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Planes Used By United States Air Force

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List of planes used by United States Air Force. Plane models are listed alphabetically and include additional information about each individual United States Air Force aircrafts. United States Air Force uses, or at some point has used, these planes. This list answers the questions "what kind of aircraft does United States Air Force use?" and "what plane am I flying on United States Air Force?" List includes photos of the United States Air Force planes when available, to help clear up what airplanes United States Air Force flies. The list you're viewing is made up of a variety of different items, including P-80 Shooting Star and Boeing X-45. {#nodes}
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    Next-Generation Bomber

    The Next-Generation Bomber was originally a program to develop a new medium bomber for the United States Air Force. The NGB was originally projected to enter service around 2018 as a stealthy, subsonic, medium-range, medium payload bomber to supplement and possibly—to a limited degree—replace the U.S. Air Force's aging bomber fleet. The NGB program was superseded by the Long-Range Strike-B heavy bomber program. On 24 June 2010, Lieutenant General Philip M. Breedlove said that the term "next-generation bomber" was dead and that the Air Force was working on a long-range strike "family" that would draw on the capabilities of systems like the F-35 and F-22 to help a more affordable and...  more
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      The Douglas A-1 Skyraider was an American single-seat attack aircraft that saw service between the late 1940s and early 1980s. The Skyraider had a remarkably long and successful career; it became a piston-powered, propeller-driven anachronism in the jet age, and was nicknamed "Spad", after the French World War I fighter. It was operated by the United States Navy, the United States Marine Corps and the United States Air Force, and also saw service with the British Royal Navy, the French Air Force, the Air Force of the Republic of Vietnam, and others. In U.S. service it was finally replaced by the LTV A-7 Corsair II swept wing subsonic jet in the early 1970s....  more
      • Type: Attack aircraft
      • Manufacturer: Douglas Aircraft Company
      • Introduced: Jan 01 1950
      • Length (m): 11.84
      • Maiden Flight: Mar 18 1945
    • The Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II is an American twin-engine, straight wing jet aircraft developed by Fairchild-Republic in the early 1970s. It is the only United States Air Force production aircraft designed solely for close air support, including attacking tanks, armored vehicles, and other ground targets with limited air defenses. The A-10 was designed around the 30 mm GAU-8 Avenger rotary cannon that is its primary armament. The A-10's airframe was designed for durability, with measures such as 1,200 pounds of titanium aircraft armour to protect the cockpit and aircraft systems, enabling it to absorb a significant amount of damage and continue flying. The A-10A single-seat...  more
      • Type: Close air support attack aircraft
      • Manufacturer: Fairchild Aircraft
      • Introduced: Mar 01 1977
      • Length (m): 16.26
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      The Douglas A-26 Invader is a twin-engined light bomber and attack aircraft built by Douglas Aircraft Company during World War II which also saw service during several major Cold War conflicts. A limited number of highly modified U.S. Air Force aircraft served in Southeast Asia until 1969. It was found to be a fast aircraft capable of carrying twice its specified bomb load. A range of guns could be fitted to produce a formidable ground-attack aircraft. The postwar re-designation of the type from A-26 to B-26 has led to popular confusion with the Martin B-26 Marauder which first flew in November 1940, some 16 months before the Douglas design's maiden flight. Although both types were powered...  more
      • Type: Light bomber
      • Manufacturer: Douglas Aircraft Company
      • Length (m): 15.24
      • Maiden Flight: Jul 10 1942