Four Digit Wings:
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Over the years
SAC created many of its wings. Unlike Constituted Combat Wings
created by the Air Force, these were considered temporary and their
linage, history, awards and battle honors ended when they were inactivated
and could never be revived. Such wings are given four-digit
designations, such as the 4137th Strategic Wing. Although most of the
four digit wings were Strategic Wings, four digit designations were used
for many other wings. All known 4-digit command established wings are listed in the section.
Many of the 4-digit strategic wings were formed in the
late 1950's as part of SAC's plan to disburse it's big bombers over a
larger number of bases, thus making it more difficult for the Soviet Union
to knock out the entire fleet with a surprise first strike.
SAC maintained Bases and Wings in Spain, England and
the high latitudes of North America so as to keep a certain number of it's
bombers closer to the Soviet Union.
These were short-lived units, generally located along
the northern U.S. border. Most were replaced by other units.
Used in Viet Nam war.
Includes Reconnaissance, Air Base and
All Air Force 4-digit
Squadrons and wings. Many are not SAC. Great reference source.