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French Air Force  ALAT

The French Air Force (French: Armée de l'Air Française [aʀme də lɛʀ], literally "Air Army") is the Air Force Arm 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 241 combat aircraft in service, with the majority being 133 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.



current inventory

Active Part of the French Army in 1909 - An independent service arm in 1934

2 July 1934 (official)




Branch Air force

Type Aerial warfare

Size 41,160 personnel (2017)

687 aircraft, of which 226 are combat aircraft.

Part of French Armed Forces

Dassault Aircraft
Sepecat Jaguar
Nieuport/Bleriot Aircraft

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Why does the Air Force need expensive new bombers? Have the people we've been bombing over the years been complaining? George C. Wallace



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