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
Recent Examples on the Web In September 2014, the Emirates became one of the most prominent Arab participants in U.S.-led airstrikes against the Islamic State militant group in Syria, deploying its first female air force pilot on the initial raid. News Services And Staff Reports, Washington Post, 13 May 2022 The morning of February 24 started with our oversleeping at the beginning of the war (air force rocket attacks in all regions of Ukraine). Vogue, 15 Mar. 2022 The last jihadist attack on U.S. soil was well over a year ago, when a Saudi air force pilot with ties to al Qaeda’s branch in Yemen shot three American sailors at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida. Daniel Byman, WSJ, 11 Sep. 2021 Russia also has a much larger air force and navy than Ukraine and possesses tactical nuclear weapons. Mstyslav Chernov And Yesica Fisch, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Apr. 2022 That air force has been accused by the U.N. of potential war crimes – indiscriminate bombardments and targeting civilian infrastructure. Conor Finnegan, ABC News, 31 Mar. 2022 An air force that invests in, for example, a new jet will use it—and need to fuel it—for decades. Matt Simon, Wired, 10 Mar. 2022 That went farther than U.S. defense officials, who have noted the Russians have a significantly larger air force but had been unable to control the skies over Ukraine. Washington Post, 10 Mar. 2022 The calls for a no-fly zone frame it as existential: protecting millions of desperate Ukrainian civilians trapped in besieged villages from the might of Russia’s air force and its arsenal of cluster bombs. al, 9 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of air force

1911, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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26 May 2022

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“Air force.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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