These are all the Airplanes in the US Air Force

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A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft flies over Alaska terrain after refueling Jan. 5, 2013.

The US Air Force is the world’s premier aerial power.With 39 distinct types of aircraft, and many more sub varieties of each airframe, it is easy to understand why the US Air Force has no peers. Each airframe is custom made to carry out a select mission effectively, and each pilot knows their aircraft perfectly.

Below are the 39 distinct types of aircraft that the US Air Force fields,according to the Air Force Fact Sheets .

A-10 Thunderbolt II

A-10 Thunderbolt II

Mission: The A-10 is specifically designed to carry out close-air support at low altitude and low speed. The A-10 is built to be highly survivable and can takeoff and land in locations near to the front lines.Source: US Air Force

AC-130

AC-130

Variants: AC-130U “Spooky” and AC-130W Stinger IIMission: Both AC-130 variants are highly modified versions of the original C-130 airframe. The variants are both tasked with close-air support missions, convoy escort, and point air defense.Source: US Air Force

B-1B Lancer

B-1B Lancer

Mission: The B-1B Lancer is the Air Force’s bomber backbone. It has the largest payload capacity of any aircraft in the fleet, is multi-mission capable, and can carry and deliver huge quantities of both precision and non-precision weaponry.Source: US Air Force

B-2 Spirit

B-2 Spirit

Mission: The B-2 Spirit is a stealth bomber capable of carrying both conventional and nuclear munitions.Source: US Air Force

B-52 Stratofortress

B-52 Stratofortress

Mission: The B-52 is a long-range heavy bomber that is able to participate in and complete a wide range of mission sets. During conflicts, the B-52 can provide close-air support, strategic attacks, surveillance, and counter-air and maritime operations.Source: US Air Force

C-130 Hercules

C-130 Hercules

Mission: The C-130 Hercules is primarily used for airlift missions and transporting equipment and troops. It can land on rough dirt strips, move oversized loads, and the airframe can be modified into a range of aircraft such as the AC-130U and the WC-130 Hercules.Source: US Air Force

C-17 Globemaster III

C-17 Globemaster III

Mission: The C-17 is the newest cargo aircraft to enter the Air Force’s airlift fleet. The plane is capable of strategic delivery of cargo and people, can complete airdrop missions, and can move patients during aeromedical evacuations.Source: US Air Force

C-20

C-20

Variants: C-20B, C-20HMission: The C-20 is a modified Gulfstream civilian aircraft. The planes are used to transport high ranking officials from the government and Department of Defense.Source: US Air Force

C-21

C-21

Mission: The C-21 is used to airlift cargo and passengers. It can also be used for aeromedical evacuations.Source: US Air Force

C-32

C-32

MissionThe C-32 is used to transport the vice president primarily, but also the first lady, and Cabinet and Congress members. The plane is typically referred to as “Air Force Two.”Source: US Air Force

C-37A

C-37A

Mission: The aircraft is used to transport government officials and members of the Department of Defense.Source: US Air Force

C-40B/C

C-40B/C

Mission: The C-40B/C is a transportation aircraft that carries combatant commanders, as well as members of the Cabinet and Congress.Source: US Air Force

E-4B

E-4B

Mission: The E-4B is the National Airborne Operations Center (NAOC), which serves as a command and control center for the president, the secretary of defense, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff during emergencies.Source: US Air Force

E-8C Joint Stars

E-8C Joint Stars

Mission: The E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS), is a surveillance, command, management, and reconnaissance aircraft.Source: US Air Force

E-9A

E-9A

Mission: The E-9A provides surveillance over the Gulf of Mexico to ensure that the area is clear for the US military to conduct weapons testing in the region.Source: US Air Force

EC-130

EC-130
Variants: EC-130H Compass Call, EC-130J Commando SoloMission: Both variants of the EC-130 are heavily modified versions of the C-130 airframe. The EC-130H makes use of tactical weapon systems to disrupt enemy command, control, and communications.The EC-130J meanwhile is used to broadcast communications including FM radio, television programming, and communication brands.Source: US Air Force

F-15

F-15
Variants: F-15 Eagle, F-15E Strike EagleMission: The F-15 is a highly maneuverable fighter intended to capture air supremacy over the battlefield. The F-15E is an upgraded F-15 that is also capable of carrying out air-to-ground missions.Source: US Air Force

F-16 Fighting Falcon

F-16 Fighting Falcon
Mission: The F-16 is a multi-role aircraft that can carry out both air-to-air and air-to-ground combat. It is compact and highly maneuverable.Source: US Air Force

F-22 Raptor

F-22 Raptor

Mission: The F-22 is the Air Force’s most recently deployed new fighter aircraft. The only combat ready fifth-generation fighter, the F-22 combines stealth, maneuverability, the ability to supercruise, and advanced avionics to be able to seize aerial dominance and carry out strikes against ground targets.Source: US Air Force

HC-130

HC-130

Variants: HC-130J Combat King II, HC-130P/N KingMission: The HC-130 and its vairants are personnel recovery platforms. The aircraft can be used for disaster response and evacuations. The aircraft are able to land and operate in a range of airfields.Source: US Air Force

HH-60G Pave Hawk

HH-60G Pave Hawk

Mission: The HH-60G is used to personnel recovery operations from hostile territory. The helicopter is also used in search and rescue operations, disaster response, and humanitarian assistance in civil situations.Source: US Air ForceRead more

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