A flight of F-15C Eagles from the 18th Wing, Kadena Air Base, Okinawa An F-16 from the 35th Fighter Wing at Misawa Air Base, Japan C-130 Hercules aircraft from the 374th Airlift Wing, Yokota Air Base, Japan. The organization has provided 70 years of continuous air power to the Pacific since its establishment in September 1941.
The Fifth Air Force (5 AF) is a numbered air force of the United States Air Force Pacific Air Forces (PACAF). Fifth Air Force is the Headquarters Pacific Air Forces forward element in Japan, and maximizes partnership capabilities and promotes bilateral defense cooperation.
Fifth Air Force maintains a level of readiness necessary for successful completion of directed military operations.
The 4th Composite would be the mainstay of United States air power in the Philippines until 1941, under the nominal command of the Air Officer of the Philippine Department.
In addition to Clark Field, additional airfields at Kindley Field on Corregidor in Manila Bay (Opened September 1922), and one at Camp Nichols (Nichols Field, 1920) were constructed.
By 1940, the corps had around 40 aircraft and 100 pilots.
In 1940 as part of the overall mobilization of the Army Air Forces and in response to the increase of tensions between the United States and the Japanese Empire, two additional pursuit squadrons were transferred from the United States to the 4th Composite Group at Nichols Field: In addition, additional obsolete Boeing P-26 Peashooters were sent from the United States.
Rearmed, it engaged the Japanese in New Guinea, the Dutch East Indies and then as part of the liberating forces in the Philippines Campaign (1944–45).