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What does FW stand for in the Air Force?


FW is the Air Force abbreviation for Fighter Wing. An Air Force fighter wing flies fighter aircraft. Current fighter jets used by the Air Force are be F-15 Eagle, F-15E Strike Eagle, F-16 Fighting Falcon, F-22 Raptor models. The F-35 Lightning II will enter active service in 2014. The A-10 Thunderbolt is also utilized by some fighter wings. Within each fighter wing are a number of squadrons, usually consisting of at least one fighter squadron, one operations squadron, a medical squadron, a support squadron, a headquarters element, and other squadrons as deemed necessary by mission requirements and the needs of the Air Force. Fighter Wings are an essential part of the Air Force and are utilized in both peacetime efforts and wartime missions, in both the United States and foreign countries.



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