The organizational structures of air forces vary between nations: some air forces (such as the United States Air Force and the Royal Air Force) are divided into commands, groups and squadrons; others (such as the Soviet Air Force) have an Army-style organizational structure. The modern Canadian Forces Air Command uses Air Division as the formation between wings and the entire air command. Like the RAF, Canadian wings consist of squadrons.
|Symbol (for Army structure comparison)||Unit Name (USAF/RAF/Other air forces)||No. of personnel||No. of aircraft||No. of subordinate units (USAF/RAF)||Officer in command (USAF/RAF)|
|XXXXXX +||Air Force/ Russian Air army||Entire air force||Entire air force||All Major Commands / Commands||Gen / MRAF or Air Chf Mshl|
|XXXXX||Major Command / Command or Tactical Air Force / Russian aviation corps||Varies||Varies||By Region or Duty (subordinate units varies)||Gen / Air Chf Mshl or Air Mshl|
|XX||Numbered Air Force / No RAF Equivalent / Aviation Division /Air Division / Air Brigade||By Region (subordinate units varies)||Varies||2+ Wing / Groups||Maj-Gen / N/A|
|X||Wing / Group (inc. EAGs) / Russian aviation regiments||1,000–5000||48–100||2+ Groups / Wings||Brig-Gen / AVM or Air Cdre|
|III||Group / Wing (inc. EAWs) or Station||300–1,000||17–48||3–10 Squadrons / 3–4 Squadrons||Col / Gp Capt or Wg Cdr|
|II||Squadron||100–300||7–16||3–4 Flights||Lt Col or Maj / Wg Cdr or Sqn Ldr|
|•••||Flight||20–100||4–6||2 Sections plus maintenance and support crew||Capt / Sqn Ldr or Flt Lt|
|••||Element or Section||5–20||n/a||Junior Officer or Senior NCO|
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