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United Arab Emirates

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The United Arab Emirates Air Force (UAEAF) was created in 1976 through consolidation of the Abu Dhabi Air Force, the United Air Force and the Dubai Police Wing. Sharjah formed its own air wing in 1984. Though nominally an element of the UAEAF, Sharjah's police wing is administered as an autonomous unit.

In peacetime, the two main elements of the UAEAF tend to operate as separate air arms, one located in Abu Dhabi (Western Air Command) and the other in Dubai (Central Air...

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