Saturday, June 29, 2013

The U.S. Air Force Is Still Formidable

Fifteen C-17 Globemaster IIIs from Charleston Air Force Base, S.C., fly over the city of Charleston, S.C.'s Arthur J. Ravenel Bridge Dec. 20, 2007, during a training exercise. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. James L. Harper Jr.

In Case You Forgot, America’s Got a Ton of Warplanes -- Is Boring

Way more than Russia and China put together

The U.S. military possesses 14,776 warplanes. That’s nearly triple what Russia and China have, combined.

The latest figures for America’s aerial arsenal come from the Pentagon’s annual aviation plan, submitted to Congress each year in order to justify long-term spending plans.

The latest air power plan, obtained early by Colin Clark from the Website Breaking Defense, shows the air fleets of the U.S. Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and Army holding steady for the next decade, dropping only slightly to 14,645 in 2023.

The cost to buy, maintain and upgrade these thousands of aircraft is expected to increase to more than $100 billion annually by the mid-2020s.

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My Comment:
That is a lot of airplanes .... it also puts a lot of things into perspective.


D.Plowman said...

How many of those planes are rotting away? How many are flyable? How many require servicing? How many qualified career pilots versus the number of flyable planes?

Yada yada yada...

Becool0980 said...

14,000... During wwII the us produced close to 300,000 military aircraft.