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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
AGM-65 Air-to-surface
AGM-86 Air-to-surface cruise missile
AGM-88 Air-to-surface anti-radiation missile
AGM-154 Glide bomb
AGM-158 Air-to-surface cruise missile
AIM-7 Medium-range air-to-air missile
AIM-9 Short-range air-to-air missile
AIM-120 Medium-range air-to-air missile
LGM-30 Intercontinental ballistic missile
B61 Thermonuclear bomb
B83 Thermonuclear bomb
BLU-109 Bunker buster
BLU-116 Bunker buster
CBU-87 Cluster bomb
CBU-89 Cluster bomb
CBU-97 Cluster bomb
GBU-10 Laser-guided bomb
GBU-12 Laser-guided bomb
GBU-15 Television guidance - Infrared homing
GBU-24 Laser-guided bomb
GBU-27 Laser-guided bomb
GBU-28 Laser-guided bomb
Mk-82 General-purpose bomb
Mk-84 General-purpose bomb


Name Type Versions Picture Ammunition Used by
Mounted Weapons
GAU-8 Avenger Seven-barrelled Rotary cannon 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 30 mm AC-130
M102 Howitzer 105 mm AC-130
GAU-16 12.7 mm UH-1 Iroquois
GAU-17 Six-barrelled Minigun/Rotary machine gun
7.62 mm HH-60 Pave Hawk
UH-1 Iroquois
M240 Mounted
7.62 mm UH-1 Iroquois
Beretta M9 Pistol
9×19mm Parabellum
M11 pistol Pistol
9×19mm Parabellum
M18 pistol Pistol
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
Multiple (9×19mm Parabellum, 10mm Auto MP5/10, or .40 S&W M5/40)
M249 machine gun Light machine gun, Squad automatic weapon
5.56×45mm NATO
M240 machine gun General purpose medium machine gun
7.62×51mm NATO
M2 machine gun Heavy machine gun
.50 BMG
M82 Anti materiel sniper rifle .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 ?
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 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 Consists of shorts, T-shirt, jacket and pants.
Service dress uniform 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 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".