Saturday 31 March 2018

Details of celebrations to mark the 100th Birthday of the RAF this year

On 1 April 2018, the Royal Air Force is celebrating its 100th birthday. To mark this momentous occasion, we want to reflect on the history and the achievements of the RAF. We also want to celebrate the work the RAF is currently doing and look forward to the next 100 years. 

The centenary itself will be marked by special events, activities and other initiatives at local, regional and national levels running from April to the end of November 2018.

The RAF Museum in Hendon has a full programme of events, click here for details.

Following logbbying by the Barnet Eye and other local organisations, Barnet Council has released a commemorative video celebrating the links between the Borough and RAF Hendon. It is well worth  a watch. There will also be a civic celebration, details to be announced.

The centrepiece of RAF100 will take place on 10 July, with a centenary service in Westminster Abbey, followed by a parade in The Mall and spectacular flypast over Buckingham Palace. 

The RAF100 Static Aircraft Tour will be coming to a city near you this year. There are opportunities to get involved with our city collections in Cardiff, London, Newcastle, Birmingham, Glasgow and Manchester. You will also be able to get up close to a selection of aircraft. 

The RAF Museum will be unveiling its multi-million-pound transformation of the museum’s Hendon site which will welcome visitors to discover a new green heart of the community in Colindale, reflecting the historic RAF Hendon airfield. 

To celebrate the centenary, prayers will be said at the 10am service at St Michael and All Angels Church in Mill Hill tomorrow. I am honoured to have been asked to lead the prayer, in recognition of the wartime service of my Father, who was a Flight lieutenant in the RAF, serving with 40 Squadron in the UK, North Africa and Italy during world war II. Please join us. 

More information about the 100th Anniversary of the RAF here.

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