Imagine the brave men and women of the [[UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks United States]] [[DeathFromAbove Air Force]] - Some of the finest, best trained and well equipped military forces on Earth. Now throw all that junk away and meet the men and women of the [=809th=] "Raging Peckers".

Gentlemen, [[http://afblues.com/ we are boned]].

For various reasons, the comic updated [[http://farvatoons.com/ here from April 2012 to September 2013]].

[[http://farvatoons.com/?p=298 As of September 2013, updates have officially stopped indefinitely, though the creator is saying that he will finish the current story in printed form eventually]].

There is now a Characters page. Give it some love.

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!!Air Force Blues contains examples of:

* AllMenArePerverts - Leia hints at this when Barbie is trying to guess the sex of his pet bird. Guess where the bird went for when it saw Leia.
-->'''Barbie''': I heard that they like melons.
-->''[Bird flies to and perches on Leia's chest.]''
-->'''Leia''': Melons, huh?
* AnimatedActors - Played with in the "Late Night With Lt. Dahl" strips.
* AuthorTract - Yeah, Farva. You think [=UAVs=] are a good concept. Got it.
** Seems more like he thinks the "haters" from the fighter pilot community (at least stereotypically) are... well, insecure, as several strips have alluded to.
** Also wanders into this territory on the subject of reflective belts.
* BrandX: The pilots' favorite place to eat out? Chesticles, a hot wing restaurant where the girls wear tight-fitting outfits.
* BringMyBrownPants: Barbie's wingman, Bert, took a bird on takeoff. Thankfully, he is uninjured, and the plane is otherwise not damaged. When Barbie gets on the radio with him, [[http://www.afblues.com/wordpress/2010/03/22/03222010/ Bert asks Barbie to get him a new pair of underwear.]]
* BitingTheHandHumor: Comes closer than you'd ever think a public affairs officer (PAO) would ever be allowed to, but the dismissal of the Air Force Chief of Staff (military officer) and secretary (civilian official) resulted in a three-panel strip consisting of the author (voiced through Barbie) explicitly refusing to cover it: "NOT GONNA HAPPEN."
* CanCrushingCranium: Barbie is on a euphoric high from piloting the F-22, and blows Rowland off when he comes asking for Diet Cokes (Barbie, being the person with the least seniority in their top-secret outfit, is the snacko). When Barbie returns to consciousness two strips later, Rowland crushes an empty can of Diet Coke on Barbie's forehead to express his displeasure.
* CerebusSyndrome - At times, the series veers dangerously close to acquiring this. The author, Farva, is often quick to prevent this.
* ChallengeCoin: A meta example, the author of the comic offers up custom challenge coins from time to time as added incentive for his readers to donate to various charities.
** Not to mention the "Zaps", squadron stickers fashioned after the Raging Peckers' logo, which will turn up in the most unlikely places at Air Force installations around the world.
* {{Crossover}} - Various characters from other webcomics have guest stared in the comic, or have had outright interwoven plotlines. Among these are . . .
** ''CrewDogs''
** ''Webcomic/TheWhiteboard''
** Private Murphy's Law
** Jenny the Military Spouse
* CustomUniformOfSexy - 1st Lt. "Leia" Willows, who doesn't seem to wear a shirt under her flight suit, and who never gets the zipper up all the way. This gets noted by Barbie's ex-girlfriend when she's doing an inspection of the squadron as part of her job in the [[TheInquisitorGeneral Inspector General's office]].
* DisembodiedEyebrows: Aside from being the size of rainforest caterpillars, eyebrows in [=AFBlues=] generally float about the forehead and often climb ''above'' the hairline.
* EmbarrassingCoverUp: To cover for Barbie's time away from the 809th, Lt. Col. Rowland has to [[http://www.afblues.com/wordpress/2008/10/22/10222008/ cook up a story]] for the rest of the unit about how Barbie was sent to fly [=UAVs=], then crashed one and had to get sent back. Further, to prevent people transferring into the "special assignment" squadron (masquerading as a flight of the 809th) he and Barbie is in, Rowland has it designated as a [[http://www.afblues.com/wordpress/2008/10/23/10232008/ "remedial training flight"]].
* EnemyMine - Barbie [[spoiler:forces himself to help some [=UAV=] pilots on several occasions]]. He doesn't like it though.
** Also, [=SSgt.=] Coffman once took a break from being a merciless pain in Barbie's side in order to bring [[TheRival RC]] down to size, partially because RC really was just more of a screw-up and a tool than Barbie ever was, but mostly because [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou only Coffman gets to give Barbie shit.]]
* EscalatingWar - Between Barbie and RC after Barbie decided to learn to fly remote planes. Barbie [[http://www.afblues.com/wordpress/2011/02/23/i-did-it-with-a-wiffle-ball-bat/ crashes]] a model plane into RC, and RC does [[http://www.afblues.com/wordpress/2011/02/25/revenge/ this]] in return.
** The topic of the first "Red Flag" {{Crossover}} storyline with ''CrewDogs'', with two squadrons trying to out-do each other in pranks, culminating in the kidnapping of each others' commanders.
* FailedASpotCheck: Barbie [[GroinAttack nut-checks]] himself on a piece of ground equipment because he [[SunglassesAtNight was wearing aviator shades under his helmet visor.]]
* {{Fanservice}} - Lt. Willows. Princess Leia slave-girl outfit. Cue drooling.
* FunWithAcronyms: [[spoiler:The 69th '''P'''re-'''E'''mptive '''N'''uclear '''I'''ntercept '''S'''quadron.]]
* GargleBlaster - Some of the [[http://www.afblues.com/wordpress/2011/04/13/genetically-engineered-coffee/ beverages]] served at Jurassic Java.
* GroinAttack: Barbie, Self-inflicted due to wearing his [[CoolShades aviator sunglasses]] [[SunglassesAtNight under his helmet's tinted visor]], leading him to boldly march groin-first [[FailedASpotCheck into a parked generator cart.]]
* HomeGuard: The Civil Air Patrol turns up from time to time. Barbie typically comes off as a fool while trying to treat them with contempt.
* HypocriticalHumor - Barbie decides to learn how to fly a remote-controlled model plane. Even one of his fellow officers lampshades this.
* ICanExplain - Barbie's room mate comes home to find him in his underwear watching [[HoYay Top Gun]]. Subverted, in that the explanation consists entirely of "''You came home early."''
* IndyPloy: How Barbie takes down [[spoiler:the F-117]].
* TheInquisitorGeneral - Barbie's ex-girlfriend Capt. Dhart works for the Inspector General's office.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold - Dahl, in some rare moments, can actually be quite nice and amicable. These times are [[StatusQuoIsGod short and not often seen]].
** The rest of the time, he's just a JerkAss.
** Coffman also sometimes has shades of this, though usually more heart of gold and less [[JerkAss jerk]] than Barbie.
* JizzedInMyPants: Barbie [[http://www.afblues.com/wordpress/2010/03/08/03082010/ reacts]] [[http://www.afblues.com/wordpress/2010/03/09/03092010/ this way]] when he gets to pilot an F-22 for the first time.
** Alluded to as well in an earlier strip where he's in a bathroom stall with a magazine ''about'' the F-22...
* KlatchianCoffee: [[http://www.afblues.com/wordpress/2011/04/13/genetically-engineered-coffee/ The "Bitter Spitter"]], by virtue of extreme--in fact, toxic--effects.
* LaxativePrank: Coffman to Dahl on a near daily basis. Willows seems to have adopted the squadron coffee as a weight-loss plan.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: [[http://www.afblues.com/wordpress/2009/09/21/09212009/ "It all seems a little far-fetched, you know? Like something you'd only find in comics."]]
* MathematiciansAnswer: RC gloats to Barbie that he is flying an [=UAV=] mission in Afghanistan using an iPhone app. Barbie points out that they are in the BX, asking RC whether he can get signals inside the building. After a beat, [[http://www.afblues.com/wordpress/2010/10/25/crapple/ this exchange follows:]]
--->'''RC''': It seems to have crashed.
--->'''Barbie''': The app or the plane?
--->'''RC''': Yes.
* MildlyMilitary - To varying degrees depending on the character. Coffman is usually being a pain in Barbie's ass over various uniform violations due to their being on opposite ends of this spectrum.
** The Civil Air Patrol as well, though since they are a [[AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle civilian auxiliary to the Air Force]].
* MilitaryBrat - Barbie. Not that he'd admit it.
* MoodWhiplash - Will likely result if you read the strips from 11/11/2010 to 11/22/2010 in succession: a Veteran's Day tribute, followed by two strips of ToiletHumor, then two strips in tribute to a downed pilot.
* MsFanservice - Lt. Willows, with the aforementioned low-cut uniform, and of course, Barbie's girlfriend, who works as a waitress at [[BrandX Chesticles]].
* NomDeGuerre - Every pilot character has a callsign. One arc is devoted to choosing one for Lt. Willows, and confirming Capt. Dahl as "Barbie."
* NoseArt - One storyline had the pilots adorning their new F-22s with custom artwork and names. Leia's appears fairly mild (aside from a PunnyName based on [[AllMenArePerverts her callsign]]), until it is viewed from above: The greyscale camo pattern [[http://www.afblues.com/wordpress/2010/01/14/01142010/ a pair of Mudflap Girls on the wings]].
* ParentalAbandonment - Well, Dahl's parents didn't abandon him; his dad is merely stationed at a different base.
** Also subverted by the fact that Dahl seems happy enough to stay away from his father for being an enlisted airman.
* PornStache - Basically the whole of Moustache March. Barbie tries very, very hard to grow one, but has had little success until [[http://www.afblues.com/wordpress/2011/03/16/even-so-its-allowed-now/ of late.]]
* PunnyName: We meet a cocky UAV pilot early on. His callsign? "RC."
** Also the "[=69th=] Pre-emptive Nuclear Intercept Squadron."
** Captain Dhart, whose name is a StealthPun based on the airframe she flies, the F-16 Fighting Falcon, or as it's known by F-15 Eagle pilots, the "Lawn Dart", for its relatively large single engine and alleged tendency to plow into the ground early in its career.
** Not to mention Ken "Barbie" Dahl.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Lt. Col. Rowland, though even he gets tired of Barbie's antics from time to time.
* ReversePsychology: Coffman applies this expertly [[http://www.afblues.com/wordpress/2009/08/20/08202009/ when asking Barbie about his family]].
* RunningGag - You have a pick between fighter pilots being jerks, or reflective belts.
** The author also has a habit of making [[Franchise/StarWars The Empire]] a lot like the Air Force.
** More recently, Coffman spiking the officers' coffee with laxatives.
* SensorSuspense - The [[http://www.afblues.com/wordpress/2008/04/30/04302008/ dogfight]] between a [=MiG=] and a UAV as seen from the perspective of [=AWACS=]. It isn't quite as exciting as many forms of media will have you believe.
* SergeantRock - Typical of Crew Chiefs, including Ken Dahl Sr. Also qualifying are the [[http://www.afblues.com/wordpress/2011/03/25/truth-in-advertising/ Navy Chiefs]] mentioned in some of the strips, but that tends to cross into DrillSergeantNasty territory.
* SitcomArchNemesis - Dahl is split between [=SSgt.=] Coffman and the scourge of [=UAVs=].
** [[PunnyName RC]] also counts, whenever he turns up.
* ShoutOut - To...
** ''Franchise/StarWars''
** Film/JurassicPark
** Film/TopGun
* SmallNameBigEgo: Barbie and the new wing commander's egos are so thick, [[http://www.afblues.com/wordpress/2009/06/15/06152009/ they actually stuff up the air of the room they're both in]].
* [[ThatsWhatSheSaid So To Speak]] - Almost a catch phrase, with virtually everybody getting one off at some point. So to speak...
* TakeThat - [[http://www.afblues.com/comics/vetday2009.jpg Here]].
* TemptingFate "I think the only way this day could be ruined is if the entire F-15 fleet was suddenly grounded."
** Inspired, of course, by the real-life grounding of the F-15 fleet in 2008. RealLifeWritesThePlot indeed.
* TokenMinority - Lt. Willows. She didn't get her callsign for her personality. Nudge nudge.
* WeCanRebuildHim - Conversed when Barbie and Gordon discover that [[spoiler: the Snowman has melted in Gordon's squad car's back seat]].
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