RAF100 - Royal Air Force centenary
The Royal Air Force (RAF) was formed towards the end of the First World War on 1 April 1918 and is the oldest independent air force in the world.
2018 will mark 100 years of the Royal Air Force with a programme of public events at national and regional levels.
RAF100 will launch officially on 31st March 2018 with an opening concert at the Royal Albert Hall and run for approximately six months.
RAF100 Parade & Flypast:
The centrepiece of RAF100 will take place on 10th July 2018, with a centenary service in Westminster Abbey, followed by a parade in The Mall and mass flypast. This will be an unparalleled spectacle in modern times, with the potential to reach a global audience of millions of people. More information on the RAF100 flypast can be found here.
Several airshows will be commemorating the centenary of the Royal Air Force including the RAF Cosford Airshow in Shropshire, the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, and Northern Ireland Airshow in Portrush. You can see a UK Airshow Calendar of events here.
RAF100 National Aircraft Tours:
The RAF100 National Aircraft Tours are public displays of iconic aircraft in city locations around the country including Cardiff, London, Newcastle (Northern Ireland), Birmingham, Glasgow and Manchester. The tour will include a range of aircraft covering the RAF's history, from WW1, to WW2, to the Cold War, to the modern age, and you will be able to get up close to a selection of aircraft. There will also be an educational zone focussed on aviation and aerospace activities, designed to encourage interest and participation from young people.
The main RAF100 events in 2018:
OPENING CONCERT - Royal Albert Hall, London - 31 March
RAF100 BATON RELAY COMMENCES - 1 April
NATIONAL AIRCRAFT TOUR - Cardiff City Hall Gardens - 16/20 May
RAF COSFORD AIRSHOW - 10 June
RAF MUSEUM RE-OPENING CEREMONY - London - 21 June
NATIONAL AIRCRAFT TOUR - Horse Guards Parade, London - 6/9 July
RAF100 PARADE & FLYPAST - The Mall, London - 10 July - more info.
ROYAL INTERNATIONAL AIR TATTOO - RAF Fairford - 13/15 July
NORTHERN IRELAND AIRSHOW - Portrush - 4/5 August
NATIONAL AIRCRAFT TOUR - Newcastle, Northern Ireland - 4/5 August
NATIONAL AIRCRAFT TOUR - Victoria Square, Birmingham - 25/27 August
NATIONAL AIRCRAFT TOUR - Glasgow Science Centre - 1/2 September
NATIONAL AIRCRAFT TOUR - Cathedral Gardens, Manchester - 15/16 September
BATTLE OF BRITAIN SERVICE - London - 16 September
The charities associated with the Royal Air Force have a proud tradition of supporting the whole RAF Family. Together they provide help to those serving their country and their dependants, as well as veterans and the next generation.
RAF100 provides great opportunities to build on the successes of the past 100 years and raise additional funds for the RAF Family. To maximise the opportunities that our centenary year brings, the RAF100 Appeal is being run as a joint venture between:
The Royal Air Force
The RAF Association
The RAF Benevolent Fund
The RAF Charitable Trust
The RAF Museum
Fundraising undertaken during RAF100 will be coordinated by the joint venture. The money raised will be shared between the four charities and other related charitable causes.