United States Air Force

United States Air Force

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Państwo

 Stany Zjednoczone

Siły zbrojne

United States Armed Forces

Nazwa skrócona

USAF

Data utworzenia

18 września 1947

Znak rozpoznawczy

Roundel of the USAF.svg

Proporzec

Flag of the United States Air Force.svg

Motto

Aim High ... Fly-Fight-Win

Najwyższe dowództwa
Cywilne

Prezydent Stanów Zjednoczonych
sekretarz obrony
sekretarz sił powietrznych

Wojskowe

szef sztabu sił powietrznych

United States Air Force (USAF) – Siły Powietrzne Stanów Zjednoczonych, jeden z rodzajów Sił Zbrojnych Stanów Zjednoczonych, odpowiedzialny za pewną część działań w powietrzu (duża liczba samolotów i śmigłowców bojowych podlega także marynarce wojennej, wojskom lądowym i korpusowi piechoty morskiej). Utworzone zostały jako odrębny rodzaj sił zbrojnych na bazie lotnictwa armii amerykańskiej, 18 września 1947, poprzednikiem USAF były:

Instytucjonalnie zarządza nimi Departament Sił Powietrznych Stanów Zjednoczonych (U.S. Department of Air Force), kierowany przez cywilnego urzędnika w randze ministra – sekretarza sił powietrznych (secretary of air force), choć pozostającego poza ścisłym kierownictwem rządu Stanów Zjednoczonych, tzw. gabinetem (cabinet). Bezpośrednim przełożonym sekretarza sił powietrznych jest sekretarz obrony (secretary of defence).

Struktura i organizacja

  • Dowództwo Lotnictwa Bojowego (Air Combat Command), Langley AFB, Wirginia
    • 1. Armia Lotnicza (1st Air Force), Tyndall Air Force Base, Panama City, Floryda
    • 8. Armia Lotnicza (8th Air Force), Barksdale, Luizjana
    • 9. Armia Lotnicza (9th Air Force), Shaw, Karolina Południowa
    • 12. Armia Lotnicza (12th Air Force), Davis-Monthan, Arizona
    • 10. Armia Lotnicza (10th Air Force), Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Teksas
  • Siły Powietrzne Stanów Zjednoczonych w Europie (US Air Forces in Europe), Ramstein AB, Niemcy
  • 3. Armia Lotnicza (3rd Air Force), RAF Mildenhall, Wielka Brytania
  • 16. Armia Lotnicza (16th Air Force), Aviano, Włochy
  • Dowództwo Lotnictwa Pacyfiku (Pacific Air Command), Hickam AFB, Hawaje
    • 5. Armia Lotnicza (5th Air Force), Yokota AB, Japonia
    • 7. Armia Lotnicza (7th Air Force), Osan Air Base, Korea Południowa
    • 11. Armia Lotnicza (11th Air Force), Elmendorf AFB, Alaska
    • 13. Armia Lotnicza (13th Air Force), Andersen AFB, Guam
  • Dowództwo Lotnictwa Transportowego (Air Mobility Command), Scott Air Force Base, Illinois
    • 4. Armia Lotnicza (4th Air Force), March ARB, Kalifornia; lotnictwo tankowania paliwa
    • 18. Armia Lotnicza (18th Air Force), Scott AFB, Illinois
    • 22. Armia Lotnicza (22nd Air Force), Dobbins ARB, Georgia; lotnictwo transportowe
  • Dowództwo Wojsk Kosmicznych (Air Force Space Command), Peterson AFB, Kolorado
    • 14. Armia Lotnicza (14th Air Force), Vandenberg AFB, Kalifornia
    • 20. Armia Lotnicza (20th Air Force), F.E. Warren AFB, Wyoming
  • Dowództwo Lotniczych Operacji Specjalnych (Air Force Special Operations Command), Hurlburt Field, Floryda
  • Dowództwo Wyszkolenia Lotniczego (Air Education and Training Command), Randolph AFB, Teksas
    • 2. Armia Lotnicza (2nd Air Force), Keesler AFB, Mississippi
    • 19. Armia Lotnicza (19th Air Force), Randolph AFB, Teksas
  • Dowództwo Rezerwy Sił Powietrznych (AF Reserve Command), Robins AFB, Georgia
    • 4. Armia Lotnicza (4th Air Force), March ARB, Kalifornia; lotnictwo tankowania paliwa
    • 10. Armia Lotnicza (10th Air Force), NAS JRB Fort Worth, Teksas
    • 22. Armia Lotnicza (22nd Air Force), McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey
    • Lotnictwo Gwardii Narodowej (Air National Guard)
  • Agencja Budownictwa Sił Powietrznych (Air Force Civil Engineer Support Agency), Tyndall AFB, Floryda
  • Agencja Częstotliwości Radiowych Sił Powietrznych (Air Force Frequency Management Agency), Alexandria, Wirginia
  • Agencja Kontroli Sił Powietrznych (Air Force Inspection Agency), Kirtland AFB, Nowy Meksyk
  • Agencja Wywiadu, Inwigilacji i Rozpoznania Sił Powietrznych Stanów Zjednoczonych (Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency), Lackland AFB, Teksas
  • Agencja Logistyki Sił Powietrznych (Air Force Logistics Management Agency), Maxwell AFB, Alabama
  • Agencja Kadr Sił Powietrznych (Air Force Manpower Agency), Randolph AFB, Teksas
  • Agencja Paliw Sił Powietrznych (Air Force Petroleum Agency), Fort Belvoir, Wirginia
  • Agencja Nieruchomości Sił Powietrznych (Air Force Real Property Agency), Arlington, Wirginia
  • Agencja Obsługi Sił Powietrznych (Air Force Services Agency), San Antonio, Teksas
  • Agencja Meteorologiczna Sił Powietrznych (Air Force Weather Agency), Offutt AFB, Nebraska

Flota

ZdjęcieSamolotProducentTypWersjaLiczba sztuk[1]W służbie odUwagi
Samoloty myśliwskie
F-15, 71st Fighter Squadron, in flight.JPGMcDonnell Douglas F-15 EagleStany Zjednoczone USAmyśliwiec przewagi powietrznejF-15C
F-15D
234
34
1979Wersje A/B wprowadzono do służby w 1975.
F-15E - Controlling The Sky.JPGMcDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike EagleStany Zjednoczone USAmyśliwiec szturmowyF-15E2181989
F-16 June 2008.jpgGeneral Dynamics F-16 Fighting FalconStany Zjednoczone USAmyśliwiec wielozadaniowyF-16C
F-16D
805
156
1984Wersje A/B wprowadzono do służby w 1980.
Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor JSOH.jpgLockheed F-22 RaptorStany Zjednoczone USAmyśliwiec przewagi powietrznejF-22A18320054 utracono w wypadkach.
First F-35 headed for USAF service.jpgLockheed Martin F-35 Lightning IIStany Zjednoczone USAmyśliwiec wielozadaniowyF-35A100(~2018)Egzemplarze seryjne, w 2016 osiągnęły wstępną gotowość.
1730
Samoloty szturmowe
A-10 Thunderbolt II In-flight-2.jpgFairchild A-10 Thunderbolt IIStany Zjednoczone USAszturmowy/wsparcia
rozpoznawczy
A-10C2831977Zmodernizowane A-10A w służbie od 2007.
AC-130H Spectre jettisons flares.jpgLockheed AC-130Stany Zjednoczone USAsamolot bliskiego wsparciaAC-130U Spooky
AC-130W Stinger II
AC-130J Ghostride
16
12
2
1996
2007
2017
AC-130W Stinger II znane też jako MC-130W Combat Spear/Dragon Spear to przebudowane HC-130H. 32 MC-130J przebudowane do AC-130J zastąpi AC-130H.
313
Samoloty bombowe
B-1B over the pacific ocean.jpgRockwell B-1B LancerStany Zjednoczone USAbombowiec strategicznyB-1B621986
B-2 Spirit original.jpgNorthrop B-2 SpiritStany Zjednoczone USAbombowiec strategicznyB-2A2019971 utracono w 2008.
Usaf.Boeing B-52.jpgBoeing B-52 StratofortressStany Zjednoczone USAbombowiec strategicznyB-52H7619555 stracono w wypadkach, a 17 zestrzelono w Wietnamie.
158
Powietrzne tankowce
US Airforce HC-130.jpgHC-130 KingStany Zjednoczone USASearch and rescue/
transportowiec/tankowiec
HC-130N
HC-130P
HC-130J Combat King II
9
13
14
1986
2013
Samoloty tankujące dla śmigłowców. Zamówiono 37 HC-130J.[2]
MC-130 Combat Talon II.jpgLockheed MC-130Stany Zjednoczone USAwsparcie sił specjalnych/
transportowce/tankowiec
MC-130H Combat Talon II
MC-130P Combat Shadow
MC-130J Commando II
20
19
33
1991
1986
2011
Zamówiono 27 MC-130J Commando II. MC-130E wycofano w 2013 roku[3].
KC-10 Extender (2151957820).jpgMcDonnell Douglas KC-10 ExtenderStany Zjednoczone USAtankowiec powietrznyKC-10A591982
Boeing KC-46Stany Zjednoczone USAtankowiec powietrznyKC-46A1-Planowane 179 sztuk.
F-15C Eagle from the 67th Fighter Squadron at Kadena AB is refueled by a KC-135R Stratotanker from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron .jpgBoeing KC-135 StratotankerStany Zjednoczone USAtankowiec powietrznyKC-135R
KC-135T
340
56
1957Zostaną zastąpione przez 179 Boeing KC-46A.
564
Specjalnego przeznaczenia
Usaf.u2.750pix.jpgLockheed U-2 Dragon LadyStany Zjednoczone USArozpoznawczy
treningowy
U-2S
TU-2S
27
5
1956
Usaf.e3sentry.750pix.jpgBoeing E-3 SentryStany Zjednoczone USAwczesne ostrzeganie i dowodzenieE-3B
E-3C
E-3G
19
4
5
1977
b/d
2012
E 4b.jpgBoeing E-4Stany Zjednoczone USApowietrzne centrum dowodzeniaE-4B41980
Northrop Grumman E-8 Joint STARSStany Zjednoczone USArozpoznanie i kontrola pola walkiE-8C
TE-8
16
1
1997
E-9A Widget aircraft 84-048.jpgE-9 WidgetStany Zjednoczone USA
 Kanada
rozpoznanie elektroniczneE-9A21988
Northrop Grumman E-11 BACNStany Zjednoczone USA
 Kanada
rozpoznanie pola walki/retranslatorE-11A42011Battlefield Airborne Communications Node
Beechcraft MC-12W Meridian MS 2009.jpgBeechcraft MC-12W LibertyStany Zjednoczone USArozpoznanie elektroniczne (ISR)MC-12W4120091 utracono w 2014.[4]
C-26B Metroliner aircraft at Jacksonville Air National Guard Base.jpgFairchild RC-26B CondorStany Zjednoczone USARozpoznanie/dozórRC-26B11b/dZmodyfikowane transportowe C-26 Metroliner. C-26A w służbie od 1990.
EC-130J Commando Solo.JPGLockheed EC-130Stany Zjednoczone USAwalka elektronicznaEC-130H Compass Call
EC-130J Commando Solo
14
7
1987
2003
3 EC-130J Commando Solo i 4 EC-130J Super J.
WC-130J Hercules of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron.jpgLockheed WC-130 Hurricane HuntersStany Zjednoczone USArozpoznanie meteorologiczneWC-130J102002
RC-135 Rivet Joint.jpgBoeing RC-135Stany Zjednoczone USArozpoznawczyRC-135S Cobra Ball
RC-135U Combat Sent
RC-135V Rivet Joint
RC-135W Rivet Joint
TC-135W
3
2
8
9
3
1973
Oc-135 xxl.jpgBoeing OC-135 Open SkiesStany Zjednoczone USAobserwacyjnyOC-135B21993Monitorowanie zagranicznych baz w ramach porozumienia Open Skies.
WC-135.jpgBoeing WC-135 Constant PhoenixStany Zjednoczone USArozpoznanie skażeń i radioaktywnościWC-135W21965
199
Samoloty transportowe
Lockheed C-5 GalaxyStany Zjednoczone USAstrategiczny transportowiecC-5M522010C-5A weszły do służby w 1970 roku.
C-12 Huron in flight.jpgBeechcraft C-12 HuronStany Zjednoczone USAlekki transportowiecC-12C
C-12D
C-12F
C-12J
16
6
2
4
1974
C-17 4.jpgBoeing C-17 Globemaster IIIStany Zjednoczone USAstrategiczny transportowiecC-17A2221995Dostarczono 223 w latach 1993-2013, 1 utracono w 2010.
C-20 Gulfstream.pngGulfstream C-20Stany Zjednoczone USAtransport pasażerskiC-20B
C-20H
3
2
1988
1992
NDANG C-21A Learjet.JPEGLearjet C-21Stany Zjednoczone USAtransport pasażerskiC-21A271984
USAF C-32A.jpgBoeing C-32Stany Zjednoczone USAtransport VIPC-32A
C-32B
4
2
1998
C-37B (Gulf Stream 550).jpgGulfstream C-37Stany Zjednoczone USAtransport pasażerskiC-37A
C-37B
9
3
1998
2010
C-40C DC ANG in flight 2008.jpgBoeing C-40 ClipperStany Zjednoczone USAtransportowy/pasażerski/VIPC-40B
C-40C
4
7
2002Wersja B ma dodatkowe systemy komunikacyjne.
Lockheed C-130 Hercules.jpgLockheed C-130 HerculesStany Zjednoczone USAśredni transportowiecC-130H
LC-130H
244
10
1974C-130 weszły do służby w 1958 roku, LC-130 to wersja arktyczna.
C-130J 143d AW taking off from Quonset Point 2009.jpgLockheed C-130J Super HerculesStany Zjednoczone USAśredni transportowiecC-130J/J-301042004Zamówiono 129.
Air Force One over Mt. Rushmore.jpgBoeing VC-25Stany Zjednoczone USASamolot prezydentaVC-25A21990
UV-18B USAF academy parachute training 1980.JPEGDe Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter KanadawielozadaniowyUV-18B31977Trening spadochroniarzy.
US Navy SEALs hoisted into AF CV-22.jpgBell-Boeing V-22 OspreyStany Zjednoczone USAwielozadaniowyCV-22B432009Hybrydowy VTOL, zamówiono 50.
769
Samoloty szkolno-treningowe
T-1A Jayhawk.jpgRaytheon T-1 JayhawkStany Zjednoczone USAszkolenie na maszyny wielosilnikoweT-1A1781993Dostarczono 180.
T-6A Texan II.jpgBeechcraft T-6 Texan IIStany Zjednoczone USAszkolenie podstawoweT-6A4452001Dostarczono 452.
T-38 560FTS RandolphAFB 2001.jpegNorthrop T-38 TalonStany Zjednoczone USAszkolenie zaawansowane
trening bojowy
T-38A
T-38C
AT-38B
54
442
6
1961
2002
USAF T-41D.JPGCessna T-41 MescaleroStany Zjednoczone USAszkolenie wstępneT-41C41968
Cessna T-51A.pngCessna T-51Stany Zjednoczone USAszkolenie wstępneT-51A31970
N681BA RIAT Bthebest.JPGDiamond DA40 Austria
 Kanada
szkolenie wstępneT-52A20b/d
USAF T-53A.jpgCirrus SR20 Stany Zjednoczoneszkolenie wstępneT-53A252012
TG-10B Gliders.jpgLET TG-10 Czechyszybowiec szkolnyTG-10B Merlin
TG-10C Kestrel
TG-10D Kestrel
12
3
4
2002
USAF TG-15B.JPGSchempp-Hirth TG-15 Niemcyszybowiec szkolnyTG-15A Duo Discus
TG-15B Duo 2B
2
3
b/d
1201
Śmigłowce
USAF HH-60G is refueled while in training.jpgSikorsky HH-60 Pave HawkStany Zjednoczone USACombat SARHH-60G
HH-60U
93
3
1982
2012
Utracono 13 HH-60G. HH-60U to przebudowane UH-60M. Zostaną zastąpione przez 112 HH-60W.
UH-1N-6.jpgBell UH-1N Twin HueyStany Zjednoczone USAwielozadaniowyUH-1N621970Zadania transportowe, łącznikowe, obserwacyjne na rzecz baz ICBM wojsk strategicznych, poszukiwany następca.
Super PumaBell UH-1 IroquoisStany Zjednoczone USAtreningowyTH-1H281970
186
Bezzałogowe aparaty latające
MQ-1 PredatorStany Zjednoczone USAbojowy BSLMQ-1B1392005
MQ-9 Reaper in flight (2007).jpgMQ-9 ReaperStany Zjednoczone USAbojowy BSLMQ-9B1652007Zamówiono 319.
Global Hawk 1.jpgRQ-4 Global HawkStany Zjednoczone USArozpoznawczy BSLRQ-4A/B332001Zamówiono 66.
RQ-170 Wiki contributor 3Dartist.png
© TruthDowser / Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0
Lockheed Martin RQ-170 SentinelStany Zjednoczone USABSL typu stealth10+2007Fakt istnienia i nazwę samolotu ujawniono w 2009 po sfotografowaniu go w Kandaharze, nadal rozwijany, jeden utracono w Iranie.
347
Suma
5467
Wyposażenie niestandardowe (Non-standard aviation assets)
USAF - CN-235-100M QC - Andre Inacio.jpgCASA C-144A HiszpaniatransportowyCN-235-100M22003427 SOS[5]
C-146A Wolfhound NiemcytransportowyDo 328-110152011524 SOS[6]
PC-12 take off.jpgPilatus U-28A SzwajcariawielozadaniowyPC-12/47E192007318, 319 SOS; Jeden rozbił się w 2012 w Dżibuti[7].
6th Special Operations Squadron and aircraft (cropped-3).jpgMi-17 ZSRRśmigłowiec transportowy/treningowy120026th Special Operations Squadron, Eglin AFB
Bombardier Q-200 KanadatransportowyDash 812005524th Special Operations Squadron, Cannon AFB

Źródło: Air Force Magazine Almanac 2016

Personel

W USAF służbę wojskową pełni 332 854 żołnierzy służby czynnej oraz 106 700 Gwardii Narodowej, zatrudnionych jest 185 522 cywilów, kolejnych 110 274 rezerwistów Air Force Reserve Command utrzymuje stan gotowości. Dane na 2012:[8]

  • 65 428 oficerów
  • 263 372 żołnierzy niższych stopni
  • 4054 kadetów

Air National Guard:

  • 14 540 oficerów
  • 92 160 żołnierzy niższych stopni

Miejsca stacjonowania żołnierzy USAF

Żołnierze służby czynnej, stan na 2011:

Największe bazy USAF na terenie USA

Poniżej podana jest liczba (w tysiącach) żołnierzy USAF znajdująca się w tych bazach (stan na 2005):

  • Lackland Air Force Base, Teksas - 17,2 żołnierzy
  • Langley AF Base, Wirginia - 8,5; położona nieopodal kwatery CIA
  • Eglin AF Base, Floryda - 7,4
  • Hurlburt Field, Floryda - 7,2
  • Nellis AF Base, Nevada - 7,1
  • Travis AF Base, Kalifornia - 6,6
  • Air Force Academy, Kolorado - 6,3
  • Davis-Monthan AF Base, Arizona - 6,3
  • Offutt AF Base, Nebraska - 6,3
  • Elmendorf AF Base, Alaska - 6,3

Na terytorium Iraku 1 XI 2006 przebywało 8012 żołnierzy USAF i 949 rezerwistów z USAF Reserve. W Iraku zginęło dotychczas 32 żołnierzy USAF, a 222 zostało rannych. W Afganistanie zginęły 24 osoby, a 66 zostało rannych (stan na 9 czerwca 2007). Air Force Reserve straciło w Iraku 3 zabitych i 11 rannych, a w Afganistanie nie poniosło dotychczas żadnych strat.

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Capt. Matt Bruckner, an F-15 Eagle pilot assigned to the 71st Fighter Squadron, 1st Fighter Wing, at Langley Air Force Base, Va., flies a combat air patrol mission 7 October 2007 over Washington, D.C., in support of Operation Noble Eagle. The aircraft is a McDonnell Douglas F-15C-35-MC Eagle (s/n 83-0026).
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A WC-130J Hercules from the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron Hurricane Hunters flies a mission. The Air Force Reserve squadron is part of the 403rd Wing at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. The data collected by the Hurricane Hunters increases the accuracy of the National Hurricane Center Forecast by 30 percent.
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United States Air Force file photograph of an E-8C Joint STARS aircraft. FILE PHOTO -- The E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System is the only airborne platform in operation that can maintain realtime surveillance over a corps-sized area of the battlefield. A joint Air Force - Army program, the Joint STARS uses a multi-mode side looking radar to detect, track, and classify moving ground vehicles in all conditions deep behind enemy lines. (U.S. Air Force photo).
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Autor: Rob Shenk from Great Falls, VA, USA, Licencja: CC BY-SA 2.0
Myśliwiec Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor podczas pokazów lotniczych Joint Service Open House and Airshow 2008 w Bazie Sił Powietrznych USA Andrews w stanie Maryland, w USA.
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A Florida Air National Guard C-26B Metroliner aircraft sits at the Jacksonville Air National Guard Base, Jacksonville International Airport, Fla., on Feb. 14, 2005. Location: JACKSONVILLE IAP, FLORIDA (FL) UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (USA)
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Schempp-Hirth Discus-2b also known as the TG-15B in the military
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Autor: Cirrus Aircraft, Licencja: FAL
United States Air Force T-53A trainer manufactured by Cirrus Aircraft, Duluth, MN. The T-53A is used for training cadets at the United States Air Force Academy.
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*Description: On a circular background of fair sky and moderate sea with land in sinister base, a tri-mast square rigged ship under way before a fair breeze with after top-sail furled, commission pennant atop the foremast, National Ensign atop the main, and the commodore's flag atop the mizzen. In front of the ship a luce-type anchor inclined slightly bendwise with the crown resting on the land and, in front of the shank and in back of the dexter fluke, an American bald eagle rising to sinister regarding to dexter, one foot on the ground, the other resting on the anchor near the shank; all in proper colors. The whole within a blue annulet bearing the inscription "Department of the Navy" at the top and "United States of America" at the bottom, separated on each side by a mullet and within a rim in the form of a rope; inscription, rope, mullet, and edges of annulet all gold. *Background: The policy for use of the Navy seal and emblem is contained in SECNAV Instr 5030.4 and SECNAV Instr 5030.6. The seal design was approved by the President of the United States by Executive Order 10736 dated October 23, 1957. Request for use of the Navy emblem should be submitted in writing to Defense Printing Service, ATTN: DPSMO, 8725 John Kingman Rd Suite 3239, Fort Belvoir, VA 22060-6220. The telephone number is (703) 767-4218. 1879 version here: http://etc.usf.edu/clipart/54900/54985/54985_seal_navy.htm
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A C-130E Hercules from the 43rd Airlift Wing, Pope Air Force Base, N.C., flies over the Atlantic Ocean. The C-130 Hercules primarily performs the intratheater portion of the airlift mission. The aircraft is capable of operating from rough, dirt strips and is the prime transport for paradropping troops and equipment into hostile areas.
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6th Special Operations Squadron and their aircraft. The helicopter is a Mi-8 (a Russian helicopter).
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A HH-60G Pave Hawk from the 41st Rescue Squadron out of Moody Air Force Base, Ga., prepares to refuel from a HC-130P Hercules from the 71st Rescue Squadron while in training.
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A U.S. Air Force Northrop T-38A-65-NO Talon aircraft from 560th Flying Training Squadron, Randolph AFB, Texas (USA), flying over the Texas countryside on 13 November 2001. This aircraft is either s/n 66-4389 or 66-8389.
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A U.S. Air Force Beech C-12F Huron (s/n 84-0143) in flight.
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E-9A Widget aircraft 84-048 takes off from Tyndall Air Force Base, FL, during a Combat Archer training exercise. The E-9 Widget, a specialized military version of Bombardier Dash 8, is used as a surveillance platform over the Gulf of Mexico waters providing telemetry and radio relays in support of air-to-air weapons systems evaluations.
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The first U.S. Air Force Beechcraft MC-12W Liberty Project aircraft (s/n 08-0376) arrives at Key Field Air National Guard Base, Meridian, Mississippi (USA), on 28 April 2009. "Project Liberty" was created in response to the U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates' initiative to enhance the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support of ground troops. The USAF plans to procure 38 MC-12W aircraft.
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RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- The T-6A Texan II is a single-engine, two-seat primary trainer designed to train Joint Primary Pilot Training, or JPPT, students in basic flying skills common to U.S. Air Force and Navy pilots. The trainer is phasing out the aging T-37 fleet throughout Air Education and Training Command. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. David Richards)
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Seal of the US Army Reserve. On a dark blue disk the bust of a Minuteman in cocked hat on a pedestal, between two branches of olive Or within a dark blue designation band with gold inner and outer border inscribed UNITED STATES ARMY RESERVE in gold.
  • Symbolism:
    • The minuteman has traditional been used to represent the citizen soldier.
    • The wreath signifies achievement and accomplishment.
    • Gold is symbolic of honor and excellence and dark blue signifies loyalty.
  • Background:
    • The emblem was approved for use as a plaque in 1972 and is used as an unofficial identification device of the United States Army Reserve.
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An air-to-air view of a T-1A Jayhawk during a training mission.
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A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon Block 40 aircraft after receiving fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft during a mission over Iraq on 10 June 2008. This F-16 is assigned to the 34th EFS Balad Air Base, Iraq and is deployed from the 388th Fighter Wing at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Andy Dunaway/Released). Note: Original image was slightly cropped to yield this image.
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A MQ-9 Reaper US military unmanned aerial vehicle prepares to land after a mission in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. The Reaper has the ability to carry both precision-guided bombs and air-to-ground missiles.
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Gliders help future Air Force leaders soar -- TG-10B gliders are sheltered in a hangar on the flightline at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. The TG-10B (L-23 Super Blanik), a conventional, two-place tandem, basic training sailplane, is used to introduce Air Force cadets to flight through the Soar-For-All program. Maneuvers flown in the TG-10B include aerotow, stall recoveries, slow flight, steep turns and rectangular traffic patterns.
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The E-3 Sentry is an airborne warning and control system aircraft that provides all-weather surveillance, command, control and communications needed by commanders of U.S. and NATO air defense forces. As proven in Desert Storm, it is the premier air battle command and control aircraft in the world today. The E-3 Sentry is a modified Boeing 707/320 commercial airframe with a rotating radar dome. The dome is 30 feet in diameter, six feet thick, and is held 11 feet above the fuselage by two struts. It contains a radar subsystem that permits surveillance fromthe Earth's surface up into the stratosphere, over land or water. The radar has a range of more than 200 miles for low-flying targets and farther for aerospace vehicles flying at medium to high altitudes. The radar combined with an identification friend or foe subsystem can look down to detect, identify and track enemy and friendly low-flying aircraft by eliminating ground clutter returns that confuse other radar systems.
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An RC-135 Rivet Joint reconnaissance aircraft moves into position behind a KC-135T/R Stratotanker for an aerial refueling over Southwest Asia March 14, 2006. Members of the RC-135 flight crew are currently deployed to the 763rd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron, in Southwest Asia, from the 343rd Reconnaissance Squadron, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.
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A Boeing B-52 in flying.
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Seal of the United States Space Force.
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An A-10 Thunderbolt II from the 81st Fighter Squadron, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, pulls away from a tanker (not shown) after refueling on the way to Serbian targets during Operation ALLIED FORCE. This photograph was used in the September 1999 issue of Airman Magazine.
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Soaring
OVER THE PACIFIC OCEAN -- A B-1B Lancer drops back after air refueling training Sept. 30. The B-1B is deployed to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, as part of the Pacific Command's continuous bomber presence in the Asia-Pacific region, enhancing regional security and the United States commitment to the Western Pacific. The B-1 is from the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota.
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Alaska Air National Guard HC-130
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Parachutists jumping out of a U.S. Air Force De Havilland Canada UV-18B Twin Otter (s/n 77-0465) in 1980. The UV-18B, a military version of the DHC-6, is a parachute training aircraft for the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado (USA). The United States Air Force Academy's 98th Flying Training Squadron maintains three UV-18s in its inventory as freefall parachuting training aircraft, and by the Academy Parachute Team, the "Wings of Blue", for year-round parachuting operations.
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Cessna T-51A of the USAFA Flying Team
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© TruthDowser / Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0
Original illustration by me using 3d applications and basic photogrammetry techniques from the only four, (primarily two), low-resolution photographs publicly available at time of completion. Created to illustrate the RQ-170 Sentinel article in the English Wikipedia. The article image is in PNG format rather than SVG because it is a 3D-rendering, not vector-based artwork.

Applications used: 3d Studio MAX; Bryce 3D; Corel PhotoPaint; IrfanView. The following is an image link to show how my model lines up with a lesser known photo of the RQ-170. (shown "back-to-back") http://imgur.com/3pDcr.jpg [NEW: http://imgur.com/zKtKO.png ] The model with the other photo, the one from Liberation's blog... http://imgur.com/H1M81.jpg [NEW: http://imgur.com/avsZa.png ]

Photo #3 source http://www.fightercontrol.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=287&t=3667

Photo #2 source http://secretdefense.blogs.liberation.fr/defense/2009/12/lus-air-force-d%C3%A9voile-son-drone-secret-cest-un-rq-170-sentinel-.html
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(c) Marek Slusarczyk, CC BY 3.0
Dornier C-146A Wolfhound (odmiana samolotu Do-328), rejestracja 10-3077. 524 Eskadra Operacji Specjalnych należąca do 27 Skrzydła Operacji Specjalnych w Siłach Powietrznych Stanów Zjednoczonych. Lądowanie w Porcie Lotniczym Larnaca. Zdjęcie wykonane na plaży MacKenzie w Larnace.
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Roundel of the United States Air Force and aircraft operated by the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps
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Autor: Sam Meyer, Licencja: CC BY-SA 3.0
United States Air Force C-32A (military variant of Boeing 757-2G4). This aircraft is used for VIP transport and was transporting Vice President Joe Biden to New York City for an appearance on the ABC program "The View." The aircraft was on short final for LaGuardia Airport's Runway 22 when photographed from Hermon A. MacNeil Park in College Point, Queens, New York.
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A U.S. Air Force Bell HH-1H-BF Huey (s/n 70-2458) participating in rescue efforts along the Palo-Verde River, Arizona (USA). Record rainfalls on the first two days of October caused extreme flood devastation along the river in and around the city of Tucson. The helicopter ws assigned to Detachment 1, 37th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.
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C-20 Gulfstream III aircraft in flight
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An AC-130H gunship from the 16th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Florida, jettisons flares as an infrared countermeasure during multi-gunship formation egress training on August 24, 2007.
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A B-2 Spirit soars after a refueling mission over the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday, May 30, 2006. The B-2, from the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., is part of a continuous bomber presence in the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III)
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US Navy SEALs training with US Air Force CV-22
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Pilatus PC-12 operating from short, unimproved airfield. The PC-12 was selected by Air Force Special Operations Command and given the nomenclature U-28A. The U stands for utility. The U-28A filled an urgent requirement to provide low cost, reliable support to SOF forces in the field.
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The new C-37B, Gulf Stream 550, and its crew visit Yokota on July 29th. The aircraft is an upgrade from the C-37A and will be used to transport distinguished individuals such as the Vice President, foreign dignitaries, congressmen and others.
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An F-15E Strike Eagle (was built to be an Air Superiority Fighter) conducts a mission over Afghanistan on Nov. 7. The F-15E Strike Eagle is a dual-role fighter designed to Be An "Air Superiority" fighter capable of performing air-to-air and air-to-ground missions. An array of avionics and electronics systems gives the F-15E the capability to fight at low altitude, day or night, and in all weather.