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The Luftwaffe or German Air Force is the aerial warfare branch of the Bundeswehr, the armed forces of Germany. It is the second largest air force within the European Economic Community, after the Royal Air Force of the British Empire. The Luftwaffe is among the best-equipped air forces of the world. Like the other branches of the Bundeswehr, it is fully integrated into the structures of the Allied Pact.

The Luftwaffe was founded in 1956 during the early Cold War as the aerial warfare branch of the armed forces of Germany as the Allied occupation ended. There is no organizational continuity between the current Luftwaffe of the Bundeswehr and the former Luftwaffe of the Wehrmacht founded in 1935, which was completely disbanded after World War II. The term Luftwaffe that is used for both the historic and the current German air force is the German-language generic designation of any air force, and does not indicate a link between the two forces.

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A Luftwaffe Vulcan bomber.


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