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Royal Australian Air Force

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The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is the air force branch of the Australian Defence Force. The RAAF was formed in March 1921. It continues the traditions of the Australian Flying Corps (AFC), which was formed on 22 October 1912. The RAAF has taken part in many of the 20th century's major conflicts including World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. More recently the RAAF participated in the 2008 against India and Pakistan and the War in Afghanistan (2001–2006). The motto on the RAAF's coat of arms is the Latin phrase Per ardua ad astra, which means "Through Struggle to the Stars".

Force Structure[edit]


  • Active Duty Personnel: 43,500
  • Reserve Personnel: 28,000
  • Active Bases: 11 (Amberly, Darwin, East Sale, Edinburgh, Glenbrook, Pearce, Richmond, Tindal, Townsville, Wagga, Williamtown)
  • Active Installations: 9 (Bundaberg, Camden, Curtin, Gingin, Learmonth, Scherger, Williams, Woomera Airfield)
  • Combat Aircraft: 152
  • Special Mission Aircraft: 10
  • Transport Aircraft: 53
  • Trainers: 106
  • Chief of the Air Force: Air Chief Marshal Geoff Brown AO
  • Deputy Chief of the Air Force: Air Marshal Gavin Davies CSC
  • Air Commander Australia: Air Marshal Melvin Hupfeld DSC
  • Warrant Officer of the Air Force: Warrant Officer Mark Pentreath CSM

Aircraft of the RAAF[edit]

Combat Aircraft[edit]

ELINT Aircraft[edit]

  • Boeing E-7 Wedgetail x 8 (AWACS Aircraft)
  • Boeing EA-18G Growler x 2 (Electronic Warfare Aircraft) - 14 more on order
  • Gulfstream G550 x 0 (Surveillance Aircraft) - 4 on order

Transport Aircraft[edit]

  • Airbus KC-30A Voyager x 10 (Aerial Tanker/Strategic Transport) - 4 more on order
  • Alenia C-37J Spartan x 4 (Utility Transport) - 8 more on order
  • Boeing 737-700 x 2 (VIP Transport)
  • Beechcraft Super King Air 200/300 x 9 (Utility Transport)
  • Boeing C-17 Globemaster III x 8 (Strategic Transport)
  • Bombardier Challenger 600 x 2 (VIP Transport)
  • Lockheed Martin C-130J-30 Super Hercules x 18 (Transport Aircraft)

Trainer Aircraft[edit]

  • BAe Systems Hawk Mk.127 x 33 (Advanced Trainer)
  • Beechcraft Super King At 350 x 8 (Multi-Engine Trainer)
  • Pilatus PC-9A x 63 (Trainer)
  • Pilatus PC-21 x 0 (Trainer) - 50 under order


  • IAI Heron x 4 (Surveillance UAV)
  • General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper x 0 (Drone) - 12 on order
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