|french air force|
|armée de l'air|
|active||part of the french army in 1909 – an independent service arm in 1934|
2 july 1934 (official)
|size||41,160 personnel (2017)|
687 aircraft, of which 226 are combat aircraft.
|part of||french armed forces|
|colors||blue, white, red|
|engagements||world war i|
world war ii
war in afghanistan (2001–present)
|chief of staff of the french air force||général d'armée aérienne
philippe lavigne, since 31 august 2018|
|fighter||rafale, mirage 2000|
|helicopter||eurocopter as532 cougar, eurocopter fennec, eurocopter ec725,|
|trainer||alpha jet, pilatus pc-21, socata tb 30 epsilon, san jodel d.140 mousquetaire, socata tbm, |
|transport||c-130, airbus a310, airbus a330, airbus a340, airbus a400m, dassault falcon 7x, dassault falcon 900, dassault falcon 2000, transall c-160 boeing c-135fr|
the french air force (french: armée de l'air française [aʁme də l‿ɛʁ fʁɑ̃sɛːz]; lit. army of the air) is the air force of the french armed forces. it was formed in 1909 as the service aéronautique, a service arm of the french army, then was made an independent military arm in 1934. the number of aircraft in service with the french air force varies depending on source, however sources from the french ministry of defence give a figure of 658 aircraft in 2014. the french air force has 225 combat aircraft in service, with the majority being 117 dassault mirage 2000 and 108 dassault rafale. as of early 2017, the french air force employs a total of 41,160 regular personnel. the reserve element of the air force consisted of 5,187 personnel of the operational reserve.
the chief of staff of the french air force (cemaa) is a direct subordinate of the chief of the defence staff (cema).
president macron has stated the intent to rename the french air force into the air and space force, in recognition of the increasing importance of the space domain.
|french armed forces|
- french air force
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- military history of france
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