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 'Soda' Soderstrom is based in Melbourne Victoria.
From the early child hood days of spending hours at both Essendon and Melbourne Airports with his Grandmother and Father.
Later life has seen a time helping run an Aviation museum and helping with various restoration projects including Canberra, Mustang, Boomerang, Kittyhawk and C-47s.
Dave works closely with the various Aerial fire fighting companies and with both the local airports.
Dave's preferred gear to work with is Canon cameras and Lenses along with Apple computers.