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British RAF 100-Year Birthday, Royal Flypast Videos — July 10, 2018.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Air_Force


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. 


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This Day, August 31, Is Special In The Storied History Of The Harrier Jump Jet.

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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.



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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.

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Members of No. 106 Squadron RAF, including their Commanding Officer, Wing Commander Guy Gibson (standing middle, front row), celebrate on their return to Coningsby, Lincolnshire, from the ‘Thousand Bomber’ raid on Cologne, Germany. The Squadron’s Avro Manchesters, in the course of replacement by Lancasters at this time, are parked off the perimeter track in the background.


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.

To be fair the Germans had it coming. They had been mercilessly bombing Britain.


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The Glorious, Indomitable British ‘Royal Air Force’ (RAF) Came To Be This Day 99-Years Ago — April 1, 1918. REJOICE!

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Click to access official RAF Website.



Click to ENLARGE and read here. From ‘C3i e-magazine’ — with gratitude.


From the RAF Website (see above).


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Air_Force




The RAF, SUPREME, during the Falklands War.

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.

Happy Birthday.

And next year, 100 YEARS!

PLEASE join me a rousing rendition of “Rule Britannia“.


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