Over 100 days after Britain’s Royal Air Force (RAF)’s official 100th birthday, the RAF marked its centenary in a day of national celebrations with the participation of hundreds of aircraft and thousands of people. The celebrations culminated in a sensational flypast of 100 aircraft, including 22 Typhoon jets in an iconic “100” formation.
Over 1,000 RAF servicemen and women performed a ceremonial parade on The Mall in central London, along with almost 300 personnel lining the route, including people from a variety of roles and RAF stations, representing the full diversity of the current Air Force. Queen Elizabeth II honored the RAF with the presentation of a new Queen’s Colour at a ceremony on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace.
Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier said on the occasion: “Our founders one hundred years ago would be astounded by our air and space capabilities today, and what we have achieved throughout our history. But they would also be reassured that the identity, ethos and self-belief that they breathed into the Royal Air Force at our birth remains as fresh and powerful today as then.”—Agencies