The actual Royal Air Force (RAF) birthday falls on April Fool’s Day but anybody with any sense knows that the British RAF is no laughing matter. Its history is remarkable that it has never been involved in a losing war. Yes, the RAF has only participated in wars that were won by the British or the Allies. Something to think about.
The actual 100th birthday was in April 2018, BUT ‘they’ held back this 100-plane Royal flyover till July — so that the Summer visitors can get into the act.
Check out the videos. There are more on YouTube including other RAF flyovers.
Not one BUT TWO (2) milestones on August 31,
1960 & 1966.
These were, however, the Harrier PROTOTYPES —
the Hawker Siddeley P.1227,
and BOTH milestones under the auspices
of the RAF.
Maiden Flight & Static Engine Test.
Click to ENLARGE and read here.
Both from Wikipedia.
British RAF Launched A 1,000 Bomber Raid Against Cologne, Germany, This Day 75-Years Ago; May 30, 1942 — First Ever 1,000 Bomber Attack.
That must have been quite the sight, 1,000 Handley Page Halifax and Avro Lancaster bombers lumbering across the sky. Think of the noise they must have made — and that is before the bombs began to hit.
The actual number was 1,047 bombers — quite a few crewed by student pilots and instructors!
This was 2.5x larger than any previous RAF raid.
1,455 tons of bombs were dropped.
The Glorious, Indomitable British ‘Royal Air Force’ (RAF) Came To Be This Day 99-Years Ago — April 1, 1918. REJOICE!
The OLDEST Air Force in the World.
May not be the biggest or the most powerful in terms of weaponry BUT no other Air Force can even come close to its record of valor and victory.
No other Air Force can boast of anything even approaching the magnificence of the ‘Battle of Britain‘.
It is an Air Force that has never seen defeat in a war. Ah! The Falklands War!
I am so proud of the RAF. They always give me chills.
Thank YOU, RAF.
And next year, 100 YEARS!
PLEASE join me a rousing rendition of “Rule Britannia“.