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The equipment of the United States Air Force can be subdivided into: aircraft, ammunition, weapons, and ground vehicles.[1]


Name Type Versions Picture
AGM-114 Air-to-surface
Lockheed Martin Longbow Hellfire.jpg
AGM-65 Air-to-surface
AGM-65 Maverick MG 1382.jpg
AGM-86 Air-to-surface cruise missile
AGM-88 Air-to-surface anti-radiation missile
AGM-88E HARM p1230047.jpg
AGM-154 Glide bomb
AGM-154 JSOW 01.jpg
AGM-158 Air-to-surface cruise missile
JASSM mockup 0048.jpg
AIM-7 Medium-range air-to-air missile
AIM-7 Sparrow.jpg
AIM-9 Short-range air-to-air missile
Sidewider missile 20040710 145400 1.4.jpg
AIM-120 Medium-range air-to-air missile
Aim 120 amraam missile 20040710 145603 1.4.jpg
LGM-30 Intercontinental ballistic missile
B61 Thermonuclear bomb
B-61 bomb.jpg
B83 Thermonuclear bomb
B83 nuclear bomb trainer.jpg
BLU-109 Bunker buster
BLU-116 Bunker buster
CBU-87 Cluster bomb
Cbu-87 cluster bomb.jpg
CBU-89 Cluster bomb
CBU-97 Cluster bomb
GBU-10 Laser-guided bomb
GBU-10 xxl.jpg
GBU-12 Laser-guided bomb
GBU-12 xxl.jpg
GBU-15 Television guidance - Infrared homing
GBU-15 xxl.jpg
GBU-24 Laser-guided bomb
GBU-24 xxl.jpg
GBU-27 Laser-guided bomb
GBU-27 xxl.jpg
GBU-28 Laser-guided bomb
GBU-28 xxl.jpg
Mk-82 General-purpose bomb
Mk-82 xxl.jpg
Mk-84 General-purpose bomb
Mk-84 xxl.jpg


Name Type Versions Picture Ammunition Used by
Mounted Weapons
GAU-8 Avenger Seven-barrelled Rotary cannon
GAU-8 Avenger contrast.jpg
30 mm A-10/OA-10 Thunderbolt II
GAU-22/A Four-barrelled Rotary cannon 25 mm F-35 Lightning II
M61 Six-barrelled Rotary cannon
20 mm F-15 Eagle
F-16 Fighting Falcon
F-22 Raptor
B-52 Stratofortress
GAU-23/A Chain gun autocannon
The amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) fires a MK-46 30mm gun during a live-fire exercise (28540439144).jpg
30 mm AC-130
M102 Howitzer
M102 Howitzer A1206 Tai Iraq 2004.JPG
105 mm AC-130
GAU-16 12.7 mm UH-1 Iroquois
GAU-17 Six-barrelled Minigun/Rotary machine gun
GAU-17 machine gun fired from UH-1N Huey in 2006.jpg
7.62 mm HH-60 Pave Hawk
UH-1 Iroquois
M240 Mounted
US Navy 040229-N-4374S-008 Aviation Warfare Systems Operator 2nd Class Jon Garth, assigned to the Red Lions of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron One Five (HS-15), mans a 7,62mm M240D machine gun aboard an HH-60H Seahawk.jpg
7.62 mm UH-1 Iroquois
Beretta M9 Pistol
9×19mm Parabellum
M11 pistol Pistol
9×19mm Parabellum
M18 pistol Pistol
M18 pistol.png
9×19mm Parabellum
M4/M4A1 Assault rifle, Carbine
5.56×45mm NATO
M16A2 rifle Assault Rifle
5.56×45mm NATO
MP5 submachine gun Submachine gun
MP3K ImgID1.jpg
Multiple (9×19mm Parabellum, 10mm Auto MP5/10, or .40 S&W M5/40)
M249 machine gun Light machine gun, Squad automatic weapon
PEO M249 Para ACOG.jpg
5.56×45mm NATO
M240 machine gun General purpose medium machine gun
M240B Medium Machine Gun (7414626696).jpg
7.62×51mm NATO
M2 machine gun Heavy machine gun
Machine gun M2 1.jpg
.50 BMG
M107 Anti materiel sniper rifle
M107 html 5f1f60d5.gif
.50 BMG



Ground vehicles

Name Type Versions Quantity Picture
Humvee Armored car ?
R-5 Refueler Aircraft refueling vehicle ?
R-9 Refueler Aircraft refueling vehicle ?
R-11 Refueler Aircraft refueling vehicle ?
R-11 Refueler - U.S. Air Force.jpg
C300 Ground refuel vehicle ?


Main article: United States Air Force uniform

Current attire[2]
Type Name Pattern Full pattern Notes
Camouflage pattern Army Combat Uniform Operational Camouflage Pattern (OCP)
Airman Battle Uniform phased out April 2021[3]
Flight suit
69th Bomb Squadron Pilot.jpg
Pilots, air crews and missile crews wear olive green or desert tan one-piece flight suits made of Nomex for fire protection.
Physical Training Uniform
USAF PT Uniform.jpg
Consists of shorts, T-shirt, jacket and pants.
Service dress uniform
US Air Force Mens Service Dress.jpg
Consists of a three-button coat, similar to that of a men's "sport jacket" (with silver "U.S." pins on the lapels), matching trousers, and either a service cap or flight cap, all in Shade 1620, "Air Force Blue" (a darker purplish-blue). This is worn with a light blue shirt (Shade 1550) and Shade 1620 herringbone patterned necktie. Enlisted members wear sleeve insignia on both the jacket and shirt, while officers wear metal rank insignia pinned onto the coat, and Air Force Blue slide-on epaulet loops on the shirt.
Mess dress
US Air Force Mens Mess Dress.jpg
Consists of a dark blue mess jacket and matching trousers with antiqued silver buttons, miniature medals, blue bow-tie and cummerbund, and shoulder boards and silver wrist braids for officers. When wearing the blue tie and cummerbund, the uniform is considered equivalent to black-tie formal wear. For white-tie occasions, a white bow-tie and waistcoat are worn.

Other equipment

See also


  1. ^ "USAF Fact Sheets".
  2. ^ "USAF Dress and Appearance standards".
  3. ^ "ABU phase out guidelines".