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


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
The Boeing C-40 Clipper
A T-38 Talon over Edwards AFB
Aircraft Origin Type Variant In service Notes
Combat Aircraft
B-2 Spirit United States stealth bomber 20[1]
B-1 Lancer United States strategic bomber 60[1] employs variable-sweep wing design
B-52 Stratofortress United States heavy bomber 75[1]
F-22 Raptor United States stealth air superiority 178[1]
F-35 Lightning II United States stealth multirole F-35A 120 1,641 on order[1]
F-15 Eagle United States air superiority F-15C 266[1] 26 D variants are used for training
F-15 Strike Eagle United States multirole F-15E 165[2]
F-16 Fighting Falcon United States multirole F-16C 791[1] 150 D variants are used for training
A-10 Thunderbolt II United States attack A-10C 287[1]
Lockheed AC-130 United States ground attack AC-130U/W 35[1] of which seven are the J variant
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
EC-130H Compass Call United States radar jamming / SEAD 15[1]
EC-130 Commando Solo United States radar jamming / SEAD EC-130J 7[1]
Falcon 20 France SIGINT / ELINT 2[1]
Lockheed U-2 United States high altitude reconnaissance U-2S 31[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 OC-135B United States SIGINT / surveillance 2[1]
Bombardier Dash 8 Canada SIGINT / ELINT 6[1]
DHC-6 Twin Otter Canada SIGINT / ELINT 1[1]
Beechcraft MC-12 United States SIGINT / surveillance W 42[1]
Boeing KC-135 United States aerial refueling KC-135R/T 397[1]
KC-10 Extender United States aerial refueling 58[1]
KC-46 Pegasus United States aerial refueling 12[3][4] 52 on order[5]
Lockheed Martin KC-130 United States aerial refueling / transport H/P 60[1] 39 are the J variant - 30 on order [1]
C-5 Galaxy United States strategic airlifter C-5M 45[1]
Boeing C-17 United States strategic airlifter 222[1]
C-130J Super Hercules United States tactical airlifter C-130J 115 35 on order[1]
C-130 Hercules United States transport C-130H 204[1] ten are the LC-130 variant[6]
Lockheed HC-130J United States SAR / transport 20 19 on order[1]
Lockheed HC-130P/N United States SAR / transport 9[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 15[1]
DHC-6 Twin Otter Canada utility transport 1[1] STOL capable aircraft
M28 Skytruck Poland transport C-145A 5[1]
Beechcraft C-12 United States utility / transport 26[1]
Dornier 328 Germany transport 20[1]
Boeing VC-25 United States Presidential transport 2[7]
Boeing C-32 United States VIP transport 4[1]
Boeing C-40 United States VIP transport C-40B/C 12[8]
Gulfstream IV United States VIP transport 1[1]
Learjet 35 United States VIP transport C-21A 23[1]
Bell UH-1N United States utility 64[1]
V-22 Osprey United States CSAR CV-22B 44 6 on order[1]
Sikorsky HH-60 United States CSAR HH-60G/U/W 33[1]
AgustaWestland AW139 United States utility MH-139 Bell UH-1N replacement – 84 on order[9]
Trainer Aircraft
Bell TH-1 United States rotorcraft trainer UH-1H 38[1]
T-38 Talon United States jet trainer T-38A/C 501[1]
T-6 Texan II United States advanced trainer T-6A 447[1]
T-1 Jayhawk United States| multi-engine trainer 157[1]
Boeing C-135 United States multi-engine trainer 3[1]
Diamond DA20 Austria trainer 54[1] contracted by DOSS Aviation
A Embraer EMB 314 Brazil trainer 11 7 on order[1]


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  6. ^ "New York LC-130 leaves Hickam for Operation Deep Freeze" By Tech. Sgt. Kerry Jackson, 13th Air Force Public Affairs. 21 October 2010
  7. ^ "C-40B/C". Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  8. ^ "C-40B/C". Retrieved 16 June 2018.
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