George, I have an air force question. Maybe you know the answer. It came from watching a random small plane and a helicoptor tonight. If the air force was going to put all of it's planes (that are in the states) in the sky at once over the US including Alaska and Hawaii, how many planes would that be? Would they be spread out thin or would they be seen as many everywhere? What would it look like if they all went up at once? And wouldn't that be terrifying? Quoting: WindyMind
I think that I am not the only one that has no idea what the military has of anything but I am just wondering about planes.
Can you crunch the numbers?
That is a complex question . . . many of the US Air Force aircraft are stationed overseas . . . and of course the army has most of the helicopters . . . half of the Navy's and Marine's aircraft are out at sea . . . so if you just use Air Force, National Guard and Air Force Reserve the number is substantial but not enormous by any means . . . I don't think they could blanket the nation at all . . . there are many, many, many more commercial aircraft . . . and with thousands of commercial flights each day they hardly blanket the nation unless you allow them a 24 hour window . . .
""On any given day, more than 87,000 flights are in the skies in the United States. Only one-third are commercial carriers, like American, United or Southwest. On an average day, air traffic controllers handle 28,537 commercial flights (major and regional airlines), 27,178 general aviation flights (private planes), 24,548 air taxi flights (planes for hire), 5,260 military
flights and 2,148 air cargo flights (Federal Express, UPS, etc.). At any given moment, roughly 5,000 planes are in the skies above the United States. In one year, controllers handle an average of 64 million takeoffs and landings."
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