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F-16 Fighting Falcon maintainers and pilots make a formidable team at Red Flag 17-3 aerial combat exercise on Nellis Air Force Base, July 24, 2017. Unit - 55th Fighter Squadron, Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina.
The Department of the Air Force was created with the signing of the National Security Act of 1947. The Air Force’s missions are broken down into Air and Space Superiority, Global Attack, Rapid Global Mobility, Precision Engagement, Information Superiority and Agile Combat Support.
There are approximately 310,000 Active Duty airmen currently serving across the globe with an additional 71,400 airmen serving in the Air Force Reserve.
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) is the air arm of the Nigerian Armed Forces . It is one of the largest in Africa, consisting of about 10,000 personnel  and aircraft including 12 Chinese Chengdu F-7s , and 11 Dassault-Dornier Alpha Jets , armed helicopters, and military transport aircraft.
Although the Air Force was originally proposed in 1958, many lawmakers preferred to rely on the United Kingdom for air defence. But during peacekeeping operations in Congo and Tanganyika , the Nigerian Army had no air transport of its own, and so in 1962 the government began to recruit cadets for pilot training in various foreign countries, with the first ten being taught by the Egyptian Air Force .
In July 1971 the International Institute for Strategic Studies estimated that Nigeria had 7,000 air force personnel and 32 combat aircraft: six Ilyushin Il-28 medium bombers, eight MiG-17s, eight Aero L-29 Delfín jet trainers, and 10 P-149D trainers.  Other aircraft included six C-47s, 20 Do-27/28s, and eight Westland Whirlwind and Alouette II helicopters.
In the latest version of the T-X draft request for proposals (RFP), the Air Force threw contractors a curveball—incentivizing industry to exceed the threshold requirements for specific performance aspects. For the aircraft’s crucial G-capability requirement, this means that for every 0.1g above the 6.5g threshold, and up to the 7.5g objective, the bidder will receive a bonus. In other words, for two T-X proposals at the same price, the one with the higher sustained-G capability will be rated higher overall. Depending on the cost of the competing solutions, a proposal with a slightly higher price tag for a greater sustained-G capability could receive the better rating.
The Air Force will release a final RFP in December, and anticipates awarding a contract in 2017. T-X initial operational capability is planned for 2024.
Lockheed Martin and Korea Aerospace Industries’ (KAI) T-50A is a variant of KAI’s T-50, currently in use with the South Korean, Indonesian and Philippine air forces and recently ordered by Iraq and Thailand. Codeveloped with Lockheed’s Skunk Works, the T-50A will be built in Greenville, South Carolina.