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The United States Air Force (USAF) is the aerial warfare service branch o the Unitit States Airmed Forces an ane o the seiven American uniformed services. Initially pairt o the Unitit States Airmy, the USAF wis furmed as a separate branch o the militar on 18 September 1947 unner the Naitional Security Act o 1947.[5] It is the maist recent branch o the U.S. militar tae be furmed, an is the lairgest an ane o the warld's maist technologically advanced air forces. The USAF articulates its core functions as Nuclear Deterrence Operations, Special Operations, Air Superiority, Global Integrated ISR, Space Superiority, Command an Control, Cyberspace Superiority, Personnel Recovery, Global Precision Attack, Biggin Partnerships, Rapid Global Mobility an Agile Combat Support.[6]

Unitit States Air Force
Seal of the United States Department of the Air Force.svg
Seal o the Depairtment o the Air Force
Active 18 September 1947 – present
(72 years, 1 month)
Kintra  Unitit States o Americae
Allegiance Constitution o the Unitit States
Teep Air force
Size 332,854 active personnel
185,522 ceevilian personnel
71,400 reserve personnel
106,700 air guard personnel
$140 billion budget
5,484 aircraft
450 ICBMs
63 satellites[2]
Pairt o Depairtment o the Air Force
Heidquarters The Pentagon
Motto(s) "Aim High ... Fly-Fecht-Win"[3]
Colours Ultramarine Blue an Air Force Yellae[4]         
Mairch The U.S. Air Force Audio file "The Air Force Song.ogg" nae foond
Engagements Korean War
Vietnam War
Iranian Hostage Rescue
Invasion o Grenada
Bombin o Libie (1986)
Invasion o Panama
Persian Gulf War
Somali Ceevil War
Bosnie War
Kosovo War
War in Afghanistan
Iraq War
Bombin o Libie (2011)
Commander-in-Chief Preses Donald Trump
Secretar o Defence The Honourable James Mattis
Secretar o the Air Force The Honourable Deborah Lee James
Chief o Staff Gen David L. Goldfein
Vice Chief o Staff Gen Stephen W. Wilson
Chief Master Sergeant CMSAF James A. Cody
Unitit States Air Force flag Flag of the United States Air Force.svg
Unitit States Air Force seembol USAF logo.png
USAF "Hap" Arnold Seembol US Army Air Corps Hap Arnold Wings.svg
U.S. Air Force Pipe Band Tartan Usaf mitchell tartan.jpg
Roundel Roundel of the USAF.svg
Aircraft flewn
Attack A-10, AC-130
Bomber B-52H, B-1B, B-2
E-3, E-8, EC-130
Fechter F-15C, F-15E, F-16, F-22
Helicopter UH-1N, HH-60
Reconnaissance U-2, RC-135, MC-12 Liberty, RQ/MQ-1, RQ-4, RQ-170
Trainer T-6, T-38, T-1, TG-16, T-53
Transport C-130, C-135, C-5, C-9, C-17, VC-25, C-32, C-37, C-21, C-12, C-40, CV-22
Tanker KC-10, KC-135


  1. Missions Part Two: Air Power Comes of Age in World War II, U.S. Air Force.
  3. "Aim High ... Fly-Fight-Win to be Air Force motto USAF". United States Air Force. 7 October 2010. Archived frae the oreeginal on 19 July 2012. Retrieved 19 October 2010. 
  4. "The Air Force Flag" (PDF). Air Force Historical Research Agency. United States Air Force. 24 March 2007. Retrieved 27 March 2009. 
  5. United States Air Force (2009). "The U.S. Air Force". United States Air Force website. Washington, DC: U.S. Air Force. Retrieved 27 September 2009.  Unkent parameter |month= ignored (help)
  6. 2010 United States Air Force Posture Statement. USAF, 9 February 2010.