Controlling the weapons: a modern fighting machine with some of the most sophisticated weapons known to mankind. An apt description of today’s Air Force

Controlling the weapons: a modern fighting machine with some of the most sophisticated weapons known to mankind. An apt description of today’s Air Force – Weapons

Stephen Faulisi

We’ve come a long way in producing weapons, many of which can be used with pinpoint accuracy. But they’re no good without people who can deploy to faraway lands and be physically ready to work long hours, do tough jobs and be ready to survive in harsh environments such as those round in Southwest Asia during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Being physically ready under the new fit-to-fight program is the way to go. And it doesn’t matter whether you’re directly or indirectly supporting fighters, transports, tankers, helicopters, unmanned aircraft, space operations or other systems. The point is still the same: being physically fit so that you can be mentally alert to help put the weapons in the air and on target when it counts.

Gen. John P. Jumper said that the amount of energy devoted to fitness programs has not been consistent with the “growing demands of our warrior culture.” “It’s time to change that.”

Bombers

B-2A Spirit

Primary function: Multirole bomber. Speed: High subsonic. Dimensions: Wingspan 172 ft., length 69 ft., height 17 ft. Range: Intercontinental. Armament: Nuclear and conventional. Crew: Two. Inventory: 21.

B-1B Lancer

Primary function: Multirole, long-range heavy bomber. Speed: 890 mph. Dimensions: Wingspan 137 ft. (79 ft. with wings swept aft), length 146 ft., height 34 ft. Range: Intercontinental. Armament: Up to 50,000 lbs. of mixed ordnance, including 500-lb. and 2,000-lb. general purpose bombs, cluster bomb units, mines and GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munitions. Crew: Four. Inventory: 67.

B-52H Stratofortress

Primary function: Multirole, long-range heavy bomber. Speed: 650 mph. Dimensions: Wingspan 185 ft., length 159 ft. 4 in., height 40 ft. 8 in. Range: Intercontinental. Armament: MK-62/64/82/84/117, CBU-52/58/ 71/87/89/97, AGM-844D/86B/142/154, GBU-10/12/31/32, nuclear weapons. Crew: Five. Inventory: 85; Reserve, nine.

Fighters

F/A-22 Raptor

Primary function: Multirole fighter, air dominance. Speed: 900 mph. Dimensions: Wingspan 44 ft. 6 in., length 62 ft. 1 in., height 16 ft. 8 in. Range: 3,450 miles. Armament: One 20 mm multibarrel Gatling gun, AIM-120C AMRAAM, GBU-32, AIM-9, 1,000-lb. JDAM. Crew: One. Inventory: 18.

F-15E Strike Eagle

Primary function: Dual-role fighter, air-to-air and interdiction. Speed: 1,875 mph. Dimensions: Wingspan 42 ft. 9 in., length 63 ft. 9 in., height 18 ff. 7 1/2 in. Range: 3,450 miles. Armament: One 20 mm multibarrel Vulcan cannon, AIM-120 AMRAAM, AIM-7 F/M. AIM-9L/M. MK-82/84, CBU-87/89. GBU-10/12/15/24/27/28, EGBU-15, AGM-65, AGM-130. Crew: Two. Inventory: 219.

F-15A/B/C/D Eagle

Primary function: Air superiority tactical fighter. Speed: 1,875 mph. Dimensions: Wingspan 42 ft. 9 in., length 63 ft. 9 in., height 18 ft. 7 1/2 in. Range: 3,450 miles. Armament: One 20 mm multibarrel Vulcan cannon, four AIM-120 AMRAAM, two AIM-7F/M and two AIM-9L/M. Crew: F-15A/C, one; F-15B/D, two. Inventory: F-15A, seven; F-15B, 15; F-16C, 590 and F-15D, 130; Guard, F-15A, 50; F-15B, 21; F-15C, 438 and F-15D, 40; Reserve, F-15C. 60; F-15D, 40.

F-16C/D Fighting Falcon

Primary function: Multirole fighter. Speed: 1,500 mph. Dimensions: Wingspan 32 ft. 8 in., length 49 ft. 5 in., height 16 ft. Range: 2,000 miles. Armament: One 20 mm multibarrel Vulcan cannon, AIM-9, air-to-air and air-to-surface munitions and electronic counter-measure pods. Crew: F-16C, one; F-16D, one or two. Inventory: F-16C, 590 and F-16D, 130; Guard, F-16C, 438 and F-16D, 40; Reserve, F-16C, 60; and F-16D, 10.

F-117A Nighthawk

Primary function: Fighter/attack. Speed: High subsonic. Dimensions: Wingspan 43 ft. 4 in., length 65 ft. 11 in., height 12 in. 5 in. Range: Unlimited with aerial refueling. Armament: Internal weapons carriage able to employ a variety of weapons. Crew: One. Inventory: 52.

Reconnaissance

RC-135S/U/V/W Rivet Joint

Primary function: RC-135S/U–scientific and technical platform; RC-135V/ W–reconnaissance. Speed: 500 mph. Dimensions: Wingspan 130 ft. 10 in., length 140 ft. 6 in. height 41 ft. 8 in Range: 3.000-4,000 miles. Crew: Up to 30. Inventory: 21.

WC-130H Hercules

Primary function: Weather reconnaissance: air sampling. Speed: 350 mph. Dimensions: Wingspan 132 ft. 6 in., length 99 ft. 4 in., height 38 ft. 6 in. Range: 4.000 miles. Crew: Six. Inventory: Reserve, 10.

U-25

Primary function: High-altitude, multisensor reconnaissance. Speed: 475 mph. Dimensions: Wingspan 103 ft., length 63 ft., height 16 ft. Range: 7,000 miles. Crew: One. Inventory: 29.

Attack, Observation & Battle Management

E-8C Joint STARS

Primary function: Long range, air-to-ground surveillance system. Speed: 450-585 mph. Dimensions: Wingspan 145 ft. 9 in., length 152 ft. 11 in., height 42 ft. 6 in., radome length, 40 ft. Range: Nine hours unrefueled, 15 hours with aerial refueling. Crew: 22. Inventory: 16.

E-3B Sentry (AWACS)

Primary function: Airborne surveillance; command, control and communications. Speed: 360 mph. Dimensions: Wingspan 130 ft. 10 in., length 145 ft. 6 in., height 41 ft. 4 in.; rotodome, 30 ft. diameter, 6 ft. thick, mounted 11 ft. above fuselage. Range: More than eight hours unrefueled. Crew: 17-23. Inventory: 32.

AC-130H/U Gunship

Primary function: Close air support, air interdiction and force protection. Speed: 300 mph. Dimensions: Wingspan 132 ft. 7 in., length 97 ft. 9 in., height 38 ft. 6 in. Range: 1,496 miles. Armament: AC 130H, two 20 mm Vulcan cannons with 3,000 rounds, one 40 mm Bofors cannon and one 105 mm howitzer; AC-130U, one 25 mm Gatling gun, one 40 mm Bofors cannon and: one 105 mm cannon. Crew: AC-130H, 14 and AC-130U, 13. Inventory: AC-130H, eight and AC- 130U, 13.

A-10/OA- 10 Thunderbolt II

Primary function: Close air support; airborne forward air control. Speed: 420 mph. Dimensions: Wingspan 57 ft. 6 in., length 53 ft. 4 in., height 14 ft. 8 in. Range: 800 miles. Armament: One 30 mm seven-barrel Gatling gun; up to 16,000 lbs. of mixed ordnance, including 500-lb. bombs, 2,000-lb. general-purpose bombs, incendiary and Rockeye II cluster bombs, Maverick missiles and laser-guided/electro-optically guided bombs, infrared countermeasure flares; electronic countermeasure chaft. and jammer pods. Crew: One. Inventory: A-10, 83; Guard, A-10, 76 and OA-26; Reserve, A-10, 44 and OA-10, seven.

Transports and Special Duty

C-17A Globemaster III

Primary function: Cargo/troop transport. Speed: 450 mph. Dimensions: Wingspan 169 ft. 10 in., length 174 ft., height 55 ft. 1 in. Range: Unlimited with aerial refueling, Crew: Three. Inventory: 109.

C-5A/B Galaxy

Primary function: Long-range, heavy logistics transport. Speed: 518 mph. Dimensions: Wingspan 222 ft. 11 in., length 247 ft. 1 in, height 65 ft. 1 in. Range: Unlimited with aerial refueling. Crew: Seven. Inventory: 81; Guard, 13; Reserve, 32.

C-9A/C Nightingale

Primary function: C-9A–aeromedical evacuation; C-9C–special air missions. Speed: 565 mph. Dimensions: Wingspan 93 ft. 3 in., length 119 ft. 3 in., height 27 ft. 5 in, Range: More than 2,000 miles. crew: Eight. Inventory: C-9A, three and C-9C, three.

C-12 Huron

Primary function: Passenger/cargo airlift; pilot seasoning. Speed: 336 mph. Dimensions: Wingspan 54 ft. 6 in., length 43 ft. 9 Crew: Two. Inventory: 27.

C-20B/C/H

Primary function: Operational support airlift and special air missions. Speed: 570 mph. Dimensions: Wingspan 77 ft, 10 in., length 83 ft. 2 in., height 24 ft. 6 in. Range: C-20B, 4,250 miles; C-20H, 4,850 miles. Crew: Five. Inventory: C-20B; five: C-20C, three and C-20H, two.

C-21 A

Primary function: Passenger/cargo airlift; Speed: 530 mph. Dimensions: Wingspan 39 ft. 6 in., length 48 ft. 7 in,, height 12 ft. 3 in. Range: 2,306 miles. Crew: Two. Inventory: 75; Guard, two.

C- 141 B/C Starlifter

Primary function: Troop and cargo transport. Speed: 500 mph. Dimensions: Wingspan 160 ft., length 168 ft. 4 in., height 39 ft. 3 in. Range: Unlimited with aerial refueling. Crew: Five. Inventory: 10; Guard, 9: Reserve, 40.

C-22B

Primary function: Passenger transportation. Speed: 619 mph. Dimensions: Wingspan 108 ft., length 133 ft. 2 in., height 34 ft. Range: 2,000 miles. Crew: Six. Inventory: Guard, two.

C-32A

Primary function: Operational support. Speed: 530 mph. Dimensions: Wingspan 124 ft. 10 in., length 155 ft. 3 in., height 44 ft. 6 in: Range: 5,867 miles. Crew: 17; Inventory: Four.

C-37A

Primary function: Special air missions. Speed: 600 mph. Dimensions: Wingspan 93 ft. 6 in., length 96 ft. 5 in., height 25 ft. 11 in. Range: 6,329 miles. Crew: Five. Inventory: Nine.

C-38A

Primary function: Special air missions. Speed: 540 mph. Dimensions: Wingspan 54 ft. 7 in., length 55 ft. 7 In., height 18 ft. 2 in. Range: 3,000 miles. Crew: Three. Inventory: Guard, two.

C-40C

Primary function: Personnel transportation. Speed: 520 mph. Dimensions: Wingspan 117 ft. 6 in., length 110 ft. 4 in., height 41 ft. 2 in. Range: 5,000 miles. Crew: Eight. Inventory: Two.

C-41A

Primary function: Special operations training. Speed: 198 mph. Dimensions: Wingspan 62 ft. 3 in., length 49 ft. 7 in., height 20 ft. 7 in. Range: 1,000 miles. Crew: Three. Inventory: Two.

C- 130 E/H/J/J-30 Hercules

Primary function: Theater tactical airlift. Speed: 345-417 mph. Dimensions: Wingspan 132 ft. 7 in., length 97 ft. 9 in., height 38 ft. 3 in. Range: 2,356 miles with cargo; 5,200 miles without cargo. Crew: Five. Inventory: 187; Guard, 219; Reserve, 103.

E-4B

Primary function: Airborne operations center. Dimensions: Wingspan 195 ft. 8 in., length 231 ft. 4 in., height 63 ft. 5 in. Range: 12 hours unrefueled. Crew: Up to 114. Inventory: Four.

MC-130E/H Combat Talon I and II

Primary function: Special operations. Speed: 300 mph. Dimensions: Wingspan 132 ft. 7 in., length 97 ft. 9 in., height 38 ft. 4 in. Range: 2,700 miles. Crew: MC-130E, nine; MC-130H, seven. Inventory: MC-130H, 22; MC-130E, Reserve, 14.

EC-130E Commando Solo

Primary function: Psychological operations; airborne command, control and communications. Speed: 299 mph. Dimensions: Wingspan 132 ft. 7 in., length i00 ft. 6 in., height 38 ft. 6 in. Range: 1,726 miles, Crew: 13. Inventory: One; Guard, five.

EC-130H Compass Call

Primary function: Tactical command, control and communications countermeasures. Speed: 386 mph. Dimensions: Wingspan 132 ft. 7 in, length 97 ft. 9 in., height 38 ft. 3 in. Range: 2,500 miles, Crew: 13. Inventory: 14.

LC-130

Primary function: Tactical and intratheater airlift with special capability for accessing polar regions. Speed: 350 mph. Dimensions: Wingspan 132 ft. 7 in. length 97 ft. 9 in., height 38 ft. 3 in, Range: 2,500 miles. Crew: Six: Inventory: Guard, 10.

OC-135B Open Skies

Primary function: Unarmed observation to support Open Skies Treaty. Speed: More than 500 mph. Dimensions: Wingspan 131 ft., length 135 ft., height 42 ft. Range: 3,900 miles: Crew: Seven. Inventory: Two.

VC-25 Air Force One

Primary function: Presidential air transport. Speed: 630 mph. Dimensions: Wingspan 195 ft. 8 in., length 231 ft. 10 in., height 63 ft., 5 in. Range: 7,800 mile. Crew: 26. Inventory: Two.

Tankers

KC-10A Extender

Primary function: Aerial tanker; transport. Speed: 619 mph. Dimensions: Wingspan 165 ft. 4 in., length 181 ft. 7 in., height 57 ft. 7 in. Range: 4,400 miles with cargo, 11,500 miles without cargo. Crew: Four. Inventory: 59.

KC-135 Stratotanker

Primary function: Aerial refueling. Speed: 530 mph. Dimensions: Wingspan 130 ft. 10 in., length 136 ft. 3 in., height 41 ft. 8 in. Range: 1,500 miles with 150,000 lbs. of transfer fuel; ferry mission 11,015 miles. Crew: Four. Inventory: 246; Guard, 227; Reserve, 70.

HC- 130N/P

Primary function: Combat search and rescue air refueling. Speed: 289 mph. Dimensions: Wingspan 132 ft. 7 in., length 98 ft. 9 in., height 38 ft. 6 in. Range: More than 4,000 miles, Crew: Nine. Inventory: 17; Guard, nine; Reserve, six.

MC-130P Combat Shadow

Primary function: Special operations refueling and airdrop. Speed: 360 mph. Dimensions: Wingspan 132 ft. 7 in., length 98 ft. 9 in., height 38 ft. 6 in. Range: 4,000 mile. Crew: Eight. Inventory: 22; Guard, four.

Trainers

T-6A Texan II

Primary function: Undergraduate pilot training. Speed: 330 mph. Dimensions: Wingspan 33 ft. 5 in., length 33 ft. 4 in., height 10 ft. 8 in. Range: 1,036 miles. Crew: Two. Inventory: 110.

T-1A Jayhawk

Primary function: Tanker/airlift jet pilot trainer. Speed: 539 mph. Dimensions: Wingspan 43 ft. 6 in., length 48 ft. 8 in., height 13 ft. 11 in. Range: 2,417 miles. Crew: Three. Inventory: 180.

T-38A and AT-38B/C Talon

Primary function: Advanced jet pilot training. Speed: 812 mph. Dimensions: Wingspan 25 ft. 3 in., length 46 ft. 4 in., height 12 ft. 10 in. Range: 1,093 miles. Crew: Two. Inventory: 489.

T-37B Tweet

Primary function: Undergraduate pilot training. Speed: 360 mph. Dimensions: Wingspan 33 ft. 8 in., length 29 ft. 3 in., height 9 ft. 2 in. Range: 460 miles. Crew: Two. Inventory: 333.

T-43A

Primary function: Navigator training. Speed: 535 mph. Dimensions: Wingspan 93 ft., length 100 ft., height 37 ft. Range: 2,295 miles. Crew: Two to 20. Inventory: 10.

Helicopters

HH-60G Pave Hawk

Primary function: Combat search and rescue. Speed: 184 mph. Dimensions: Length 64 ft. 9 in., width 7 ft. 9 in., height 16 ft. 8 in., rotor diameter 53 ft. 9 in. Range: 504 miles. Armament: Two 7.62 mm miniguns. Crew: Four. Inventory: 68; Guard, 17; Reserve, 18.

MH-537/M Pave Low III/IV

Primary function: Special operations. Speed: 165 mph. Dimensions: Length 92 ft., width 9 ft., height 25 ft., rotor diameter 72 ft. Range: 630 miles. Armament: Any combination of three 7.62 mm miniguns and .50-caliber machine guns Crew: Six. Inventory: MH-53J, 11 and MH-53M, 25.

UH-1N Huey

Primary function: Support for distinguished visitors, missile sites, ranges, and search and rescue. Speed: 149 mph. Dimensions: Length 57 ft. 3 in., width 9 ft. 5 in., height 12 ft. 10in.,diameter of main rotor 48 ft. diameter of tail rotor 8 ft. 6 in. Range: 300 miles. Crew: Two or three. Inventory: 61.

Unmanned Aerial Reconnaissance Systems

RQ/MQ-1B Predator

Primary function: Armed reconnaissance, airborne surveillance and target acquisition. Speed: 84 135 mph. Dimensions: Wingspan 48 ft. 8 in., length 27 ft., height 6 ft. 10 in. Range: 454 miles. Endurance: 16-24 hours. Crew: One pilot, two sensor operators and approximately 80 others, all on the ground. Inventory: Seven.

Force Protection Airborne Surveillance System/Desert Hawk Primary function: Aerial Reconnaissance. Speed: 58 mph. Dimensions: Wingspan 4 ft. 4 in., length 2 ft. 10 in. Weight: 7 lbs. Range: 6.2 miles. Endurance: One hour. Crew: Navigates autonomously.

RQ-4A Global Hawk

Primary function: High-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial reconnaissance system. Speed: 390 mph. Dimensions: Wingspan 116 ft. 2 in., length 44 ft. 4 in., height 15 ft. 2 in. Range: 15, 535 miles. Endurance: 35 hours. Crew: Four on the ground. Inventory: Two.

Aerial Targets and Decoys

QF-4 Aerial Target

Primary function: Full-scale, high-performance aerial target for live air-to-air and surface-to-air missile tests. Speed: 1,250 mph. Dimensions: Wingspan 38 ft., height 6 ft., length 16 ft. Endurance: Two hours. Crew: None. Inventory: 54.

BQM-34 Firebee

Primary function: Ground or in-flight launched and ground and water recoverable subscale aerial target. Speed: 288-705 mph. Dimensions: Length 23 ft., width 13 ft. Endurance: 35-40 minutes. Crew: None. Inventory: 33.

MQM-107 Streaker

Primary function: Ground launched and ground or water recoverable subscale aerial target. Speed: 288-593 mph. Dimensions: Wingspan 10 ft., length 18 ft. Endurance: 45 minutes. Crew: None. Inventory: 67.

Strategic Missiles

Abbreviation codes:

AGM –Air-launched Surface Attack Guided Missile

LGM –Silo-launched Surface Attack Guided Missile

LG –Silo-launched Surface Attack Missile

LGM-30G Minuteman III

Primary function: Intercontinental ballistic missile. Speed: Approximately 15,000 mph. Dimensions: Length 60 ft., diameter 5 ft. 6 in. Range: More than 6,000 miles. Payload: Three MK-12 or MK-12A warheads.

AGM-129A Advanced Cruise Missile

Primary function: Air-to-surface advanced cruise missile. Speed: 334-60t mph. Dimensions: Wingspan 10 ft., length 20 ft. 8 in., body diameter 2 ft. 4 in. Range: More than 2,000 miles. Payload: Nuclear warhead.

LG- 118A Peacekeeper

Primary function: Intercontinental ballistic missile. Speed: Approximately 15,000 mph. Dimensions: Length 71 ft., diameter 7 ft. 8 in. Ranger: More than 6,000 miles. Payload: Capable of carrying 10 Avco MK-21 warheads.

AGM-86B/C Air-launched Cruise Missile

Primary function: Air-to-surface strategic missile. Speed: 550 mph. Dimensions: Wingspan 12 ft., length 20 ft. 9 in., body diameter 2 ft. 0.5 in. Range: 1,500 miles. Payload: Nuclear-capable warhead.

Launch Vehicles

Atlas V

Primary function: Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle designed to improve space launch operability and standardization. Dimensions: Three common core boosters, each booster diameter 12 ft. 6 in. Payload capability: 42,000 lbs. into low earth orbit; 29,000 lbs. into geotransfer orbit; 14,000 lbs. into geostationary orbit.

Delta II

Primary function: Space-lift vehicle. Dimensions: Length 125 ft. 9 in., diameter 8 ft. Payload: Navstar Global Positioning System, as well as civil and commercial satellites into low earth, polar, geotransfer and geosynchronous orbits.

Delta IV

Primary function: Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle designed to improve space launch operability and standardization. Dimensions: Common core booster length 205 ft., diameter 16 ft. 8 in. Payload capability: 17,900 lbs. into low earth orbit; 9,285 lbs. into geotransfer orbit.

Titan IVB

Primary function; Space-lift vehicle. Dimensions: Inertial upper stage length 17 ft., diameter flares from 7 ft. 6 in. to 9 ft. 6 in. First stage length 86 ft. 6 in., diameter l0 ft. Second stage length 32 ft. 8 in., diameter 10 ft. Payload capability: Up to 47,800 lbs. into low-earth orbit; up to 12,700 lbs., into geosynchronous orbit when launched from Cape Canaveral Air Station, Fla., and up to 38,000 lbs. into a low-earth polar orbit when launched from Vandenberg AFB, Calif. Using, an inertial upper stage, up to 5,250 lbs. into geosynchronous orbit.

Satellites

Air Force Satellite Control Network

The Air Force Satellite Control Network consists of worldwide satellite operations centers comprised of remote tracking stations and command and control facilities. The facilities monitor satellites during launch, keep them in proper orbit and correct any anomalies.

Defense Satellite Communications System

Primary function: Secure voice and data transmission. Dimensions: Phase III–rectangular body, 6 ft. x 6 ft. x 7 ft., 38 ft. span with solar arrays deployed. Weight: Phase III-2,716 lbs. Power: Solar arrays generating an average of 1,500 watts. Orbit: 22,230 miles.

Defense Support Program

Primary function: Detection. Dimensions: Diameter 22 ft., height 32 ft. 9 in. with solar panels deployed. Weight: 5,250 lbs. Power: Solar panels generating 1,485 watts. Orbit: 22,00 miles.

Defense Meteorological Satellite Program

Primary function: Weather data collecting, Dimensions: Height 12 ft. 2 in., length 20 Ft. 2 in. Weight: 1,750 lbs. including 550 lb. sensor payload. Power: Solar array generating 1,000 watts. Orbit: Approximately 518 miles.

Milstar Satellite Communications System

Primary function: Integrated, worldwide connectivity. Weight: 10,000 lbs. Power: Solar panels generating 5,000 watts. Orbit: 22,250 miles.

Navstar Global Positioning System

Primary function: Navigation data. Dimensions: Block IIA–width 11 ft. 4 in., length (including wingspan) 17 ft. 4.6 in.; Block IIR–width 5 ft. 10 in., length (including wingspan) 37 ft. 5 in. Weight: Block IIA–3,670 lbs.; Block IIR–4,480 lbs. Power: Solar panels generating 800 watts. Orbit: 11,000 miles.

Air Base Defense

M-2.50-Caliber Machine Gun

Primary function: Anti-personnel and antiaircraft weapon. Dimensions: Length 5 ft. 1.41 in. Weight: 128 lbs. Bore diameter: .50 in. Maximum effective range: 6,547 ft. Cyclic rate of fire: 550 rounds per minute.

M-4 Carbine

Primary function: Anti-personnel. Dimensions: Length 2 ft. 5.79 in. (stock retracted), 2 ft. 9.49 in. (stock extended). Weight: 7.5 lbs. (with sling and one magazine). Bore diameter: 5.56 mm. Maximum effective range: Area target, 1,968 ft.; point target, 1,640 ft. Cyclic rate of fire: 825 rounds per minute.

M-9 Semiautomatic Pistol

Primary function: Anti-personnel. Dimensions: Length 8.54 in., width 1.5 in., height 5.51 in. Weight: 2.55 lbs. (fully loaded). Bore diameter: 9 mm. Maximum effective range: 153 ff.

M-16 Semiautomatic Rifle with M-203 40 mm Grenade Launcher

Primary function: Anti-personnel. Dimensions: Length 3 ft. 3.63 in. Weight: 8.79 lbs. (fully loaded); launcher, 3 lbs. Bore diameter: 5.56 mm; launcher, 40 mm. Maximum effective range: Area target, 2,625 ft.; point target, 1,805 ft.; launcher area target 1,148 ft.; launcher point target 492 ft. Cyclic rate of fire: 800 rounds per minute.

M18A1 Claymore Mine

Primary function: Anti personnel, defensive. Weight: 3.53 lbs. Maximum effective range: 328 ft.

M-24 Sniper Weapons System

Primary function: Anti-personnel. Dimensions: Length 3 ft. 6.99 in. Weight: 12.1 lbs. (empty without scope). Bore diameter: 7.62 mm. Maximum effective range: 2,625 ft.

M-60 General Purpose Machine Gun

Primary function: Anti-personnel, Dimensions: Length 3 ft. 6.39 in, Weight: 23 lbs. Bore diameter: 7.62 mm. Maximum effective range: 3,609 ft. Cyclic rate of fire: 550 rounds per minute.

M-67 Frag Grenade

Primary function: Anti-personnel. Dimensions: Length 3.5 in. diameter 2.5 in: Weight: 13.75 ounces. Maximum effective range: Lethal 16 ft., casualty 49 ft.

M-72 Light Anti-tank Weapon

Primary function: Portable, shoulder-launched anti-armor weapon consisting of a rocket packed in a launcher. Dimensions: Launcher extended length 2 ft. 10.7 in., launcher closed length 2 ft. 0.8 in., rocket length 1 ft. 8 in. Weight: 2.2 lbs. Maximum effective range: 660 ft.

M240B General Purpose Machine Gun

Primary function: Anti-personnel. Dimensions: Length 4 ft. 1 in. Weight: 27.6 lbs. Bore diameter: 7.62 mm, Maximum effective range: Area target, 5,906 ft.; point target, 2,625 ft. Cyclic rate of fire: 650-950 rounds per minute.

M-249 Squad Automatic Weapon

Primary function: Anti-personnel. Dimensions: Length 3 ft. 4.86 in. Weight: With bipod and tools, 15.16 lbs. Bore diameter: 5.56 mm. Maximum effective range: Area target, 3,281 ft.; point target, 1,969 ft. Cyclic rate of fire: 725 rounds par minute.

MK-19 40 mm Machine Gun

Primary function: Anti-personnel and anti-aircraft weapon. Dimensions: Length 3 ft. 7.08 in. Weight: Gun 72.5 lbs., cradle 21 lbs., tripod 44 lbs. Bore diameter: 40 mm. Maximum effective range: 1 mile. Cyclic rate of fire: 325-375 rounds per minute.

MP5K Sub-machine Gun

Primary function: Personnel defense. Dimensions: Length 1 ft. 0.8 in. (stock retracted), 1 ft. 10 in. (stock extended), width 1.97 in., height 8.27 in. Weight: 4.4 lbs. Bore diameter: 9 mm. Maximum effective range: 330 ft. Cyclic rate of fire: 840 rounds per minute.

Airborne Tactical and Defense Missiles

AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Stand-off Missile (JASSM)

Primary function: GPS/INS-guided air-to-surface missile. Dimensions: Length 14 ft. Range: More than 230 miles.

AGM-88A/B/C High-speed Anti-radiation Missile (HARM)

Primary function: Air-to-surface anti-radiation missile. Dimensions: Length 13 ft. 8 in., diameter 10 in., wingspan 3 ft. Speed: Supersonic. Range: 30 miles.

AGM-130

Primary function: Precision, air-to-surface, all-weather, television/ infrared and/or GPS-guided, powered bomb. Dimensions: Length 12 ft. 10.5 in., diameter 18 in., wingspan 4 ft. 11 in. Speed/Range: Classified.

AGM-142

Primary function: Precision-guided missile. Dimensions: Length 15 ft. 10 in., diameter 21 in., wingspan 6 ft. 6 in. Speed: Classified Range: More than 50 miles.

AGM-154 Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW)

Primary function: GPS/INS-guided air-to-surface unpowered glide weapon. Dimensions: Length 13 ft. 4 in., diameter 16 in. to 22 in., wingspan 8 ft. 10 in. Range: More than 46 miles.

AIM-7 Sparrow

Primary function: Radar-guided air-to-air missile. Dimensions: Length 12 ft., diameter 8 in., wingspan 3 ft. 4 in. Speed: 1,750 mph. Range: 14-25 miles.

AIM-9 Sidewinder

Primary function: Heat seeking air-to-air missile, Dimensions: Length 9 ft. 5 in., diameter 5 in., wingspan 3 ft. 4 in. Speed: 1,500 mph. Range: 10 miles.

AIM-120A/B/C Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM)

Primary function: Medium-range, air-to-air tactical missile. Dimension: Length 12 ft., diameter 7 in., wingspan AIM-120/A/B, 1 ft. 9 in.; AIM-120C, 1 ft. 5 in. Speed: Supersonic. Range: 20+ miles.

AGM –Air-launched Surface-attack Guided Missile

AIM –Air-launched Intercept-aerial Guided Missile

CBU –Cluster Bomb Unit

EGBU –Enhanced Guided Bomb Unit

GBU –Guided Bomb Unit

GPS/INS –Global Positioning System/Internal Navigation System

MK –Mark (General Purpose Bomb)

Bombs

GBU-31/32 Joint Direct Attack Monition (JDAM)

Primary function: GPS/INS smart tailkit that fits on general purpose unguided bombs. Dimensions: Length from 9 ft. 11 in. to 12 ft. 8 in., wingspan from 1 ft. 7 in. to 2 ft. 1 in. Range: Up to 15 miles.

CBU-87

Primary function: All-purpose, air-delivered cluster weapons system. Dimensions: Length 7 ft. 9 in., diameter 1 ft. 3 in.

CBU-89 Gator

Primary function: 1,000-lb. unpowered cluster munition weapon. Dimensions: Length 7 ft. 8 in., diameter 16 in. Range: Varies by method of employment.

EGBU-15

Primary function: 2,000-lb. unpowered, all weather GPS/INS, television or infrared-guided weapon. Dimensions: Length 12 ft. 10 in., diameter 18 in., wingspan 4 ft. 11 in. Range: Six to 17 miles.

GBU-10 Paveway II

Primary function: 2,000-lb. unpowered, laser-guided weapon. Dimensions: Length 14 ft. 4 in., diameter 15 to 18 in wingspan 4 ft. 11 in. Range: Nine miles.

GBU-12 Paveway II

Primary function: 500-lb. unpowered, laser-guided weapon, Dimensions: Length 10 ft. 9 in., diameter 11 to 18 in. Range: More than six miles.

GBU-15

Primary function: 2,000-lb. unpowered, television or infrared-guided weapon. Dimensions: Length 12 ft. 10 in., diameter 18 in., wingspan 4 ft. 11 in. Range: Six to 17 miles.

GBU-24 Paveway III

Primary function: 2,000-lb. unpowered, low-level laser-guided weapon. Dimensions: Length 14 ft. 5 in., diameter 3 ft., wingspan 6 ft. 8 in. Range: More than 11 miles.

GBU-27

Primary function: 2,000-lb. unpowered, hard target laser-guided weapon. Dimensions: Length 13 ft. 10 in., diameter 2 ft. 4 in., wingspan 5 ft. 5 in. Range: More than 11 miles.

GBU-28

Primary function: 5,000-lb. unpowered, hard target laser-guided weapon. Dimensions: Length 25 ft., diameter 2 ft. 4 in., wingspan 5 ft. 5 in. Range: More than six miles.

MK-20 Rockeye

Primary function: Free-fall, general purpose bomb. Dimensions: Length 7 ft. 6 in., diameter 1 ft. 1 in. Range: Varies by method of employment.

MK-82

Primary function: 500-lb. free-fall, general purpose bomb. Dimensions: Length 5 ft. 6.2 in., diameter 10.75 in. Range: Varies by method of employment.

MK-83

Primary function: 1,000-1b. free-fall, general purpose bomb. Dimensions: Length 9 ft. 10 in., diameter 14 in. Range: Varies by method of employment.

MK-84

Primary function: 2,000 lb. Free-fall, general purpose bomb. Dimensions: Length 10 ft. 9 in., diameter 18 in. Range: Varies by method of employment.

Air Force Aircraft Tail Markings

Air Force Aircraft Tail Markings

Code Aircraft Unit Location and Command

AC F-16CD 177th Fighter Wing, Atlantic City

International Airport, N.J. (ANG)

AF Cessna 150, T-41, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. (DRU)

TG-3/4/7/9/11, UV-18

AK C-12J, C-130H, 3rd Wing, Elmendorf, Air Force Base,

F-15C/D/E Alaska (PACAF)

AK A/OA-10, F-16C/D 354th FW, Eielson AFB, Alaska

(PACAF)

AL F-16C/D 176th WG, Kulis Air National Guard

Base, Alaska (ANG)

AN C-130H, HC-130N, 176th WG, Kulis Air National Guard

HH-60G Base, Alaska (ANG)

AV F-16C/D 31st FW, Aviano Air Base, Italy

(USAFE)

AZ F-16A/B/C/D 162nd FW, Tucson IAP, Ariz. (ANG)

BB T-38a, RQ-4A, 9th Reconnaissance Wing, Beale AFB,

TU-2S, U-2S Calif. (ACC)

BC A/OA-10A 110th FW, W.K. Kellogg Airport,

Mich. (ANG)

BD A/OA-10A, B-52H 917th WG, Barksdale AFB, La. (AFRC)

CA HC-130P, HH-60G 129th Rescue Wing, Moffett Federal

Airfield, Calif. (ANG)

CB T-1A, T-37B, T-38A 14th Flying Training Wing, Columbus

AFB, Miss. (AETC)

CC F-16C/D 27th FW, Cannon AFB, N.M. (ACC)

CI C-130E 146th FW, Airlift Wing, Channels

Islands Air National Guard Station

Calif. (ANG)

CO F-16C/D 140th FW, Buckley AFB, Colo. (ANG)

CR C-130E/H 302nd AW, Peterson AFB, Colo. (AFRC)

CT A/OA-10A 103rd FW, Bradley IAP. Conn. (ANG)

D KC-135R 100th Air Refueling Wing, RAF

Mildenhall, England (USAFE)

DC F-16C/D 113th WG, Andrews AFB, Md. (ANG)

DE C-130H 166th AW, New Castle County Airport,

Del. (ANG)

DM EC-130E/H 55th WG, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.

(AFRC)

DR HH-60G 305th Rescue Squandron, Davis-

Monthan AFB. Ariz. (AFRC)

DY B-1B 7th Bomb Wing, Dyess, AFB, Texas

(ACC)

ED Various 412th Test Wing, Edwards AFB, Calif.

(AFMC)

EF F-16C/D 147th FW, Ellington Field, Texas (ANG)

EG F-15C/D 33rd FW, Eglin AFB, Fla. (ACC)

EL B-1B 28th BW, Ellsworth AFB, S.D. (ACC)

EN T-37B, T-38A, 80th FTW, Sheppard AFB, Texas (AETC)

AT-38B

ET A-10A, F-15A/B/C/D/E, 46th TW, Eglin AFB, Fla. (AFMC)

F-16A/B/C/D, UH-1N

FC UH-1N 336th Training Group, Fairchild AFB,

Wash. (AETC)

FE UH-1N 90th Space Wing, F.E. Warren AFB,

Wyo. (AFSPC)

FF F-15C/D 1st FW, Langley AFB, Va. (ACC)

FL C-130EM HC-130P/N, 920th Rescue Group, Patrick AFB,

HH-60G Fla. (AFRC)

FM F-16C/D 482nd FW, Homestead Joint Air

Reserve Base. Fla. (AFRC)

FS F-16C/D 188th FW, Forth Smith Regional

Airport, Ark. (ANG)

FT A/OA-10 23rd Fighter Group, Pope AFB, N.C.

(ACC)

FW F-16C/D 122nd FW, Fort Wayne IAP, Ind.

(ANG)

GA E-8C, TE-8A 116th Air Control Wing, Robins AFB,

Ga. (ANG)

HD QF-4 Detachment 1, 82nd Aerial Targets

Squadron, Holloman AFB, N.M. (ACC)

HH C-130H, F-15A/B, 154th WG, Hickman AFB, Hawaii (ANG)

KC-135R

HI F-16C/D 419th FW, Hill AFB, Utah (AFRC)

HL F-16C/D 388th FW, Hill AFB, Utah (ACC)

HO F-4E, F-117A, T-38A 49th FW, Holloman AFB, N.M. (AFMC)

HT AT-38B, C-12J, F-15 46th Test Group, Holloman AFB, N.M.

(AFMC)

HV UH-1N 30th SW, Vandenberg AFB, Calif.

(AFSPC)

ID A/OA-10, C-130E 124th WG, Boise Air Terminal, Idaho

(ANG)

IL C-130E 182nd AW, Greater Peoria Airport,

Ill. (ANG)

IS HH-60G 85th Group, Naval Air Station Kef-

lavik, Iceland (USAFE)

IZ F-15A/B 159th FW, New Orleans Air Reserve

Station, La. (ANG)

KC A/OA-10A 442nd FW, Whiteman AFB, Mo. (AFRC)

KS C-21A 45th Airlift Flight, Keesler, AFB,

Miss. (AETC)

KT C-130E, WC-130H 403rd WG, Keesler AFB, Miss. (AFRC)

LA B-52H 2nd BW, Barksdale AFB, La. (ACC)

LD Various Inter-American Air Forces Academy,

Lackland AFB, Texas (AETC)

LF F-16A/B/C/D 56th FW, Luke AFB, Ariz. (AETC)

LI HC-130, HH-60G 106th RQW, Francis S. Gabreski

Airport, N.Y. (ANG)

LN F-15C/D/E 48th FW, Luke AFB, Ariz. (AFRC)

LR F-16C/D 944th FW, Luke AFB, Ariz. (AFRC)

MA F-15A/B 102nd FW, Otis ANGB, Mass. (ANG)

MA A/OA-10A 104th FW, Barnes Municipal Airport,

Mass. (ANG)

MD A/OA-10A 175th WG, Warfield ANGB, Mich. (ANG)

MI C-130E, F-16C/D 127th WG, Selfridge ANGB, Mich. (ANG)

MK C-130H 440th AW, General Mitchell ARS, Wis.

(AFRC)

MM UH-1N 341st SW, Malmstrom AFB, Mont.

(AFSPC)

MN C-130H 133rd AW, Minneapolis–St. Paul

Joint Air Reserve Station, Minn. (ANG)

MN F-16A/B 148th FW, Duluth IAP, Minn. (ANG)

MO F-15C/D/E-F-16C/D 366th FW, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho

(ACC)

MT B-52H 5th BW, Minot AFB, N.D. (ACC)

MT UH-1N 91st SW, Minot AFB, N.D. (AFSPC)

MY C-130E, F-16C/D, 347th RQW, Moody AFB, Ga. (AFSOC)

HC-130P, HH-60G

MY T-6, AT-38B 479th Flying Training Group, Moody

AFB, Ga. (AETC)

NC C-130H 145th AW, Charlotte IAP, N.C. (ANG)

NJ KC-135E 108th ARW, McGuire AFB, N.J. (ANG)

NM F-16C/D 174th FW, Hancock Field, N.Y. (ANG)

NO A/OA-10A 926th FW, New Orleans ARS, La. (AFRC)

NV C-130E 152nd AW, Reno-Tahoe IAP, Nev. (ANG)

NY F-16C/D 174th FW, Hancock Field, N.Y. (ANG)

OF OC-135B, 55th WG, Offutt AFB, Neb. (ACC)

RC-135S/U/V/W,

TC-135W, WC-135W

OH F-16C/D 178th FW, Springfield-Beckley MAP,

Ohio (ANG)

OH C-130H 179th AW, Masfield Lahm Airport,

Ohio (ANG)

OK E-3B/C, TC-18E 552nd ACW, Tinker AFB, Okla. (ACC)

OS A-/OA-10A, C-121, 51st FW, Osan AB, Korea (PACAF)

F-16C/D

OT F-15C/D/E, F-16CD 53rd WG, 85th Test and Evaluation

Squadron, Eglin AFB, Fla. (ACC)

OT A-10A, F-15C/D/E, 53rd WG, 422nd TES, Nellis AFB,

F-16C/D, HH-60G Nev. (ACC)

OT C-130E 156th AW, Muniz ANGB, Puerto Rico

(ANG)

RA T-1A, T-6A, T-37B, 12th FTW, Randolph AFB, Texas (AETC)

T-38A, AT-38B, T-43A

RI C-130E 143rd AW, Quonset State Airport,

R.I. (ANG)

RS C-9, C-20, C-21, 86th AW, Ramstein AB, Germany (USAFE)

C-37, C-130E

SA F-16C/D 149th FW, Lackland AFB, Texas (ANG)

SC F-16C/D 169th FW, McEntire ANGS, S.C. (ANG)

SD F-16C/D 114th FW, Joe Foss Field, S.D. (ANG)

SI F-16C/D 183rd FW, Capital MAP, Ill. (ANG)

SJ F-15E 4th FW, Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C.

(ACC)

SL F-15A/B 131st FW, Lambert–St. Louis IAP,

Mo. (ANG)

SP A/OA-10, F-16C/D 52nd FW, Spangdahlem AB, Germany

(USAFE)

SW F-16C/D 20th FW, Shaw AFB, S.C. (ACC)

TD QF-4 53rd Weapons Evaluations Group,

Tyndall AFB, Fla. (ACC)

TH F-16C/D 181st FW, Hulman Regional Airport,

Ind. (ANG)

TX F-16C/D 301 FW, Carswell ARS, Texas (AFRC)

TY F-15C/D 325th FW, Tyndall AFB, Fla. (AETC)

VA F-16C/D 192nd Fw, Richmond IAP, Va. (ANG)

VN T-1A, T-37B, T-38A 71st FTW, Vance AFB, Okla. (AETC)

VT F-16C/D 158th FW, Burlington IAP, Vt. (ANG)

WA A-10A, F-15C/D/E, 57th WG, Nellis AFB, Nev. (ACC)

F-16C/D, HH-60G,

MQ-1, RQ-1

WE E-9A 53rd WEG, Tyndall AFB, Fla. (ACC)

WG C-130E 913th AW, Willow Grove ARS, Pa. (AFRC)

WI F-16C/D 115th FW, Truax Field, Wis. (ANG)

WM B-2A, T-38A 509th BW, Whiteman AFB, Mo. (ACC)

WP F-16C/D 8th FW, Kunsan AB, Korea (PACAF)

WV C-130H 167th AW, Eastern West Virginia

Regional Airport/Shepherd Field,

W.Va. (ANG)

WW F-16C/D 35th FW, Misawa AB, Japan (PACAF)

WY C-130H 153rd AW, Cheyenne MAP, Wyo. (ANG)

XL T-1A, T-37B, T-38A 47th FTW, Laughlin AFB, Texas (AETC)

XP C-130H 139th AW, Rosecrans Memorial Airport,

Mo. (ANG)

YJ C-21A, C-130E, 374th AW, Yokota AB, Japan (PACAF)

UH-1N

ZZ E-3B, F-15C/D, 18th WG, Kadena AB, Japan (PACAF)

HH-60G KC-135R

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