Events for Saturday 1st April 2017


On This Day in History

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Royal Air Force Formed

1st April 1918

Founded during the First World War by the amalgamation of the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service, the RAF is the world's oldest air force which became independent of army or naval control. The RAF operates over 850 aircraft and, as of 31 March 2008, has a projected trained strength of 41,440 regular personnel.

Further Reading

The Royal Air Force: 90 Years On
(Commemorative magazine)

This year sees the ninetieth anniversary of the formation of the Royal Air Force. It was founded during the First World War by the amalgamation of the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service, and is the world's oldest air force which became independent of army or navalRead more...

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