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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]

Statistics[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]

Transport Aircraft[edit]

Trainer Aircraft[edit]

Drones[edit]

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