Army Air Corps
The Army Air Corps formed in 1942 during WWII. The corps initially comprised the Glider Pilot Regiment, the Parachute Battalions (subsequently the Parachute Regiment) and Air Observation Squadrons, with the SAS Regiment being added in 1944.
The roll of the AAC is to provide battlefield support and reconnaissance. It has taken part in many conflicts of the modern era of warfare, playing a major role in conflicts such as the Falklands, Kosovo and the Gulf war in 1991 and 2003. Today it provides the offensive air elements of 16th Air Assault Brigade.
The AAC Comprises of eight regiments (7 Regular Army and 1 Territorial Army) as well as four Independent Flights and two Independent Squadrons deployed in support of British Army operations across the world.
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