100 Years of the RAF

Well done to the RAF

Stephen Liddell

This week sees the 100th anniversary of the oldest dedicated air force in the world, the Royal Airforce or RAF.

The formation of the RAF was partly a bureaucratic cost-saving exercise by the Prime Minister Lloyd George. He wanted to bring down the expense of having two air forces in the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service by amalgamating them into one.

There were two organisations costing lots of money. The army and navy were negotiating their own contracts, ordering their own aircraft and doubling up on training, so the PM said ‘enough is enough’.”

At the time the military was also exploring the idea of broadening the role of aviation. During the war, planes had been tethered solely to the needs of the army and navy, but now the government was looking at using them to strategically bomb German cities and defend Britain.


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