When most people think about the U.S. Army, aircraft don’t immediately come to mind. Yet the fact is that the supposed ground-pounding branch of the U.S. armed services is anything but. This incredible graphic from our friends a Contemporary Issues and Geography gives us a unique insight into the structure and the size of the Army’s aviation forces.

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The full-size chart is available by clicking here, a sample size version is below:

The sheer number of helicopters at the Army’s disposal is downright amazing, but the force’s use of fixed-wing aircraft for special purposes, especially as flying limousines for high-up officials, is interesting as well. Also, note the size and make-up of the vaunted 160th Special Operations unit at the bottom.

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In all, when the Army’s aerial inventory is presented in such an easy to quantify visual format, the size of the force may be surprising to some.

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