List of active United States Air Force aircraft

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The following is a list of currently active military aircraft in the United States Air Force.

Aircraft[edit]

Current inventory[edit]

Aircraft Origin Type Variant In service Notes
Combat Aircraft
A-10 Thunderbolt II United States attack A-10C 286[1]
AC-130 Ghostrider/Stinger II United States ground attack AC-130J/W 21[1] 18 J variant, 3 W variant
AT-802U Sky Warden United States attack 75 on order[1]
A-29 Super Tucano Brazil light attack A-29B 3[2]
B-1 Lancer United States strategic bomber B-1B 43[1] Employs variable-sweep wing design
B-2 Spirit United States stealth strategic bomber B-2A 18[1]
B-21 Raider United States stealth strategic bomber ~100 on order[1]
B-52 Stratofortress United States strategic bomber B-52H 72[1]
F-15 Eagle United States air superiority F-15C/D 266 26 D variants are used for training.[1]
F-15E Strike Eagle United States multirole F-15E 218[3]
F-15EX Eagle II United States multirole F-15EX 1 143 on order[4]
F-16 Fighting Falcon United States multirole F-16C/D 922[1] 147 D variants are used for training[1]
F-22 Raptor United States stealth air superiority F-22A 177[1]
F-35 Lightning II United States stealth multirole F-35A 310[1] 1,369 on order[1]
AWACS/BM/C3
E-3 Sentry United States AWACS E-3B/C/G 31[1]
E-4 Nightwatch United States command and control E-4B 4[1]
E-11A Canada command and control / BACN E-11A 4[1] 5 on order[1]
Electronic Warfare
EC-37B United States SIGINT / PSYOP EC-37B 10 on order[1]
EC-130 Commando Solo United States radar jamming / PSYOP EC-130J 7[1]
EC-130H Compass Call United States radar jamming / PSYOP 9[1]
Reconnaissance
E-8 Joint STARS United States AGS / ISTAR E-8C 14[1] One used for training
E-9A Widget Canada SIGINT / ELINT 9[1]
MC-12W Liberty United States SIGINT / surveillance W 40[1]
RC-26 Metroliner United States SIGINT / surveillance 11[1]
RC-135 Rivet Joint United States ELINT / surveillance S/U/V/W 22[1]
U-2 Dragon Lady United States high altitude reconnaissance U-2S 30[1] Four TU-2S’s provide training
U-28 Draco Switzerland ISR / SIGINT U-28A 23[1]
CN-235[a] Spain SIGINT / ELINT 5[1]
Tanker
KC-10 Extender United States aerial refueling 40[1]
KC-46 Pegasus United States aerial refueling KC-46A 61[1] 113 on order[1]
KC-130 Hercules United States aerial refueling / transport J 69[1] 59 are the J variant - 8 on order[1]
KC-135 Stratotanker United States aerial refueling KC-135R/T 388[1]
Transport
C-5 Galaxy United States strategic airlifter C-5M 52[1]
C-12 Huron United States utility / transport 23[1]
C-12J Huron United States transport C-12J 3[1]
C-17 Globemaster III United States strategic airlifter 228[1]
C-20 United States VIP transport 1[1]
C-21A United States VIP transport C-21A 19[1]
C-32 United States VIP transport C-32A 4[5]
C-32B Gatekeeper United States special airlift C-32B 4[1]
C-40 Clipper United States VIP transport C-40B/C 12[6]
C-130 Hercules United States transport C-130H 162[1]
C-130J Super Hercules United States tactical airlifter C-130J 171[1] 27 on order[1]
C-145A Skytruck Poland transport C-145A 5[1]
C-146A Wolfhound Germany transport 20[1]
HC-130J Combat King II United States SAR / transport 38[1] 9 on order[1]
U-27A Caravan United States transport / utility 2[1]
U-28A Draco Switzerland transport / utility U-28A 35[1]
UV-18B Twin Otter Canada transport / utility 1[1] STOL capable aircraft
VC-25 United States Presidential transport VC-25A 2[7] Being replaced by two VC-25B 747-800[8]
Helicopter
HH-60 Pave Hawk United States CSAR HH-60G/U 107[5] 89 on order[1]
MH-139 Grey Wolf United States utility MH-139 5[1] Bell UH-1N replacement – 75 on order[9][1]
UH-1N Twin Huey United States utility 64[1]
V-22 Osprey United States CSAR CV-22B 52[1] 2 on order[1]
Trainer Aircraft
C-135 Stratolifter United States multi-engine trainer 3[1]
F-117 Nighthawk United States trainer 4[1] stealth OPFOR trainer
T-1 Jayhawk United States multi-engine trainer 178[1]
T-6 Texan II United States advanced trainer T-6A 445[1] 1 on order[1]
T-7 Red Hawk United States jet trainer T-7A T-38C replacement - 351 on order[1]
T-38 Talon United States jet trainer T-38A/C 497[1]
T-53A Kadet II United States basic trainer 25[5]
TH-1 Iroquois United States rotorcraft trainer UH-1H 38[1]
Grob G 120TP[a] Germany basic trainer 4[1] Contracted by JPAG Aviation
Mil Mi-17[a] Russia utility Mi-17/171 1[5] Used for OPFOR training
UAV
MQ-9 Reaper United States Multi-Mission MQ-9A 50[10]
RQ-4 Global Hawk United States ISTAR / SIGINT RQ-4B 33[11]
RQ-11 Raven United States ISR RQ-11B 3,000[12]
RQ-20 Puma United States ISR RQ-20B 60[13] Puma 3 AE variant is on order[14][15]
RQ-170 Sentinel United States ISTAR / SIGINT 20[16][17]

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Notes[edit]

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References[edit]

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  2. ^ Herk, Hans van. "Second USAF Super Tucano in retro colours sighted". www.scramble.nl. Retrieved 2023-02-01.
  3. ^ By John A. Tirpak (2022-08-15). "Air Force is 120 Airplanes Smaller Since 2020, But Fighters and Bombers Stay About Level". Air Force Magazine. Archived from the original on 11 Aug 2022. Retrieved 15 Aug 2022.
  4. ^ "US Air Force accepts first Boeing F-15EX fighter". flightglobal.com. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  5. ^ a b c d "World Air Forces 2022". Flightglobal Insight. 2022. Retrieved 14 December 2021.
  6. ^ "C-40B/C". www.af.mil. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  7. ^ "C-40B/C". www.af.mil. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  8. ^ Insinna, Valerie (2021-01-26). "With new Air Force One planes still bare, Biden will choose between the jet's classic livery or a fresh paint scheme". Defense News. Retrieved 2022-11-28.
  9. ^ "Boeing wins UH-1N replacement contract from USAF". flightglobal.com. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  10. ^ "USAF Fact Sheet - MQ-9". af.mil. March 2021. Retrieved 12 May 2022.
  11. ^ "USAF Fact Sheet - RQ-4". af.mil. October 2014. Retrieved 12 May 2022.
  12. ^ "RQ-11B Raven Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV)". airforce-technology.com. 12 October 2018. Retrieved 12 May 2022.
  13. ^ "Unclassified - Exhibit P-40, Budget Line Item Justification: PB 2020 Air Force" (PDF). dacis.com. February 2019. p. 2. Retrieved 12 May 2022.
  14. ^ Order announced July 2021. Number of units to be determined, order for Puma 3 AEs, Ravens and spares, totalling USD$15.9 million.
  15. ^ "AeroVironment Receives Puma 3 AE and Raven Unmanned Aircraft System Orders Totaling $15.9 Million from United States Air Force". businesswire.com. 22 July 2021. Retrieved 12 May 2022.
  16. ^ "Declassified Docs Offer New Details About A Growing RQ-170 "Wraith" Force". thedrive.com. 3 May 2021. Retrieved 12 May 2022.
  17. ^ "Introducing the RQ-170 Wraith". medium.com. 6 February 2014. Retrieved 12 May 2022.