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The World’s Most Powerful Air Forces


Since its origins in WWI, aerial combat has
emerged as an indispensable element of modern warfare. Wooden, fabric-covered flying machines would
eventually give way to hardened, stealthy warbirds equipped with advanced computer-driven
avionics, supersonic speeds, and fire and fuhgettaboutit munitions. As the 21st-century ushers in an increasingly
volatile geopolitical landscape, nations will depend heavily on its winged weaponry in the
battle for air superiority. Moreover, the uncanny pattern of history repeating
itself all point to the high probability of future major global conflicts. So on that cheery note, let’s take a look
at not only the world’s superpowers but some surprising newcomers to the scene. Criteria for the list are based on all aircraft
types such as fighters, bombers, trainers, helicopters, and transports. A variety of contributing factors include
fleet size, performance, personnel, defense budget, strategic alliances, and quality of
training. Please note, however, beyond the “Big 3”
(U.S., Russia, and China), any attempt to create a definitive ranking system is a matter
of conjecture. Terms such as “largest” and “strongest”
are often misleading, resulting in more questions than answers. The debate will also never fully appease all
parties — just like other hypothetical quandaries, such as whether Captain Crunch could beat
Colonel Sanders in a knife fight (probably, but we’ll never know). 12. Turkey Straddling the border between Europe and Asia,
Turkey sits at a global crossroads marked by both ancient and modern warfare. Today, the country’s position in the not-so-friendly
Middle East region benefits from the production and export of arms (armed drones, rockets,
tanks, etc.) along with an aggressive 65% increase in military spending over the past
decade. Continued sorties in the Syrian Civil War,
attacks on ethnic Kurds, and the overall pugnacity of its current president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan,
makes the Turkish Air Force an increasingly serious threat on the world stage. The bulk of Turkey’s fleet consists of Cold
War-era McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II fighter-bomber and locally produced F-16 Fighting Falcons
under license from General Dynamics. The recent procurement of advanced Russian
S-400 air defense systems provided a much-needed upgrade and muscle to their overall position. The acquisition, however, also created friction
with the U.S., which led to the postponed sale of 100 Lockheed Martin 5th generation
F-35A strike fighters. Relations between the two countries could
become further strained following Turkey’s recent decision to renew military operations
against the Kurds in Northeast Syria. If the F-35 program deal can’t be salvaged,
Russia has offered to provide an alternative: the S-35, the latest incarnation of the Su-27
Flanker multirole fighter series. 11. Pakistan The Pakistan Air Force currently relies heavily
on foreign support, especially from China. The communist behemoth partnered with Pakistan
to develop the JF-17 Thunder, a lightweight multi-role fighter that can be used for aerial
reconnaissance, ground attack, and aerial interception. First introduced in 2007, the JF-17 (short
for “Joint Fighter”) is a crucial weapon in the on-going hostilities between the South
Asian country and its other nuclear neighbor (and mortal enemy), India. The bad blood mostly revolves around the disputed
territory in the Kashmir region, resulting in a stand-off that places the two rivals
on the brink of nuclear war with alarming frequency. Although ranked only 20th in global defense
spending, Pakistan boasts the 7th largest air force in the world with 1,281 aircraft. The prolonged conflict with India remains
the primary motivation to keep up in the anything-you-can-blow-up-we-can-blow-up-better game. 10. South Korea Similar to the previous entry, South Korea
has issues with its neighbor. A shared border with North Korea and its unpredictable
ruler, Kim Jong Un, makes the South China Sea region one of the world’s most dangerous
hotspots. As such, the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF)
continues to upgrade its fleet to ensure survival against a rival prone to randomly flinging
missiles around the same way a two-year-old tosses food on the floor. In March of 2019, South Korea received the
first of 40 F-35 fighter jets as part of its biggest weapons purchase ever. Those sitting on the other side of the 38th
parallel didn’t exactly take the news well. Nor should they because the Lockheed Martin
F-35 Lightning II is simply a beast. The stealth, single-seat, single-engine, fifth-generation,
multirole combat aircraft is designed for ground-attack and air-to-air missions. Most importantly, however, its presence serves
as a deadly deterrent and provides the ROKAF with a Gangham-Style advantage over the North. 9. Japan Japan’s aptly named Air Self-Defense Force
(JASDF) reflects the island nation’s top military priority: defending its homeland
from attacks by air, land, and sea. And for a good reason: the Land of the Rising
Sun remains the first and only country to be bombed with atomic weapons. Well-trained JASDF pilots now have the benefit
of patrolling Japanese airspace in top-notch equipment from the United States, including
the F-15J single-seat fighters. Japan recently ordered forty-two F-35A Joint
Strike Fighters while also continuing to develop the highly anticipated, Mitsubishi F-3 fighter. Additional American-made aircraft provide
early-warning capabilities, such as the Boeing E-767 and Northrup Grumman E-2C Hawkeye. Japan is also scheduled to acquire the latest
E-2D Hawkeyes in response to the growing number of air intercepts from Russian and Chinese
jets. But the biggest headache is, once again, North
Korea. As recently as October 2, 2019, the hermit
kingdom fired a test missile into the Sea of Japan — one of many provocative actions
that underscore the slippery slope of retaliating against this outlying nation with nukes. 8. Germany For all its outstanding contributions to civilization
(Beer, Beethoven, Bratwurst — and that’s just the “Bs”) Germany must also live
with a shameful past of having started (and lost) two world wars. But to be fair, the Luftwaffe did produce
the top aces in both conflicts, pioneered jet propulsion, and arguably had the most
stylish uniforms of any branch of service. And so with this illustrious history, today’s
German Air Force remains a formidable (albeit small) fighting force. Germany counts roughly 400 military aircraft,
with nearly half of the fleet dedicated to its fighter force. While this may seem paltry compared to other
top world air forces, the German Navy by comparison currently employs only four submarines and
no aircraft carriers. The Bundeswehr’s focus on air combat features
a mix of aging Cold-War era planes as well as the modern Eurofighter Typhoon and the
PANAVIA Tornado IDS (InterDiction Strike). Both are twin-engine multirole fighters jointly
developed and manufactured by a consortium of European powers not named Russia. The Luftwaffe also boasts a stout rotorcraft
force, led by the American-designed Sikorsky CH-53 Super Stallion heavy-lift helicopters
equipped with three mounted .50 machine guns. 7. France With the largest defense budget in Europe,
the Armée de l’Air is well-positioned to maintain its secure placement as a world military
power. Dassault Aviation, France’s leading manufacturer
of military aircraft, provides cutting edge avionics and performance to not only the home
team but also a growing number of countries, establishing strategic alliances for the Tricolour. The French Air Force is a modern, balanced
inventory of fighters, trainers, transporters, and rotorcraft capable of launching a full
range of operations. But without question, the pièce de résistance
is the Dassault Rafale, featuring a maximum speed of Mach 1.8 and a whopping 10-ton ordnance
capacity. Since first entering service in 2001, the
Rafale (meaning “gust of wind”) built a well-earned reputation as one of the best
fighters in the world. The French unleashed the single-seat, twin-engine
multirole jet on a variety of NATO missions and operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya,
Mali, and most recently against ISIS forces in Syria. 6. India The Indian Air Force (IAF) is big and strong
and recently became a whole lot bigger and stronger. On October 8, 2019, India received the first
of an order of 36 Dassault Rafales. The $8.78 billion purchase not only expanded
the world’s 4th largest fleet (over 2,000 aircraft) but also upgraded their vast stock
of aging Soviet-made Mig fighters. India still maintains deep familial ties to
Mother Russia — especially relating to the Su-30MKI, a twin jet multirole air superiority
fighter developed by Moscow-based JSC Sukhoi Company and built under license by Hindustan
Aeronautics Limited. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi continues
to push a homegrown “Make-in-India” agenda that now includes a deal with Lockheed Martin to
manufacture wings for F-16s. Production is scheduled to commence in 2020
from a facility in southern India. Lockheed Martin is also bidding for an estimated
$15 billion contract to supply the IAF with 114 combat jets. The American aerospace giant even offered
to relocate its F-16 production line from the United States to India — and sweetened
the deal by specifically developing an upgraded version of the aircraft and re-branded as
the F-21. Finding room for its new armada shouldn’t
be difficult. India boasts 60 air bases throughout the country,
including the station at Siachen Glacier in the eastern Karakoram range of the Himalayas. Interestingly, at an altitude exceeding 20,000
feet, the avalanche-prone area lies in the un-demarcated and hotly contested Kashmir
region, making it the highest battleground on earth. 5. United Kingdom During the Battle of Britain in World War
Two, the Royal Air Force (RAF) faced a numerically superior Luftwaffe as part of Hitler’s invasion
of the United Kingdom. A Nazi victory would have been disastrous
for the Allies and forever altered the course of history. British pilots, however, weren’t having
it. Prime Minister Winston Churchill would famously
tell the nation in a radio speech, “Never in the field of human conflict was so much
owed by so many to so few.” 80 years later, that indomitable spirit remains
and alive and well. Founded on April 1, 1918, the RAF is the oldest
independent air force in the world. Since then, UK’s aerial warfare arm has
successfully defended the skies over Britain and exerted influence worldwide, heeding to
the motto “Per Ardua ad Astra” (Latin for ”Through Adversity to the Stars”). The RAF is currently engaged in 15 missions
on 4 continents in 22 countries. The force is spearheaded by the multirole
Eurofighter Typhoon and augmented with a fleet of aging PANAVIA Tornado GR.4. Adding to its arsenal like a Thiery Henry
thunder strike, the Brits have also acquired a dozen multirole F-35B variants, featuring
short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL). Another 122 units have been ordered as a replacement
for both the Tornado and the Harrier GR9. The imposing flock of warbirds is complimented
by state-of-the-art training aircraft that make up nearly 44% of its overall inventory. If only the RAF could inspire the British
government to fix the pending calamity of Brexit. 4. Israel Israel’s Air Force (IAF) is one of the most
skilled and technologically advanced powers in the world. They also get plenty of opportunities to prove
it. Long-standing border disputes, threats of
nuclear annihilation, and defending an ancient city considered sacred to all three of the
world’s major religions makes for a busy schedule and an unholy mess. The armed air service formed not long after
Israel gained its independence in 1948. Since then, the IAF has fought in eight recognized
wars with Arab nations as well as a multitude of other skirmishes and operations in the
perilous Middle East. Israel relies primarily on U.S. aircraft that
includes the F-4, F-15, F-16, and F-35A Lightning II. Although the airframes are American-made,
Israel uses its own electronics on the F-15I and F-16I. Apache attack helicopters provide added firepower
in close-support engagements, and the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk series is the IAF’s primary
troop-hauler. The relatively modest size of Israel’s entire
armed forces is offset by mandatory military service for all national citizens over the
age of 18. The IAF, in particular, is forced to cover
a lot of ground, patrolling an area surrounded by hostile forces such as Hamas, Hezbollah,
and ISIS. The latest developments in Syria involving
the withdrawal of U.S. troops will only heighten the need for Israeli hyper-vigilance on all
fronts. 3. China Historically speaking, massive scale wars
involving high attrition usually favor sides with more manpower. That said, China’s world-leading population
of 1.3 billion people combined with cutting edge technology, robust defense spending and
a stockpile of nukes makes the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAFF) one mighty
an All-You-Can-Kill buffet. Officially founded on November 11, 1949, PLAFF
continues to steadily up its game with an eye towards the future. China’s path to modernization is reflected
in the heralded and super stealthy, J-20. First introduced in 2017, the single-seat,
twin-jet aircraft is the first fifth-generation fighter in Asia. Although the exact specifications are shrouded
in more secrecy than Masonic rituals, the Chengdu Aerospace Corporation designed the
J-20 as an air superiority fighter with precision strike capability. And the recent purchase of Su-35s from Russia
bolsters Beijing’s already impressive lineup. The Chinese military also possesses an array
of lethal drones and hypersonic missiles — munitions that could possibly destroy aircraft carriers. Enemies of the Communist nation could have
another worrisome concern with the development of the DF-ZF, an unmanned hypersonic glider
capable of traveling at several thousand miles per hour. China flaunted some of its latest wares during
a parade marking the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic in a frightening display
of lethality. According to Retired Navy Capt. Jim Fanell,
a former Pacific Fleet intelligence director, the DF-ZF reflects China’s commitment to
develop weapons that could undermine U.S. missile defenses. “The threat of hypersonic missile attack
not only impacts conventional warfare scenarios like we are seeing develop in the South and
East China Sea, but it also puts US nuclear defense strategies at risk as well,” Fanell
said. 2. Russia Following the collapse of the Soviet Union
in 1991, the newly created Russian Federation inherited worn out Cold War-era jets in dire
need of an upgrade. The overhaul wouldn’t be easy in the wake
of a crippled economy, social unrest, and massive corruption at every level. But like a modern-day Phoenix, the Russian
Air Force rose from the ashes with a former KGB officer-turned-dictator riding bareback
and hellbent on making Russia great again by any means necessary. Russian pilots have plenty of swagger these
days thanks to a well-funded, home-grown military infrastructure. Leading the charge is the Su-57, a technologically
advanced, multi-role fifth-generation fighter with all the bells and whistles of its competitors. This Russian bear can also can do tricks. The Su-35 gives Moscow another top-notch performer
that combines the agility and versatility of the trusted Su-27 Flanker platform with
new and improved avionics. In short, recent operations in Ukraine, Chechnya,
and Syria — as well as being frequent, uninvited guests in airspace around the world — sends
a loud and clear signal that President Vladimir Putin is no longer content with just saber-rattling. 1. United States The United States Air Force (USAF) exemplifies
the old adage, “strength in numbers.” The same goes for “size matters.” To wit: Uncle Sam stocks more military aircraft
than China, Russia, India, UK, Germany, Japan, and France COMBINED. Moreover, a joined U.S. Navy and Marine Corps
create the world’s second-largest air force, making America the undisputed heavyweight
champion of the skies. Formerly known as the United States Army Air
Force, the USAF became an independent branch of the U.S. military under the administration
of President “Give ‘em Hell, Harry” Truman on September 11, 1947. American aircraft are strategically located
throughout the country and in U.S. territories on 59 active bases,10 joint bases, and can
also be found on foreign soil installations from the United Kingdom to South Korea. While the USAF boasts a sophisticated, fulsome
inventory covering all aspects of aerial combat, the F-22 Raptor receives top billing. Just how powerful is this bird of prey? U.S. law prohibits the F-22 from being exported
overseas. ’Nuff said. At the risk of nit-picking, the USAF motto
(“Aim High, Fly-Fight-Win”) is a bit clunky and uninspired compared to other military
branches. However, the air service atones itself by
managing two legs of the U.S. nuclear triad that includes racks of intercontinental ballistic
missiles and the entire strategic bomber force.

Tony wyaad

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  2. Jim Friedman Posted on December 11, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    This video was the bomb-er

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  3. Civil Warlord Posted on December 11, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    Spoiler Alert:

    The United States dominates all land, sea and air.

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  4. Peter Blum Posted on December 11, 2019 at 8:32 pm

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  5. Cuheru Posted on December 11, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    Germany did not start World War 1, Austria did. Germany, as their ally, just backed them up. Part of the reason the treaty of Versailles was so harsh against them and not Austria was because the french in charge were dicks from a historical perspective. They'd lost to Germany in two recent wars and nearly lost again while a portion of the french countryside was occupied and so they focused heavily on Germany in the talks.

    All in all, France can be blamed for starting the ball rolling on World War 2. Not that the U.K., or once the Depression hit, the U.S. helped matters much.

    Reply
  6. Mitchell Wright Posted on December 11, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    Woooooo. That’s right bitchazzzzzzz. USA. Number 1!!!!

    Reply
  7. Steeljaw XXI Posted on December 11, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    Simon. The great answer to "whether or not Captain Crunch could be Colonel Sanders in a knife fight?" is indeed no, because General Mills would have had both of them court marshalled before they could complete it.

    Reply
  8. acepilot1 Posted on December 11, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    Simon Simon Simon, you know what we want, why fight it? Give us the video on who would win a knife fight between Col. Sanders and Captain Crunch

    Reply
  9. Mediocrity's Maze Posted on December 11, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    This list makes me physically I'll. I weep for the future of this world.

    Reply
  10. Robert Buck Posted on December 11, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    My issue with the NordVPN breach is how long they took to disclose the issue, also only disclosing that it happened after it was leaked to the news.

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  11. Tjuhr Posted on December 11, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    1. USA
    2. USA
    3. Other

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  12. SpecialcraftNL Posted on December 11, 2019 at 9:20 pm

    Nordvpn got hacked recently. They have a reputation for lax security practices. I can't believe people keep shilling them.. don't use NORDVPN

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  13. winglessang31 Posted on December 11, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    People are so extra.

    Reply
  14. Matt TheChosen Posted on December 11, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    Wow a top list that doesn't feature Australia, that's pretty rare…

    Reply
  15. Andy Cockrum Posted on December 11, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    The top 2 are the US Air Force and US Navy

    Reply
  16. FvckYoutube'sCensorship UseAdblock Posted on December 11, 2019 at 9:41 pm

    lol at Cap'n Crunch vs Colonel Sanders. That's a PPV I'd actually pay a ridiculous price for.

    Reply
  17. Denita Arnold Posted on December 11, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    My dad was in both the USAAC and the USAF. He was a mess sergeant. He fed bomber pilots

    Reply
  18. Ryan Pavick Posted on December 11, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    Germany started ww1. 🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️

    Reply
  19. Jacob Drum Posted on December 11, 2019 at 10:13 pm

    Can you provide a link for the US aircraft map at the end?

    Reply
  20. MadCarrot Posted on December 11, 2019 at 10:27 pm

    Express VPN IS Cheaper and 10x better.

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  21. Keith W Posted on December 11, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    Don't need to look at click bait to know its the USA….with others using our hacked plans a faaar back second…we dominate the skies…end of story…can on say F-22 Raptor? Yup yup…NO one is even close…Chinduh, ruskies,…middle East has shite so they're just drone targets at this point….

    Reply
  22. Dillon Vossen Posted on December 11, 2019 at 10:46 pm

    another reason 45 needs to go… unhinged muppet on the big button

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  23. Jungle Jim Posted on December 11, 2019 at 11:24 pm

    Nord VPN cuts in and out a lot and is not reliable to leave unattended.

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  24. Karl Marx Posted on December 11, 2019 at 11:48 pm

    Okay. German native speaking now:
    The current situation here is that in the German air force most of the helicopters, jets and plains are not only outdated but also broken in any possible way.
    There was a big scandal in which the master of Defence current EU-Kommission boss "von der Leyen" was blamed for beeing the chief of a completely unusable, broken and outdated airforce. The number of bromen machines is less then the number of the working

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  25. Intellectual Ammunition Posted on December 11, 2019 at 11:48 pm

    So before I watch this I'll answer the u.s. Air Force, u.s. Navy, the US Marine Corps , US Army.? Might I be right one through four. Probably not but at least the first two I know that for sure

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  26. Awesome computers Posted on December 11, 2019 at 11:55 pm

    I think the us needs to up its game in everything to compete with china and Russia. Our military is getting outdated and those commies steal our tech so we need to innovate new things to leave those commie leeches in the dust.

    That's why I want to be an aerospace engineer when I grow up to keep my nation on top and keep america safe from rival countries like china and Russia.

    Reply
  27. Jason Womack Posted on December 12, 2019 at 12:08 am

    All I heard is Uncle Sam will throw military hardware at its enemies all day long, like a porn star at Viagra buffet.

    Reply
  28. Finished Finnish Posted on December 12, 2019 at 12:14 am

    Paid Trolls are out and ready to argue with anyone and anything.

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  29. reggiep75 Posted on December 12, 2019 at 12:17 am

    7:54 – I've unleashed a vicious Rafale… prepare yourself for the stink and shocks!!

    Reply
  30. David Snyder Posted on December 12, 2019 at 12:21 am

    Simon I don't know what you're smoking, but you're crazy if you think Captain Crunch could beat Colonel Sanders in a knife fight. Crunch is a pushover and the Colonel is a beast, no one stands a chance against the Colonel. Embarrassing really that you think this would even be close.

    Reply
  31. Christopher Harper Digicash Posted on December 12, 2019 at 12:34 am

    There'll be a Murcan screaming…(Joe Swanson voice)"USA, USA, USA"!!

    Reply
  32. Gilly Posted on December 12, 2019 at 12:37 am

    Technically aerial combat predated WWI with the use of balloons, airships and planes, but it's true it really came into its own in WWI.

    Reply
  33. dscharlesworth1 Posted on December 12, 2019 at 12:38 am

    Colonel Sanders wouldn't get in a knife fight with Captain Crunch, he would just shoot him.

    Reply
  34. John Veach Posted on December 12, 2019 at 12:39 am

    Let me fix the list

    10) China
    9) Russia
    8)USA
    7)USA
    6)USA
    5)USA
    4)USA
    3)USA
    2)USA
    And drum roll please
    1)United States of America

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  35. Karl von Eschenhof Posted on December 12, 2019 at 12:41 am

    Is the J-20 made of cheap plastic & pot metal and available for sale on Amazon with “five stars”?

    Reply
  36. Kaleb Posted on December 12, 2019 at 12:49 am

    big fan of Simon's channels and podcast but Pewdiepie called him discount Vsauce so i guess he's cancelled

    Reply
  37. Rand Huso Posted on December 12, 2019 at 12:52 am

    No comments on the SR-71?

    Reply
  38. Fredo Cuomo Posted on December 12, 2019 at 1:01 am

    Freedom isn't free

    It costs folks like you and me

    And if we don't all chip in

    We'll never pay that bill

    Freedom isn't free

    No, there's a hefty in' fee.

    And if you don't throw in your buck 'o five

    Who will?

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  39. Andrew Posted on December 12, 2019 at 1:02 am

    Man Nord is really trying to do damage control after that breach. Maybe they should spend that money on security?

    Reply
  40. Eric Dahl Posted on December 12, 2019 at 1:34 am

    the USA s navy is what sets us ahead of anyone, we have the most aircraft carriers,subs,battleships..pound for pound isreal has the strongest overall military

    Reply
  41. Chen Fawn Meng Posted on December 12, 2019 at 1:49 am

    The tensions between the 2 Koreas make the Sea Of Japan a more dangerous sea than than the South China Sea.

    Reply
  42. BigMobe Posted on December 12, 2019 at 1:54 am

    Its against the law to export F-22s because they are running hax. F-22s can lock on multiple enemies even if the targets are behind them

    Reply
  43. L Lawliet Posted on December 12, 2019 at 2:04 am

    4:56 Ironically, Japan's "air self-defense force" is best known for bombing Pearl Harbor!
    14:23 People's Liberation Army Air Force abbreviates to PLAAF, not PLAFF.

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  44. Melissa Dancey Posted on December 12, 2019 at 2:13 am

    During WW2 most of all RAF Pilots and aircrews were made up by RAAF (Royal Australian Airforce), and RCAF (Royal Canadian Air Force) and other Commonwealth countries.

    Reply
  45. L Lawliet Posted on December 12, 2019 at 2:14 am

    Simon, other than your hand gestures, there is nothing to see by watching you, so the pictures should take up more of the frame than your body.

    Reply
  46. Rattrap007 Posted on December 12, 2019 at 2:18 am

    Simon, obviously Sanders would win over Crunch. Sanders has killed before, maybe not with a knife, but he did shoot a nan dead. If he kills Crunch it would make a second death at his hands. He would then be a Cereal Killer.

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  47. Hunter D Posted on December 12, 2019 at 2:26 am

    In the interest of fairness and accuracy Germany did not start World War I The Austrian Empire did by stating an ultimatum against Serbia they knew they would not agree to, but Germany did encourage them to do it though, but it was the Austrians's idea.

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  48. superdupergrover Posted on December 12, 2019 at 2:46 am

    Sorry to burst your bubble, but Captain Crunch is actually a Commander Crunch. He only has two stripes on the cuffs of his sleeves, which means commander.

    Reply
  49. Free Dum Posted on December 12, 2019 at 2:49 am

    When the US has the first and second biggest air forces
    China: Shocked Pikachu Face

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  50. David Dazey Posted on December 12, 2019 at 3:22 am

    Proud member of the USAF

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  51. J. Vega Posted on December 12, 2019 at 3:35 am

    F22 enough said why the US is number 1. We design planes for other countries and made the variants F35’s which we said had better stealth and maneuverability. To which other nations still asked, “That’s nice and all, but we want your Raptors.” Oh those aren’t for sale, so have these Lightning’s… “oh alright, with your technical issues with some of them you’d think you’d parlay.”

    Nah, we rather sell you these lol

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  52. Starbuck Posted on December 12, 2019 at 4:11 am

    Unfortunately for other countries they could all be curb stomped by the USAF

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  53. OneBadWiz Posted on December 12, 2019 at 5:01 am

    10:00 you're welcome 🙂

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  54. NorthWestPiper Posted on December 12, 2019 at 5:25 am

    Germany did not start WW1…

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  55. Jeremy Hannaford Posted on December 12, 2019 at 6:45 am

    The Germans have a neat alternative to the Apache attack helicopter. The Eurocopter Tiger is flown by the Germans, French, Spanish, and Australians. I wish the British had gone with that rather than tired American tech. It has even flown along side the Apache in Afghanistan.

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  56. J T Posted on December 12, 2019 at 7:00 am

    At timecode 15:28 Simon incorrectly identifies a plane. Simon, you are wrong Sir. That is obviously an imperial star destroyer! (😂) Great video! Thank you.

    Reply
  57. Bruce Vial Posted on December 12, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    Is it just me, or is the video a stuttery on simons face?

    Reply
  58. Josh Wisniewski Posted on December 12, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    I hate that it's so, but Amurica is the only real super power. 19 Super Carriers + making more.

    Reply
  59. AwesomeNarwhal Posted on December 12, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    Top ten naval forces?

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  60. Rudra Guruguha Posted on December 12, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    Atleast Pakistan cant attack India using its air force unless they want the use the near impossible air route through the great Himalayas or go around the mountains and getting gunned down(also we have 2 cool friends called the USA and Russia)

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  61. Michael Louton Posted on December 12, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    Fantastic, thanks top Tenz.

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  62. Me007Gold Posted on December 12, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    Dang, now I want to see a video breaking down how Captain Crunch could beat Colonel Sanders in a knife fight

    Reply
  63. Bob Dole Posted on December 12, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    You forgot Space Force the 6th branch in the US military. In 2020 the USA will start recruiting.

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  64. Melangell ATC Posted on December 12, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    Too bad as per a report a couple a weeks ago, Germany can only field 20-30 fighters because of maintenance issues…

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  65. Ray Light Posted on December 12, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    Whatever you say Russian Sukhoi is the most beautiful fighter in my eyes. & also its extraordinary flying capabilities.

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  66. James Barton Posted on December 12, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    Austria, not Germany, started WW1.

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  67. ‘Murica 1776 Posted on December 12, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    United States: We have the world's most powerful air force.
    Russia: Well we have the second most powerful air force, so we're actually not far behind
    United States (pointing at the US Navy): Actually, we are first AND second most powerful air force.
    Russia: wE aRe ThE fIrSt AnD sEcOnD mOsT pOwErFuL aIr FoRcE *flips table

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  68. Bryan Ferry Posted on December 12, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    Never trust China or Russia. They’re out to destroy everyone but themselves.

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  69. Sam Morrow Posted on December 12, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    Nordvpn, party foul, disliked video… Why shill for a dishonest company????

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  70. Peter d1900 Posted on December 13, 2019 at 12:50 am

    i think you'll find that the RAF doesn't have any Panavia Tornado GR4 in service, they retired them back in April, and they haven't ordered 122 F35 they have ordered 48. 18 of which are in service. The RAF intends to buy 138 F35 in total but they are yet to order the rest.

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  71. mind fornication Posted on December 13, 2019 at 1:03 am

    Im glad the US is still on top.

    I dread the day china is on top.

    Pray for the US of A.

    It is our last hope in this world.

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  72. Ron Babu Posted on December 13, 2019 at 1:57 am

    Never knew 🦃 had an advanced 🛩 force

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  73. buckyhermit Posted on December 13, 2019 at 3:06 am

    Ummm. how does Kim Jong-un and South Korea make the South China Sea a hotspot, exactly? Was that a script error?

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  74. Elder Horcrux Posted on December 13, 2019 at 3:33 am

    "I am an American Airman" Some of the best times in my life. 56th Security Forces Squadron! Also Simon my man, the USAF became a branch on Sept 18th 1947 not the 11th. Other than that, great video!

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  75. Owen Digity Posted on December 13, 2019 at 4:52 am

    90% of us military never leave the states and they all get paid to play paintball. It's disgusting.

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  76. Mark S Posted on December 13, 2019 at 6:21 am

    I wouldn't worry about the Chinese airforce. Their planes will break the first time they use them. Every tool I buy that was made in China breaks the first time I use it….

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  77. Patti DelMercado Posted on December 13, 2019 at 6:51 am

    Very interesting. If you would just slow down when you speak, your lovely accent would be enjoyable, melodic. Talking so fast turns your speech into annoying chatter.

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  78. At3yu 28 Posted on December 13, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    The u.s isn't first, they're second, Russia takes that place. Difference is the u.s likes to brag, the Russians are notoriously secretive

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  79. Mr. Collins Posted on December 13, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    Captain crunch is not actually a captain. Hint his rings on his cuffs. There is only 2 not 3.

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  80. Dale Martin Posted on December 13, 2019 at 5:58 pm

    F-35 didn't win the competition by being the best. It won by sucking the least.

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  81. Razar Campbell Posted on December 13, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    re – 13:43
    "The relatively modest size of Israel's entire armed forces…"
    When you say stuff like that, it makes it sound like you didn't do any actual research on Israel. The country has a population around the 8 million mark. Yet despite how few Israelis there are, its armed forces number around half a million (that includes reserves). That's an obscenely large percentage of the nation to have trained for war and ready to deploy in moments. I mean, half a million from 8 million works out to mean that one-sixteenth of Israel's population is trained and ready for war. Or to put it another way, it works out to be 6.25% of Israel's population!! Anyway, there are two take-aways here:
    1) If america had professionally trained 6.25% of its population to be elite soldiers, then there'd be 16 million people actively serving/ in reserve of the american armed forces. That works out to an even 4 million in each of the 4 Corps of U.S. military service. And
    2) Even though EVERY one of the muslim nations around Israel and nearby-but-not-bordering Israel (excepting Lebanon) has a larger population than Israel (in some cases, they have VASTLY larger populations), not one of those muslim nations has a 500,000-strong military. Not even Egypt, whose population of over 90 million is more than ten times larger than the population of Israel is able to field as many soldiers as Israel.

    Israel's armed forces is NOT of a 'modest size,' by any nature. It is larger than most, if not all European armies (Russia excepted, of course).

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  82. mike obrien Posted on December 13, 2019 at 11:42 pm

    Your obsequiousness to your sponsors has become so…fat American-like.

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  83. glenn Esposito Posted on December 14, 2019 at 12:56 am

    If it were up to democrats we would not have an Air Force

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  84. Earnest Williams Posted on December 14, 2019 at 1:33 am

    Boo NordVPN. They don't respect their customers' privacy or security!

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  85. CDRKrotchetyUSN Posted on December 14, 2019 at 3:47 am

    Totally forgot to mention anything (apart from a cheezy US Naval Academy graduation photo) of the real US force projection – US Naval Aviation!

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  86. Pamela Mays Posted on December 14, 2019 at 4:56 am

    This Russian Bear can do tricks.
    Clever mate, clever

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  87. Benjamin Morgan Posted on December 14, 2019 at 6:37 am

    This dude is so funny like Great Britain is even relevant anymore

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  88. Brett Walker Posted on December 14, 2019 at 11:32 am

    Germany did not start ww1

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  89. MistuhCripps Posted on December 14, 2019 at 11:40 am

    Lockheed Martin did win alot of new contracts this last 2 quarters and even won back contracts lost a few years ago.. I use to work there when everyone was being laid off… Now they are hiring and expanding like crazy here

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  90. Chetan Savkoor Posted on December 14, 2019 at 12:55 pm

    C’mon Simon, do some research… HinDustin? The real name of India is Hindustan, pronounced “Hindu-stan”…

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  91. Little Jenny Posted on December 14, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    Did Simon just say Gangnam style when referring to the ROKAF? 🤣🤣🤣

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  92. Alka Ford Posted on December 14, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    All air force's combined wouldn't come close to the u.s

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  93. Alka Ford Posted on December 14, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    Australia has a quality Air Force

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  94. Brian Brian Posted on December 14, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    Simon is taking over youtube but also taking over our hearts…

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  95. Robert Osullivan Posted on December 15, 2019 at 12:40 am

    Farrrrrrk…..what about Straya ??
    Bloody vulnerable down here.
    No guarantee Trumpy will help either.

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  96. Paul Budden Posted on December 15, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    Twice you abbreviated PLAAF as PLAFF. I should get a pound for spotting a mistake!

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  97. Yanick Menchaca Posted on December 15, 2019 at 10:14 pm

    Correction, it’s army air Corp, not army Air Force 🙂

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