The Royal Air Force, or RAF, was formed towards the end of the First World War. It officially came into being on 1 April 1918 and is the oldest, independent air force in the world. This past weekend, Morten attended the Battle of Britain Airshow which was part of the celebration. Held at Duxford Airfield Morten was able to enjoy the aircraft on display as well as the varied British weather. The Imperial War Museum had organised a very interesting flying program, containing a wide range of aircraft types, including: eighteen Spirfires, five Hurricanes (one being a Sea Hurricane), two P-51s, two Yak-2s, one Lancaster, one B-17 and many more from other eras and conflicts. The flying display lasted for a solid five hours with constant take offs, landings and aircraft in the air. In addition to the historic aircraft there was an impressive display by the Red Arrows – the official RAF Aerobatic Team, and a look into the future with both a static and a flypast with the new Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II.
Full flying program can be seen here: Battle of Britain 2018 Airshow – Flying Program
As it was the 100 Year Anniversary for the RAF, the flying program included aircraft from the First World War and all the way up to the most modern fighter aircraft, some of them shown below.
Across the weekend, the number of aircraft on display and the condition in which they are kept served as a testament to all the men and women both currently serving in the RAF, but not only those who came before them, but off all men and women, regardless of nationality or politics who have served their countries in the air.