French Air Force

  • french air force
    armée de l'air
    logo of the french air force (armee de l'air).svg
    activepart of the french army in 1909 – an independent service arm in 1934
    2 july 1934 (official)
    countryfrance
    typeair force
    roleaerial warfare
    size41,160 personnel (2017)[1][2]
    687 aircraft,[2] of which 226 are combat aircraft.
    part offrench armed forces
    colorsblue, white, red
    engagementsworld war i

    world war ii
    indochina war
    algerian war
    chadian–libyan conflict
    gulf war
    kosovo war
    war in afghanistan (2001–present)
    opération harmattan

    www.defense.gouv.fr/air
    commanders
    chief of staff of the french air forcegénéral d'armée aérienne philippe lavigne, since 31 august 2018
    insignia
    roundelroundel of france.svg
    aircraft flown
    electronic
    warfare
    e-3 sentry
    fighterrafale, mirage 2000
    helicoptereurocopter as532 cougar, eurocopter fennec, eurocopter ec725,
    traineralpha jet, pilatus pc-21, socata tb 30 epsilon, san jodel d.140 mousquetaire, socata tbm, extra ea-300
    transportc-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.[3][4] the french air force has 225 combat aircraft in service, with the majority being 117 dassault mirage 2000 and 108 dassault rafale.[5] 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.[6]

    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.[7]

  • history
  • structure
  • airbases
  • aircraft inventory
  • personnel
  • ranks
  • see also
  • notes
  • references
  • further reading
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French Air Force
Armée de l'Air
Logo of the French Air Force (Armee de l'Air).svg
ActivePart of the French Army in 1909 – An independent service arm in 1934
2 July 1934 (official)
CountryFrance
TypeAir force
RoleAerial warfare
Size41,160 personnel (2017)[1][2]
687 aircraft,[2] of which 226 are combat aircraft.
Part ofFrench Armed Forces
ColorsBlue, White, Red
EngagementsWorld War I

World War II
Indochina War
Algerian War
Chadian–Libyan conflict
Gulf War
Kosovo War
War in Afghanistan (2001–present)
Opération Harmattan

www.defense.gouv.fr/air
Commanders
Chief of Staff of the French Air ForceGénéral d'armée aérienne Philippe Lavigne, since 31 August 2018
Insignia
RoundelRoundel of France.svg
Aircraft flown
Electronic
warfare
E-3 Sentry
FighterRafale, Mirage 2000
HelicopterEurocopter AS532 Cougar, Eurocopter Fennec, Eurocopter EC725,
TrainerAlpha jet, Pilatus PC-21, Socata TB 30 Epsilon, SAN Jodel D.140 Mousquetaire, SOCATA TBM, Extra EA-300
TransportC-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.[3][4] The French Air Force has 225 combat aircraft in service, with the majority being 117 Dassault Mirage 2000 and 108 Dassault Rafale.[5] 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.[6]

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.[7]