Parliament commemorates the RAF

Last month saw the commemoration of King George V signing the Air Force (Constitution) Act 1917 into law. This act of parliament laid the foundations for the formation of the Royal Air Force less than a year later. A number of events took place last month to commemorate this historic occasion.

On the 23 November Robert Courts, the Member of Parliament for Witney, led a debate in Parliament around the Air Force (Constitution) Act 1917.

He took time to commemorate the decision to form the Royal Air Force, and the important role it has since played in serving, protecting and defending this country. Members of Parliament joined Mr Courts in the debate, echoing the important role the RAF continues to play.

On the 29 November, the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Armed Forces invited serving members of the RAF and the wider RAF family to parliament to celebrate the signing of the act, which included a viewing of the original document signed by King George V.

The APPG for the Armed Forces were keen to mark this occasion because the Royal Air Force has the distinction of being the only branch of the British Armed Forces to have been formed by an act of parliament.

We hope these celebrations offer a brief snapshot of what is planned over the next year to celebrate 100 years of the Royal Air Force.