Pilots with Tornado

Global Force

David Willis gives a contemporary overview of the RAF’s structure, assets and worldwide commitments.


It is 96 years since the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service merged to form the Royal Air Force. While the differences between the RAF as it was on April 1, 1918, and as it is today are too numerous to list, one similarity is obvious. Just as on its first day, RAF personnel continue to risk their lives overseas in the service of their country.

Although squadrons and units of the RAF have served around the world in every year of its existence, only recently has the service been organised to deploy rapidly to any point on the globe.

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