COMMEMORATE, CELEBRATE, INSPIRE
On 1 April 2018, the Royal Air Force celebrated its 100th birthday. To mark this occasion, we want to reflect on our history and our achievements. We also want to celebrate the work the RAF is currently doing and look forward to the next 100 years.
The centenary itself will be marked by special events, activities and other initiatives at local, regional and national levels running from April to the end of November 2018.
The centrepiece of RAF100 will take place on 10 July, with a centenary service in Westminster Abbey, followed by a parade in The Mall and spectacular flypast over Buckingham Palace.
Key events include a Gala concert at the Royal Albert Hall on 31 March.
One of the many events will be the Centenary Baton Relay which will see a specially designed baton visit 100 sites associated with the RAF in 100 days. The relay will begin its journey at the Royal Courts of Justice on 1 April 2018 and will end 100 days later on 10 July on Horseguards Parade.
The RAF100 Aircraft Tour will be coming to a city near you this year. You will be able to get up close to a selection of aircraft in Cardiff, Horse Guards Parade in London, Newcastle in Northern Ireland, Birmingham, Glasgow and Manchester.
You can also enjoy the spectacle of airshows at RAF Cosford, Portrush in Northern Ireland and the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford.
The RAF Museum will be unveiling its multi-million-pound transformation of the museum’s Hendon site which will welcome visitors to discover a new green heart of the community in Colindale, reflecting the historic RAF Hendon airfield.
And there will be an RAF theme at this year’s Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in August.
With a full calendar of events across the country, and the globe, this will be an exciting year for the RAF. We hope you will be able to come along and celebrate with us.