List of active United States Air Force aircraft

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The following is a list of military aircraft currently used by United States Air Force. For a list of current aircraft in all branches of the United States Military, see here.


Current inventory[edit]

An F-16C over Iraq in 2008
An F-15E Strike Eagle from the 494th Fighter Squadron
An F-35A in flight
A CV-22 Osprey over RIAT in 2015
A C-17A Globemaster III taking off from Ramstein Air Base
A KC-10 Extender with the 76th Air Refueling Squadron
A TH-1 Huey
A T-38 Talon over Edwards AFB
Aircraft Origin Type Variant In service Notes
Combat Aircraft
B-2 Spirit United States stealth strategic bomber 19[1]
B-1 Lancer United States strategic bomber 59[1] employs variable-sweep wing design
F-22 Raptor United States stealth air superiority 178[1]
F-15 Eagle United States air superiority F-15C 266[1] 26 D variants are used for training
F-15E Strike Eagle United States multirole F-15E 165[2]
F-15EX Eagle II United States multirole 1 143 on order[3]
F-35 Lightning II United States multirole F-35A 116 1,641 on order[1]
F-16 Fighting Falcon United States multirole F-16C 939[1] 150 D variants are used for training
A-10 Thunderbolt II United States attack A-10C 286[1]
Lockheed AC-130 United States ground attack AC-130U/W 26[1] of which thirteen are the J variant
B-52 Stratofortress United States strategic bomber 74[1]
Boeing E-4 United States command and control E-4B 4[1]
Boeing E-3 United States AWACS E-3B/C/G 31[1]
Global Express Canada command and control / BACN E-11A 4[1]
Electronic Warfare
Gulfstream G550 United States SIGINT / PSYOP EC-35B 3 on order[1]
EC-130H Compass Call United States radar jamming / PSYOP 12[1]
EC-130 Commando Solo United States radar jamming / PSYOP EC-130J 7[1]
Falcon 20 France SIGINT / ELINT 2[1]
Lockheed U-2 United States high altitude reconnaissance U-2S 30[1] four TU-2S’s provide training
RC-26 Metro United States SIGINT / surveillance 11[1]
E-8 Joint STARS United States AGS / ISTAR E-8C 17[1] one used for training
CASA CN-235 Spain SIGINT / ELINT 5[1]
Boeing RC-135 United States ELINT / surveillance S/U/V/W 22[1]
Boeing OC-135B United States SIGINT / surveillance 2[1]
Bombardier Dash 8 Canada SIGINT / ELINT 3[1]
Pilatus PC-12 Switzerland ISR / SIGINT U-28A 23[1]
Beechcraft MC-12 United States SIGINT / surveillance W 13[4] serving with the Air National Guard
Boeing KC-135 United States aerial refueling KC-135R/T 396[1]
KC-10 Extender United States aerial refueling 58[1]
KC-46 Pegasus United States aerial refueling 36 26 on order[1]
C-5 Galaxy United States strategic airlifter C-5M 52[1]
Boeing C-32 United States VIP transport 4[1]
Boeing C-40 United States VIP transport C-40B/C 12[5]
Boeing C-17 United States strategic airlifter 222[1]
Boeing VC-25 United States Presidential transport 2[6]
Beechcraft C-12 United States utility / transport 23[1]
C-130 Hercules United States transport C-130H 202[1] ten are the LC-130 variant[7]
Lockheed HC-130J United States SAR / transport 34 5 on order[1]
Lockheed HC-130N United States SAR / transport 2[1]
C-130J Super Hercules United States tactical airlifter C-130J 136 14 on order[1]
Beechcraft 1900 United States transport C-12J 3[1]
Cessna 208 United States transport / utility 2[1]
Pilatus PC-12 Switzerland transport / utility U-28A 12[1]
DHC-6 Twin Otter Canada utility transport 1[1] STOL capable aircraft
M28 Skytruck Poland transport C-145A 5[1]
Gulfstream IV United States VIP transport [1]
Learjet 35 United States VIP transport C-21A 18[1]
Dornier 328 Germany transport 20[1]
Bell UH-1N United States utility 65[1]
V-22 Osprey United States CSAR CV-22B 51[1]
Sikorsky HH-60 United States CSAR HH-60G/U 106[1] 22 W variants on order[8]
AgustaWestland AW139 United States utility MH-139 1 Bell UH-1N replacement – 79 on order[9][1]
Trainer Aircraft
Bell TH-1 United States rotorcraft trainer UH-1H 40[1]
T-38 Talon United States jet trainer T-38A/C 503[1]
T-6 Texan II United States advanced trainer T-6A 446 2 AT-6’s on order[1]
T-1 Jayhawk United States multi-engine trainer 176[1]
Boeing C-135 United States multi-engine trainer 3[1]
Cirrus SR20 United States basic trainer 25[1]
Grob G 120TP Germany basic trainer 5[1] contracted by JPAG Aviation
Embraer EMB 314 Brazil trainer 6 3 on order[1]
DG-1000 Germany glider trainer TG-16A 23


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  2. ^ "World Military Aircraft Inventory". 2014 Aerospace. Aviation Week and Space Technology, January 2014.
  3. ^ "US Air Force accepts first Boeing F-15EX fighter". Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  4. ^ "MC-12W Liberty". Retrieved 30 September 2021.
  5. ^ "C-40B/C". Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  6. ^ "C-40B/C". Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  7. ^ "New York LC-130 leaves Hickam for Operation Deep Freeze" By Tech. Sgt. Kerry Jackson, 13th Air Force Public Affairs. 21 October 2010
  8. ^ "US Air Force names HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter "Jolly Green II"". Retrieved 2 June 2020.
  9. ^ "Boeing wins UH-1N replacement contract from USAF". Retrieved 26 September 2018.