Help Needed: US Air Force at Smallest Level Since WWII
The US Air Force is seeing its lowest numbers since the World War II era. It’s also the smallest in terms of manpower that the USAF been since 1947, when it first became an independent and separate branch of US military service.
The US Air Force (USAF) currently has some 54 fighter squadrons. During Operation Desert Shield in 1990 there were 188. There are a little over 317,000 active duty airmen today, a considerable decrease from 511,000 in 1990. There are also 4,000 fewer maintenance service people and 3,000 fewer aircraft. These deficits have become more glaring as America’s military campaigns abroad intensify.
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WNU Editor: This is a big story. But what I find note worthy about this report is not the story that the U.S. Air Force is shrinking .... but that it is Russian media that is reporting it .... not the U.S. main stream media.