Happy Birthday

#1
On 29 November 1917 an Act of Parliament establishing an Air Force and an Air Council received the Royal Assent. The Royal Air Force came into existence on 1 April 1918.


Lord Trenchard, when later described as the ‘Father of the RAF’, would always state that this was not the case; in his opinion, the true Father of the RAF was Lieutenant General Sir David Henderson.
 
#2
Red Arrows are about to fly past my office window to celebrate............
 
#4
90 years doesn't constitute a history, more of a collection of occurrences, or bad habits! Upstarts the lot of 'em.
 
#5
tiger stacker said:
Royal Air Force came into existence on 1 April 1918.
Its about time someone came clean and admitted it was only ever an April fools trick and no one ever intended to take Crab air seriously.

Well apart from the Battle of Britain, I'll give them that. :D
 
#6
minister_doh_nut said:
tiger stacker said:
Royal Air Force came into existence on 1 April 1918.
Its about time someone came clean and admitted it was only ever an April fools trick and no one ever intended to take Crab air seriously.

Well apart from the Battle of Britain, I'll give them that. :D
But for every Battle of Britain, there's a Port Stanley airfield.

In fact there's only the Battle of Britain, but the Falklands alone also contributed the delivery of Paveway to the Brazilians.

Happy 90th Birthday - one day your habits may become traditions, but not yet.
 
#7
First HQ in a commandeered hotel in the Strand .....

backsliding and living in hotels at least 1 country away from the front line ever since....

Apparently there will be a full march past of half mast, grey, man made fibre trousers, white socks and plastic slip on shoes this afternoon, the resulting static charge will power the borough of Greenwich until 2009.

Lets see if they celebrate their 100th before being amalgamated back into the Army/Navy to cut down drastically on sudden maintenance issues in exotic locations and resulting hotel bills that would fund the other 2 services for 5 years apiece.

And did I mention they're all homo's?....even the homo's.
 
#8
Augustus said:
But for every Battle of Britain, there's a Port Stanley airfield.
Indeed, but for me that worthy of a bit of a salute..... not because they would have done more damage with a full throttle low pass but for the way they got there and back.

Still nonces though
 
#9
Augustus said:
minister_doh_nut said:
tiger stacker said:
Royal Air Force came into existence on 1 April 1918.
Its about time someone came clean and admitted it was only ever an April fools trick and no one ever intended to take Crab air seriously.

Well apart from the Battle of Britain, I'll give them that. :D
But for every Battle of Britain, there's a Port Stanley airfield.

In fact there's only the Battle of Britain, but the Falklands alone also contributed the delivery of Paveway to the Brazilians.

Happy 90th Birthday - one day your habits may become traditions, but not yet.
Top tips: prior to engaging in banter, it's always best to get your facts correct first!! :roll:

Regards,
MM
 
#10
A great day for those in Light Blue ... Happy Birthday to us :party:




By a minor coincidence, I was commissioned on this memorable day as well ... marked as "The Day I Fooled The System", perhaps :lol:

I shall pour a glass shortly, having first donned my ceremonial white socks [sadly the Farahs don't fit any more], and raise a glass to The Royal Air Force ... and all who currently sail in it.
 
#11
I have got my facts right, the RAF did take part in the Battle of Britain.
 
#12
minister_doh_nut said:
I have got my facts right, the RAF did take part in the Battle of Britain.
Indeed ... and the Battle of the Atlantic, The Battle for Berlin and a few other events as well. North-West Frontier pre-war, something in the Far East during the war, some stuff in Iraq and Egypt and Aden and Oman and Borneo ... you know, "stuff". :wink:
 
#13
Happy Brithday to us. By way of celebration I am going to set fire to the Air Terminal at Brize Norton. Anyone else up for it?
 
#14
blue_sophist said:
A great day for those in Light Blue ... Happy Birthday to us :party:




By a minor coincidence, I was commissioned on this memorable day as well ... marked as "The Day I Fooled The System", perhaps :lol:

I shall pour a glass shortly, having first donned my ceremonial white socks [sadly the Farahs don't fit any more], and raise a glass to The Royal Air Force ... and all who currently sail in it.
You were commissioned on 1st April 1918! That explains a lot :wink:
 
#15
Not to put a sour note on the crabs celebrations, but the Fleet Air arm are celebrating their Centenary this year too, We have been doing it longer and better than the crabs!!

FLY NAVY
 
#16
flynavy said:
Not to put a sour note on the crabs celebrations, but the Fleet Air Arm are celebrating their Centenary this year too, We have been doing it longer and better than the crabs!!

FLY NAVY
... as I used to, once upon a biplane :wink:

However, the RAF's history is continuous, unlike some other people.
On 1 April 1924, the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Air Force was formed, encompassing those RAF units that normally embarked on aircraft carriers and fighting ships. On 14 May 1937 the Fleet Air Arm was returned to Admiralty control.
Oh, BTW ... my grandfather was RNAS, until 1 Apr 18 when he was transferred to the RAF along with the rest of them!! Still, we did allow the RNAS the 200-series of Sqn numbers, to recognise their former service to the Nation. Which is why it's alway "Two-Sixteen Sqn", never "Two One Six"

Anyway, knock off 6 years for 1918-1924 ... and another 13 for the RAF-owned FAA ...
So ... 100 - 6 - 13 = Happy 81st Birthday, FAA. :lol: :lol:
 
#17
minister_doh_nut said:
I have got my facts right, the RAF did take part in the Battle of Britain.
My comment was aimed at Augustus.
 
#18
Saw the flypast today, very impressive. The typhoons looked as if they were struggling to maintain a slow speed, like driving a ferrari in first I suppose
 
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