The United States Air Force also known by the acronym USAF is a branch of the military forces of the United States, which has as its main function the military air attack. In its beginnings the air force to part of the army of the United States, later in 1947 the current USAF became independent creating a branch with independent power within the military forces.logo usaf

Thanks to the military power the USAF is considered as the most powerful air force in the world, which is why the United States is recognized as a military power, which in turn allows it to be involved in the armed conflicts of other countries, being a decisive piece to define the winner of wars.

In addition to military operations, the air force of the United States has other functions, including nuclear deterrence operations, special operations, air superiority, intelligence, surveillance and global recognition, superiority in space, command and control, superiority in cyberspace, personnel rescue, global precision attack, military advice and collaboration, global air mobility and combat support.


The USAF has the largest fleet of aircraft in the world, the following table lists the total number of aircraft according to the type and mission for which it was created.

aircraft of the usaf


Kind Name and model Entry into service

Total aircrafts

Attack Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II 1977 287
Attack Lockheed AC-130 1968 35
Bombardier Rockwell B-1 Lancer 1986 60
Bombardier Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit 1997 20
Bombardier Boeing B-52 Stratofortress 1955 75
Fighters McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle 1976 236
Fighters McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle 1988 220
Fighters General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon 1978 951
Fighters Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor 2005 195
Fighters F-35 Lightning II 2006 71
Transport Lockheed C-5 Galaxy 1970 111
Transport Beechcraft C-12 Huron 29
Transport Boeing C-17 Globemaster III 1993 205
Transport Gulfstream III/IV 7
Transport Learjet 35 1984 55
Transport Boeing C-22 1963 3
Transport Alenia C-27J Spartan 2008 42
Transport Boeing C-32 1998 2
Transport Gulfstream V 9
Transport Gulfstream G100 2
Transport Boeing C-40 Clipper 2002 6
Transport CASA C-212 Aviocar 1987
Transport Lockheed C-130 Hercules 1957 354
Transport Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules 1999 74
Transport Douglas C-47 Skytrain 1
Transport Antonov An-26 1
Transport CASA CN-235 2
Electronic war Boeing E-3 Sentry 1977 38
Electronic war Boeing E-4 1974 4
Electronic war Northrop Grumman E-8 Joint STARS 1991 17
Electronic war Bombardier Dash 8 2
Electronic war Lockheed EC-130H Compass Call 1982 14
Electronic war Lockheed EC-130J Commando Solo 2003 7
Electronic war Schweizer SA2-37B 1982 18
Search and rescue Lockheed HC-130 33
Replenishment McDonnell Douglas KC-10 Extender 1981 51
Replenishment Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker 1957 418
Multimission Lockheed MC-130 1966 73
Observation Boeing OC-135 Open Skies 1993 3
Recognition Fairchild RC-26 Metroliner 1980 11
Recognition Boeing RC-135 1961 18
Recognition Lockheed U-2 “Dragon Lady” 1957 25
training Raytheon/Hawker Beechcraft T-1 Jayhawk 1992 178
training Beechcraft T-6 Texan II 2000 446
training Northrop T-38 Talon 1961 456
training Lockheed TU-2 “Dragon Lady” 1981 5
training Cessna T-41 Mescalero 1964 4
training Cessna 150 3
training Diamond DA40 2009 20
Gliders LET TG-10 4
Gliders Schempp-Hirth Duo Discus/Discus-2 2
Utilities Pilatus PC-12 6
Utilities de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 3
VIP transport Boeing VC-25 1990 2
VIP transport Boeing C-32 1998 4
VIP transport Boeing C-40 Clipper 2002 4
Meteorological reconnaissance Lockheed WC-130 Weatherbird 1962 20
Meteorological reconnaissance Boeing WC-135 Constant Phoenix 1965 2


Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey 2006 99


Transport Boeing CH-47 Chinook 1962 442
Transport Bell UH-1N Iroquois 62
Search and rescue Sikorsky HH-60 Pave Hawk 1987 100
Medical evacuation Bell UH-1 Iroquois 1967 3
Attack Boeing AH-64 Apache 1989 792

Unmanned aerial vehicles

Multimission General Atomics MQ-1 Predator 1995 138
Multimission General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper 2006
Recognition Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk 2007
Recognition AeroVironment RQ-11 Raven 2003
Recognition Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel 2007