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1962 - AIR DEFENSE COMMAND -  gauntlet of the defense-in-depth which any enemy would 
            have to run to reach his objective, page 7 of 14


E&MP 103.010i


June - October 1962

[page 7]


Against a hostile attacking force, the Air Defense Command stands ready with eight Air Defense Missile Squadrons aremed with the BOMARC pilotless interceptor missile, and 41 fighter-interceptor squadrons equipped with the McDonnell F-101B "Voodoo," the Convair F-102A "delta Dagger," or the Convair F-106A "Delta Dart" supersonic all-weather receptors.

Control of these defensive weapons and their loads of deadly missiles and rockets is exercised by the air defense sector to which they are assigned. In the event of hostilities, these ADC units would be joined by other NORAD component forces - fighter aircraft of the Royal Canadian Air Force and the U.S. Navy, and the U.S. Army's NIKE surface-to-air missile batteries.

This is the gauntlet of the "defense-in-depth" which any enemy would have to run to reach his objective.

At the present time, ADC planners, under the direct supervision of the Commander, are currently working on defensive systems specifically designed to combat the ballistic missile threat.

Photo caption upper left:

High speed electronic computers help solve air defense problems in the split-second time required.

Photo caption lower left:

Pilots on alert "scramble" to intercept and identify unknown tracks appearing on radars.

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