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The equipment of the United States Air Force can be subdivided into: aircraft, ammunition, weapons, satellites, and ground vehicles.


Name Type Versions Picture
AGM-65 Air-to-surface
AGM-65 Maverick MG 1382
AGM-86 Air-to-surface cruise missile
AGM-88 Air-to-surface anti-radiation missile
AGM-88E HARM p1230047
AGM-129 Air-to-surface cruise missile
Agm-129 acm
AGM-130 Air-to-surface missile
Agm130 sideview
AGM-154 Air-to-surface missile
AGM-154 JSOW 01
AGM-158 Air-to-surface cruise missile
JASSM mockup 0048
AIM-7 Medium-range air-to-air missile
AIM-7 Sparrow
AIM-9 Short-range air-to-air missile
Sidewider missile 20040710 145400 1.4
AIM-120 Medium-range air-to-air missile
Aim 120 amraam missile 20040710 145603 1.4
LGM-30 Intercontinental ballistic missile
B61 Thermonuclear bomb
B-61 bomb
B83 Thermonuclear bomb
B83 nuclear bomb trainer
CBU-87 Cluster bomb
Cbu-87 cluster bomb
CBU-89 Cluster bomb
CBU-97 Cluster bomb
GBU-10 xxl
GBU-12 Laser-guided bomb
GBU-12 xxl
GBU-15 xxl
GBU-24 Laser-guided bomb
GBU-24 xxl
GBU-27 Laser-guided bomb
GBU-27 xxl
GBU-28 Laser-guided bomb
GBU-28 xxl
GBU-43 MOAB Air blast bomb
MOAB bomb
Mk-82 General purpose bomb
Mk-82 xxl
Mk-84 General purpose bomb
Mk-84 xxl


Name Type Versions Ammunition Used by Picture
Aircraft guns
GAU-8 Avenger Seven-barrelled Gatling gun 30 mm A-10/OA-10 Thunderbolt II GAU-8 Avenger contrast
M61 Six-barrelled Gatling gun 20 mm F-15 Eagle
F-16 Fighting Falcon
F-22 Raptor
GAU-16 12.7 mm UH-1 Iroquois
GAU-17 Six-barrelled Gatling gun 7.62 mm HH-60 Pave Hawk
UH-1 Iroquois
GAU-17 machine gun fired from UH-1N Huey in 2006
M240 7.62 mm UH-1 Iroquois
Small arms
M2 machine gun .50 BMG
Machine gun M2 1
M4 carbine 5.56x45mm NATO
MP5 submachine gun Multiple (9x19mm Parabellum, 10mm Auto MP5/10, or .40 S&W M5/40)
Beretta M9 9x19mm Parabellum
M11 pistol 9x19mm Parabellum
M16A2 rifle 5.56x45mm NATO
M240 machine gun 7.62x51mm NATO
M240B Medium Machine Gun (7414626696)
M249 machine gun 5.56x45mm NATO




Name Type Versions Quantity Notes Picture
Launch vehicles
Atlas V EELV/Medium-heavy launch vehicle
Atlas V 551 with New Horizons on Launch Pad 41
Delta II
Delta II Dawn liftoff 1
Delta IV
Delta-4H DSP-23 2
Defense Satellite Communications System Communications satellite 9
Defense Support Program Reconnaissance satellites Infrared sensors for missile launch detection and warning
DSP Phase3
Global Positioning System Navigation and timing satellite 30
GPS Satellite NASA art-iif
Milstar Communications satellite 5
Defense Meteorological Satellite Program Meteorology surveillance

Ground vehiclesEdit

Name Type Versions Quantity Picture
Hummvee Armored car
Humvee in difficult terrain
R-5 Refueler Aircraft refuel vehicle
R-9 Refueler Aircraft refuel vehicle
R-11 Refueler Aircraft refuel vehicle
R-11 Refueler - U.S. Air Force
C300 Ground refuel vehicle


Current attire
Type Name Pattern Full pattern Notes
Digitalized tigerstripe Airman Battle Uniform (ABU) ABU camouflage USAF Airman Battle Uniform Will be mandatory on 1 November 2012 (Fiscal Year 2013).
Flight suit 69th Bomb Squadron Pilot Pilots, air crews and missile crews wear olive green or desert tan one-piece flight suits made of Nomex for fire protection.
Physical Training Uniform USAF PT Uniform Consists of shorts, t-shirt, jacket and pants.
Service dress uniform 125px Consists of a three-button coat, similar to that of a men's "sport jacket" (with silver "U.S." pins on the lapels), matching trousers, and either a service cap or flight cap, all in Shade 1620, "Air Force Blue" (a darker purplish-blue). This is worn with a light blue shirt (Shade 1550) and Shade 1620 herringbone patterned necktie. Enlisted members wear sleeve insignia on both the jacket and shirt, while officers wear metal rank insignia pinned onto the coat, and Air Force Blue slide-on epaulet loops on the shirt.
Mess dress 125px Consists of a dark blue mess jacket and matching trousers with antiqued silver buttons, miniature medals, blue bow-tie and cummerbund, and shoulder boards and silver wrist braids for officers. When wearing the blue tie and cummerbund, the uniform is considered equivalent to black-tie formal wear. For white-tie occasions, a white bow-tie and waistcoat are worn.

Other equipmentEdit

See alsoEdit


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