Ok folks, lets try to answer the original question here. Who has more airplanes? I’m gonna try hard to come up with a number for the USAF here. Someone else can look for the USN numbers. The numbers I posted above include the ANG and reserve, because these are USFA aircraft.
Total 4420 not counting F-16’s and C-5’s
Lets back out the helicopters, seeing how those offend some people,
Total 206 Helo’s
4214 USAF Airplanes
Now, I just found on the Lockheed Martin web site that there are 126 C-5’s that the USAF has, so…
4340 USAF Airplanes
Also, you’ll find on Lockheed Martins site that they have produced 4285 F-16’s for some 19 different countries, but they don’t specify who ordered how many. So my WAG is that 500 are in USAF inventory. (I hope some one can come up with an actual number)
4714 USAF Airplanes
Now, for all you picky shits out there, if you don’t wanna count the RQ-1 unmanned craft, take 5 off that number.
Ok, now I hope someone can come up with some simular data on USN aircraft. I would like to see an answer to this question, but I don’t want to see counting of dimpled and hanging chads. It’s a USN airplane, under the direct control of the USN, or it isn’t.
(side note, and I could be full of it, but I seem to recall that in times of emergency the USAF can commander civilian aircraft, so if we suddenly entered war time, how many USAF airplanes would that be?)
For our next assignment, who has more boats, The USN or the Army ?