The Air Forces of the Systems Alliance Marine Corps, also known as Numbered Air Forces, were the principal atmospheric aircraft combat forces of the
, and served as the Aircraft Combat Elements of their higher Marine Expeditionary Forces. Numbered Air Forces provided the Alliance government and military the capability to establish air superiority on any habitable planet in the
in order to support Alliance and human interests.
All Numbered Air Forces were commanded by a full
, and were answerable to their higher Marine Expeditionary Force. Furthermore, they all maintained five subordinate Aircraft Wings that provided the Numbered Air Force the capability to establish air superiority, to suppress enemy air defenses, to interdict enemy ground targets, to conduct aerial reconnaissance, and to provide aerial fire support to the land warfighting forces of a Marine Division.
Unlike Marine Divisions, which had two alternate configurations, all Numbered Air Forces of the Marine Corps had a uniform composition. Numbered Air Forces were equipped with sufficiently diverse and reinforced aircraft squadrons to both defend Alliance worlds from enemy attack and also to assault hostile worlds and ensure air superiority in hostile atmospheres. Despite being formally known as Marine Numbered Air Forces, they were commonly referred to as the "Nth Marine Air Force".
Each Numbered Air Force contained five Aircraft Wings, with each Wing the organizational equivalent of a Marine Regiment, and was thus commanded by a
. Most Aircraft Wings maintained a total of seventy-two aircraft, which were subdivided into six Squadrons of twelve aircraft apiece. Each Aircraft Squadron was the aircraft counterpart of a Marine Battalion and was commanded by a
. Individual Aircraft Squadrons were typically subdivided into three Flights of four aircraft, with each Flight commanded by a
, a Company Grade Officer, and the remaining pilots as
In times of war, reinforced Squadrons with extra aircraft attached to complete a specific mission objective were sometimes known as Groups, although they were still commanded by
Numbered Air Forces were comprised of five Aircraft Wings:
- Air Superiority Wing
- Attack Gunship Wing
- Attack Gunship Wing
- Combat Drone Wing
- Headquarters and Support Wing
In the Order of Battle shown (right), dotted lines indicate units that are nominally organic to the Numbered Air Force, but are attached for practical and operational purposes. The