Alternative History
Cygnian Air Force
Badge of the Cygnian Air Force.svg
Badge of the Cygnian Air Force
Founded 3 March 1918 (104 years ago)
Country Eureka Flag.svg Cygnia
Type Air force
Size 313,242 active duty personnel
141,197 civilian personnel
69,200 reserve personnel
102,104 air guard personnel
5,000+ aircraft
406 ICBMs
75 satellites
Part of Ministry of Defence
  • Department for the Air Force
Headquarters Defence Complex, Northam, TS
Motto "Ad caeli finis" (Latin: The sky's the limit)
Colours           Black and Gold
March "Cygnian Air Force March Past"
Engagements World War II
World War III
Indian Civil War
Gulf War
War on Terror
Commander-in-Chief Carmen Lawrence
Minister for Defence Richard Marles
Deputy Defence Secretary for the Air Force Quincy Kingsley
Chief of the Air Force Air Marshal Mel Hupfeld
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The Cygnian Air Force (CAF) is Cygnia's aerial warfare force. Formed toward the end of World War II on 3 March 1918, it is the oldest and largest independent air force in the world.

The CAF's mission is to support the objectives of the Cygnian Ministry of Defence (MoD), which are to "provide the capabilities needed: to ensure the security and defence of the Union, including against terrorism; to support the Government's foreign policy objects particularly in promoting international peace and security." The CAF describe its mission statement as "... [to provide] An agile, adaptable and capable Air Force that, person for person, is second to none, and that makes a decisive air power contribution in support of the Cygnian Defence Mission." The mission statement is supported by the CAF's definition of air power, which guides its strategy. Air power is defined as "the ability to project power from the air and space to influence the behaviour of people or the course of events."

Today, the Cygnian Air Force maintains an operational fleet of various types of aircraft, described by the CAF as being "leading-edge" in terms of technology. These include: fighter and strike aircraft, airborne early warning and control aircraft, ISTAR and SIGINT aircraft, aerial refueling aircraft, strategic and tactical transport aircraft, and a number of rotary-wing aircraft. Most of the CAF's aircraft and personnel are based in Cygnia, with many others serving on operations. Although the CAF is the principal Cygnian air power arm, the Cygnian Navy's Fleet Air Arm and the Cygnian Army's Army Air Corps also deliver air power which is integrated into the maritime, littoral and land environments.