkout and Storage * First Generation: Small Arms Storage * Second Generation: FFARs and GARs * Third Generation: The Nuclear-Tipped Genie * First Generation ADC Command and Control Structures * Second Generation ADC Command and Control: SAGE * Third Generation ADC Command and Control: BUIC and Post-BUIC * Chapter 3 - Character-Defining Features and National Register Integrity * First Generation Alert Hangar * First Generation (Modified) and Second Generation Alert Hangars * TAC Hangars * Support Structures for Alert * First Generation Command and Control * Second Generation Command and Control: SAGE * Third Generation Command and Control: BUIC and Post-BUIC * Chapter 4 - Real Property Management of Historic ADC and TAC Infrastructure * Barksdale Air Force Base * Beale Air Force Base * Cannon Air Force Base * Davis-Monthan Air Force Base * Dyess Air Force Base * Ellsworth Air Force Base * Holloman Air Force Base * Langley Air Force Base * Minot Air Force Base * Moody Air Force Base * Mountain Home Air Force Base * Nellis Air Force Base * Offutt Air Force Base * Seymour Johnson Air Force Base * Shaw Air Force Base * Whiteman Air Force Base * Chapter 5 - Recommendations * Current ACC Installations: Issues of Inventory * Fighter-Interceptor Alert Hangars * Support Structures * Command and Control * Current ACC Real Property: Issues of Documents and Drawings * Fighter-Interceptor Alert Hangars (1951-1959) * TAC Flightline Hangars (1961-1977) * Support Structures (1951-1962) * Air Force-Wide: Issues of Inventory and Recordation Across Real Property Types * Air Force-Wide: Issues of Documents and Drawings * Bibliography * General: U.S. Department of Defense and Related * Baseline Cold War Property Inventories: U.S. Air Force * Documents: U.S. Air