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  • C-21

    Mission The C-21 is a twin turbofan-engine aircraft used for passenger and cargo airlift. The aircraft is the military version of the Learjet 35A business jet. In addition, the aircraft is capable of transporting one litter or five ambulatory patients for aeromedical evacuation operations.
  • C-32

    MissionThe C-32 provides safe, comfortable and reliable transportation for U.S. leaders to locations around the world. The primary customers are the vice president, using the distinctive call sign "Air Force Two," the first lady, and members of the Cabinet and Congress.FeaturesThe C-32 is a specially configured version of the Boeing 757-200
  • C-37A/B

    MissionThe C-37A/B are twin-engine, turbofan aircraft acquired to fill the worldwide special airlift missions for high ranking government and Department of Defense officials.FeaturesThe aircraft contains a modern flight management system with a worldwide satellite-based GPS and comes in two variations. The C-37A is based upon Gulfstream V aircraft
  • C-40B/C

    MissionThe C-40B/C provides safe, comfortable and reliable transportation for U.S. leaders to locations around the world. The C-40B's primary customers are the combatant commanders, and the C-40C customers include members of the Cabinet and Congress. The aircraft also performs other operational support missions.FeaturesThe C-40 B/C is based upon
  • C-5 A/B/C Galaxy and C-5M Super Galaxy

    C-5M Super GalaxyThe C-5M Super Galaxy is a strategic transport aircraft and is the largest aircraft in the Air Force inventory. Its primary mission is to transport cargo and personnel for the Department of Defense. The C-5M is a modernized version of the legacy C-5 designed and manufactured by Lockheed Martin. Currently the U.S. Air Force owns and
  • C-5M Super Galaxy

    MissionThe C-5M Super Galaxy is a strategic transport aircraft and is the largest aircraft in the Air Force inventory. Its primary mission is to transport cargo and personnel for the Department of Defense. TheC-5M is a modernized version of the legacy C-5 designed and manufactured by Lockheed Martin.Currently the U.S. Air Force owns and operates 52
  • Civil Air Patrol - U.S. Air Force

    Civil Air Patrol – United States Air Force, or CAP-USAF, is headquartered at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. CAP-USAF provides day-to-day support, advice and liaison to the Civil Air Patrol and provides oversight for CAP programs, with particular emphasis on safety and programmatic requirements. CAP-USAF personnel are the primary functional interface between CAP and other federal agencies.
  • Civil Reserve Air Fleet

    A unique and significant part of the nation's air mobility resources is the Civil Reserve Air Fleet, or CRAF. Selected aircraft from U.S. airlines, contractually committed to CRAF, augment Department of Defense airlift requirements in emergencies when the need for airlift exceeds the capability of military aircraft. The CRAF has two main segments:
  • Combat Aviation Advisor

    MissionCombat Aviation Advisors are air commandos who serve in operational aviation detachments responsible for integrating with surface special operations forces advisors to conduct special operations activities by, with, and through foreign aviation forces in permissive, hostile and denied territories to deny, degrade or defeat a threat. They are
  • Combat Controllers

    Mission Air Force Special Operations Command's combat controllers are battlefield Airmen assigned to special tactics squadrons. They are trained special operations forces and certified FAA air traffic controllers. The mission of a combat controller is to deploy, undetected, into combat and hostile environments to establish assault zones or
  • Combat Rescue Officer - 13DXA

    Background: Air Force Combat Rescue Officers (CROs) lead the Department of Defense's (DoD) only elite ground combat force specifically organized, trained, equipped, and postured to conduct full spectrum Personnel Recovery (PR) to include both conventional and unconventional combat rescue operations. Furthermore, CROs are trained as the DoD's joint
  • CV-22 Osprey

    The mission of the CV-22 is to conduct long-range infiltration, exfiltration and resupply missions for special operations forces.
  • Defense Meteorological Satellite Program

    MissionThe Defense Meteorological Satellite Program has been collecting weather data for U.S. military operations for more than four decades.FeaturesTwo primary operational DMSP satellites are in polar orbits at about 450 nautical miles (nominal) at all times. The primary weather sensor on DMSP is the Operational Linescan System, which provides
  • Defense Satellite Communications System

    Mission/VisionDefense Satellite Communications System (DSCS) constellation provides nuclear-hardened, anti-jam, high data rate, long haul communications to users worldwide.DSCS supports: the defense communications system, the Army's ground mobile forces, the Air Force's airborne terminals, Navy ships at sea, the White House Communications Agency,
  • Defense Support Program Satellites

    MissionAir Force Space Command-operated Defense Support Program (DSP) satellites are a key part of North America's early warning systems. In their 22,300-mile, geosynchronous orbits, DSP satellites help protect the United States and its allies by detecting missile launches, space launches and nuclear detonations.FeaturesDSP satellites use an
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