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Imperial Air Force
|Austenasian Air Force|
|Established||11 October 2009 (original)|
28 January 2012 (current)
|Country||Empire of Austenasia|
|Marshal of the Imperial Air Force||HIM Emperor Jonathan I|
|Air Chief Marshal||Sir Ash Mitchell, KPP|
The Imperial Air Force (IAF) is the aerial warfare branch of the Austenasian Armed Forces, the national military of the Empire of Austenasia. The IAF was founded on 11 October 2009 along with the Austenasian Armed Forces as a whole, but the Austenasian Army had existed before that, since 23 May 2009.
The Imperial Air Force was established on 11 October 2009, but apart from a few secret weapon tests the IAF never really contributed to the defence of Austenasia. The IAF was disestablished on 8 March 2010 and its functions transferred to the Austenasian Army, although the Monarch retained the ceremonial title Air Chief Marshal of the Imperial Air Force.
In September 2010, Zephyria was given permission to found its own local air force, subject to regular inspection by the central government. This was officially founded by Lord Marshal William on 19 December 2010 in response to the Fall of Wrythe.
On 28 January 2012, the Imperial Air Force was properly re-established with the passing of the Imperial Air Force Act 2012, with Sir Ash Mitchell (formerly known as Micheal Mitchell, also a tribune in the Austenasian Army) leading it as Air Chief Marshal. Lord Marshal William's "Imperial Air Force" renamed itself to the "Zephyrian Air Force" in response before merging with the IAF on 28 April 2014.
The Imperial Air Force currently has two remote-controlled helicopters (one of which is a reconnaissance helicopter with a high-definition camera) and a remote-controlled plane. A design for an observation balloon, the Ascension-class, was successfully tested in February 2013, but only one (now deflated) was built.
Although overseen and funded by the Ministry of Defence, the IAF falls under the command of the Air Chief Marshal - while the Air Chief Marshal has almost total administrative control, he is appointed by and accountable to the War Council and so the IAF is ultimately directed by them during wartime. The IAF currently uses the following hierarchy of ranks:
- Marshal of the Imperial Air Force
- Air Chief Marshal
- Air Marshal
- Air Vice-Marshal
- Air Commodore
- Group Captain
- Wing Commander
- Squadron Leader
- Flight Lieutenant
- Flying Officer
- Pilot Officer
- Acting Pilot Officer
- Officer Cadet
- Warrant Officer
- Flight Sergeant