Aircraft Details

Aircraft

Avoiding midair collisions is everyone's responsibility. With proper flight planning software, midair collisions can be avoided. With the vast variety of military aircraft in the skies, flight safety and midair collision avoidance is an even bigger challenge. Click on the images below to see each aircraft's mission.
A-10/OA-10 ThunderBolt II
A-10 The A/OA-10 Thunderbolt II is the first Air Force aircraft specially designed for close air support of ground forces. They are simple, effective and survivable twin-engine jet aircraft that can be used against all ground targets, including tanks and other armored vehicles.
AC-130H/U Gunship
A-130H/U The AC-130 gunship's primary missions are close air support, air interdiction and force protection. Missions in close air support are troops in contact, convoy escort and urban operations. Air interdiction missions are conducted against preplanned targets or targets of opportunity. Force protection missions include air base defense and facilities defense.
AH-1W Super Cobra
AH-1W Fire support and security for forward and rear area forces, point target/anti-armor, anti-helicopter, armed escort, supporting arms control and coordination, point and limited area air defense from enemy fixed-wing aircraft, armed and visual reconnaissance.
AH-64/D Apache Longbow
AH-64/D Conducts rear, close, and shaping missions including deep precision strike. Conducts distributed operations, precision strikes against relocatable targets, and provides armed reconnaissance when required in day, night, obscured battlefield and adverse weather conditions.
AV-8B Harrier II
AV-8B The mission of the VMA STOVL squadron is to attack and destroy surface and air targets, to escort helicopters, and to conduct other such air operations as may be directed. Specific tasks of the AV-8B HARRIER II include:
  • Conduct close air support using conventional and specific weapons.
  • Conduct deep air support, to include armed reconnaissance and air interdiction, using conventional and specific weapons.
  • Conduct offensive and defensive antiair warfare. This includes combat air patrol, armed escort missions, and offensive missions against enemy ground-to-air defenses, all within the capabilities of the aircraft.
  • Be able to operate and deliver ordnance at night and to operate under instrument flight conditions.
  • Be able to deploy for extended operations employing aerial refueling.
  • Be able to deploy to and operate from carriers and other suitable seagoing platforms, advanced bases, expeditionary airfields, and remote tactical landing sites.
B-1B Lancer
B-1B Carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory, the multi-mission B-1 is the backbone of America's long-range bomber force. It can rapidly deliver massive quantities of precision and non-precision weapons against any adversary, anywhere in the world, at any time.
B-2 Spirit
B-2 The B-2 Spirit is a multi-role bomber capable of delivering both conventional and nuclear munitions. A dramatic leap forward in technology, the bomber represents a major milestone in the U.S. bomber modernization program. The B-2 brings massive firepower to bear, in a short time, anywhere on the globe through previously impenetrable defenses.
B-52 Stratofortress
B-52 Air Combat Command's B-52 is a long-range, heavy bomber that can perform a variety of missions. The bomber is capable of flying at high subsonic speeds at altitudes up to 50,000 feet (15,166.6 meters). It can carry nuclear or precision guided conventional ordnance with worldwide precision navigation capability.
C-12 Huron
C-12 Twin-engine logistics aircraft carrying passengers and cargo between military installations.
C-130 Hercules
C-130 The C-130 Hercules primarily performs the tactical portion of the airlift mission. The aircraft is capable of operating from rough, dirt strips and is the prime transport for air dropping troops and equipment into hostile areas. The C-130 operates throughout the U.S. Air Force, serving with Air Mobility Command, Air Force Special Operations Command, Air Combat Command, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Pacific Air Forces, Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve Command, fulfilling a wide range of operational missions in both peace and war situations. Basic and specialized versions of the aircraft airframe perform a diverse number of roles, including airlift support, Antarctic ice resupply, aeromedical missions, weather reconnaissance, aerial spray missions, firefighting duties for the U.S. Forest Service and natural disaster relief missions.
C-141 Starlifter
C-141 The C-141 Starlifter fulfills the vast spectrum of airlift requirements through its ability to airlift combat forces over long distances, deliver those forces and their equipment either by air, land or airdrop, resupply forces, and transport the sick and wounded from the hostile area to advanced medical facilities.
C-17 Globemaster III
C-17 The C-17 Globemaster III is the newest, most flexible cargo aircraft to enter the airlift force. The C-17 is capable of rapid strategic delivery of troops and all types of cargo to main operating bases or directly to forward bases in the deployment area. The aircraft can perform tactical airlift and airdrop missions and can also transport litters and ambulatory patients during aeromedical evacuations when required. The inherent flexibility and performance of the C-17 force improve the ability of the total airlift system to fulfill the worldwide air mobility requirements of the United States.

The ultimate measure of airlift effectiveness is the ability to rapidly project and sustain an effective combat force close to a potential battle area. Threats to U.S. interests have changed in recent years, and the size and weight of U.S.-mechanized firepower and equipment have grown in response to improved capabilities of potential adversaries. This trend has significantly increased air mobility requirements, particularly in the area of large or heavy outsize cargo. As a result, newer and more flexible airlift aircraft are needed to meet potential armed contingencies, peacekeeping or humanitarian missions worldwide. The C-17 is capable of meeting today's demanding airlift missions.
C-20 Gulfstream III
C-20 The C-20 is a twin-engine, turbofan aircraft acquired to fill the airlift mission for high-ranking government and Department of Defense officials. The 89th Airlift Wing, Andrews Air Force Base, Md., operates five C-20B's for worldwide special air missions. The 86th Airlift Wing, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, operates two C-20H's for operational support airlift missions.
C-21 Learjet
C-21 The C-21 Learjet is a twin turbofan engine aircraft used for cargo and passenger airlift. The aircraft is the military version of the Lear Jet 35A business jet. In addition to providing cargo and passenger airlift, the aircraft is capable of transporting one litter or five ambulatory patients during aeromedical evacuations.
C-2A Greyhound
C-2A A high wing, twin-engine monoplane cargo aircraft, designed to land on aircraft carriers.
C-32
C-32 The C-32 provides safe, comfortable and reliable transportation for our nation's leaders to locations around the world. The primary customers are the vice president, using the distinctive call sign "Air Force Two," the first lady, and members of the Cabinet and Congress.
C-37 Gulfstream V
C-37 The C-37 is a twin-engine, turbofan aircraft acquired to fill the worldwide special air missions for high-ranking government and Defense Department officials.
C-40 Clipper
C-40 737-700 convertible/combi: high-performance, flexible, and cost effective aircraft support.
C-40B/C
C-40B/C The C-40 B/C provides safe, comfortable and reliable transportation for U.S. leaders to locations around the world. The C-40B's primary customers are the combatant commanders and C-40C customers include members of the Cabinet and Congress. The aircraft also perform other operational support missions.
C-5 Galaxy
C-5 The gigantic C-5 Galaxy, with its tremendous payload capability, provides the Air Mobility Command intertheater airlift in support of United States national defense. The C-5, the C-17 Globemaster III and the C-141 Starlifter are partners of AMC's strategic airlift concept. The aircraft carry fully equipped combat-ready military units to any point in the world on short notice then provide field support required to help sustain the fighting force.
C-9 Skytrain
C-9 The C-9 fleet is located throughout the continental United States, Europe, and Asia. The Navy and Marine Corps C-9 aircraft provide cargo and passenger transportation as well as forward deployment logistics support. The Air Force C-9s are used for medical evacuation, passenger transportation, and special missions.
CH/RH-53D Sea Stallion
CH/RH-53D The CH-53D is a medium lift helicopter designed to transport personnel, supplies and equipment in support of amphibious and shore operations.
CH-53E Super Stallion
CH-53E Transportation of heavy equipment and supplies during the ship-to-shore movement of an amphibious assault and during subsequent operations ashore.
CH-46E Sea Knight
CH-46E Medium lift assault helicopter.
CH-47 Chinook
CH-47 Transport ground forces, supplies, ammunition and other battle-critical cargo in support of worldwide combat and contingency operations.
CV-22 Osprey
CV-22 The CV-22 Osprey is a tiltrotor aircraft that combines the vertical takeoff, hover, and vertical landing qualities of a helicopter with the long-range, fuel efficiency and speed characteristics of a turboprop aircraft. The Osprey adds new capability and fills a long-standing U.S. Special Operations Command requirement to conduct long-range infiltration, exfiltration and resupply missions during night operations.
E-2 Hawkeye
E-2 The E-2 Hawkeye is the Navy's all-weather, carrier-based tactical battle management airborne early warning, command and control aircraft. The E-2 is a twin engine, five crewmember, high-wing turboprop aircraft with a 24-foot diameter radar rotodome attached to the upper fuselage.
E-3 Sentry (AWACS)
E-3 The E-3 Sentry is an airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft provides all-weather surveillance, command, control and communications needed by commanders of U.S., NATO and other allied air defense forces.
E-4B Nightwatch
E-4B The E-4B serves as the National Airborne Operations Center for the president and secretary of defense. In case of national emergency or destruction of ground command control centers, the aircraft provides a highly survivable, command, control and communications center to direct U.S. forces, execute emergency war orders and coordinate actions by civil authorities.
E-6A Mercury
E-6A Communications relay and strategic airborne command post aircraft. Provides survivable, reliable, and endurable airborne command, control, and communications between the National Command Authority (NCA) and U.S. strategic and non-strategic forces. Two squadrons, the "Ironmen" of VQ-3 and the "Shadows" of VQ-4 deploy more than 20 aircrews from Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma to meet these requirements.
E-8C Joint Stars
E-8C The E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) is an airborne battle management, command and control, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platform. Its primary mission is to provide theater ground and air commanders with ground surveillance to support attack operations and targeting that contributes to the delay, disruption and destruction of enemy forces.
EA-6B Prowler
EA-6B The EA-6B Prowler provides an umbrella of protection for strike aircraft, ground troops and ships by jamming enemy radar, electronic data links and communications.
EC-130H Compass Call
EC-130H The EC-130H Compass Call is an airborne tactical weapon system using a heavily modified version of the C-130 Hercules airframe. The system disrupts enemy command and control communications and limits adversary coordination essential for enemy force management. The Compass Call system employs the offensive counterinformation and electronic attack capabilities in support of U.S. and Coalition tactical air, surface, and special operations forces. Programmed upgrades will expand its mission by procuring a secondary EA capability against early warning and acquisition radars.
EC-130J Command Solo
EC-130J The EC-130J Commando Solo, a specially-modified four-engine Hercules transport, conducts information operations, psychological operations and civil affairs broadcasts in AM, FM, HF, TV and military communications bands. A typical mission consists of a single-ship orbit offset from the desired target audience -- either military or civilian personnel.
EP-E3 Aries II
EP-E3 Four-engine turboprop signals intelligence (SIGINT) reconnaissance aircraft.
F-117A Nighthawk
F-117A The F-117A Nighthawk is the world's first operational aircraft designed to exploit low-observable stealth technology. This precision-strike aircraft penetrates high-threat airspace and uses laser-guided weapons against critical targets.
F-14 Tomcat
F-14 The F-14 Tomcat is a supersonic, twin-engine, variable sweep wing, two-place strike fighter manufactured by Grumman Aircraft Corporation. The multiple tasks of navigation, target acquisition, electronic counter measures (ECM), and weapons employment are divided between the pilot and the radar intercept officer (RIO). Primary missions include precision strike against ground targets, air superiority, and fleet air defense.
F-15 Eagle
F-15 The F-15 Eagle is an all-weather, extremely maneuverable, tactical fighter designed to permit the Air Force to gain and maintain air supremacy over the battlefield.
F-15E Strike Eagle
F-15E The F-15E Strike Eagle is a dual-role fighter designed to perform 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.
F-16 Fighting Falcon
F-16 The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a compact, multi-role fighter aircraft. It is highly maneuverable and has proven itself in air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack. It provides a relatively low-cost, high-performance weapon system for the United States and allied nations.
F-16A/B Fighting Falcon
F-16A/B The F-16A is a single seat model, single-engine multi-role jet fighter aircraft with superior maneuverability and sophisticated tracking and weapon systems for the interception and attack of other aircraft. The F-16B is a two-seat version typically used for training by a student pilot with an instructor pilot in the rear cockpit. This aircraft is considered to be the most agile modern fighter and has proven itself in air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack.
F/A-18 Hornet
F/A-18 All-weather fighter and attack aircraft. The single-seat F/A-18 Hornet is the nation's first strike-fighter. It was designed for traditional strike applications such as interdiction and close air support without compromising its fighter capabilities. With its excellent fighter and self-defense capabilities, the F/A-18 at the same time increases strike mission survivability and supplements the F-14 Tomcat in fleet air defense. F/A-18 Hornets are currently operating in 37 tactical squadrons from air stations world-wide, and from 10 aircraft carriers. The U.S. Navy's Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron proudly flies them. The Hornet comprises the aviation strike force for seven foreign customers including Canada, Australia, Finland, Kuwait, Malaysia, Spain and Switzerland.

The newest model, Super Hornet, is highly capable across the full mission spectrum: air superiority, fighter escort, reconnaissance, aerial refueling, close air support, air defense suppression and day/night precision strike. Compared to the original F/A-18 A through D models, Super Hornet has longer range, an aerial refueling capability, increased survivability/lethality and improved carrier suitability. [Capability of precision-guided munitions: JDAM (all variants) and JSOW. JASSM in the future]
F/A-18D Hornet
F/A-18D Attack and destroy surface targets, day or night, under all weather conditions; conduct multi-sensor imagery reconnaissance; provide supporting arms coordination; and intercept and destroy enemy aircraft under all weather conditions.
F-5N/F Adversary
F-5N/F The F-5N is a single seat, twin-engine, tactical fighter and attack aircraft providing simulated air-to-air combat training manufactured by Northrop Grumman Corporation. The F-5F is a dual-seat version, twin-engine, tactical fighter commonly used for training and adversary combat tactics. The aircraft serves in an aggressor-training role with simulation capability of current threat aircraft in fighter combat mode.
F-22A Raptor
F-22A The F-22A Raptor is the Air Force's newest fighter aircraft. Its combination of stealth, supercruise, maneuverability, and integrated avionics, coupled with improved supportability, represents an exponential leap in warfighting capabilities. The Raptor performs both air-to-air and air-to-ground missions allowing full realization of operational concepts vital to the 21st century Air Force.
RQ-4A Global Hawk
 RQ-4A The Global Hawk Unmanned Aerial Vehicle provides Air Force and joint battlefield commanders near-real-time, high-resolution, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance imagery. In the last year, the Global Hawk provided Air Force and joint warfighting commanders more than 15,000 of these images to support Operation Enduring Freedom, flying more than 50 missions and 1,000 combat hours to date.
H-3 Sea King
H-3 A multi-purpose helicopter.
HC-130P/N Hercules
HC-130P/N The HC-130P/N is an extended-range, combat search and rescue version of the C-130 Hercules transport. Its mission is extend the range of combat search and rescue helicopters by providing air refueling in hostile or contested airspace if required.

Secondary mission capabilities include performing tactical delivery via airdrop or airland of pararescue specialist teams, small bundles, zodiac watercraft, or four-wheel drive all-terrain vehicles; and providing direct assistance to a survivor in advance of the arrival of a recovery vehicle. Other capabilities are extended visual and electronic searches over land or water, tactical approaches and unimproved airfield operations at day or night, using night vision goggles. A team of three pararescue specialists, trained in emergency trauma medicine, harsh environment survival and assisted evasion techniques, is part of the basic mission crew complement.
HH-60G Pave Hawk
HH-60G The primary mission of the HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter is to conduct day or night operations into hostile environments to recover downed aircrew or other isolated personnel during war. Because of its versatility, the HH-60G is also tasked to perform military operations other than war. These tasks include civil search and rescue, emergency aeromedical evacuation, disaster relief, international aid, counterdrug activities and NASA space shuttle support.
HH/UH-1N Iroquois
HH/UH-1N Utility helicopter, primarily used for search and rescue, command and control and maritime special operations missions.
KC-10 Extender
KC-10 The KC-10 Extender is an Air Mobility Command advanced tanker and cargo aircraft designed to provide increased global mobility for U.S. armed forces. Although the KC-l0's primary mission is aerial refueling, it can combine the tasks of a tanker and cargo aircraft by refueling fighters and simultaneously carry the fighter support personnel and equipment on overseas deployments. The KC-10 is also capable of transporting litter and ambulatory patients using patient support pallets during aeromedical evacuations.
KC-130 Hercules
KC-130 In-flight refueling; tactical transport
KC-135E Stratotanker
KC-135E The KC-135E Stratotanker's principal mission is air refueling. This unique asset greatly enhances the Air Force's capability to accomplish its primary missions of Global Reach and Global Power. It also provides aerial refueling support to Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps aircraft as well as aircraft of allied nations. The KC-135 is also capable of transporting litter and ambulatory patients using patient support pallets during aeromedical evacuations.
KC-135R Stratotanker
KC-135R The KC-135R Stratotanker's principal mission is air refueling. This unique asset greatly enhances the Air Force's capability to accomplish its primary missions of Global Reach and Global Power. It also provides aerial refueling support to Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps aircraft as well as aircraft of allied nations. The KC-135 is also capable of transporting litter and ambulatory patients using patient support pallets during aeromedical evacuations.
LC-130 Hercules
LC-130 In-flight refueling; tactical transport
MC-130E/H Combat Talon I/II
MC-130E/H The MC-130E Combat Talon I and MC-130H Combat Talon II provide infiltration, exfiltration and resupply of special operations forces and equipment in hostile or denied territory. Secondary missions include psychological operations and helicopter air refueling
MC-130P Combat Shadow
MC-130P The Combat Shadow flies clandestine or low visibility, single or multi-ship low-level missions intruding politically sensitive or hostile territory to provide air refueling for special operations helicopters. The MC-130P primarily flies missions at night to reduce probability of visual acquisition and intercept by airborne threats.

Secondary mission capabilities may include airdrop of leaflets, small special operations teams, bundles and combat rubber raiding craft, as well as night vision goggles, takeoff and landing procedures and in-flight refueling as a receiver.
MC-130W Talon
MC-130W The MC-130W conducts infiltration, exfiltration and resupply of US and allied special operations forces in direct support of unified and theater special operations commands and U. S. Special Operations Command contingencies. Collateral missions include refueling of special operations vertical lift assets, forward arming and refueling, specialized ordnance delivery, airdrops in support of psychological operations, and limited command and control capabilities. Its world-wide mission is performed primarily at night to reduce operational risk.
MH-53E Sea Dragon
MH-53E The MH-53E is used primarily for Airborne Mine Countermeasures (AMCM), with secondary missions of vertical shipboard delivery and assault support.
MH-53J/M Pave Low
MH-53J/M The Pave Low's mission is low-level, long-range, undetected penetration into denied areas, day or night, in adverse weather, for infiltration, exfiltration and resupply of special operations forces.
MQ-1 Predator (UAV)
MQ-1 The MQ-1 Predator is a medium-altitude, long-endurance, remotely piloted aircraft. The MQ-1's primary mission is interdiction and conducting armed reconnaissance against critical, perishable targets. When the MQ-1 is not actively pursuing its primary mission, it acts as the Joint Forces Air Component Commander-owned theater asset for reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition in support of the Joint Forces commander.
MV-22 Osprey
MV-22 The V-22 Osprey is a multi-engine, dual-piloted, self-deployable, medium lift, vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) tiltrotor aircraft designed for combat, combat support, combat service support, and Special Operations missions worldwide. It will replace the Corps' aged fleet of CH-46E and CH-53D medium lift helicopters.
NU-1B Otter
NU-1B The NU-1B Otter is a single engine, tail dragger (STOL), fixed wing flying qualities and performance. An all-metal, high-wing monoplane, the NU-1B is powered by a single engine driving a constant speed propeller. The aircraft is designed to carry one pilot and up to ten passengers, one of whom may act as a crew member. Dual rudder pedals and dual control wheels allow the aircraft to be flown from either the left or right flight compartment seat.
OC-135B Open Skies
OC-135B The United States of America Open Skies OC-135B Observation Aircraft supports the Open Skies Treaty. The aircraft flies unarmed observation flights over participating parties of the treaty.
OH-58D Kiowa Warrior
OH-58D Conduct armed reconnaissance, security, target acquisition and designation, command and control, light attack and defensive air combat missions in support of combat and contingency operations. Replaces AH-1 Cobra attack helicopters (those that function as scouts in air cavalry troops and light attack companies) and OH-58A and C Kiowas in air cavalry troops. Will be replaced by Comanche.
P-3C Orion
P-3C Four-engine turboprop anti-submarine and maritime surveillance aircraft.
P-8A Multi-mission Aircraft(MMA)
P-8A The P-8A Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft (MMA) is a modified Boeing 737-800ERX, bringing together a highly reliable airframe and high-bypass turbo fan jet engine with a fully connected, state-of-the-art open architecture mission system. This combination, coupled with next-generation sensors, will dramatically improve Anti-Submarine Warfare, or ASW, and Anti-Surface Warfare, or ASuW, capabilities.
RC-135U Combat Sent
RC-135U The RC-135U Combat Sent provides strategic electronic reconnaissance information to the president, secretary of defense , Department of Defense leaders, and theater commanders. Locating and identifying foreign military land, naval and airborne radar signals, the Combat Sent collects and minutely examines each system, providing strategic analysis for warfighters. Collected data is also stored for further analysis by the joint warfighting and intelligence communities. The Combat Sent deploys worldwide and is employed in peacetime and contingency operations.
RC-135V/W Rivet Joint
RC-135V/W The RC-135V/W Rivet Joint reconnaissance aircraft supports theater and national level consumers with near real time on-scene intelligence collection, analysis and dissemination capabilities.
RQ-2A Pioneer (UAV)
RQ-2A The Pioneer UAV system performs a wide variety of reconnaissance, surveillance, target acquisition and battle damage assessment missions. The UAV's low radar cross section, low infrared signature and remote control versatility provides a degree of cover for the aircraft. Pioneer provides the tactical commander with real-time images of the battlefield or target. Since first deployed as a land-based system in 1986, Pioneer is currently configured for operations on five LPD class ships with a sixth ship under modifications.
S-3B Viking
S-3B The S-3B Viking is an all weather, carrier-based jet aircraft, providing protection against hostile surface combatants while also functioning as the Carrier Battle Groups' primary overhead/mission tanker. Extremely versatile, the aircraft is equipped for many missions, including day/night surveillance, electronic countermeasures, command/control/communications warfare, and search and rescue (SAR).
SH-60 Seahawk
SH-60 A twin-engine, medium lift, utility or assault helicopter.
T-1A Jayhawk
T-1A The T-1A Jayhawk is a medium-range, twin-engine jet trainer used in the advanced phase of specialized undergraduate pilot training for students selected to fly airlift or tanker aircraft. It is also used to support navigator training for the U.S. Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and international services.
T-2C Buckeye
T-2C The T-2C Buckeye is a tandem-seat, carrier-capable, all-purpose jet trainer whose mission is to train Navy and Marine Corps pilots and Naval Flight Officers.
T-34C Turbomentor II
T-34C The T-34C Turbomentor is an unpressurized two-seat, tandem cockpit low-wing turboprop trainer whose mission is to train Navy and Marine Corps pilots.
T-37 Tweet
T-37 The T-37B Tweet is a twin-engine jet used for training joint specialized undergraduate pilot training students in fundamentals of aircraft handling, and instrument, formation and night flying.
T-38 Talon
T-38 The T-38A Talon is a twin-engine, high-altitude, supersonic jet trainer used in a variety of roles because of its design, economy of operations, ease of maintenance, high performance and exceptional safety record. Air Education and Training Command is the primary user of the T-38A for joint specialized undergraduate pilot training. Air Combat Command, Air Force Materiel Command and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration also use the T-38A in various roles.
T-39D
T-39D The T-39D aircraft is a low-wing, twinjet, radar-navigational trainer manufactured by North American Aviation, Inc with the axial-flow engines pod-mounted on the fuselage rear section. The T-39D was designed as a multi-engine trainer for pilot and RIO teams in conjunction for use as a high-speed utility vehicle for administrative, search and rescue, and cargo support missions.
T-39N/G
T-39N/G The T-39 Sabreliner is a multipurpose low-wing, twin-jet trainer whose mission is to train Navy and Marine Corps flight officers.
T-43A
T-43A The T-43A is a medium-range, swept-wing jet aircraft equipped with modern navigation and communications equipment to train navigators for strategic and tactical aircraft.
T-45A Goshawk
T-45A The T-45A Goshawk is a tandem-seat, carrier capable, jet trainer whose mission is to train Navy and Marine Corps pilots.
T-6A Texan II
T-6A 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.
TH-57 Sea Ranger
TH-57 The TH-57 is a derivative of the commercial Bell Jet Ranger 206. Although primarily used for training, these aircraft are also used for photo, chase and utility missions.
TH-6B Cayuse
TH-6B The TH-6B aircraft is a four-place, dual control, single engine helicopter. It is equipped with a single main rotor, tail rotor, and an oleo damped, skid-type landing gear. The four-bladed main rotor system is fully articulated, with rotary-friction lead-lag or linear elastometric dampers. The tail rotor is a two-bladed anti-torque rotor of the semi-rigid type. The aircraft is powered by a single turbo shaft engine that is mounted in the aft fuselage section directly behind that cabin. Power is supplied to the rotors through a main transmission, a tail rotor transmission, and interconnecting drive shafts.
U-2S/TU-2S
U-2S/TU-2S The U-2 provides high-altitude, all-weather surveillance and reconnaissance, day or night, in direct support of U.S. and allied forces. It delivers critical imagery and signals intelligence to decision makers throughout all phases of conflict, including peacetime indications and warnings, low-intensity conflict, and large-scale hostilities.
U-6A Beaver
U-6A The Beaver was designed as an all-purpose utility capable of being equipped with wheels, skis, standard floats, or amphibious floats. The wings are high-mounted and rectangular with blunt tips. One piston engine is mounted in the nose section. A later development, MK III, has a turboprop engine, which changes the configuration of the nose significantly. The fuselage is club-shaped with blunt nose and sharply tapered tail section. The tail flats are high-mounted on body and equally tapered with blunt tips. It was equipped with a belly camera hatch and could be fitted with canoe racks. It has seen wide service around the world for all types of transportation requirements. Among its many uses were forest patrol, water bombing, parachute drops, aerial photography, aerial fish stocking, transportation, and cargo delivery. The aircraft's reliability and stability make it ideal for these types of operation.
UC-35C/D Ultra Encore
UC-35C/D Transport of passengers and cargo in support of Marine operations
UH-1N Huey
UH-1N The UH-1N is a light-lift utility helicopter used to support Air Force Space Command missile wings and groups. The helicopter has a number of uses. Its primary mission includes:
  • Airlift of emergency security and disaster response forces,
  • Security surveillance of off-base movements of nuclear weapons convoys and test range areas during launch conditions
  • Space shuttle landing support, priority maintenance dispatch support, and emergency positive control document changes
  • Response to search and rescue operations
Other uses include airlift of missile support personnel, airborne cable inspections and distinguished visitor transport.
UH-60A/L Blackhawk
UH-60A/L Provide air assault, general support, aeromedical evacuation, command and control and special operations support to combat and stability and support operations.
V-22A Osprey
V-22A The V-22 is a joint service, multi-mission aircraft with vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capability. It performs VTOL missions as effectively as a conventional helicopter while also having the long-range cruise abilities of a twin turboprop aircraft.
VC-25 - Air Force One
VC-25 The mission of the VC-25 aircraft -- Air Force One -- is to provide air transport for the president of the United States.
VH-3D Sea King
VH-3D Executive transport helicopter.
VH-60N Night Hawk
VH-60N Executive transport helicopter.
WC-130 Hercules
WC-130 The WC-130 Hercules is a high-wing, medium-range aircraft flown by the Air Force Reserve Command for weather reconnaissance missions.
WC-135 Constant Phoenix
WC-135 The WC-135W Constant Phoenix atmospheric collection aircraft supports national level consumers by collecting particulate and gaseous effluents and debris from accessible regions of the atmosphere in support of the Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty of 1963.
X-26A
X-26A The X-26A is a two-seat, high performance glider used to train pilots in flying qualities at the USN Test Pilot School, Patuxent River, MD. These aircraft are used to help increase the students' knowledge of the dynamics of flight. The only "lift" the gliders get is from a combination of an initial tow by one of the school's two U-6A Beavers and the pilot's skill.
C-5M Super Galaxy
C-5M The gigantic C-5 Galaxy, with its tremendous payload capability, provides the Air Mobility Command intertheater airlift in support of United States national defense. The C-5, the C-17 Globemaster III and the C-141 Starlifter are partners of AMC's strategic airlift concept. The aircraft carry fully equipped combat-ready military units to any point in the world on short notice then provide field support required to help sustain the fighting force.
MQ-9 Reaper (UAV)
MQ-9 The MQ-9 Reaper is the Air Force's first hunter-killer UAV. It is larger and more powerful than the MQ-1 Predator and is designed to go after time-sensitive targets with persistence and precision, and destroy or disable those targets with 500-pound bombs and Hellfire missiles.
C-130J Hercules
C-130J The C-130 Hercules primarily performs the tactical portion of the airlift mission. The aircraft is capable of operating from rough, dirt strips and is the prime transport for air dropping troops and equipment into hostile areas. The C-130 operates throughout the U.S. Air Force, serving with Air Mobility Command, Air Force Special Operations Command, Air Combat Command, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Pacific Air Forces, Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve Command, fulfilling a wide range of operational missions in both peace and war situations. Basic and specialized versions of the aircraft airframe perform a diverse number of roles, including airlift support, Antarctic ice resupply, aeromedical missions, weather reconnaissance, aerial spray missions, firefighting duties for the U.S. Forest Service and natural disaster relief missions
Cessna 172 Skyhawk
Cessna 172 The Cessna 172 Skyhawk is a four-seat, single-engine, high-wing fixed-wing aircraft. Still in production it is the most popular aircraft in the world and is used extensively for primary pilot training.
Cessna 208B/AC208B/RC208B Caravan
Cessna 208 The Cessna 208B Caravan, is a single engine (675HP), turbo prop, fixed-gear short-range aircraft used for pilot training. RC/AC models are “Combat Caravans” used by operational units for Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) and light-attack.
RQ-7B Shadow
RQ-7B The AAI Corp Shadow Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (TUAS) is used for day/night reconnaissance, surveillance, target acquisition and BDA (Battle Damage Assessment). It has non-retractable tricycle landing gear with a single engine, twin-boom pusher layout. It is equipped with a catapult/tail hook system for short field take offs and landings. With a wingspan of 20ft and 12ft length it can be visually hard to acquire.
RQ-11 Raven
RQ-11 The AeroVironment RQ-11 Raven is a Small Unmanned Aircraft System (SUAS) designed to provide low-altitude intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities. When the RQ-11 Raven flies in autonomous mode following a pre-programmed flight path, it relies on its advanced avionics and precise GPS navigation. Its recovery is carried out in autoland mode using deep-stall vertical landing. Equipped with dual forward and side-looking IR (Infrared) or EO (Electro-Optical) cameras the Raven provides day/night imagery. With a length of 3 ft and wingspan of 5ft it can be extremely hard to acquire visually. Normally it is flown at or below 500ft AGL and within 5NM of the ground control station.
Cessna 337 Skymaster
Cessna 337 The Cessna Skymaster is a United States twin-engine civil utility aircraft built in a push-pull configuration. Its engines are mounted in the nose and rear of its pod-style fuselage. Twin booms extend aft of the wings to the vertical stabilizers, with the rear engine between them. The horizontal stabilizer is aft of the pusher propeller, mounted between and connecting the two booms. The combined tractor and pusher engines produce 'centerline' thrust and a unique sound. Recently Skymasters are used by military organizations for ISR.
Piper PA-31 Navajo
Piper PA-31 The Piper PA-31 Navajo is a family of cabin-class, twin-engine aircraft designed and built by Piper Aircraft for the general aviation market, most using Lycoming engines. It is used for small-scale cargo and short-range personnel transportation.
Eurocopter UH-72 Lakota
UH-72 United States Army Light Utility Helicopter
T-53A
T-53A The Powered Flight Program (PFP) at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado gives Cadets the opportunity to learn and experience the basics of motorized flight. All training is accomplished in the T-53A aircraft with a rated Air Force Instructor Pilot. The T-53A is a single engine prop aircraft based off of the civilian Cirrus-SR20. The T-53A has a maximum speed of 200 knots and is equipped with a Cirrus Airplane Parachute (CAPS); a system that deploys a parachute from the tail end of the aircraft to bring the crew and aircraft safely to the ground in the event of an emergency. Through PFP, all Cadets have the opportunity to participate in both a three flight introduction program and a more intensive nine flight program.
UV-18B Twin Otter
UV-18B Airlift support for cadet parachuting at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado is provided by three UV-18B aircraft. The UV-18B is a DeHavilland DHC-6, known as a Twin Otter. It carries a pilot, copilot and up to 17 jumpers. The aircraft has crew and passenger oxygen systems and a navigation/communication package which gives it an all-weather capability. It has a cruise speed of 150 knots, a service ceiling of 25,000 feet and a range of 700 miles. These Twin Otters are the only three owned by the Air Force.
F-35 Lightning II
F-35 The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is a family of single-seat, single-engine, all-weather stealth multirole fighters undergoing final development and testing by the United States. The fifth generation combat aircraft is designed to perform ground attack and air defense missions.