RAF at 100

This month marks the centenary of the formation of the Royal Air Force in 1918. The RAF have planned a summer of events that will rightly ‘Commemorate, celebrate and inspire’.

While it’s true to say that the RAF have been involved in some of the pivotal moments in British history, it’s also true that as an organisation, they’ve clearly got an immensely important role to play today and tomorrow. Indeed, as a Service-leaver, you too could be part of that, as the RAF pushes ahead with recruiting for Reservists.

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23ft Lancaster Bomber cockpit ‘lands’ at Royal Albert Hall to launch 75th anniversary of the Dambusters Raid

On 26 February 1943 – 75 years ago – the Royal Air Force’s most daring operation of the Second World War, Operation Chastise was given final approval by the Air Ministry. This later became known as the legendary Dambusters Raid.

To launch the 75th anniversary of the raid a 23ft original Lancaster Bomber cockpit was displayed outside the Royal Albert Hall alongside presenter Dan Snow, Sir Barnes Wallis’ grandson Jonathan Stopes-Roe, historian and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Barnes Wallis Foundation, Paul Beaver and re-enactors in Second World War RAF uniform.

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