USAF Logo – The United States Air Force (abbreviated as USAF) is the branch of the Armed Forces of the United States in charge of the air war. Initially being part of the United States Army under the name of Army Air Forces of the United States (USAAF), the current USAF was formed as an independent branch on September 18 of 1947 under the National Security Act of 1947. It is the more recently established branch in the United States Armed Forces and the Air Force’s most technologically sophisticated world.
The USAF articulates its basic functions in its 2010 position statement as nuclear deterrence operations, special operations, air superiority, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance global superiority in space, command
The Air Force United States has more than 5,778 aircraft in service as of 2004. Until 1962, the Army and Air Force maintained one system of aircraft naming, while the U.S. Navy. had its own system. In 1962, these were unified into one system that emphasized the best individual of the original methods. For more information on these systems, refer to