11 Facts About Air force


Some nations, principally countries who modelled their militaries along Soviet lines, have or had an air defence force which is organizationally separate from their air force.

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An independent air force is one which is a separate branch of a nation's armed forces and is, at least nominally, treated as a military service on par with that of older services like navies or armies.

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British Royal Air Force was the first independent air force in the world.

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The South African Air Force was formed on 1 February 1920 and the Royal Australian Air Force was formed shortly thereafter, on 31 March 1921, although it was not until 1922 that the head of the Service was titled as Chief of the Air Staff, placing him on a par with his Australian Army and Navy counterparts.

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The Canadian Air Force was formed at the end of World War I and was abolished and reorganized several times between 1918 and 1924.

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Similarly, the Royal New Zealand Air Force was established in 1923 as the New Zealand Permanent Air Force, but did not become independent of the New Zealand Army until 1937.

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The Royal Egyptian Air Force was created in 1937, when Egyptian military aviation was separated from Army command.

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The Afghan Air Force was established on 22 August 1924, with support from the Soviet Union and Great Britain, but a civil war destroyed most of the planes and it wasn't reestablished until 1937, when King Mohammed Nadir Shah took power.

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The Israeli Air Force came into being with the State of Israel on 18 May 1948, but evolved from the pre-existing Sherut Avir of the Haganah paramilitary.

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Unlike all these countries, the Mexican Air Force remains an integral part of the Mexican Army.

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In 2011 the Canadian Forces Air Command reverted to its pre-1960s name, the Royal Canadian Air Force.

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