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United States Air Force

United States Air Force portal
Active 18 September 1947 - Present
Country United States of America
Branch Air Force
Role "To provide sovereign options for the defense of the United States and its global interests. To fly and fight in Air, Space, and Cyberspace"[1]
Size 328,600 active personnel
5,778 aircraft, of which 2,402 are fighters
450 ICBMs
Part of Department of Defense
United States Department of the Air Force
Headquarters The Pentagon
Motto "Above All" (as of 19 Feb 08)
Colors
Blue
Silver
March The U.S. Air Force
Engagements World War I
World War II
Korean War
Vietnam War
Persian Gulf War
Kosovo
Operation Enduring Freedom
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Commanders
Chief of Staff Gen T. Michael Moseley[2]
Vice Chief of Staff Gen Duncan McNabb
Chief Master Sergeant CMSAF Rodney J. McKinley
Insignia
United States Air Force Symbol
Roundel
Aircraft flown
Attack F-15E, A-10, Lockheed AC-130
Bomber B-52H, B-1B, B-2
Electronic
warfare
E-3, E-8, EC-130, EC-135
Fighter F-22, F-15C, F-16
Helicopter UH-1N, MH-53, HH-60,
Reconnaissance U-2, RC-135, Q-4, Q-1
Trainer T-6, T-37, T-38, T-43, T-1, TG-10
Transport C-17, C-5, C-130, C-135, VC-25, C-32, C-9, CV-22, C-37, C-21, C-12, C-40, KC-10, KC-135 Stratotanker

The United States Air Force (USAF) is the aerial warfare branch of the armed forces and one of the seven uniformed services of the United States. Initially born as the United States Army Air Corps, the USAF was formed as a separate branch of the military on September 18, 1947.[3] It was the last branch of the U.S. military to be formed. Image File history File links Question_book-new. ... USAF may refer to: United States Air Force, the air force of the United States United Student Aid Funds, an American nonprofit corporation that provides student support Upper Saint Anthony Falls, part of the Saint Anthony Falls Categories: ... The U.S. Air Force is the official song of the United States Air Force. ... Image File history File links Seal_of_the_US_Air_Force. ... is the 261st day of the year (262nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1947 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Motto: (traditional) In God We Trust (official, 1956–present) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City Official language(s) None at the federal level; English de facto Government Federal Republic  - President George W. Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence - Declared - Recognized... For a particular Air Force, see List of air forces. ... The United States Department of Defense (DOD or DoD) is the federal department charged with coordinating and supervising all agencies and functions of the government relating directly to national security and the military. ... Seal The United States Department of the Air Force was formed in 1949 and is a component agency of the United States Department of Defense. ... This article is about the United States military building. ... This article is about the colour. ... For other uses, see Silver (disambiguation). ... The U.S. Air Force is the official song of the United States Air Force. ... “The Great War ” redirects here. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Belligerents United Nations: Republic of Korea Australia Belgium Canada Colombia Ethiopia France Greece Luxembourg Netherlands New Zealand Philippines South Africa Thailand Turkey United Kingdom United States Naval Support and Military Servicing/Repairs: Japan Medical staff: Denmark Italy Norway India Sweden DPR Korea PR China Soviet Union Commanders Syngman Rhee Chung... Combatants Republic of Vietnam United States Republic of Korea Thailand Australia New Zealand The Philippines National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam Democratic Republic of Vietnam People’s Republic of China Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea Strength US 1,000,000 South Korea 300,000 Australia 48,000... For other uses, see Iraq war (disambiguation). ... Belligerents NATO (USAF, RAF, and other air, maritime and land forces) Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Serbian and Montenegrin paramilitary and allied foreign volunteer forces[1] Commanders Wesley Clark (SACEUR) Javier Solana (Secretary General of NATO) Slobodan MiloÅ¡ević (Supreme Commander of the Yugoslav Army), Dragoljub Ojdanić (Chief of Staff), Svetozar... Combatants United States, Poland, France, Canada, Pakistan, India, Australia, United Kingdom, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines (in the Philippines theatre only), Northern Alliance, Italy, Czech Republic, Hungary, Ethiopia, Somalia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Albania, Macedonia, Romania, Portugal, Bulgaria, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Georgia Taliban, al-Qaeda, Abu Sayyaf, Jemaah... For other uses of the term, see Iraq war (disambiguation) The 2003 invasion of Iraq (also called the 2nd or 3rd Persian Gulf War) began on March 20, 2003, when forces belonging primarily to the United States and the United Kingdom invaded Iraq arguably without the explicit backing of the... The Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force (CSAF) serves as the senior uniformed United States Air Force officer responsible for the organization, training, and equipage of more than 700,000 active-duty, National Guard, Reserve, and civilian forces serving in the United States and overseas. ... Teed Michael Moseley, KBE[1], is the current Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force. ... Air Staff Organizational Chart The Air Staff is headed by the Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force (currently General T. Michael Moseley). ... General Duncan J. McNabb is Commander, Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. ... Rodney J. McKinley, the current CMSAF The Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force (CMSAF) is a unique non-commissioned rank in the United States Air Force. ... Rodney J. McKinley is the current Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force. ... U.S. Air Force Symbol Blue and white version The United States Air Force Symbol is the symbol of the United States Air Force. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 714 × 599 pixelsFull resolution‎ (1,344 × 1,128 pixels, file size: 720 KB, MIME type: image/png) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... The modern proportion RAF roundel A roundel in heraldry is any circular shape; in military use it is an emblem of nationality employed on military aircraft and air force flags, generally round and consisting of concentric rings of different colors. ... Image File history File links Roundel_of_the_USAF.svg‎ Roundel of the USAF Source: own code Author of code: -xfi- Licence: PD-USGov-Military-Air Force File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... A ground attack aircraft is an aircraft that is designed to operate very close to the ground, supporting infantry and tanks directly in battle. ... The F-15E Strike Eagle is a modern United States all-weather strike fighter, designed for long-range interdiction of enemy ground targets deep behind enemy lines. ... The A-10 Thunderbolt II is an American single-seat, twin-engine jet aircraft developed by Fairchild-Republic for the United States Air Force to provide close air support (CAS) of ground forces by attacking tanks, armored vehicles, and other ground targets, also providing a limited air interdiction role. ... The AC-130 gunship is a heavily-armed ground attack airplane. ... For other uses, see Bomber (disambiguation). ... B-52 redirects here. ... The B-1 Lancer is an American strategic bomber with variable geometry wings. ... The Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit is a multi-role stealth heavy bomber, capable of deploying both conventional and nuclear weapons. ... // Electronic warfare (EW) is the use of the electromagnetic spectrum to effectively deny the use of this phenomena by an adversary, while optimizing its use by friendly forces. ... The Boeing E-3 Sentry is an American military airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft that provides all-weather surveillance, command, control and communications, to the United States, United Kingdom, France, Saudi Arabia, and NATO air defense forces. ... The E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) is a United States Air Force airborne battle management and command and control (C2) platform that conducts ground surveillance to develop an understanding of the enemy situation and to support attack operations and targeting that contributes to the delay... Categories: Possible copyright violations ... The Boeing EC-135 is a version of the C-135 Stratolifter, modified to operate on several different U.S. Air Force programs. ... An A-10 Thunderbolt II, F-86 Sabre, P-38 Lightning and P-51 Mustang fly in formation during an air show at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia. ... F-22 redirects here. ... F-15 redirects here. ... The Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon is an American multirole jet fighter aircraft originally developed by General Dynamics (GD) for the United States Air Force. ... For other uses, see Helicopter (disambiguation). ... UH-1N on the ground at Camp Fallujah, Iraq in July of 2004 The Bell UH-1N Twin Huey is a medium military helicopter that first flew in 1968. ... The Sikorsky HH-53 Super Jolly Green Giant is a USAF version of the CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter for long-range combat search and rescue (CSAR) helicopters. ... United States Air Force HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter The primary function of the Sikorsky HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter is to conduct day or night operations into hostile environments to recover downed aircrew or other isolated personnel during war. ... English Electric Canberra PR.9 photo reconnaissance aircraft CP-140 Aurora long-range patrol aircraft of the Canadian Air Force. ... The Lockheed U-2, nicknamed Dragon Lady, is a single-engine, high-altitude aircraft flown by the United States Air Force and previously flown by the Central Intelligence Agency. ... The Boeing RC-135 is a United States Air Force reconnaissance aircraft used to support theater and national level consumers with near real-time on-scene intelligence collection, analysis and dissemination capabilities. ... The Northrop Grumman (formerly Ryan Aeronautical) RQ-4 Global Hawk (known as Tier II+ during development) is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) used by the US Air Force as a surveillance aircraft. ... Predator Unmanned Aerial Vehicle flies on a simulated Navy aerial reconnaissance flight off southern California in December 1995. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... A T-6 Texan II For the similarly-named World War II aircraft, see T-6 Texan. ... One of the most prominent of the trainer-attack type aircraft is the Cessna T-37/A-37, known in various forms as the Tweety Bird, Tweet, Dragonfly, or Super Tweet. ... The Northrop T-38 Talon is a widely used US-built supersonic jet trainer. ... The Boeing T-43A is a modified Boeing 737-200 used by the US Air Force. ... The T-1A Jayhawk is a twin-engined jet aircraft used by the United States Air Force for advanced pilot training. ... This article, image, template or category should belong in one or more categories. ... For other aircraft with this designation, see C-17. ... The Lockheed C-5 Galaxy is a military transport aircraft designed to provide strategic heavy airlift over intercontinental distances. ... The Lockheed C-130 Hercules is a four-engine turboprop cargo aircraft and the main tactical airlifter for many military forces worldwide. ... The C-135 Stratolifter is a transport aircraft derived from Boeing’s prototype 707 jet airliner in the early 1950s. ... This article is about the aircraft. ... The Boeing C-32 is the designation of a USAF passenger transportation aircraft, a version of the Boeing 757. ... A C-9 Skytrain II offloading on the ramp at Naval Air Station Brunswick. ... The V-22 Osprey is an American joint service, multi-mission, military tiltrotor aircraft with both a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) and short takeoff and landing (STOL) capability. ... Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation Gulfstream G550. ... Swiss Air Force Learjet 35A The Lear Jet Model 35A is a multi-role business jet and military transport (designated as C-21). ... The C-12F Huron provides logistics support between Navy air stations. ... A C-40B VIP transport taking off. ... The KC-10 Extender is an air-to-air tanker aircraft in service with the United States Air Force derived from the civilian DC-10-30 airliner. ... The Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker is an aerial refueling tanker aircraft. ... Aerial warfare is the use of military aircraft and other flying machines in warfare, including military airlift of cargo to further the national interests as was demonstrated in the Berlin Airlift. ... The United States Armed Forces are the overall unified military forces of the United States. ... The United States has seven uniformed services as defined by Title 10 of the United States Code. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles accessible from a disambiguation page. ... is the 261st day of the year (262nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1947 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The USAF is the largest, most technologically advanced air force in the world, with about 5,778 manned aircraft in service (4,093 USAF; 1,289 Air National Guard; and 396 Air Force Reserve);[4] approximately 156 Unmanned Combat Air Vehicles, 2130 Air-Launched Cruise Missiles,[5] and 450 Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles; and as of 30 September 2007, had 328,600 personnel on active duty, 117,497 in the Selected and Individual Ready Reserves, and 106,700 in the Air National Guard. In addition, the Air Force employs 168,900 civilian personnel including indirect hire of foreign nationals.[6] For a particular Air Force, see List of air forces. ... The Air National Guard (ANG) is part of the United States National Guard and a reserve component of the United States Air Force (USAF). ... The Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) is a major command (MAJCOM) of the U.S. Air Force with its headquarters at Robins AFB, Georgia United States. ... J-UCAS Boeing X-45A UCAV technology demonstrator The Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) or combat drones is the name of a new class of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). ... A Taurus KEPD 350 cruise missile of the German Luftwaffe A cruise missile is a guided missile which carries an explosive payload and uses a lifting wing and a propulsion system, usually a jet engine, to allow sustained flight; it is essentially a flying bomb. ... ICBM redirects here. ... is the 273rd day of the year (274th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... In the United States military active duty refers to military members who are currently serving full time in their military capacity. ... This article or section should include material from U.S. Air Force Reserve Shield of the Air Force Reserve Command. ... The Air National Guard (ANG) is part of the United States National Guard and a reserve component of the United States Air Force (USAF). ...


In 2007, the USAF implemented a large Reduction-in-Force (RIF). Because of budget constraints, the USAF will reduce the service's current size from 333,000 active duty personnel, to 316,000, which will be the smallest since the attack on Pearl Harbor, according to former Air Force Chief of Staff General Michael Moseley.[7] The current size of the active-duty force is roughly 70% of that of the USAF at the end of the first Gulf War in 1991.[8] This article is about the actual attack. ... The Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force (CSAF) serves as the senior uniformed United States Air Force officer responsible for the organization, training, and equipage of more than 700,000 active-duty, National Guard, Reserve, and civilian forces serving in the United States and overseas. ... Teed Michael Moseley, KBE[1], is the current Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force. ... For other uses, see Iraq war (disambiguation). ...


Not all of the United States' military combat aircraft are operated by the USAF. The Army operates its own helicopters, mostly for support of ground combatants; it as well maintains a small fleet of fixed wing aircraft (mostly Unmanned Aerial Vehicles). The Navy is responsible for a multitude of aircraft, including integrated air wing combat aircraft operating aboard its 11 aircraft carriers and also many maritime patrol and transport aircraft stationed at multiple Naval air stations around the world. The Marine Corps operates its own combat and transport aircraft in support of its ground mission and often in conjunction with Naval Aviation. The Coast Guard also maintains transport and search-and-rescue aircraft (SARA), which may be used in a combat and law enforcement role. All branches of the U.S. military operate helicopters. “Fights” redirects here. ... The United States Army is the largest, and by some standards oldest, established branch of the armed forces of the United States and is one of seven uniformed services. ... For other uses, see Helicopter (disambiguation). ... Unmanned Aerial Vehicle over Iraq. ... USN redirects here. ... Four aircraft carriers, (bottom-to-top) Principe de Asturias, amphibious assault ship USS Wasp, USS Forrestal and light V/STOL carrier HMS Invincible, showing size differences of late 20th century carriers An aircraft carrier is a warship designed to deploy and recover aircraft, acting as a sea-going airbase. ... A Naval Air Station is an airbase of the United States Navy. ... The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is a branch of the United States armed forces responsible for providing force projection from the sea,[1] using the mobility of the U.S. Navy to rapidly deliver combined-arms task forces and is one of seven uniformed services. ... USCG HH-65 Dolphin USCG HH-60J JayHawk USCG HC-130H departs Mojave USCG HC-130H on International Ice Patrol duties The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is at all times a branch of the U.S. military, a maritime law enforcement agency, and a federal regulatory body. ...


The Department of the Air Force is headed by the civilian Secretary of the Air Force who heads administrative affairs. The Department of the Air Force is a division of the Department of Defense, headed by the Secretary of Defense. The highest ranking military officer in the Department of the Air Force is the Chief of Staff of the Air Force. The Secretary of the Air Force is the civilian head of the United States Department of the Air Force, a component organization of the Department of Defense. ... The United States Department of Defense (DOD or DoD) is the federal department charged with coordinating and supervising all agencies and functions of the government relating directly to national security and the military. ... The United States Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) is the head of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), concerned with the armed services and military matters. ... The Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force (CSAF) serves as the senior uniformed United States Air Force officer responsible for the organization, training, and equipage of more than 700,000 active-duty, National Guard, Reserve, and civilian forces serving in the United States and overseas. ...


On 5 June 2008, in a move called "unprecedented" by one Air Force-related journal, Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, accepted the resignations of both the Secretary of the Air Force, Michael W. Wynne, and the Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, Gen. T. Michael Moseley, in effect firing both men for "systemic issues associated with declining Air Force nuclear mission focus and performance". The forced resignations followed an investigation ordered by Gates into two embarrassing incidents involving nuclear weapons, and were also the culmination of a long-running series of disputes between the Air Force leadership and Gates.[9] is the 156th day of the year (157th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common Era (or Anno Domini), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ... The United States Secretary of Defense is the head of the United States Department of Defense, concerned with the armed services and The Secretary is a member of the Presidents Cabinet. ... Dr. Robert Michael Gates (born September 25, 1943) served as Director of Central Intelligence from November 6, 1991 until January 20, 1993 and was Deputy National Security Adviser under Brent Scowcroft during the first Gulf War. ... The Secretary of the Air Force is the civilian head of the United States Department of the Air Force, a component organization of the Department of Defense. ... Michael W. Wynne Michael W. Wynne is the Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C., USA. // Born in Clearwater, Florida and raised in Melborne. ... The Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force (CSAF) serves as the senior uniformed United States Air Force officer responsible for the organization, training, and equipage of more than 700,000 active-duty, National Guard, Reserve, and civilian forces serving in the United States and overseas. ... Teed Michael Moseley, KBE[1], is the current Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force. ... The mushroom cloud of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan, 1945, rose some 18 km (11 mi) above the epicenter. ...

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Mission

1. According to the National Security Act of 1947 (61 Stat. 502) which created the Air Force: President Truman signs the National Security Act Amendment of 1949 with guests in the Oval Office. ...

In general the United States Air Force shall include aviation forces both combat and service not otherwise assigned. It shall be organized, trained, and equipped primarily for prompt and sustained offensive and defensive air operations. The Air Force shall be responsible for the preparation of the air forces necessary for the effective prosecution of war except as otherwise assigned and, in accordance with integrated joint mobilization plans, for the expansion of the peacetime components of the Air Force to meet the needs of war. Aviation encompasses all the activities relating to airborne devices created by human ingenuity, generally known as aircraft. ... “Fights” redirects here. ...

2. §8062 of Title 10 US Code (10 USC 8062) defines the purpose of the Air Force as:

  • to preserve the peace and security, and provide for the defense, of the United States, the Territories, Commonwealths, and possessions, and any areas occupied by the United States;
  • to support national policy;
  • to implement national objectives;
  • to overcome any nations responsible for aggressive acts that imperil the peace and security of the United States.

3. The stated mission of the USAF today is to "deliver sovereign options for the defense of the United States of America and its global interests — to fly and fight in Air, Space, and Cyberspace".[10]


Search and rescue

The National Search and Rescue Plan designates the United States Coast Guard as the federal agency responsible for maritime search-and-rescue (SAR) operations, and the United States Air Force Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol responsible for inland SAR.[11] Both agencies maintain rescue coordination centers to coordinate this effort.[3] USCG HH-65 Dolphin USCG HH-60J JayHawk USCG HC-130H departs Mojave USCG HC-130H on International Ice Patrol duties The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is at all times a branch of the U.S. military, a maritime law enforcement agency, and a federal regulatory body. ... Civil Air Patrol Corporate seal The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is the civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force (USAF). ... As the United States inland search and rescue (SAR) coordinator, the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) serves as the single agency responsible for coordinating on-land federal SAR activities in the 48 contiguous United States, Mexico and Canada. ...


History

Roundels which have appeared on US aircraft1. 5/17-2/18 2. 2/18-8/19 3. 8/19-5/42 4. 5/42-6/43 5. 6/43-9/43 6. 9/43-1/47 7. 1/47-
Roundels which have appeared on US aircraft
1. 5/17-2/18 2. 2/18-8/19 3. 8/19-5/42
4. 5/42-6/43 5. 6/43-9/43 6. 9/43-1/47
7. 1/47-

The United States Air Force became a separate military service on September 18, 1947, with the implementation of the National Security Act of 1947.[12] The Act created the United States Department of Defense, which was composed of three branches, the Army, Navy and a newly-created Air Force.[13] Prior to 1947, the responsibility for military aviation was divided between the Army (for land-based operations) and the Navy, for sea-based operations from aircraft carrier and amphibious aircraft. The Army created the first antecedent of the Air Force in 1907, which through a succession of changes of organization, titles, and missions advanced toward eventual separation 40 years later. The predecessor organizations of today's U.S. Air Force are: [1] The United States Air Force became a separate military service on September 18, 1947, with the implementation of the National Security Act of 1947. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... is the 261st day of the year (262nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1947 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... President Truman signs the National Security Act Amendment of 1949 with guests in the Oval Office. ... The United States Department of Defense (DOD or DoD) is the federal department charged with coordinating and supervising all agencies and functions of the government relating directly to national security and the military. ... Four aircraft carriers, (bottom-to-top) Principe de Asturias, amphibious assault ship USS Wasp, USS Forrestal and light V/STOL carrier HMS Invincible, showing size differences of late 20th century carriers An aircraft carrier is a warship designed to deploy and recover aircraft, acting as a sea-going airbase. ... It has been suggested that Landing operation be merged into this article or section. ...

The Aeronautical Division, U.S. Signal Corps (1907-1914) was the first progenitor of the United States Air Force, and as such is the first military air organization. ... is the 213th day of the year (214th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1907 (MCMVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... is the 199th day of the year (200th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1914 (MCMXIV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Wednesday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... The Aviation Section, U.S. Signal Corps, was the name of the military aviation service of the United States Army from 1914 to 1918, and a direct ancestor of the United States Air Force. ... is the 199th day of the year (200th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1914 (MCMXIV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Wednesday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... is the 140th day of the year (141st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1918 (MCMXVIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday[1] of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... The Division of Military Aeronautics, also termed the Division of Military Aeronautics and Bureau of Aircraft Production (as both were created as coordinate components of the air arm by the same executive order), was the name of the Armys aviation organization for a brief period during World War I... is the 140th day of the year (141st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1918 (MCMXVIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday[1] of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... is the 144th day of the year (145th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1918 (MCMXVIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday[1] of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... The United States Army Air Service was a forerunner of the United States Air Force. ... is the 144th day of the year (145th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1918 (MCMXVIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday[1] of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... is the 183rd day of the year (184th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1926 (MCMXXVI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1. ... is the 183rd day of the year (184th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1926 (MCMXXVI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 171st day of the year (172nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see 1941 (disambiguation). ... The United States Army Air Forces, or USAAF, was a part of the U.S. military during World War II. The direct precursor to the U.S. Air Force, the USAAF formally existed between 1941 and 1947. ... is the 171st day of the year (172nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see 1941 (disambiguation). ... is the 260th day of the year (261st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1947 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Wars

The SR-71 Blackbird was a Cold war spyplane.
The SR-71 Blackbird was a Cold war spyplane.
F-117 Nighthawk
F-117 Nighthawk

The United States Air Force has been involved in many wars, conflicts, and operations since, and before, its conception; these include: Image File history File links Download high resolution version (3000x2350, 4173 KB) SR-71B Blackbird, taken December 1994 from an in-flight refueling tanker SR-71B was the trainer version of the SR-71. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (3000x2350, 4173 KB) SR-71B Blackbird, taken December 1994 from an in-flight refueling tanker SR-71B was the trainer version of the SR-71. ... SR-71 redirects here. ... For other uses, see Cold War (disambiguation). ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 498 pixelsFull resolution‎ (1,495 × 930 pixels, file size: 580 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) The original description page is/was here. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 498 pixelsFull resolution‎ (1,495 × 930 pixels, file size: 580 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) The original description page is/was here. ... This article is about the stealth fighter. ...

“The Great War ” redirects here. ... The Aviation Section, U.S. Signal Corps, was the name of the military aviation service of the United States Army from 1914 to 1918, and a direct ancestor of the United States Air Force. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... The United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) was the aviation component of the United States Army primarily during World War II. The title of Army Air Forces succeeded the prior name of Army Air Corps in June 1941 during preparation for expected combat in what came to be known as... The Cold War (1947-1991) was the open yet restricted rivalry that developed after World War II between groups of nations practicing different ideologies and political systems. ... Belligerents United Nations: Republic of Korea Australia Belgium Canada Colombia Ethiopia France Greece Luxembourg Netherlands New Zealand Philippines South Africa Thailand Turkey United Kingdom United States Naval Support and Military Servicing/Repairs: Japan Medical staff: Denmark Italy Norway India Sweden DPR Korea PR China Soviet Union Commanders Syngman Rhee Chung... The Vietnam War was a war fought between 1957 and 1975 on the ground in South Vietnam and bordering areas of Cambodia and Laos (See Secret War) and in bombing runs (Rolling Thunder) over North Vietnam. ... Belligerents United States Iran Commanders Col. ... The Invasion of Grenada, known to US forces as Operation Urgent Fury, was an invasion of the island nation of Grenada by the military forces of the United States of America and several Caribbean nations. ... Operation El Dorado Canyon was the name of the joint United States Air Force and Navy air-strikes against Libya on April 15, 1986. ... Belligerents Panama United States Commanders Manuel Noriega Maxwell R. Thurman Strength 16,000+ 27,684+ Casualties and losses 100-1,000 killed 24 killed, 325 wounded 300-4,000 civilians killed The United States invasion of Panama, codenamed Operation Just Cause, was the invasion of Panama by the United States... Combatants UN Coalition Republic of Iraq Commanders Norman Schwarzkopf Saddam Hussein Strength 660,000 360,000 Casualties 345 dead, 1,000 wounded 25,000 dead, 75,000 wounded The Gulf War (1990–1991) (also called the Persian Gulf War, Operation Desert Storm, or Second Gulf War) was a conflict between... Operation Northern Watch, the successor to Operation Provide Comfort, was a US European Command Combined Task Force (CTF) charged with enforcing the United Nations mandated no-fly zone above the 36th parallel in Iraq. ... Two F-16 Falcon aircraft prepare to depart on a patrol as part of Operation Southern Watch in 2000 Operation Southern Watch was a operation conducted by Joint Task Force Southwest Asia (JTF-SWA) with the mission of monitoring and controlling airspace south of the 33rd Parallel in Iraq, following... The term Kosovo War or Kosovo Conflict is often used to describe two sequential and at times parallel armed conflicts (a civil war followed by an international war) in the southern Serbian province called Kosovo (officially Kosovo and Metohia), part of the former Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. ... Combatants United States, Poland, France, Canada, Pakistan, India, Australia, United Kingdom, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines (in the Philippines theatre only), Northern Alliance, Italy, Czech Republic, Hungary, Ethiopia, Somalia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Albania, Macedonia, Romania, Portugal, Bulgaria, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Georgia Taliban, al-Qaeda, Abu Sayyaf, Jemaah... For other uses of the term, see Iraq war (disambiguation) The 2003 invasion of Iraq (also called the 2nd or 3rd Persian Gulf War) began on March 20, 2003, when forces belonging primarily to the United States and the United Kingdom invaded Iraq arguably without the explicit backing of the...

Humanitarian operations

The U.S. Air Force has taken part in numerous humanitarian operations. Some of the more major ones include the following:[16]

Occupation zones after 1945. ... Operation Safe Haven (1957) was an refugee relocation operation executed by the United States Air Force to evacuate 15,570-21,000 of the 200,000 Hungarian refugees to the United States following the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. ... Operation Babylift was the name given to the mass evacuation of [[children] from South Vietnam to the United States and other countries (including, for example, Australia, Canada) at the end of the Vietnam War (see also the Fall of Saigon), during April 1975. ... Operation New Life (April 1975 – September 1975) was the U.S. military evacuation of about 110,000 Southeast Asian refugees displaced by the Vietnam War out of South Vietnam. ... USAF CH-53 helicopters on the deck of Midway during Operation Frequent Wind, April 1975 Operation Frequent Wind was the emergency evacuation of Americans by helicopter from Saigon, South Vietnam in April 1975 during the last days of the Vietnam War. ... Operation New Arrivals (April 29–September 16 1975) was the relocation of more than 120,000 Indochinese refugees from Pacific island staging areas to the United States. ... Operation Provide Comfort was a military operation by the United States, starting on 24 July 1991, to defend Kurds fleeing their homes in northern Iraq in the aftermath of the Persian Gulf War. ... Operation Sea Angel (May 10-June 13, 1991) was a disaster relief operation by the United States military sent to aid the people of Bangladesh in the wake of the unnamed 1991 Bangladesh cyclone. ... Operation Provide Hope was a humanitarian operation conducted by the U.S. Navy to provide medical equipment to former Soviet republics during their transition to democratic and free-market states. ... Operation United Assistance is the name of the United States militarys response to the tsunami of 2004. ... The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake was an undersea (subduction) earthquake that occurred at 00:58:53 UTC December 26, 2004, with an epicentre off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. ...

Administrative organization

The Air Force is one of three service departments, and is managed by the (civilian) Department of the Air Force. Guidance is provided by the Secretary of the Air Force(SECAF) and the Secretary's staff and advisors. The military leadership is the Air Staff, led by the Chief of Staff. Unit terminology and organizational hierarchy of the United States Air Force, going from the top (most senior) down. ... In the United States Department of Defense, executive civilian control over matters other than operations is exercised through the three service departments, the Department of the Army, the Department of the Navy (which includes the Marine Corps), and the Department of the Air Force. ... Seal The United States Department of the Air Force was formed in 1949 and is a component agency of the United States Department of Defense. ... The Secretary of the Air Force is the civilian head of the United States Department of the Air Force, a component organization of the Department of Defense. ... Air Staff Organizational Chart The Air Staff is Headed by the Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force (currently General T. Michael Moseley). ... The Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force (CSAF) serves as the senior uniformed United States Air Force officer responsible for the organization, training, and equipage of more than 700,000 active-duty, National Guard, Reserve, and civilian forces serving in the United States and overseas. ...


USAF direct subordinate commands and units are the Field Operating Agency (FOA), Direct Reporting Unit (DRU), and the currently unused Separate Operating Agency. This is a list of Field Operating Agencies (FOA) in the United States Air Force that are active. ... A Direct Reporting Unit (DRU) is an agency of the United States Air Force that is outside the bounds of the standard organizational hierarchy by being exclusively and uniquely under the control of Air Force headquarters alone, rather than reporting through a Major Command. ...


The Major Command (MAJCOM) is the superior hierarchical level of command. Including the Air Force Reserve Command, as of 30 September 2006, USAF has nine major commands, and a tenth, Air Force Cyber Command, in process. The Numbered Air Force (NAF) is a level of command directly under the MAJCOM, followed by Operational Command (now unused), Air Division (also now unused), Wing, Group, Squadron, and Flight. This is a list of Major Commands (MAJCOM) of the United States Air Force Historically, a MAJCOM is the highest level of command, only below HQ USAF, and directly above Numbered Air Forces (NAF). ... This article or section should include material from U.S. Air Force Reserve Shield of the Air Force Reserve Command. ... is the 273rd day of the year (274th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Air Force Cyberspace Command (AFCC) is a United States Air Force major command whose development was announced by the Secretary of the Air Force on November 2, 2006. ... This is a list of Numbered Air Forces (NAF) of the United States Air Force Historically, a NAF is a level of command below a MAJCOM (Major Command), and above one or more Wings or independent Groups. ... An Air Division (AD) was a United States Air Force echelon of command. ... Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Wing emblems of the United States Air Force This is a partial list of Wings in the United States Air Force, focusing on AFCON wings. ... This is a list of Groups in the United States Air Force that do not belong to the wing that has host duties for the base at which it is stationed. ... Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Squadron emblems of the United States Air Force This is a list of United States Air Force squadrons. ...


Force structure

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The permanent establishment of the USAF, as of 30 September 2006,[17] consisted of: Image File history File links Size of this preview: 607 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (1000 × 987 pixel, file size: 122 KB, MIME type: image/png) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Air Combat Command (ACC) is a major command (MAJCOM) of the United States Air Force. ... Two F-22A turn in on final approach to Langley Air Force Base Langley Air Force Base (IATA: LFI, ICAO: KLFI) is the home of the United States Air Forces 1st Fighter Wing (1 FW) and the 480th Intelligence Wing (480 IW). ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... First Air Force (1 AF) (Now AFNORTH) is a numbered air force (NAF) in Air Combat Command (ACC). ... Tyndall Air Force Base is a base of the United States Air Force in Bay County, Florida, United States. ... This article is about the U.S. State of Florida. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 619 × 599 pixelsFull resolution‎ (1,000 × 968 pixels, file size: 297 KB, MIME type: image/png) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... The Eighth Air Force is a numbered air force (NAF) of the major command (MAJCOM) of Air Combat Command of the United States Air Force and it is headquartered at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. ... Barksdale Air Force Base is a United States military base near Bossier City, Louisiana. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 617 × 599 pixelsFull resolution‎ (1,000 × 971 pixels, file size: 281 KB, MIME type: image/png) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Ninth Air Force is a Numbered Air Force in Air Combat Command (ACC). ... F-16CJ Fighting Falcon taking off from Shaw AFB as part of enforcing the northern no fly zone in Iraq. ... Official language(s) English Capital Columbia Largest city Columbia Largest metro area Columbia Area  Ranked 40th  - Total 34,726 sq mi (82,965 km²)  - Width 200 miles (320 km)  - Length 260 miles (420 km)  - % water 6  - Latitude 32° 2′ N to 35° 13′ N  - Longitude 78° 32′ W to 83... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 600 × 600 pixelsFull resolution‎ (900 × 900 pixels, file size: 188 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg)The crest/seal of the U.S. Southern Command Air Forces. ... Twelfth Air Force is a Numbered Air Force in Air Combat Command (ACC). ... , Davis-Monthan Air Force Base is a United States Air Force base in Tucson, Pima County, Arizona. ... Official language(s) English Spoken language(s) English 74. ... 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Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is a U.S. Air Force base in Greene and Montgomery counties, adjacent to Riverside, Fairborn, Beavercreek, and Dayton, Ohio. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 608 × 599 pixelsFull resolution‎ (1,000 × 986 pixels, file size: 182 KB, MIME type: image/png) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... This article or section should include material from U.S. Air Force Reserve Shield of the Air Force Reserve Command. ... Robins Air Force Base (Robins AFB) is a base of the United States Air Force located in Houston County, Georgia. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Formed in the United States during World War II to provide air defense and combat training for the personnel of newly formed units, the Fourth Air Force was assigned, in turn, to Continental Air Forces, Air Defense Command, and Continental Air Command before inactivating in 1960. ... Lockheed C-141 Starlifter formerly of the 452 AMW displaying March ARB Orange and Yellow tail colors For the history and uses of this facility prior to 1993, see March Air Force Base March Air Reserve Base (IATA: RIV, ICAO: KRIV, FAA LID: RIV) is located in Riverside County, California... This article is about the U.S state. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The USAAF Tenth Air Force was created for air combat operations in China-Burma-India (CBI) theater during World War II. In the years since World War II, the Tenth Air Force has served the air defense and reserve training programs. ... The Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base (NASJRBFW) is a base of the United States Armed Forces, and is located in the town of Fort Worth in the state of Texas. ... For other uses, see Texas (disambiguation). ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Twenty-Second Air Force can trace its origins to World War II through an official consolidation of two organizations in 1979. ... Dobbins Air Reserve Base is a U.S. Air Force Reserve base located in Marietta, Georgia, a suburb about 20 miles or 30 kilometers northwest of Atlanta. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 597 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (1000 × 1004 pixels, file size: 83 KB, MIME type: image/png) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) is a major command of the United States Air Force. ... Peterson Air Force Base (IATA: COS, ICAO: KCOS, FAA LID: COS) is a base of the United States Air Force located at Colorado Springs in El Paso County, Colorado, United States and it provides runways for the adjacent City of Colorado Springs Municipal Airport under a shared joint civil-military... Official language(s) English Demonym Coloradan Capital Denver Largest city Denver Largest metro area Denver-Aurora Metro Area Area  Ranked 8th in the US  - Total 104,185 sq mi (269,837 km²)  - Width 280 miles (451 km)  - Length 380 miles (612 km)  - % water 0. ... Image File history File links 14th_Air_Force_emblem. ... The United States Fourteenth Air Force, also 14th Air Force (14 AF), is a Numbered Air Force (NAF) of Air Force Space Command (AFSPC). ... Boeing Delta 4 Medium+ (4,2) lifts off from Space Launch Complex Six (SLC-6) at Vandenberg AFB, California (Official photo by Thom Baur for the Boeing Company) Vandenberg Air Force Base (IATA: VBG, ICAO: KVBG) is a United States military installation with a spaceport, in Santa Barbara County, California... This article is about the U.S state. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 586 × 600 pixelsFull resolution‎ (977 × 1,000 pixels, file size: 267 KB, MIME type: image/png) Other versions USAAF patch: Image:20th usaaf. ... Twentieth Air Force is a Numbered Air Force in Air Force Space Command (AFSPC). ... Francis E. Warren Air Force Base (IATA: FEW, ICAO: KFEW) is a base of the United States Air Force. ... Official language(s) English Capital Cheyenne Largest city Cheyenne Area  Ranked 10th  - Total 97,818 sq mi (253,348 km²)  - Width 280 miles (450 km)  - Length 360 miles (580 km)  - % water 0. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) was established May 22, 1990, with headquarters at Hurlburt Field, Fla. ... Hurlburt Field is a base of the United States Air Force located in Okaloosa County, Florida on the Eglin Air Force Base reservation immediately west of the Town of Mary Esther. ... This article is about the U.S. State of Florida. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 608 × 600 pixelsFull resolution‎ (900 × 888 pixels, file size: 257 KB, MIME type: image/png) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Twenty-Third Air Force emblem The Twenty-Third Air Force stood up as the component numbered air force (C-NAF) for Air Force Special Operations Command on 1 Jan 2008. ... Hurlburt Field is a base of the United States Air Force located in Okaloosa County, Florida on the Eglin Air Force Base reservation immediately west of the Town of Mary Esther. ... This article is about the U.S. State of Florida. ... 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  • Active duty forces:
    • 57 flying wings, 8 space wings, and 55 non-flying wings
    • 9 flying groups, 8 non-flying groups
      • 134 flying squadrons, 43 space squadrons
  • Air Force Reserve
    • 35 flying wings, 1 space wing
    • 4 flying groups
      • 67 flying squadrons, 6 space squadrons
  • Air National Guard
    • 87 flying wings
      • 101 flying squadrons, 4 space squadrons

The United States Air Force and its Air Reserve Components field a total of 302 flying squadrons.[18]


Operational organization

The above organizational structure is responsible for the peacetime Organization, Equipping, and Training of aerospace units for operational missions. When required to support operational missions, the National Command Authority directs a Change in Operational Control (CHOP) of these units from their peacetime alignment to a Regional Combatant Commander (CCDR). In the case of AFSPC, AFSOC, PACAF, and USAFE units, forces are normally employed in-place under their existing CCDR. Likewise, AMC forces operating in support roles retain their componency to USTRANSCOM unless chopped to a Regional CCDR. The term National Command Authority (or NCA) is used in United States military and government circles to refer to the ultimate lawful source of military orders. ... A Unified Combatant Command is composed of forces from two or more services, has a broad and continuing mission, and is organized either on a geographical basis (known as Area Of Responsibility, AOR) or on a functional basis. ... Combatant commander is the current (2005) title of a major military leader of United States armed forces, either of a large geographical region or of a particular military function, formerly known as a commander-in-chief. ... The United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) is one of ten unified commands of the United States Department of Defense. ...


Aerospace Expeditionary Task Force

CHOPPED units are referred to as "forces". The top-level structure of these forces is the Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force (AETF). The AETF is the Air Force presentation of forces to a CCDR for the employment of Air Power. Each CCDR is supported by a standing Component Numbered Air Force (C-NAF) to provide planning and execution of aerospace forces in support of CCDR requirements. Each C-NAF consists of a Commander, Air Force Forces (COMAFFOR) and AFFOR/A-staff, and an Air Operations Center (AOC). As needed to support multiple Joint Force Commanders (JFC) in the COCOM's Area of Responsibility (AOR), the C-NAF may deploy Air Component Coordinate Elements (ACCE) to liaise with the JFC. If the Air Force possesses the most strategic air assets in a JFC's area of operations, the COMAFFOR will also serve as the Joint Forces Air Component Commander (JFACC). An Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force (AETF) is a deployed numbered air force (NAF) or command echelon immediately subordinate to an NAF that is provided as the U.S. Air Force component command committed to a joint operation. ...


Commander, Air Force Forces

The Commander, Air Force Forces (COMAFFOR) is the senior Air Force officer responsible for the employment of Air Power in support of JFC objectives. The COMAFFOR has a special staff and an A-Staff to ensure assigned or attached forces are properly organized, equipped, and trained to support the operational mission.


Air Operations Center

The Air Operations Center (AOC) is the JFACC's Command and Control (C²) center. This center is responsible for planning and executing air power missions in support of JFC objectives. The AN/USQ-163 Falconer, better known as the Air and Space Operations Center (AOC), is the senior element of the Theater Air Control System (TACS) and is the weapon system Commander, Air Force Forces (COMAFFOR) provides the Joint Forces Air Component Commander (JFACC) for planning and executing theater-wide... In the military: The exercise of authority and direction by a properly designated commander over assigned and attached forces in the accomplishment of the mission. ...


Air Expeditionary Wings/Groups/Squadrons

The AETF generates air power to support COCOM objectives from Air Expeditionary Wings (AEW) or Air Expeditionary Groups (AEG). These units are responsible for receiving combat forces from Air Force MAJCOMs, preparing these forces for operational missions, launching and recovering these forces, and eventually returning forces to the MAJCOMs. Theater Air Control Systems control employment of forces during these missions. Air Expeditionary Wing (AEW) is a Wing concept used primarily by the United States Air Force. ...


Vocations

The vast majority of Air Force members remain on the ground. There are hundreds of support positions which are necessary to the success of a mission. Image File history File links Question_book-new. ...


The classification of an Air Force job is the Air Force Specialty Code (AFSC). They range from flight combat operations such as a gunner, to working in a dining facility to ensure that members are properly fed. There are many different jobs in fields such as computer specialties, mechanic specialties, enlisted aircrew, medical specialties, civil engineering, public affairs, hospitality, law, drug counseling, mail operations, security forces, and search and rescue specialties. The Air Force Specialty Code (AFSC) is an alphanumeric code used by the United States Air Force to identify an Air Force Specialty (AFS). ... The Aircrew Badge is a qualification badge of the United States military that is awarded by all five branches of armed services to personnel who serve as crew members on board military aircraft. ... USAF policemen from Tan Son Nhut Air Base, watch for Viet Cong infiltration attempts along the base perimeter, during the Vietnam war Air Force Security Forces (AFSC Enlisted: 3P0X1, Officer: 31PX) (formerly named Air Police, then Security Police; colloquially called cops by USAF personnel), are the military police of the...


Perhaps the most dangerous Air Force jobs are Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Pararescue, Combat Control, Combat Weather and Tactical Air Control Party, who deploy with infantry and special operations units who disarm bombs, rescue downed or isolated personnel, call in air strikes and set up landing zones in forward locations. Most of these are enlisted positions. Other jobs have seen increasing combat, and have been billed "Battlefield Airmen". These include EOD, Vehicle operators, and OSI. Bomb disposal is the process by which hazardous devices are rendered safe. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. ... A Tactical Air Control Party, commonly abbreviated to TACP (pronounced TAC-P), is usually a team of two or more United States Air Force Tactical Air Controllers (AFSC 1C4X1), sometimes including an Air Liaison Officer (a qualified aviator), which is assigned to a U.S. Army combat maneuver unit, either... Infantry of the Royal Irish Rifles during the Battle of the Somme in World War I Infantry or footmen are very highly disciplined and trained soldiers who fight primarily with small arms(rifles), but are trained to use everything from their bare hands to missle systems in order to neutralize... Special forces or special operations forces is a term used to describe relatively small military units raised and trained for reconnaissance, unconventional warfare and special operations. ... A military strike is a limited attack on a specified target. ... In military service, an enlisted rank is generally any rating below that of a commissioned officer. ...


Nearly all enlisted jobs are "entry level," meaning that the Air Force provides all training. Some enlistees are able to choose a particular job, or at least a field before actually joining, while others are assigned an AFSC at Basic Training. After Basic Military Training, new Air Force members attend a technical training school where they learn their particular AFSC. Second Air Force, a part of Air Education and Training Command is responsible for nearly all technical training.


Training programs vary in length; for example, 3M0X1 (Services) has 31 days of tech school training, while 3E8X1 (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) is 1 year of training with a preliminary school and a main school consisting of over 10 separate divisions; sometimes taking students close to 2 years to complete. Some AFSC's have even shorter or longer training.


Aircraft

B-2 Spirit
B-2 Spirit
F-22 Raptors
F-22 Raptors
CV-22 Ospreys
CV-22 Ospreys
C-17 Globemaster III
C-17 Globemaster III

The United States Air Force has over 7,500 aircraft commissioned as of 2004. Until 1962, the Army and Air Force maintained one system of aircraft naming, while the U.S. Navy maintained a separate system. In 1962, these were unified into a single system heavily reflecting the Army/Air Force method. For more complete information on the workings of this system, refer to United States Department of Defense Aerospace Vehicle Designations. This is a list of currently-active military aircraft in use by the United States military. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2000x1252, 1728 KB) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2000x1252, 1728 KB) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... The Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit is a multi-role stealth heavy bomber, capable of deploying both conventional and nuclear weapons. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 750 × 600 pixelsFull resolution‎ (3,000 × 2,400 pixels, file size: 2. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 750 × 600 pixelsFull resolution‎ (3,000 × 2,400 pixels, file size: 2. ... F-22 redirects here. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 425 pixel Image in higher resolution (3000 × 1593 pixel, file size: 527 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Found on the Air Force Website: http://www. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 425 pixel Image in higher resolution (3000 × 1593 pixel, file size: 527 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Found on the Air Force Website: http://www. ... The V-22 Osprey is a joint service, multimission, military tiltrotor aircraft with both a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) and short takeoff and landing capability (STOL). ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2974x2183, 778 KB) Seventeen C-17 Globemaster III aircraft fly over the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia during low level tactical training Dec. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2974x2183, 778 KB) Seventeen C-17 Globemaster III aircraft fly over the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia during low level tactical training Dec. ... For other aircraft with this designation, see C-17. ... Typical Vehicle Designation Stencil for a U.S.A.F. aircraft. ...


Current aircraft of the USAF[19]:


Attack (air to ground)

  • O/A-10A/C Thunderbolt II
  • AC-130H/U Spectre/Spooky II

The A-10 Thunderbolt II is an American single-seat, twin-engine jet aircraft developed by Fairchild-Republic for the United States Air Force to provide close air support (CAS) of ground forces by attacking tanks, armored vehicles, and other ground targets, also providing a limited air interdiction role. ... The AC-130 Gunship is an armed variant of the Lockheed C-130 Hercules. ...

Bomber

  • B-1B Lancer
  • B-2A Spirit
  • B-52H Stratofortress

The B-1 Lancer is an American strategic bomber with variable geometry wings. ... The Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit is a multi-role stealth heavy bomber, capable of deploying both conventional and nuclear weapons. ... B-52 redirects here. ...

Transport, Special Operations

Romanian Air Force Antonov An-26 The Antonov An-26 (NATO reporting name: Curl) is a 2-engined light prop transport aircraft and is a development of the An-24 passenger aircraft, with particular attention made to the potential military use. ... The Lockheed C-5 Galaxy is a military transport aircraft designed to provide strategic heavy airlift over intercontinental distances. ... The C-12F Huron provides logistics support between Navy air stations. ... For other aircraft with this designation, see C-17. ... The C-20 Gulfstream is the military designation of the commercial Gulfstream bizjets used by the US military forces. ... The Gulfstream IV (or G-IV) and derivatives are a family of private jet aircraft produced by Gulfstream Aerospace, a General Dynamics company based in Savannah, Georgia, United States. ... Swiss Air Force Learjet 35A The Lear Jet Model 35A is a multi-role business jet and military transport (designated as C-21). ... The Boeing C-22B, a 727-100, is the primary medium-range aircraft used by the Air National Guard and National Guard Bureau to airlift personnel. ... This article is about the aircraft. ... Fairchild C-26 Metroliner is the designation for the Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner series twin turboprop airplane built by Fairchild in the service of the United States military. ... The twin-engined British Aerospace BAe 125 is the worlds best selling mid-size corporate jet, now marketed as the Raytheon Hawker 800. ... The Boeing C-32 is the designation of a USAF passenger transportation aircraft, a version of the Boeing 757. ... The Gulfstream V are business jet aircraft produced by Gulfstream Aerospace. ... The Gulfstream G500 is a private jet aircraft produced by Gulfstream Aerospace, Savannah, Georgia, USA, a General Dynamics company. ... This aircraft article has not been updated to WikiProject Aircrafts current standards. ... A C-40B VIP transport taking off. ... CASA C-212 of the Swedish Coast Guard. ... The Lockheed C-130 Hercules is a four-engine turboprop cargo aircraft and the main tactical airlifter for many military forces worldwide. ... The Lockheed C-130 Hercules is a four-engine turboprop cargo aircraft and the main tactical airlifter for many military forces worldwide. ... LC-130 rocket assisted takeoff The LC-130 is a ski-equipped variant of the Lockheed C-130 Hercules used in the Arctic and Antarctic. ... The Lockheed MC-130 is the basic designation for a family of special-missions aircraft operated by the United States Air Force. ... The WC-130J Hercules The WC-130 Hercules is a high-wing, medium-range aircraft used in weather reconnaissance missions. ... The C-135 Stratolifter is a transport aircraft derived from Boeing’s prototype 367-80 jet airliner (also the basis for the 707) in the early 1950s. ... The Boeing NC-135 is a version of the C-135 Stratolifter, modified to operate on several different programs. ... CASA CN-235M-100 of the Spanish Air Force The CN-235 is a medium-range twin-turbo-prop aircraft developed jointly between CASA in Spain and IPTN in Indonesia as a regional airliner and military transport. ... The de Havilland Canada DHC-8, popularly known as the Dash 8, is a series of twin-engined, medium range, turboprop airliners introduced by de Havilland Canada (DHC) in 1984. ... The V-22 Osprey is an American joint service, multi-mission, military tiltrotor aircraft with both a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) and short takeoff and landing (STOL) capability. ... The Boeing C-137 Stratoliner was a VIP transport aircraft derived from the Boeing 707 jet airliner used by the United States Air Force. ... The Boeing C-137 Stratoliner was a VIP transport aircraft derived from the Boeing 707 jet airliner used by the United States Air Force. ... WC-135 Constant Phoenix WC-135 Constant Phoenix is a special purpose aircraft of the USAF, a version of the C-135. ...

AWACS, Electronic Warfare

  • E-3B/C Sentry
  • E-4B
  • E-8C JSTARS

The Boeing E-3 Sentry is an American military airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft that provides all-weather surveillance, command, control and communications, to the United States, United Kingdom, France, Saudi Arabia, and NATO air defense forces. ... The E-4B Nightwatch, formerly known as NEACP (Kneecap) and sometimes called NAOC (National Airborne Operations Center), is a Boeing 747-200 aircraft specially built to serve as a survivable mobile command post for the President during a nuclear war. ... The E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) is a United States Air Force airborne battle management and command and control (C2) platform that conducts ground surveillance to develop an understanding of the enemy situation and to support attack operations and targeting that contributes to the delay...

Fighter

  • F-15A/B/C/D Eagle
  • F-15E Strike Eagle
  • F-16C/D Fighting Falcon
  • F-22A Raptor
  • F-35 Lightning II

F-15 redirects here. ... The F-15E Strike Eagle is a modern United States all-weather strike fighter, designed for long-range interdiction of enemy ground targets deep behind enemy lines. ... The Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon is an American multirole jet fighter aircraft originally developed by General Dynamics (GD) for the United States Air Force. ... F-22 redirects here. ... This article is about a fighter aircraft. ...

Helicopter

  • MH-53J/M Pave Low III/IV
  • HH-60G Pave Hawk
  • UH-1N Iroquois

The Sikorsky S-65 is a heavy transport helicopter originally developed for use by the United States Marine Corps, who designated it the CH-53 Sea Stallion. ... The primary mission of the Sikorsky HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter is to conduct day or night operations into hostile environments to recover downed aircrew or other isolated personnel during war. ... UH-1N on the ground at Camp Fallujah, Iraq in July of 2004 The Bell UH-1N Twin Huey is a medium military helicopter that first flew in 1968. ...

Tanker

  • KC-10A Extender
  • KC-135E/R/T Stratotanker

The KC-10 Extender is an air-to-air tanker aircraft in service with the United States Air Force derived from the civilian DC-10-30 airliner. ... The Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker is an aerial refueling tanker aircraft. ...

Reconnaissance

  • OC-135B
  • M/RQ-1A/B Predator
  • RQ-4A Global Hawk
  • MQ-9 Reaper
  • RC-135S/U/V/W
  • U-2R/S "Dragon Lady"

The OC-135B Open Skies United States Air Force observation aircraft supports the Open Skies Treaty. ... Predator Unmanned Aerial Vehicle flies on a simulated Navy aerial reconnaissance flight off southern California in December 1995. ... The Northrop Grumman (formerly Ryan Aeronautical) RQ-4 Global Hawk (known as Tier II+ during development) is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) used by the US Air Force as a surveillance aircraft. ... The MQ-9 Reaper (originally the RQ-9 Predator B) is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems for use by the United States Air Force, the United States Navy, and the British Royal Air Force. ... The Boeing RC-135 is a United States Air Force reconnaissance aircraft used to support theater and national level consumers with near real-time on-scene intelligence collection, analysis and dissemination capabilities. ... The Lockheed U-2, nicknamed Dragon Lady, is a single-engine, high-altitude aircraft flown by the United States Air Force and previously flown by the Central Intelligence Agency. ...

Trainer

  • NT-39A/B Sabreliner
  • T-1A Jayhawk
  • T-6 Texan II
  • (A)T-38A/B/C Talon
  • Boeing T-43
  • TG-3A
  • TG-4A
  • TG-7A
  • TG-9A
  • TG-10B/C/D
  • TG-11A
  • TG-15A/TG-15B
  • UC-26C
  • UV-18A/B Twin Otter
  • UV-20A Chiricua
  • U-28A
  • F-5 Freedom Fighter

The North American Sabreliner (later sold as the Rockwell Sabreliner) was developed by North American Aviation in response to the U.S. Air Forces Utility Trainer Experimental (UTX) program. ... The T-1A Jayhawk is a twin-engined jet aircraft used by the United States Air Force for advanced pilot training. ... A T-6 Texan II For the similarly-named World War II aircraft, see T-6 Texan. ... The Northrop T-38 Talon is a widely used US-built supersonic jet trainer. ... The Boeing T-43A is a modified Boeing 737-200 used by the US Air Force. ... The Schweizer SGS 1-26 is a United States One-Design, single-seat, mid-wing glider built by Schweizer Aircraft of Elmira, New York. ... TG-4 may refer to: In aviation: The 1962 United States Tri-Service aircraft designation system designation for the Schweizer SGS 2-33 glider in USAF service. ... The Schweizer SGM 2-37 is a two-place, side-by-side, fixed gear, low wing, motorized glider. ... The ASK 21 is a modern glass-reinforced plastic two-seater glider with a mid-set wing and a mass balanced T-tail. ... This article, image, template or category should belong in one or more categories. ... The Stemme S10 is a self-launching sailplane produced in Germany since the 1980s. ... The Schempp-Hirth Duo Discus is a high performance two seat glider primarily designed for fast cross-country flying including gliding competitions. ... The Schempp-Hirth Duo Discus is a high performance two seat glider primarily designed for fast cross-country flying including gliding competitions. ... The Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner or the Fairchild Aerospace Metro is a 19-seat, pressurised, twin turboprop airliner first produced by Swearingen and later by Fairchild. ... The DHC-6 Twin Otter is a 20-passenger STOL feederliner and utility aircraft developed by de Havilland Canada. ... The Pilatus PC-6 Porter is a civilian utility aircraft built by Pilatus Aircraft of Switzerland. ... PC-12 of the U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement The Pilatus PC-12 is a single-engine turboprop passenger and cargo aircraft manufactured by Pilatus Aircraft of Switzerland. ... The F-5 Freedom Fighter (or Tiger II) is a low cost entry level supersonic fighter aircraft, designed and built by Northrop in the United States, beginning in 1962. ...

Training

All enlisted Airmen must undergo basic military training (BMT), which takes place at Lackland AFB, Texas. Lackland Air Force Base is a base of the United States Air Force located to the west of San Antonio, Texas, USA. It is the main entry processing station (Basic Training)/(Basic Military Instruction) for Air Force recruits. ...


Air Force Fitness Test

Main article: United States Air Force Fitness Test

The US Air Force Fitness Test (AFFT) is designed to test the body composition, muscular strength/endurance and cardiovascular respiratory fitness of airmen in the United States Air Force. As part of the Fit to Fight program, the Air Force adopted a more stringent physical fitness assessment; the new fitness program was established on January 1, 2004, and replaces the annual ergo-cycle test that the Air Force had used for several years. In the AFFT, Airmen are given a score based on performance consisting of four components: waist circumfirence, the crunch, the push-up, and a 1.5-mile (2.4 km) run. Airmen can potentially earn a score of 100; a passing score is anything over 75 points. The United States Air Force Fitness Test (AFFT) is designed to test the body composition, muscular strength/endurance and cardiovascular respiratory fitness of airmen in the United States Air Force. ...


Culture

Uniforms

United States Air Force personnel wear uniforms which are distinct from those of the other branches of the United States Armed Forces. The current uniform is an olive drab/black/brown and tan combination called the Battle Dress Uniform (BDU). Members deployed to an AOR wear a variation of the BDU, tan and brown in color, called the Desert Camouflage Uniform (DCU). A new uniform called the Airman Battle Uniform (ABU) is scheduled to completely replace the BDU and DCU by November 2011. The ABU is currently readily available at most Base Exchanges or Military Clothing Stores. The United States Air Force uniform is the standardized military dress worn by members of the United States Air Force. ... Battle Dress Uniform (BDU) in the United States was the standard military uniform worn into combat, battledress as opposed to display dress uniforms worn at parades and functions. ... Deployed Airmen wearing the Airman Battle Uniform The Airman Battle Uniform (ABU) is the new service-distinctive camouflage battle dress uniform for the United States Air Force. ...


Awards and badges

In addition to basic uniform clothing, various badges are used by the USAF to indicate a job assignment or qualification-level for a given assignment. Badges can also be used as merit-based or service-based awards. Over time, various badges have been discontinued and are no longer distributed. // Badges of the United States Air Force are military awards authorized by the United States Air Force that signify USAF aeronautical ratings or qualification in several career fields, and also serve as identification devices for personnel occupying certain assignments. ... Awards and decorations of the United States Air Force are military decorations which are issued by the Department of the Air Force to Air Force service members and members of other military branches serving under Air Force commands. ... Obsolete badges of the United States military are a number of U.S. military decorations which were issued in the early 20th century leading up to and including badges issued during the Second World War. ...


Grade Structure and Insignias

See also: United States Air Force officer rank insignia
See also: United States Air Force enlisted rank insignia

The standard USAF uniform is also decorated with an insignia to designate rank. USAF rank is divided between enlisted airmen, non-commissioned officers, and commissioned officers, and ranges from "airman basic" to the commissioned rank of general. Promotions are granted based on a combination of test scores, years of experience, and selection board approval. Promotions among enlisted men and non-commissioned officers rankings are generally designated by increasing numbers of insignia chevrons. Commissioned officer rank is designated by bars, oak leaves, a silver eagle, and anywhere from one to five (only in war-time) stars. This chart displays the United States Air Force officer rank insignia. ... The chart below represents the U.S. Air Force current enlisted rank insignia. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Military service. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


For cadet rank at the U.S. Air Force Academy, see United States Air Force Academy Cadet Insignia. Below are the insignia used by cadets at the United States Air Force Academy. ...


Slogans & Creeds

The United States Air Force has had numerous recruiting slogans to include "Nothing Comes Close" and Uno Ab Alto. For many years, the U.S. Air Force used "Aim High" as its recruiting motto; more recently, they have used "Cross Into the Blue", "We've been waiting for you" and "Do Something Amazing",[21] and the newest one, "Above All".[22] Each wing, group, or squadron usually has its own motto(s). Information and logos can usually be found on the wing, group, or squadron websites.[23]


The Airman's Creed is a statement introduced in the spring of 2007 to summarize the culture of the Air Force. In 2007, General T. Michael Moseley, Chief of Staff of the US Air Force, introduced the Airmans Creed[1] The intent was to enhance the building of a warrior ethos among its Airmen, as it has steadily been transitioning towards a more martial culture since the events of September...


Air Force Core Values: Integrity First, Service Before Self, Excellence In All We Do


To help further knowledge of their mission and functions, the Air Force has also produced videos, such as "Setting the Conditions for Victory" and "How We Fight",[24] to outline the Air Force role in the war on terrorism and how the service succeeds in its domains of air, space and cyberspace. The Above All campaign continues to support the message of "air, space and cyberspace" dominance.


See also

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References

  1. ^ Department of the Air Force - Transformation Priorities
  2. ^ On June 5th, 2008 Moseley resigned from office but will stay until August 1st or the comfirmation of his successor Norton A. Schwartz. Moseley to stay until Aug. 1 (Air Force Times from Jun 27, 2008)
  3. ^ 80 P.L. 235, 61 Stat. 495 (1947); Air Force Link, (2006)Factsheets: The U.S. Air Force. Retrieved April 7, 2006.
  4. ^ "2008 Air Force Almanac", AIR FORCE Magazine, May 2008, p.61.
  5. ^ "Gallery of USAF Weapons, 2008 Air Force Almanac", AIR FORCE Magazine, May 2008, p.155. USAF plans to retire all 460 AGM-129 in 2008, and all but 528 ALCM by 2012.
  6. ^ "2008 Air Force Almanac", AIR FORCE Magazine, May 2008, p.48. The foreign hire figure is 6,617 persons.
  7. ^ Interview, Air Internationals ? vol.74 ?.
  8. ^ "2006 USAF Almanac: USAF Personnel Strength". AIR FORCE Magazine. Retrieved on 20 Jan 2007. 1991 510,000; 2006 352,000
  9. ^ "Washington watch", AIR FORCE Magazine, July 2008, Vol. 91 No. 7, pp.8-8.
  10. ^ Air Force Link, (2005). Air Force releases new mission statement. Retrieved December 8, 2005.
  11. ^ National Search and Rescue Plan (USA) 2007
  12. ^ U.S. Intelligence Community (October 2004). National Security Act of 1947. Retrieved April 14, 2006.
  13. ^ U.S. Department of State(2006). National Security Act of 1947. Retrieved April 14, 2006.
  14. ^ Air Force Pamphlet 36-2241 (1 July 2007). [1].
  15. ^ Air Force Pamphlet 36-2241 (1 July 2007). [2].
  16. ^ The primary source for the humanitarian operations of the USAF is the United States Air Force Supervisory Examination Study Guide (2005)
  17. ^ "2007 USAF Almanac: Major Commands". AIR FORCE Magazine. Retrieved on 9 Feb 2008.
  18. ^ "2007 USAF Almanac: USAF Squadrons By Mission Type". AIR FORCE Magazine. Retrieved on 9 Feb 2008.
  19. ^ US Air Force aviation OrBat - including numbers of aircraft in active service
  20. ^ http://www.airliners.net/open.file/775218/L/
  21. ^ "Do Something Amazing" web site
  22. ^ "Air Force rolls out new advertising campaign", Airforcetimes.com, March 2, 2008.
  23. ^ US Air Force Mottos. Military-quotes.com, Retrieved 4 June 2006.
  24. ^ "'Setting the Conditions for Victory' video premieres online", USAF, 3 October 2007

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Violent conforntation between working class union members and law enforecement such as the one between teamsters and Minneapolis police above were commonly frowned upon by professional middle class. ... Strictly speaking, the United States does not have national holidays (i. ... Prisons in the United States are operated by both the federal and state governments as incarceration is a concurrent power under the Constitution of the United States. ... Health care in the United States is provided by many separate legal entities. ... The term health insurance is commonly used in the United States to describe any program that helps pay for medical expenses, whether through privately purchased insurance, social insurance or a non-insurance social welfare program funded by the government. ... This article is about the high culture and popular culture of the United States. ... The United States is home to a wide array of regional styles and scenes. ... 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