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Air Force

the U.S. department consisting of practically all military aviation forces, established July 26, 1947.
(lowercase) a similar department in any military organization.
(lowercase) (formerly) the largest unit in the U.S. Army Air Forces.
(lowercase) a unit of U.S. Air Force command between an air division and an air command.
(sometimes lowercase) the military unit of a nation charged with carrying out military operations in the air.
British. Royal Air Force.
Origin of Air Force
First recorded in 1915-1920 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Far from it, for the experience of the war has taught only too well that the organization of an Air Force takes time and patience.

    Opportunities in Aviation Arthur Sweetser
  • The Army and the Air Force were furious because he'd evaded their radar net.

    By Proxy Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Nor is there any evidence of special concern among Air Force officials about the growing criticism of their segregation policy.

  • Jones of the Air Force asked, "Were all eight apprehended in large cities?"

    Ten From Infinity Paul W. Fairman
  • The making of our Air Force was a masterpiece of organization.

    The War in the Air; Vol. 1 Walter Raleigh.
British Dictionary definitions for Air Force

air force

  1. the branch of a nation's armed services primarily responsible for air warfare
  2. (as modifier): an air-force base
a formation in the US and certain other air forces larger than an air division but smaller than an air command
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Word Origin and History for Air Force

air force


1917, from air (n.1) + force (n.); first attested with creation of the Royal Air Force. There was no United States Air Force until after World War II. The Air Corps was an arm of the U.S. Army. In 1942, the War Department reorganized it and renamed it Army Air Forces. The National Security Act of 1947 created the Department of the Air Force, headed by a Secretary of the Air Force, and the U.S.A.F.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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