When Was The Royal Air Force Formed?

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When Was The Royal Air Force Formed?

Jordan Letchford
October 11th, 2017
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At ninety-nine years old, the Royal Air Force is the oldest Air Force in the world. The RAF describes its missions as an agile, adaptable and capable Air Force that, person for person, is second to none. The purpose of the Royal Air Force is to support the objectives of the British Military of Defence (MOD), which includes upholding the security and defence of the United Kingdom and oversees territories.

 

Prior to the First World War, Britain’s air force consisted of the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) and the Royal Navy Air Service (RNAS). At the time of the Great War breaking out, the RFC had eighty-four aircraft and the RNAS has seventy-one aircraft and seven airships.

 

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Throughout the War, the Germans led in the skies with their advanced air strategies and technologies. The German’s sophistication meant that Britain was losing the fight in the sky. As well as this, Britain was suffering from repeated bombing raids, that were causing frustration at home. This need to change eventually led to British Military Planners pushing for a separate air ministry to carry out strategic bombing and tackle the Germans head-on.

 

Then, on the 1st of April 1918, after merging the RFC and RNAS, the RAF we know today was born.

 

 

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“ This need to change eventually led to British Military Planners pushing for a separate air ministry to carry out strategic bombing and tackle the Germans head-on. ”

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