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On 1 April 2018, the Royal Air Force celebrated its 100th birthday. To mark this occasion, we reflected on our history and our achievements. We also celebrated the work the RAF is currently doing and look forward to the next 100 years.

The centenary itself has been marked by special events, activities and other initiatives at local, regional and national levels running from April to the end of September 2018. 

The centrepiece of RAF100 celebrations took place on 10 July, with a centenary service in Westminster Abbey, followed by a parade in The Mall and spectacular flypast over Buckingham Palace.

One of the many events was the Centenary Baton Relay which saw a specially designed baton visit 100 sites associated with the RAF in 100 days. The relay began its journey at the Royal Courts of Justice on 1 April 2018 and ended 100 days later on 10 July on Horseguards Parade. Click here to see the journey.

The RAF100 Aircraft Tour visited Cardiff, London, NewcastleBirminghamGlasgow and Manchester. It gave members of the public a chance to get up close to a selection of aircraft and find out more about the technology behind some of the aircraft in the TechnoZone.

Hopefully you have been able to enjoy the spectacle of airshows at RAF Cosford, Portrush in Northern Ireland and the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford, to name a few.

The RAF Museum unveiled its multi-million-pound transformation of the museum’s Hendon site, welcoming visitors to discover a new green heart of the community in Colindale, reflecting the historic RAF Hendon airfield. 

We were present at the Royal Welsh Show and there was an RAF theme at this year's Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. 

With a full calendar of events across the country, and the globe, this continues to be an amazing year for the RAF. We hope you've been able to come along and celebrate with us.