As we enter 2018, the final preparations are now underway for the vast programme of events taking place to celebrate the Royal Air Force’s 100th birthday.
Throughout this year the RAF will be asking the public to join with it and commemorate the history of the RAF and all those who have served in it. From the earliest veterans in the First World War, through to ‘The Few’ of the Battle of Britain, right up to those who have recently left, we want to highlight the commitment and sacrifice these men and women have made in service to their country.
In our 100th year we will show the important role the RAF continues to play in serving the British people and our allies across the globe, from helping in civil emergencies to keeping UK airspace safe.
The key events for RAF100 will kick off on 31 March with a celebratory concert at the Royal Albert Hall, followed immediately followed by more celebrations on 1 April. After a service at St Clement Danes in London, the RAF100 Baton relay will be launched. The baton will make its away around the UK and the world, visiting sites important to the RAF and visiting local communities. The relay will finish on 10 July 2018, 100 days after the 1 April at Westminster Abbey. Here a service for the RAF will take place, followed by a parade along the Mall and the largest planned flypast in recent memory.
Events will also be held in local communities by RAF stations and in cities across the UK. Have a look at our map to see if there is happening near you. Our programme of events will continue to grow throughout the year so keep checking back for developments.
Finally, RAF100 will offer the opportunity to provide future generations with new possibilities. RAF100’s greatest legacy will be the Inspire programme, which will introduce a generation of young people to the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematical (STEM) careers.