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RAF Celebrates 100 years

July 2018

The Royal Air Force celebrates 100 years this year with a range of events and celebrations to mark the centenary of the UK's airborne forces. Interested in the history of the Royal Air Force? If so, this is the year to visit the UK. The RAF100 Aircraft Tour puts on public display iconic aircraft from WW1, WW11, the Cold War and beyond in city locations across the country from July through to September 2018.

The Queen and other members of the Royal Family, together with thousands of spectators crowding the Mall,  watched a fly past from the balcony of Buckingham Palace on the 10th of July with 100 Royal Airforce aircraft taking part. This was a true showcase for the Royal Airforce with everything from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight to the Red Arrows on display. The latest addition to the RAF was also part of the fly past. The new F35s had their first public outing as a reminder of the ongoing development of the RAF.

Some of the RAF's most iconic aircraft can be seen on a visit to the UK. The Battle of Britain Memoral Flight is based at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, where the visitor centre is open to the public on weekdays and hangar tours are available to view these WW11 aircraft. The Red Arrows are in the middle of their summer display season with more opportunities to view the stunning air displays by the world's most famous display team. They can be seen at the Royal Military Tattoo at Fairford over the next few days, the Farnborough Airshow on the 20th -22nd July, Eastbourne and Bournemouth Airshows in August to name but a few of the venues where they will be flying. 

Although it is not possible to fly in a Lancaster Bomber it is possible to take a taxy ride in one. The Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre at East Kirkby in Lincolnshire offers the opporunity to take a taxy ride in its Avro Lancaster giving you the opportunity to experience the vibrations, smells and sounds of a real Lancaster Bomber operating on a real World War 11 airfield in front of the original control tower. A truly amazing experience. 

The RAF Museum in London has undergone a transformation for the 100th Anniversary of the RAF with three new galleries, a new visitor centre and new restuarant housed in a 1930's aircraft building. Visitors can see the history of the RAF, where it is heading in the future and test their flying skills! The National Lottery has provided funding to revamp the Museum to provide a fitting venue for the Centenary of the RAF. 

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The Red Arrows over the Mall and Buckingham Palace as part of the RAF 100 flypast
Take a ride in a Lancaster Bomber at The Lincolnshire Heritage Aviation Centre