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United States Air Force

United States Air Force

Air warfare branch of the United States Armed Forces


The United States Air Force (USAF) is the air service branch of the United States Armed Forces. The US Air Force was initially formed as a section of the United States Army on August 1, 1907, and later established as a separate branch of the military on September 18, 1947 due to the passing of the National Security Act of 1947. It is the second youngest of the U.S. Armed Forces (ahead of the U.S. Space Force), fourth in order of precedence and one of the eight U.S. uniformed services.

The US Air Force's core missions are air superiority, global integrated intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, rapid global mobility, global strike, and command and control. The mission of the U.S. Air Force is stated succinctly as, "to fly, fight and win .... in air, space, and cyberspace."


The Department of the Air Force is one of three departments structured within the Department of Defense, with management by the Secretary of the Air Force and Secretary of Defense.

The Air Force has 329,839 active duty, 64,025 officers and 265,814 enlisted members as of October 31, 2020. This includes 12,395 pilots, 3,312 navigators and 1,343 air battle managers in the grade of lieutenant colonel and below, but does not include Guard, Reserve or Air Force Academy members.

Major Commands

There are 11 major commands, each holding their own Air Force Base (AFB) in parts of the US and internationally.

  • Air Combat Command, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia.
  • Air Education and Training Command, Randolph AFB, Texas.
  • Air Force Global Strike Command, Barksdale AFB, Louisiana.
  • Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio.
  • Air Force Reserve Command, Robins AFB, Georgia.
  • Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Florida.
  • Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, Illinois.
  • Air National Guard, Arlington, Virginia.
  • Pacific Air Forces, Hickam AFB, Hawaii.
  • U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa, Ramstein AB, Germany.
  • Inter-European Air Forces Academy, , Kaiserslautern, Germany.




Further reading


Documentaries, videos and podcasts





April 16, 2021
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March 1, 2021
/PRNewswire/ -- VOS Systems, LLC, makers of AlertTrace, announced today that the United States Air Force awarded the company a contract for electronic contact...
February 16, 2021
International Business Times UK
An anonymous man, later identified as Bob Lazar, said that he personally saw nine flying discs while working on alien technology at the secret base.
Thomas Pallini
January 26, 2021
Business Insider
Boeing will stop making the legendary 747 in 2022 after over 50 years of production, ending a trailblazing era for the Jumbo Jet.
Schneider Electric
January 14, 2021
/PRNewswire/ -- Energy and sustainability expert, Schneider Electric, today announced the start of construction on an energy savings performance contract...
November 1, 2020
Slingshot Aerospace announced last week that it has raised $8 million in funding. ATX Venture Partners led the Series A round. To date, Slingshot Aerospace has raised $17.1 million. Other investors in the round include Revolution's Rise of the RestSeed Fund, Techstars Ventures, and Okapi Venture Capital and several angel investors. "Slingshot Aerospace is providing government and ...
Ben Kenigsberg
January 23, 2020
A jumble of memorabilia, storyboards and props, an exhibit illustrates the whirl of influences behind Stanley Kubrick's groundbreaking 1968 film.
Telephonics Corporation
May 6, 2019
FARMINGDALE, N.Y., May 6, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Telephonics Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Griffon Corporation (NYSE:GFF), announced today that it...
Geospark Analytics
April 16, 2019
HERNDON, Va., April 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Geospark Analytics, has secured a second research and development contract from the United States Air Force to...
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FAIRFAX, Va., Feb. 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- VMD Corp today announced that it has won a $77M project with the United States Air Force supporting the Office of...
December 27, 2018
The Air Force and the Navy are rolling out new hardware and software for their trainer aircraft to stop the oxygen-deprivation problems that have plagued pilots for several years.


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