An air force is that branch of military, which takes
part in air-based war. Armed forces mostly maintain separate wings for separate
components of war. The army is responsible for land-based
warfare, while the Navy takes part in
sea-based warfare. The air force on the other hand, is responsible for air-based
warfare. It launches attacks on targets in air, on water and on land. It uses
an array of flying machines in its operations. That includes fighters, bombers,
helicopters and a variety of other aircrafts. The US Air Force (USAF)
is the aviation branch of the armed forces in the United States. Its mission
is "to defend the United States through the control and exploitation of
air and space."
Air force operates as an “air and space” force
and carries out operations from air and space. Controlling the skies and to
bomb enemy targets are its primary responsibilities. Besides, it transports
troops to combat zones. Army relies heavily on it for maneuvering of soldiers
and equipment. The superior airlift capability of the US Air Force gives the
entire United States defense mechanism an edge over the combat forces of many
Strategic nuclear deterrence is another vital role for the air force. It comprises
of bomb and missile wings that are capable of delivering nuclear weapons on
targets anywhere in the world. The US Air Force controls around
60 percent of the nation's nuclear force. The Navy
controls the rest.
The US Air Force originated from the Army Air Corps
in 1947. Its responsibility is to defend the United States through control of
air and space. It carries out a wide variety of operations in doing that. The
air force operations include bombing enemy targets, deploying aircrafts to fight
enemy aircrafts, providing reconnaissance and transporting troops for the other
The US Air Force maintains strategic bombers capable of delivering
nuclear weapons and land-based nuclear missiles on any target in the world.
Besides that, air force launches and maintains satellites for different military
purposes ranging from spying to weather studies.