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100th aniversary of the Royal Air Force today

Old 29th Nov 2017, 12:36
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100th aniversary of the Royal Air Force today

Raised in the House of Commons today, that today is the actual 100th aniversary of the RAF, in that the Act of Parliament founding the service was presented to the House and was voted through unopposed.

The Royal Air Force as we know came into physical existance on the 1st April 1918.

Those serving past and present happy birthday and those serving at home and on operations stay safe.
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Hand Salute!

What a tremendous history the RAF has...due to those who have served and those who continue to carry on the traditions of service.
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Old 29th Nov 2017, 12:48
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Happy birthday and roll on the 200th when the by then 200 remaining RAF personnel can celebrate in style.
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Old 29th Nov 2017, 12:53
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Post #3. Well done.

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Happy Technical/Administrative Birthday to us ... but I'll wait until 1 April 2018, if that's OK.


And a Happy 13,000th to NutLoose
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Does he get a cake too?
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Apparently, we are going to "commemorate, celebrate, and inspire." In these days of bomb and go home capability, I wonder what there is to inspire?
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Old 29th Nov 2017, 17:40
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Raised in the House of Commons today, that today is the actual 100th aniversary of the RAF, in that the Act of Parliament founding the service was presented to the House and was voted through unopposed.
Doesn’t quite work that way. As the joke goes...

Worker knocks on boss’s door on Monday and says, “boss can I have tomorrow off?”.

“Why?”, asks the boss. “Because my wife is going to have a baby”, he replies.

“Certainly!”, the boss replies, and off the man goes with a smile on his face.

Wednesday the boss goes round to the workers desk and finds him looking tired but happy.

“Well?”, he asks the worker. “What?”, responds the worker.

“The baby”, the boss replies testily, “boy or girl?”

“Don’t be silly”, the worker replies, “we won’t know that for another 9 months”......
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Does anyone know what celebrations are being organised for next year?
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Old 29th Nov 2017, 18:51
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I still think 1st April is a more appropriate date, all things considered !
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Old 29th Nov 2017, 19:19
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Raised in the House of Commons today, that today is the actual 100th aniversary of the RAF
It is the 1st April 1918. Ignore political dates that today's HoC babies would prefer to choose
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Old 29th Nov 2017, 19:32
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Salute!

A group that I was honored to associate with for an aviation career, including one instructor and another exchange pilot in my fighter squad and all the staff folks later in my life.

"Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few"

What a tribute.

So from a colonist, I offer my old flight's toast as we down some Jermiah Weed. It comes from a British toast with our own modification.

"So hold your goblets steady, for we come from a brotherhood that flies,
Here's a toast to the dead already, and a low fast pass for the next man that dies"

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Old 29th Nov 2017, 20:04
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Originally Posted by Wander00 View Post
Does he get a cake too?
Piece of cake
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Old 29th Nov 2017, 20:48
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Originally Posted by jindabyne View Post
It is the 1st April 1918. Ignore political dates that today's HoC babies would prefer to choose
No Act or Parliament would have meant no Royal Air Force, we’d have all been wearing brown for the past or nearly 100 years.
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No Act or Parliament would have meant no Royal Air Force, we’d have all been wearing brown for the past or nearly 100 years.
Regardless. The formal anniversary of the foundation of the RAF was 1 Apr 1918; its anniversary, accepted as such in perpetuity. As will be well celebrated next year. As you well know.

When I walked into the pub tonight, people said that I must be celebrating the 'anniversary'. Sadly, they had been 'duped' by nouveau politicians in the HoC.

Let's not rearrange history.

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Old 29th Nov 2017, 21:37
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Not having a copy of the Act to hand, I can't be sure, but I believe it set out the mechanism by which an Air Force would be formed - i.e. by an Order in Council. A draft Order had been prepared by 13 December 1917.

If Jan Smuts' report was effectively the conception of an independent Air Force, the Air Force Act might be regarded as the ante-natal class preparing for its birth on 1 April.

It took me a long time to realise that the choice of 1 April may represent the start of the Civil Service's financial year, and thus a new budget line.
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Old 29th Nov 2017, 21:38
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No Act or Parliament would have meant no Royal Air Force, we’d have all been wearing brown for the past or nearly 100 years.
Not true. Half of you would have been Dark Blue...
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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.
From the raf.mod.uk website
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Fret ye not, there is plenty planned for the ‘proper’ anniversary year. As the weather is not likely to be terribly good on 1 April, the main event is on 10 July - the first day of the Battle of Britain. Together with a special RIAT it should make a decent centrepiece. More events listed at the link, and the whole thing is meant to be wrapped up by early autumn to allow a respectful gap between our celebrations and the marking of 100 years since the Armistice.

As for tonight: there is a Parliamentary reception being held in honour of the RAF; in the middle of a difficult review anything that raises the service’s profile at Westminster must be welcomed!
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Old 29th Nov 2017, 21:56
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Does anyone know what celebrations are being organised for next year?
Perhaps a Typhoon through Tower Bridge?

I was on my Flying Scholarship when Al Pollock did it on the occasion of the 50th anniversary...
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