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Post by Guest on Sun Apr 01, 2018 12:21 pm

[*]100 years ago today the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service merged to create the Royal Air Force
[*]A selection of pictures, marking the one hundredth anniversary of the Royal Air Force, have been released
[*]From Spitfire dog fights above London to daring Dambuster raids in the depths of Nazi-occupied Germany
[*]Witness the highs, the lows and the heroism of the airmen that defended Britain's interests in times of crisi


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5566791/RAF.html#ixzz5BQ1ys1oT 
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Post by 'Wolfie on Mon Apr 02, 2018 8:34 am

cheers

In another three years, Oz will be able to celebrate having the second oldest 'air force' in the British Commonwealth...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Royal_Australian_Air_Force

https://www.awm.gov.au/learn/understanding-military-structure/raaf

(Note where Oz was the first country in the "British Empire" to establish a flying school/flying corps..).

In America's case, the USA originally established its Flying Corp as an 'arm' of the USA Army, so it was actually nearly three decades behind Britain in having a separate stand-alone Air Force.  In 1947, in fact --  after WWII..

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_United_States_Air_Force

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Post by Fred Moletrousers on Mon Apr 02, 2018 9:23 am

Sobering thought: The Royal Air Force is 100 years old and I've been an RAF veteran for well over half that time!
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Post by nicko on Mon Apr 02, 2018 12:33 pm

Fred, have you had your "OP" yet, if so how did it go?
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Post by Fred Moletrousers on Tue Apr 03, 2018 7:29 am

nicko wrote:Fred, have you had your "OP" yet,  if so how did it go?

Not yet, but got an appointment with the surgeon at the Royal Papworth in a couple of weeks when I should find out more. At least I'm going to be at one of the country's best - if not the best - heart hospitals.
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Post by nicko on Tue Apr 03, 2018 9:54 am

Will keep fingers crossed for you.
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