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The Luftwaffe/German AF Aircraft


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



current inventory

Founded 1956; 62 years ago

Country Germany

Type Air force

Role Aerial warfare

Size 27,704 personnel (30 June 2018)

467 aircraft

Nickname(s) Team Luftwaffe

Motto(s) Immer im Einsatz (Always in action

Colors Blue, Grey and White

Anniversaries 9 January 1956

Attack Tornado IDS

Electronic warfare Tornado ECR

Fighter Eurofighter Typhoon

Helicopter AS532, H145M, CH-53G Stallion

Trainer Grob G-120, T-6 Texan II, T-38 Talon

Transport Global Express 5000, A310, A400M, A319, A340, C-160,
Future Aircraft
E/F-18 Super Hornet / EG-18 Spark Hornet


aviation quote

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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