Air forces have come a long way since the first dogfights of World War I, and every nation looking to project its power on a global stage requires a strong air force. A powerful air force can also ensure that a country will be able to protect its borders in a timely fashion if a threat ever arises to endanger them.
In the absence of major conflicts between nations, most air forces perform humanitarian missions as often as needed, yet the importance of a strong air force is recognized by most nations these days, given how much countries still spend on aircraft maintenance and development. After careful research and consideration, we have put together a list of the top 10 most powerful air forces on the planet.
9Royal Australian Air Force, Australia
The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) was formed back in 1921, and today, it is the world’s 2nd oldest independent Air Force. The RAAF was formerly known as the Australian Air Corps, which itself had replaced the Australian Flying Corps (AFC) during 1920 when the First World War was underway. The RAAF participated in the Second World War in Europe, Middle East and North Africa. Today, the RAAF is in possession of some of the most complex and technologically advanced aircraft units, such as the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II.