Why does the Airforce exist???

Sentinel

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I don't know, maybe for flying operations?

My cousin was in the AF for 6 years.
 

Armitage

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Anyway, your initial premise is wrong - according to wikipedia at least:

Navy: "over 4,000 operational aircraft."
Air Force: "The United States Air Force has roughly over 7,500 Aircraft commissioned as of 2004"

And of course, the Air Force does more then just fly planes. There is also Space Command - ie. satellites, launch vehicles and such. And of course the missile forces.
 

CVSiN

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Originally posted by: Drakkon
AF runs the RADAR and traffic control for the millitary i thought?

nope Navy has thier own command and control E-3s and AEGIS command and control ships... and our own radar stations all over the world
and we have our own Air Traffic Control as well..

Navy Rate for that is ATC

Air Force has different roles than the Navy does..
Navy is first responders as well as strikers when there are no land bases for Air Force Aircraft in range..

and no the Navy runs the carriers.. all navy sqauadrons... we are not AF pukes =P
 

gwrober

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Originally posted by: Armitage
Anyway, your initial premise is wrong - according to wikipedia at least:

Navy: "over 4,000 operational aircraft."
Air Force: "The United States Air Force has roughly over 7,500 Aircraft commissioned as of 2004"

And of course, the Air Force does more then just fly planes. There is also Space Command - ie. satellites, launch vehicles and such. And of course the missile forces.

I was AF for 8 years, and loved it. We did all sorts of jobs, and just because you're in the AF, doesn't mean that you're in the air....I've been an instructor, a technician (radio comm and electronics), supervisor, grunt, seen the dirt, the air...you name it.

The current array of service options keeps things in check I believe, as not everyone that enlists/serves is cut out specifically for any specific service. I almost went Marine, and during testing for both Marines and AF it was determined that the AF would give me the best immediate exposure to communications/electronics at the time.

The separation exists in the history of the US Services, back in the Army/Air Force days, IIRC. But it's worked out, so no need for the gvmt to change anything...


 

So

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The air force exists because an independent air command to control the skies over the enemy, even at the expense of some tactical needs of the army is a good idea.

Also, as said above, your premise is wrong, the U.S. air force is far larger than the navy.

Edit: Typo :[/b]Dur;
 

Boxxcar

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Originally posted by: So
The air force exists because an independent air command to control the skies over the enemy, even at the expense of some tactical needs of the army is a good idea.

Also, as said above, your premice is wrong, the U.S. air force is far larger than the navy.

AF is far larger than Navy for aircraft.

The Navy does however have far more homosexuals like 100 : 1!