Over the last few months, regional airports across the UK have hosted RAF aircraft displays and members of the public have been able to meet serving personnel, find out about life in the RAF and see flypasts by modern and historic aircraft.
The idea to host these aircraft displays came from entrepreneur Sir Peter Rigby, chairman of Rigby Group which owns the airports.
Sir Peter is a former trustee of the RAF Museums, and is an Honorary Gp Capt in 601 (County of London) Sqn, whose principal roles are to provide advice to the Chief of the Air Staff and the RAF to help address important issues and provide access to new networks that the RAF has not traditionally been connected with.
As a young man, Sir Peter won an RAF flying scholarship but unfortunately had to turn it down due to his father losing his eyesight. Sir Peter instead started working in technology, set up his own company, and throughout his successful business career he has maintained strong links with the RAF. In the RAF’s 100th year, the Rigby celebrations have helped take RAF100 to parts of the country it didn’t otherwise cover, visiting regional airports that used to be RAF stations during WWII.