The German Air Force (German: Luftwaffe , the German-language generic term for air force) is the aerial warfare branch of the Bundeswehr, the armed forces of Germany. With a strength of 27,704 personnel (30 June 2018), it is the fourth largest air force within the European Union, after the air forces of the United Kingdom, France and Italy. Although its budget has been significantly reduced since the end of the Cold War in 1989–1990, the Luftwaffe is still among the best-equipped air forces in the world.
In 2012, the Air Force had an authorized strength of 44,565 active soldiers and 4,914 reservists. The civil personnel within the Air Force is being reduced to 5,950 officials and employees. Most of the civilian employees work in maintenance and the Air Force Fire Department. On 20 September 2011 defense minister Thomas de Maizière announced that the Air Force would shrink to 23,000 soldiers
Founded 1956; 62 years ago
Type Air force
Role Aerial warfare
Size 27,704 personnel (30 June 2018)
Nickname(s) Team Luftwaffe
Motto(s) Immer im Einsatz (Always in action
Colors Blue, Grey and White
Anniversaries 9 January 1956
Why does the Air Force need expensive new bombers? Have the people we've been bombing over the years been complaining? George C. Wallace
" Face honestly, truthfully & correctly straight forward »
The Dornier 328 is a turboprop-powered commuter airliner. Initially produced by Dornier Luftfahrt GmbH, the firm was acquired in 1996 by Fairchild Aircraft. The resulting firm, named Fairchild-Dornier, manufactured the 328 family in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, conducted sales from San Antonio, Texas, United States, and supported the product line from both locations
The Bücker Bü 133 Jungmeister was an advanced trainer of the Luftwaffe in the 1930s. It was a single-engine, single-seat biplane of wood and tubular steel construction and
Number built around 250 / Developed from Bücker Bü 131
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