A significant date for the United States Air Force this week. September 18th 2016 marks the 69th anniversary of the largest Air Forces in the world. Formed as a separate branch of the United States Army on this date, the current U.S.A.F is today a service which operates more than 5,137 military aircraft, 450 ICBMs and 63 military satellites. It has a $161 billion budget with 307,001 active duty personnel, 177,221 civilian personnel, 69,200 Air Force Reserve personnel, and 105,500 Air National Guard personnel.
The U.S.A.F is a frequent visitor to Australia both in the past and also in the present. Aviation Spotters Online wishes the United States Air Force and its serving personal a Happy Birthday and many many more.
We present this Gallery of U.S.A.F aircraft as our salute to them.
Video of Wild Weasel F-16C as seen at Avalon Airshow 2015.
Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia
About the author
Dave has a passion for aviation dating back to his early childhood. Over the ensuing years, this has manifested to a point where he now spends a lot of time in various aviation activities. From researching and writing aviation related articles; aviation photography (including photographic briefs for Melbourne Airport Corporation); and as a Board member at one of Victoria's Aviation Museums.