The first F-35 Lightning II of the 33rd Fighter Wing arriving at Eglin AFB
Shield of Air Force Reserve Command
An Air Force RQ-4 strategic reconnaissance aircraft
An Air Force KC-46 Pegasus refuels a C-17A Globemaster III
An Air Force A-10 demonstrating close air support at Nellis AFB
Test launch of a LGM-30 Minuteman Intercontinental Ballistic Missile from Vandenberg AFB
Combined Air Operations Center at Al Udeid Air Base
Roundels that have appeared on U.S. military aircraft
1.) 5/1917–2/1918
2.) 2/1918–8/1919
3.) 8/1919–5/1942
4.) 5/1942–6/1943
5.) 6/1943–9/1943
6.) 9/1943–1/1947
7.) 1/1947–
The SR-71 Blackbird was a Cold War reconnaissance plane.
The F-117 Nighthawk was a stealth attack aircraft (retired from service in April 2008).
A row of Douglas C-54 Skymasters during the Berlin Airlift in 1949
Various Air Force personnel pose during the Air Force's 74th birthday celebration at the Pentagon, September 17, 2021.
Organization of the United States Air Force within the Department of Defense
Pararescuemen and a simulated "survivor" watch as an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter comes in for a landing
U.S. Air Force trainee demonstrating a butt stroke on a strike dummy as part of Basic Military Training.
USAF Airmen training at Lackland AFB
A-10 Thunderbolt II ground-attack aircraft
B-2 Spirit stealth bomber
A C-17 Globemaster III, the USAF's newest and most versatile transport plane
E-3 Sentry airborne warning and control system
F-22 Raptor stealth air superiority fighter
KC-10 Extender tri-jet air-to-air tanker
An MC-12W Liberty at Beale AFB
MQ-9 unmanned aerial vehicle
Lockheed U-2 spy plane
RQ-170 Sentinel stealth unmanned aerial vehicle reconnaissance aircraft
VC-25A (Air Force One)
A WC-130J Hercules from the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron
An unarmed Minuteman III ICBM shoots out of the silo during an operational test launch

The Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) is a major command (MAJCOM) of the United States Air Force, with its headquarters at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia.

- Air Force Reserve Command

It has a $156.3 billion budget and is the second largest service branch, with 329,614 active duty airmen, 172,857 civilian personnel, 69,056 reserve airmen, and 107,414 Air National Guard airmen.

- United States Air Force
The first F-35 Lightning II of the 33rd Fighter Wing arriving at Eglin AFB

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Shield of the Air National Guard which portrays two jet aircraft and the 1874 The Minute Man sculpture

Air National Guard

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Shield of the Air National Guard which portrays two jet aircraft and the 1874 The Minute Man sculpture
A Galludet Tractor biplane which the New York National Guard aviators rented in 1915
Captain Charles A. Lindbergh, Missouri National Guard, and members of his National Guard unit, 110th Observation Squadron, after he flew solo across the Atlantic Ocean, 1927
Following a devastating blizzard in 1949, Colorado ANG C-47s dropped hay to stranded and starving livestock throughout the Rocky Mountain region. Altogether the Colorado Air Guardsmen flew 17 such missions dropping tons of hay that saved thousands of cattle and wildlife. Colorado ANG F-51s and A-26s also flew 10 reconnaissance missions during that emergency, 29 January 1949.
Captain John McMahn and Sergeant White, of the 182nd Fighter-Bomber Squadron, Texas Air National Guard, close out flight records at Taegu AB (K-2), South Korea, following their F-84E Thunderjet becoming the first such aircraft to complete 1,000 flying hours, 1952
An Air National Guard Lockheed F-104A-25-LO Starfighter (AF Ser. No. 56-0863) from the 157th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, South Carolina Air National Guard, at McEntire Air National Guard Base, South Carolina
F-84F Thunderstreaks of the 110th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 131st Tactical Fighter Wing, Missouri Air National Guard, Toul Air Base, France – Deployed as a result of the Berlin Crisis 1961/62
An F-104A Starfighter interceptor from the 157th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, South Carolina Air National Guard, being loaded aboard a C-124 Globemaster II for shipment to Europe during the Berlin crisis, 1961
A ground crew preparing an F-100 of the Colorado Air National Guard's 120th Tactical Fighter Squadron for combat missions at Phan Rang Air Base, South Vietnam, 1968
A Lockheed EC-121S Coronet Solo from the 193rd Tactical Electric Warfare Group, Pennsylvania Air National Guard
110th Tactical Fighter Squadron McDonnell F-4C-23-MC Phantom II, AF Ser. No. 64-0749, of the Missouri ANG at Lambert Field ANGB, St Louis, MO, 1980
A-7 Corsair II aircraft of the Iowa ANG and South Dakota ANG flying near RAF Waddington, UK. These aircraft were deployed to the United Kingdom from 21 August to 12 September 1979 for NATO Exercise CORONET STALLION.
A New York Air National Guard F-16 pilot from the 174th Tactical Fighter Wing, 138th Tactical Fighter Squadron, preparing to take-off on a combat mission from a Saudi Arabian base during Operation Desert Storm, 1991
A Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II (AF Ser. No. 78-0652) from the 138th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 174th Tactical Fighter Wing, New York Air National Guard
An Air National Guard A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft from the 104th Fighter Group, Massachusetts Air National Guard, taxis on the runway at Aviano Air Base, Italy to take off for NATO airstrikes against the Bosnian Serbs, 6 September 1995
Emblem of the 107th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, Michigan Air National Guard. Used at Balad Air Base during Operation Iraqi Freedom
An F-15C Eagle from 102nd Fighter Wing, Massachusetts Air National Guard, flies a combat air patrol over New York City as part of Operation Noble Eagle. F-15s from the 102nd were the first to arrive on scene over the World Trade Center following the September 11 terrorist attacks.
F-16s of the 119th Fighter Wing, North Dakota Air National Guard, flying a combat air patrol over Washington, DC, and the Pentagon in Operation Noble Eagle, November 2001
Personnel assigned to the 321st Air Expeditionary Squadron offloading supplies from a C-130H Hercules aircraft assigned to the 187th Airlift Squadron, 153rd Airlift Wing, Wyoming Air National Guard, at Kandahar, Afghanistan, during Operation Enduring Freedom
Paktia Province, Afghanistan, 4 March 2002, Technical Sergeant Keary Miller of the 123rd Special Tactics Squadron, Kentucky Air National Guard, not only managed to drag a wounded helicopter pilot to safety at Taka Ghur, but also orchestrated the establishment of multiple casualty collection points. In between treating the wounded, Miller set up the distribution of ammunition for the Army Rangers who were taking the fight to the enemy. For his extraordinary life-saving efforts while putting himself in extreme danger under enemy fire, Sergeant Miller was awarded the Silver Star. (Keith Rocco, The Battle of Takur Ghar, National Guard Heritage Painting.)
Munitions personnel from the 160th Fighter Squadron, 187th Fighter Wing, Alabama Air National Guard, assigned to the 410th Air Expeditionary Wing at a forward deployed location work on guided munitions on the pylon of one of their F-16C Fighting Falcons. The Falcon has an AIM-120A Advanced Medium Air-to-Air Missile fixed to the wing tip. The 410th Air Expeditionary Wing prepares the aircraft for take off for sorties on A-Day, the commencement of the air war for Operation Iraqi Freedom, 19 March 2003.
Commando Solo EC-130E from the 193rd Special Operations Wing, Pennsylvania Air National Guard, sits on the ramp at undisclosed location during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom in late 2005
A C-130E Hercules cargo aircraft from the 146th Airlift Wing, California Air National Guard,
rigged with a Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS) making a Phos-Chek fire retardant drop on the Simi Fire in Southern California, 28 October 2003
Members of the Indiana Air National Guard participating in an emergency operation after recent flooding in Fort Wayne, Indiana, 1 March 1982
LC-130Hs equipped with landing skis, operated by the 139th Airlift Squadron, 109th Airlift Wing, New York Air National Guard, parked on the ice pack at McMurdo Station at Ross Island in Antarctica during Operation Deep Freeze 2001. The unit operates six LC-130s between Christchurch, New Zealand, and a number of U.S. National Science Foundation stations located on the Antarctic ice pack, 5 November 2001. (Photographer: MSgt Joe Cupido, Air Force photo)
U.S. Air Force Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, the 28th Chief of the National Guard Bureau, conducts a transition of responsibility order for newly promoted Lt. Gen. Michael A. Loh during a Change of Responsibility ceremony at the Pentagon July 28, 2020.

The Air National Guard (ANG), also known as the Air Guard, is a federal military reserve force of the United States Air Force, as well as the air militia of each U.S. state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the territories of Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Like the Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC), the ANG is often described as a "reserve" force of "part-time airmen," although the demands of maintaining modern aircraft mean that many AFRC and ANG members work full-time, either as full-time Air Reserve Technicians (ART) or Active Guard and Reserve (AGR) personnel.

Three Boeing B-52H Stratofortress bombers sit on the flight-line at Barksdale Air Force Base during 2012.

Barksdale Air Force Base

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Three Boeing B-52H Stratofortress bombers sit on the flight-line at Barksdale Air Force Base during 2012.
Three Boeing B-52H Stratofortress bombers sit on the flight-line at Barksdale Air Force Base during 2012.
Entrance to Barksdale Air Force Base
91 SRW North American RB-45C Tornado AF Ser. No. 48-0039 being refueled by a 91 SRW Bell-Atlanta B-29B-45-BA Superfortress AF Ser. No. 44-83927 (in KB-29P configuration)
Boeing B-47A Stratojet AF Serial No. 49-1902 refueled by Boeing KC-97
Boeing EB-47E Stratojet in markings of the 376th Bombardment Wing
Boeing B-52H-160-BW of the 20th Bomb Squadron
Space Shuttle Discovery stops at Barksdale on its way to the Kennedy Space Center
B-52s and Tu-95s together on the tarmac at Barksdale during the May 1992 Russian visit
B-52H bomber at Barksdale AFB, Louisiana
Boeing B-52H-165-BW Stratofortress AF Serial No. 61-0008 of the 93rd Bomb Squadron (AFRC) takes off on a unique mission with new equipment, 7 April 2003. The mission they are preparing for will be the first "real world" mission where a Lightning 2 Pod is used for laser-guided bomb delivery. The base at which the aircrew is deployed is currently the home of the 457th Air Expeditionary Group, which has been positioned to support Operation Iraqi Freedom
Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II AF Serial No. 80-0155 of the 47th Fighter Squadron (AFRC), based at Barksdale. This aircraft was retired to AMARG on 4 December 2001, then returned to service
25th AS, Lt Barksdale pictured (bottom row, 2nd from left)
25th AS, Lt Barksdale pictured (fourth from right, back row)
Lt Barksdale, date unknown
Lt Barksdale, date unknown
Lt Barksdale, date unknown

Barksdale Air Force Base (Barksdale AFB) is a United States Air Force base in northwest Louisiana, United States, in Bossier Parish.

Equipped with about 44 B-52H Stratofortress bombers, 2 BW provides flexible, responsive global combat capability and trains all Air Force Global Strike Command and Air Force Reserve Command Boeing B-52 Stratofortress crews.


Lockheed C-130 Hercules

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American four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft designed and built by Lockheed .

American four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft designed and built by Lockheed .

C-130 Hercules flight deck. Aircraft displayed at the Norwegian Armed Forces Aircraft Collection
A Michigan Air National Guard C-130E dispatches its flares during a low-level training mission
Two C-130 Hercules in South Korea, 1984
A C-130 conducts a night flight mission over Yokota Air Base
Royal Australian Air Force C-130H, 2007
United States Coast Guard HC-130H
Royal Air Force C-130K (C.3)
USAF HC-130P refuels a HH-60G Pavehawk helicopter
USMC KC-130F Hercules performing takeoffs and landings aboard the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal (CV-59) in 1963. The aircraft is now displayed at the National Museum of Naval Aviation.
C-130 Hercules were used in the Battle of Kham Duc in 1968, when the North Vietnamese Army forced U.S.-led forces to abandon the Kham Duc Special Forces Camp.
U.S. Marines disembark from C-130 transports at Da Nang Air Base on 8 March 1965.
USMC C-130T Fat Albert performing a rocket-assisted takeoff (RATO)
C-130 Hercules performs a tactical landing on a dirt strip, North Carolina, U.S.
A Hercules parking at Afghanistan's Bagram Air Base
A U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft from the 910th Airlift Wing, Youngstown-Warren Air Reserve Station, Ohio, drops oil-dispersing chemicals into the Gulf of Mexico, 9 May 2010.
U.S. military relief crews load supplies aboard a C-130 Hercules from the Illinois Air National Guard's 182nd Airlift Wing based in Peoria. The C-130 and crew have been assisting with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts since 31 Aug.
A C-130E fitted with a MAFFS-1 dropping fire retardant.
C-130H Hercules flight deck
A U.S. JC-130 aircraft retrieving a reconnaissance satellite film capsule under parachute.
C-130s from the: U.S., Canada, Australia and Israel (foreground to background)
RAAF C-130J-30 at Point Cook, 2006
Brazilian Air Force C-130 (L-382)
C-130H of the Egyptian Air Force
Japan Air Self-Defense Force C-130H
Bangladesh Air Force C-130B
Royal Saudi Air Force C-130H
A Royal Thai Air Force C-130, 2013
C-130 at the Royal Saudi Air Force Museum
A Hercules deploying flares, sometimes referred to as Angel Flares due to the characteristic pattern.
Cargo compartment of a Swedish Air Force C-130
C-130A of the VNAF

In 2007, the C-130 became the fifth aircraft to mark 50 years of continuous service with its original primary customer, which for the C-130 is the United States Air Force.

As the Vietnam War wound down, the 463rd Troop Carrier/Tactical Airlift Wing B-models and A-models of the 374th Tactical Airlift Wing were transferred back to the United States where most were assigned to Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard units.

Shield of Air Force Global Strike Command

Air Force Global Strike Command

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Shield of Air Force Global Strike Command
Secretary of the United States Air Force Michael Donley discusses the creation of the Global Strike Command
Air Force Global Strike Command headquarters is based at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana
A B-52 Stratofortress, B-1B Lancer and B-2A Spirit

Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) is a Major Command (MAJCOM) of the United States Air Force, headquartered at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana.

The Missouri Air National Guard's 131st Bomb Wing is an associate unit of the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman AFB, flying the B-2A Spirit.

A KC-135R refuels an F-15 Eagle

Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker

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American military aerial refueling aircraft that was developed from the Boeing 367-80 prototype, alongside the Boeing 707 airliner.

American military aerial refueling aircraft that was developed from the Boeing 367-80 prototype, alongside the Boeing 707 airliner.

A KC-135R refuels an F-15 Eagle
A KC-135R refuels an F-15C Eagle
A KC-135A refueling a B-52D during the Cold War. Both aircraft types were operated by the Strategic Air Command.
On 11 November 1957, Air Force Vice Chief of Staff General Curtis LeMay tested the first KC-135 on a long-haul flight from Westover Air Force Base, Massachusetts to Buenos Aires, Argentine.
A nose-on view of several re-engined KC-135R aircraft taxiing prior to takeoff. The new engines are CFM56-2 high-bypass turbofans.
Flight deck of KC-135R; instrument panel has been modified under the Pacer-CRAG program
Block 45 glass cockpit
Cutaway of the Flight Refueling Limited Mk.32B Refueling Pod
USAF KC-135R boom operator view from boom pod
An F-15 backs out after refueling from a KC-135R.
KC-135 winglet flight tests at Armstrong Flight Research Center.
KC-135Rs at twilight on the flight line
View from the boom operator's hatch as a F-35 takes on fuel from a KC-135 of the 912d ARS
Active KC-135 aircraft liveries
Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker (code 62–3567) of the Turkish Air Force arrives at the 2016 Royal International Air Tattoo, England
Turkish KC-135R Stratotanker nicknamed Asena.
Six KC-135 Stratotankers demonstrate the elephant walk formation.
Cargo door of a USAF KC-135 of the 452d AMW at March Air Reserve Base
64 ARS and 157 ARW personnel working on a KC-135R at Pease ANGB in September 2013
Tail of an Air Force Reserve Command KC-135R tanker showing refueling boom
Boom-drogue adapter refueling a U.S. Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet

The KC-135 entered service with the United States Air Force (USAF) in 1957; it is one of nine military fixed-wing aircraft with over 60 years of continuous service with its original operator.

In the 1980s, the first modification program retrofitted 157 Air Force Reserve (AFRES) and Air National Guard (ANG) tankers with the Pratt & Whitney TF33-PW-102 turbofan engines from 707 airliners retired in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Military Training Instructors and trainees participating in the Basic Military Training graduation parade.

Lackland Air Force Base

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Military Training Instructors and trainees participating in the Basic Military Training graduation parade.
A Staff Sergeant Military Training Instructor (MTI) at Lackland in 2009. RH&T dormitories in background.
A group of Airmen taking part in the Airman's Run, the final run before graduation.
Trey Soule, center, launches his model rocket during STARBASE Kelly, a five-day summer camp providing math, science and technology education to fourth, fifth and sixth-graders.
Location of Lackland AFB in Bexar County

Lackland Air Force Base is a United States Air Force base located in Bexar County, Texas.

Lackland is best known for its role in being the sole location for U.S. Air Force enlisted Basic Military Training (BMT) for the active duty Regular Air Force, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard.

The prototype C-17, known as T-1, on a test flight in 2007

Boeing C-17 Globemaster III

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The prototype C-17, known as T-1, on a test flight in 2007
The McDonnell Douglas YC-15 design was used as the basis for the C-17.
Paratroopers dropping from a C-17 during a training exercise in 2010
Cockpit of a C-17
A Royal Australian Air Force C-17 landing at Kharkiv International Airport, showing its landing gear
USAF C-17s fly over the Blue Ridge Mountains in the eastern U.S. in December 2005
The U.S. Presidential Limousine is transported by a C-17 for long-distance trips.
An RAAF C-17 in 2010
A Royal Canadian Air Force C-17 (code 177703) departs the 2017 Royal International Air Tattoo, RAF Fairford, England
One of the Strategic Airlift Capability C-17s
IAF C-17s
Qatar Emiri Air Force C-17
A Kuwait Air Force C-17 in 2015
Map of countries that operate the C-17 Globemaster III (highlighted in blue)
U.S. Air Force C-17 transporting a Dutch PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzer to Afghanistan, 2006
An RAF Chinook helicopter is loaded into a C-17
A C-17 in its aeromedical evacuation configuration
U.S. Army paratroopers seated in a C-17 as it maneuvers to a drop zone for a mass-attack airdrop
A C-17 evacuating 823 passengers out of Kabul on 15 August 2021
C-17 on the runway at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, on 30 January 2009 after landing with landing gear retracted

The McDonnell Douglas/Boeing C-17 Globemaster III is a large military transport aircraft that was developed for the United States Air Force (USAF) from the 1980s to the early 1990s by McDonnell Douglas.

In 2006, eight C-17s were delivered to March Joint Air Reserve Base, California; controlled by the Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC), assigned to the 452d Air Mobility Wing and subsequently assigned to AMC's 436th Airlift Wing and its AFRC "associate" unit, the 512th Airlift Wing, at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, supplementing the Lockheed C-5 Galaxy.

A USAF F-16C flying over the desert in Iraq, 2008

General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon

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A USAF F-16C flying over the desert in Iraq, 2008
A right-side view of a YF-16 (foreground) and a Northrop YF-17, each armed with AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles
YF-16 on display at the Virginia Air and Space Center
An F-16C of the Colorado Air National Guard with AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles, an Air Combat Maneuvering Instrumentation pod, and a centerline fuel tank (300 USgal capacity)
F-16CJ of the 20th Fighter Wing from Shaw AFB, South Carolina, armed with a mix of air-to-air missiles, anti-radiation missiles, external fuel tanks and support equipment
F-16C of the South Carolina Air National Guard in-flight over North Carolina equipped with air-to-air missiles, bomb rack, targeting pods and electronic countermeasures pods
Bubble canopy, allowing all-round visibility
F-16 ground trainer cockpit (F-16 Mid-life Update (MLU))
F-16 pilot with Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System and cockpit head-up display
AN-APG-68, as fitted to the nose
Afterburner – concentric ring structure inside the exhaust
Adjustable exhaust nozzle in contracted position
Wisconsin Air National Guard F-16s over Madison, Wisconsin. The tail of the formation's lead ship features a special 60th Anniversary scheme for the 115th Fighter Wing.
Israeli Air Force F-16A Netz 107 with 6.5 kill marks of other aircraft and one kill mark of an Iraqi nuclear reactor, a world record for an F-16
Israeli Air Force F-16I Sufa
Pakistan Air Force F-16s
F-16 SoloTürk aerial aerobatic aircraft
Iraqi Air Force F-16C
A Portuguese Air Force F-16A outfitted with AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles, AN/ALQ-131 ECM pod, and external fuel tanks.
Testing of the F-35 diverterless supersonic inlet on an F-16 testbed. The original intake with Splitter plate shown in the top image.
Venezuelan Air Force F-16B
An Israeli F-16I Block 52 with conformal fuel tanks (CFTs), electronic countermeasures, and other external stores during a Red Flag exercise at Nellis AFB, NV
A Pakistani F-16D Block-52 of the No. 5 Squadron
United Arab Emirates Air Force F-16E Block 60 with the IFTS pod, CFTs, and various external armament taking off
USAF QF-16A, on its first unmanned test flight, over the Gulf of Mexico
Map with F-16 operators in blue with former operator in red
F-16C block 52 of the Hellenic Air Force with conformal fuel tanks and Advanced IFF (AIFF)
A U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds pilot ejects from the F-16 just before impact at an air show in September 2003.
The YF-16B at the Frontiers of Flight Museum
F-16A display at the Museum of Aviation, Robins AFB
F-16B on display at the Aviation Challenge campus of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL; vertical stabilizer painted red as an acknowledgment to Tuskegee Airmen.
F-16 at Hill Aerospace Museum
3-view drawing of F-16
View of underside of F-16 during a vertical climb
using afterburner
Weapons Storage and Security System vault in raised position holding a B61 nuclear bomb, adjacent to an F-16. The vault is within a Protective Aircraft Shelter.
An Egyptian air force F-16 Fighting Falcon prepares to make contact with a KC-135 Stratotanker.
A Taiwanese Air Force F-16A taking off from Chiashan Air Force Base.

The General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon is a single-engine multirole fighter aircraft originally developed by General Dynamics for the United States Air Force (USAF).

In addition to active duty in the U.S. Air Force, Air Force Reserve Command, and Air National Guard units, the aircraft is also used by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team, and as an adversary/aggressor aircraft by the United States Navy.

A B-52H from Barksdale AFB flying over Texas

Boeing B-52 Stratofortress

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American long-range, subsonic, jet-powered strategic bomber.

American long-range, subsonic, jet-powered strategic bomber.

A B-52H from Barksdale AFB flying over Texas
A B-52H from Barksdale AFB flying over Texas
XB-52 prototype on flight line (X-4 in foreground; B-36 behind). Note original tandem-seat "bubble" style canopy, similar to Boeing's earlier B-47 Stratojet.
Side view of YB-52 bomber, still fitted with a tandem cockpit, in common with other jet bombers in US service, such as the B-45 Tornado, B-47 Stratojet and B-57 Canberra
B-52H Stratofortress undergoing maintenance to its rudder with its fin folded
First flight of the B-52 Stratofortress on 15 April 1952.
B-52H (AF Ser. No. 61-0023), configured at the time as a testbed to investigate structural failures, still flying after its vertical stabilizer sheared off in severe turbulence on 10 January 1964. The aircraft landed safely.
A view of the lower deck of the B-52, dubbed the battle station
A B-52D with anti-flash white on the under side
USAF B-52H Stratofortress engines
Three B-52Bs of the 93rd Bomb Wing prepare to depart March AFB for Castle AFB, California, after their record-setting round-the-world flight in 1957.
Southerly route of the Operation Chrome Dome airborne nuclear alert
Soviet specialists inspect the wreckage of the B-52 Stratofortress shot down near Hanoi on 23 December 1972
B-52F dropping bombs on Vietnam
Tail armament of a B-52G at Hill Aerospace Museum; this is a post-Vietnam model with the tail-gunner in the forward crew compartment, while earlier models used the traditional tail gunner's position.
B-52H modified to carry two Lockheed D-21B drones
Retired B-52s are stored at the 309th AMARG (formerly AMARC), a desert storage facility often called the "Boneyard" at Davis-Monthan AFB near Tucson, Arizona.
A B-52H Stratofortress of the 2nd Bomb Wing takes off from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam
B-52 taking off from Tinker AFB
B-52 at the Australian airshow, 2011
NB-52A carrying an X-15
NASA's NB-52B Balls 8 (lower) and its replacement B-52H on the flight line at Edwards Air Force Base in 2004
B-52D dropping 500-lb bombs
B-52G on static display at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Virginia
A static B-52G that resides at Griffiss International Airport (formerly Griffiss AFB). Also pictured is an AGM-86 ALCM cruise missile.
One of the two MK 39 nuclear bombs involved in the 1961 Goldsboro crash after soft landing with parachute deployed. The weapon was recovered intact after three of the four stages of the arming sequence were completed.
The thermonuclear bomb that fell into the sea recovered off Palomares, Almería, 1966
Boeing B-52H Stratofortress 3-view drawing
B-52H profile, circa 1987
Boeing B-52H static display with weapons, Barksdale AFB 2006. A second B-52H can be seen in flight in the background

It has been operated by the United States Air Force (USAF) since the 1950s.

Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana – 2nd Bomb Wing (active Air Force) and 307th Bomb Wing (Air Force Reserve Command)

A United States Air Force KC-10 Extender refueling an F-16 Fighting Falcon

McDonnell Douglas KC-10 Extender

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A United States Air Force KC-10 Extender refueling an F-16 Fighting Falcon
A United States Air Force KC-10 Extender refueling an F-16 Fighting Falcon
An early KC-10 Extender aircraft refuels a C-5 Galaxy in 1980. Both aircraft are wearing liveries typical of that era.
The KC-10's mixed refueling system of hose-and-drogue and flying-boom allows it to refuel the aircraft of the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and allied forces.
A USAF KC-10 Extender after being refueled by another KC-10
A US Navy F-14D and two F/A-18Cs prepare to refuel from a KC-10 in 2005 over the Persian Gulf.
A KC-10 Extender of Travis AFB approaching a second KC-10 for refuelling over the Pacific Ocean, 2017
The second Royal Netherlands Air Force KDC-10 with landing gear down
Omega's KDC-10 tanker in March 2009
A KC-10 (right foreground) and C-17 (left background) at Avalon Airport, Australia, for the 2005 Australian International Airshow
A KC-10 from Travis AFB taking off from RAF Mildenhall

The McDonnell Douglas KC-10 Extender is an American aerial refueling tanker aircraft operated by the United States Air Force (USAF).

Air Force Reserve Command