Equipment of the United States Air Force

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The equipment of the United States Air Force can be subdivided into: aircraft, ammunition, weapons, satellites, and ground vehicles.

Munitions[edit]

Name Type Versions Picture
Missiles
AGM-65 Air-to-surface
AGM-65 Maverick MG 1382.jpg
AGM-86 Air-to-surface cruise missile
ALCMCruiseMissile.JPG
AGM-88 Air-to-surface anti-radiation missile
AGM-88E HARM p1230047.jpg
AGM-130 Air-to-surface missile
Agm130 sideview.jpg
AGM-154 Glide bomb
AGM-154 JSOW 01.jpg
AGM-158 Air-to-surface cruise missile
JASSM mockup 0048.jpg
AIM-7 Medium-range air-to-air missile
AIM-7 Sparrow.jpg
AIM-9 Short-range air-to-air missile
Sidewider missile 20040710 145400 1.4.jpg
AIM-120 Medium-range air-to-air missile
Aim 120 amraam missile 20040710 145603 1.4.jpg
LGM-30 Intercontinental ballistic missile
Minuteman3display.png
Bombs
B61 Thermonuclear bomb
B-61 bomb.jpg
B83 Thermonuclear bomb
B83 nuclear bomb trainer.jpg
BLU-109
BLU-116
CBU-87 Cluster bomb
Cbu-87 cluster bomb.jpg
CBU-89 Cluster bomb
Cbu89bomb.png
CBU-97 Cluster bomb
GBU-10
GBU-10 xxl.jpg
GBU-12 Laser-guided bomb
GBU-12 xxl.jpg
GBU-15
GBU-15 xxl.jpg
GBU-24 Laser-guided bomb
GBU-24 xxl.jpg
GBU-27 Laser-guided bomb
GBU-27 xxl.jpg
GBU-28 Laser-guided bomb
GBU-28 xxl.jpg
GBU-43 MOAB Air blast bomb
MOAB bomb.jpg
Mk-82 General purpose bomb
Mk-82 xxl.jpg
Mk-84 General purpose bomb
Mk-84 xxl.jpg

Weapons[edit]

Name Type Versions Ammunition Used by Picture
Aircraft guns
GAU-8 Avenger Seven-barrelled Gatling gun 30 mm A-10/OA-10 Thunderbolt II GAU-8 Avenger contrast.jpg
M61 Six-barrelled Gatling gun 20 mm F-15 Eagle
F-16 Fighting Falcon
F-22 Raptor
Vulcan1.jpg
GAU-16 12.7 mm UH-1 Iroquois
GAU-17 Six-barrelled Gatling gun 7.62 mm HH-60 Pave Hawk
UH-1 Iroquois
GAU-17 machine gun fired from UH-1N Huey in 2006.jpg
M240 7.62 mm UH-1 Iroquois
Small arms
M2 machine gun .50 BMG
Machine gun M2 1.jpg
M4 carbine 5.56x45mm NATO
M4-Transparent.png
MP5 submachine gun Multiple (9x19mm Parabellum, 10mm Auto MP5/10, or .40 S&W M5/40)
MP3K ImgID1.jpg
Beretta M9 9x19mm Parabellum
M9-pistolet.jpg
M11 pistol 9x19mm Parabellum
SIG-P228-p1030033.jpg
M16A2 rifle 5.56x45mm NATO
M16a2-final.png
M240 machine gun 7.62x51mm NATO
USAF M240B.jpg
M249 machine gun 5.56x45mm NATO
M249mg.jpg

Vehicles[edit]

Aircraft[edit]

Spacecraft[edit]

Name Type Versions Quantity Notes Picture
Launch vehicles
Atlas V EELV/Medium-heavy launch vehicle
Atlas V 551 with New Horizons on Launch Pad 41.jpg
Delta II
Delta II Dawn liftoff 1.jpg
Delta IV
Delta-4H DSP-23 2.jpg
Satellites
Defense Satellite Communications System Communications satellite 9
DSCS-3.jpg
Defense Support Program Reconnaissance satellites Infrared sensors for missile launch detection and warning
DSP Phase3.jpg
Global Positioning System Navigation and timing satellite 30
GPS Satellite NASA art-iif.jpg
Milstar Communications satellite 5
Milstar.jpg
Defense Meteorological Satellite Program Meteorology surveillance

Ground vehicles[edit]

Name Type Versions Quantity Picture
Hummvee Armored car
Humvee in difficult terrain.jpg
R-5 Refueler Aircraft refuel vehicle
R-9 Refueler Aircraft refuel vehicle
R-11 Refueler Aircraft refuel vehicle
R-11 Refueler - U.S. Air Force.jpg
C300 Ground refuel vehicle

Attire[edit]

Current attire
Type Name Pattern Full pattern Notes
Digitalized tigerstripe Airman Battle Uniform (ABU) ABU camouflage.jpg USAF Airman Battle Uniform.jpg Will be mandatory on 1 November 2012 (Fiscal Year 2013).
Flight suit 69th Bomb Squadron Pilot.jpg Pilots, air crews and missile crews wear olive green or desert tan one-piece flight suits made of Nomex for fire protection.
Physical Training Uniform USAF PT Uniform.jpg Consists of shorts, t-shirt, jacket and pants.
Service dress uniform US Air Force Mens Service Dress.jpg Consists of a three-button coat, similar to that of a men's "sport jacket" (with silver "U.S." pins on the lapels), matching trousers, and either a service cap or flight cap, all in Shade 1620, "Air Force Blue" (a darker purplish-blue). This is worn with a light blue shirt (Shade 1550) and Shade 1620 herringbone patterned necktie. Enlisted members wear sleeve insignia on both the jacket and shirt, while officers wear metal rank insignia pinned onto the coat, and Air Force Blue slide-on epaulet loops on the shirt.
Mess dress US Air Force Mens Mess Dress.jpg Consists of a dark blue mess jacket and matching trousers with antiqued silver buttons, miniature medals, blue bow-tie and cummerbund, and shoulder boards and silver wrist braids for officers. When wearing the blue tie and cummerbund, the uniform is considered equivalent to black-tie formal wear. For white-tie occasions, a white bow-tie and waistcoat are worn.

Other equipment[edit]

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