air force


Definition of air force

1 : the military organization of a nation for air warfare
2 : a unit of the U.S. Air Force higher than a division and lower than a command

Examples of air force in a Sentence

the combined allied air forces

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Yesterday, December 7, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.’ Oooh. Rob Long, National Review, "Sound: Coughing," 20 June 2019 The day after the christening of Prince Louis, the family attended a Westminster Abbey service to honor the world’s first independent air force, which was set apart from the British Army and Royal Navy on April 1, 1918. Simon Perry,, "The Royal Fab Four Reunites! Meghan Markle Joins Harry, Will and Kate for Grand Military Service," 10 July 2018 Overnight, the Israeli air force pounded militant sites of Gaza’s Hamas rulers and the smaller Islamic Jihad group. Isabel Debre, The Seattle Times, "Israel bombs targets in Gaza as rocket fire resumes," 27 Mar. 2019 The Department of Homeland Security, which already operated hundreds of manned aircraft — the largest nonmilitary air force in the world — even began to operate a small fleet of Predator drones to patrol the border. Peter Andreas, Washington Post, "Breaking border laws is as American as it gets," 3 July 2018 That would pose new risks for the Israeli air force -– and increase the chance of a flashpoint. David Wainer,, "Israel and Iran on Path to War as Mideast Tinderbox Awaits Spark," 3 May 2018 Military accidents are typically excluded from such figures, including last year’s crash of an Algerian air force plane that killed 257 people, the year’s worst aviation incident. Robert Wall, WSJ, "Iranian Military Cargo Plane Crashes Near Tehran," 14 Jan. 2019 Christmas came early for military families and personnel at an air force base in Cyprus after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge jetted in for a festive whirlwind visit. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince William and Duchess Kate Bring Holiday Cheer to British Military Serving in Cyprus," 5 Dec. 2018 Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Wednesday that Russian experts will study the data to be provided by the Israeli air force chief. Vladimir Isachenkov, Fox News, "Russia to study Israeli data related to downed plane," 19 Sep. 2018

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1911, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of air force was in 1911

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English Language Learners Definition of air force

: the part of a country's military forces that fights with airplanes

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: the military organization of a nation for air warfare

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