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United States Air Force (2024)


Current Active Inventory: 5,189 Aircraft


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The following represents an overview of the modern aerial fighting capabilities of the United States Air Force (2024). The service currently counts 5,189 total units in its active aircraft inventory. The WDMMA review takes into account specific categories of aircraft covering attack, logistics, special-mission, and general support types. Inventory numbers and related aircraft types / variants are provided as-is and derived from publically-available information / sources. "Outlook" results are related to any future airframes currently under procurement though said airframes may not be delivered for service in the current year for various reasons. "Readiness Rates" are based on the published USAF standard. Due to discrepancies regarding UAV reporting between countries and sources, unmanned vehicles are currently not tracked by WDMMA.

Updated: 1/5/2024 | © www.WDMMA.org


Total Aircraft: 5,189

2,595
Aircraft at 50.0% Readiness Rate
3,632
Aircraft at 70.0% Readiness Rate
3,892
Aircraft at 75.0% Readiness Rate
4,151
Aircraft at 80.0% Readiness Rate
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TvR
242.9
TrueValue Rating assesses air service current strengths/weaknesses matched against top performer USAF (242.9).
Global Rank
1 /103
Global Rank as compared to national powers of WDMMA. 103 total air services from 103 nations are tracked. View Current Ranks.
Force Concentration

Attack: 1,956 units
Support: 1,692 units
Training: 1,541 units
Future: 2,419 units

Material Suppliers (Past and Present)

Primary (1)

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Secondary (9)

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Fighters (1,511)


Airframes detailed as fighter, interceptor, or general attack types including multi-role though excluding dedicated bombers and CAS.

OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
789
F-16C
Multirole
218
F-15E
Multirole/Strike
210
F-15C
Fighter
178
F-22A
Air Superiority
116
F-35A
Strike Fighter

Total Units: 1,511 (29%)




Bombers (132)


Airframes developed for the strategic-level direct-attack role; typical qualities include subsonic or supersonic performance, long range, and high-altitude capabilities.

OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
74
B-52H
Strategic
39
B-1B
Strategic
19
B-2
Strategic

Total Units: 132 (3%)




Close-Air Support (313)


Airframes utilized in the direct-attack role; typically featuring extended loitering and excellent low-and-slow capabilities.

OUTLOOK
STABLE
286
A-10C
Close-Air Support
10
AC-130U
Close-Air Support
10
AC-130W
Close-Air Support
7
AC-130J
Close-Air Support

Total Units: 313 (6%)




Helicopters (213)


Airframes detailed as manned rotary-wing platforms used in the transport, special-mission, or direct-attack roles.

OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
92
HH-60G
Multirole
65
AC-130U
Utility
51
AC-130W
Transport
3
AC-130J
Multirole
1
AC-130J
Medium-Lift
1
AC-130J
Utility

Total Units: 213 (4%)




Transports (677)


Airframes used in the dedicated hauler role, serving either military or high-government personnel or in supply / cargo delivery.

OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
222
C-17
Strategic/Tactical
182
C-130H
Tactical
136
C-130J
Tactical
52
C-5M
Strategic
23
C-12
Utility
20
C-146
Airliner
18
C-21A
Utility
12
U-28 (PC-12)
Utility
5
M28
Tactical
3
C-12J
Utility
2
C-208
Utility
1
DHC-6
Utility
1
C-20H
VIP

Total Units: 677 (13%)




Trainers (1,541)


Airframes reserved for dedicated Basic, Advanced, Flight, and Helicopter airman training.

OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
503
T-38A/C
Advanced Jet Trainer
445
T-6
Basic Trainer
176
T-1A
Advanced Jet Trainer
150
F-16D
Fighter Trainer
105
F-35A
Strike Trainer
52
DA-20
Flight Trainer
40
UH-1H
Helicopter Trainer
26
F-15D
Fighter Trainer
25
T-53A (SR20)
Flight Trainer
6
EMB-314
Basic Trainer
5
G-120TP
Flight Trainer
4
TU-2S
Special Mission
3
TC-135
Crew Trainer
1
E-8C
Reconnaissance Trainer

Total Units: 1,541 (30%)




Aerial Tankers / Refuelers (555)


Airframes modified for the purpose of aerial fuel delivery to support allied aircraft / operations.

OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
396
KC-135R/T
Aerial Refueling
58
KC-10
Aerial Refueling
51
MC-130J
Aerial Refueling
36
KC-46A
Aerial Refueling
14
MC-130H/P
Aerial Refueling

Total Units: 555 (11%)




Special-Mission (247)


Airframes modified for Special-Mission roles - typically these are dedicated, role-specific types.

OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
34
HC-130J
Search & Rescue
32
MC-12W
Reconnaissance
31
E-3B/C/G
Airborne Early Warning
26
U-2S
Reconnaissance
23
U-28 (PC-12)
Utility
22
RC-135S/U/V/W
ELINT
16
E-8C
Reconnaissance
12
EC-130H
Electronic Warfare
11
RC-26B
Reconnaissance
9
HC-130N/P
Search & Rescue
7
EC-130J
Electronic Warfare
5
CN-235
Reconnaissance
4
E-4B
Communications
4
C-32B
Reconnaissance
3
E-11A
Communications
3
Dash 8
Reconnaissance
2
HU-25 (Falcon 20)
Reconnaissance
2
OC-135B
Observation
1
Cessna 208
Reconnaissance

Total Units: 247 (5%)




On Order (2,419)


Aircraft set to be delivered in the current procurement year or in subsequent year(s).

1518
F-35A
Strike Fighter
351
T-7A
Advanced Jet Trainer
144
F-15C/E/X
Air Dominance
134
KC-46A
Aerial Refueling
100
B-21A
Strategic Bomber
79
MH-139 (AW139)
Utility
41
C-130J
Tactical
23
MC-130J
Aerial Refueling
13
HC-130J
Search & Rescue
10
G550
Utility
3
EMB-314
Trainer/Light Attack
2
AT-6
Basic Trainer
1
F-35A
Strike Trainer

Total Units: 2,419




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