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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 Origin Type Variant In service Notes
Combat Aircraft
F-22 Raptor United States stealth air superiority 186
F-35 Lightning II United States stealth multirole F-35A 234 1,372 planned.[1] Another 129 F-35A variants are used for training[1]
F-16 Fighting Falcon United States multirole F-16C 738[1] Another 137 F-16D variants are used for training[1]
F-15 Eagle United States air superiority F-15C 149[2] 18 D variants are used for training[1]
F-15E Strike Eagle United States multirole 219[3]
F-15EX Eagle II United States multirole 2 102 on order[1]
A-10 Thunderbolt II United States attack / CAS A-10C 270[1]
AC-130 Ghostrider United States ground attack / CAS AC-130J 29[1]
B-1 Lancer United States strategic bomber B-1B 42[1] employs variable-sweep wing design
B-2 Spirit United States stealth strategic bomber 19[1]
B-52 Stratofortress United States strategic bomber B-52H 72[1]
E-3 Sentry United States AWACS E-3B/C/G 21[1]
E-4 Nightwatch United States command and control E-4B 4[1]
E-11A Canada command and control / BACN E-11A 7 4 on order[1]
Electronic Warfare
EA-37B United States SIGINT / PSYOP / attack EA-37B 1 9 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 7[1]
IPTN CN-235 Indonesia SIGINT / ELINT 5[1]
E-9A Widget Canada SIGINT / ELINT 9[4]
MC-12W Liberty United States SIGINT / surveillance W 40[4]
OA-1K Sky Warden United States armed reconnaissance 6 on order[4]
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 26[1]
U-28A Draco Switzerland ISR / SIGINT U-28A 26[1]
KC-10 Extender United States aerial refueling 20[1]
KC-46 Pegasus United States aerial refueling 84 99 on order[4]
KC-135 Stratotanker United States aerial refueling KC-135R/T 377[1]
MC-130J Commando II United States aerial refueling / transport KC-130J 57 4 on order[1]
C-5 Galaxy United States strategic airlifter C-5M 52[1]
C-12 Huron United States utility / transport 23[1]
C-12J United States transport C-12J 3[1]
C-17 Globemaster III United States strategic airlifter 228[1]
C-21A United States VIP transport C-21A 19[1]
C-32 United States VIP transport 4[1]
C-37A/B United States VIP transport C-37A
13[5] 1 is the C-37B variant, based on the Gulfstream G550
C-40 Clipper United States VIP transport C-40B/C 12[6]
C-130 Hercules United States transport C-130H 158[1]
C-130J Super Hercules United States tactical airlifter C-130J 172 26 on order[1]
C-146 Wolfhound Germany transport C-146A 20[1]
HC-130J Super Hercules United States SAR / transport 38 1 on order[4]
U-27A Caravan United States transport / utility 2[1]
U-28A Draco Switzerland transport / utility U-28A 12[1]
UV-18B Twin Otter Canada utility transport 1[4] STOL capable aircraft
VC-25 United States Presidential transport 2[6]
HH-60 Pave Hawk United States CSAR HH-60G/U 96 931 on order[1]
MH-139 Grey Wolf Italy utility MH-139 4 75 on order[1]
UH-1N Twin Huey United States utility 64[1]
V-22 Osprey United States CSAR CV-22B 52 2 on order[1]
A-29 Super Tucano Brazil assessment trainer A-29C 3[1]
F-117 Nighthawk United States trainer 4[1] stealth OPFOR trainer
G120TP Germany basic trainer 2[1] contracted by JPAG Aviation
T-1 Jayhawk United States multi-engine trainer 131[1]
T-6 Texan II United States advanced trainer T-6A 444[1]
T-7 Red Hawk United States advanced trainer T-7A 1 350 on order[1]
T-38 Talon United States jet trainer T-38A/C 497[1]
T-53A Kadet II United States basic trainer T-53A 25[1]
TC-135 Stratolifter United States multi-engine trainer 3[4]
TH-1 Iroquois United States rotorcraft trainer UH-1H 39[1]
TU-2 Dragon Lady United States high altitude reconnaissance trainer TU-2 4[1]
MQ-9 Reaper United States multi-mission MQ-9A 50[7]
RQ-4 Global Hawk United States ISTAR / SIGINT RQ-4B 33[8]
RQ-11 Raven United States ISR RQ-11B 3,000[9]
RQ-20 Puma United States ISR RQ-20B 60[10] Puma 3 AE variant is on order[11][12]
RQ-170 Sentinel United States ISTAR / SIGINT 20[13][14]


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  2. ^ "Defense bill would let Air Force retire A-10s, F-15s — but not F-22s". defensenews.com. 7 December 2023.
  3. ^ "F-15E Strike Eagle". af.mil. 1 April 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "World Air Forces 2023". Flight Global. Flightglobal Insight. 2023. Retrieved 17 July 2023.
  5. ^ "C-37A/B". www.af.mil. Retrieved 15 August 2023.
  6. ^ a b "C-40B/C". www.af.mil. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  7. ^ "USAF Fact Sheet - MQ-9". af.mil. March 2021. Retrieved 12 May 2022.
  8. ^ "USAF Fact Sheet - RQ-4". af.mil. October 2014. Retrieved 12 May 2022.
  9. ^ "RQ-11B Raven Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV)". airforce-technology.com. 12 October 2018. Retrieved 12 May 2022.
  10. ^ "Unclassified - Exhibit P-40, Budget Line Item Justification: PB 2020 Air Force" (PDF). dacis.com. February 2019. p. 2. Retrieved 12 May 2022.
  11. ^ Order announced July 2021. Number of units to be determined, order for Puma 3 AEs, Ravens and spares, totalling USD$15.9 million.
  12. ^ "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.
  13. ^ "Declassified Docs Offer New Details About A Growing RQ-170 "Wraith" Force". thedrive.com. 3 May 2021. Retrieved 12 May 2022.
  14. ^ "Introducing the RQ-170 Wraith". medium.com. 6 February 2014. Retrieved 12 May 2022.