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Centenary of the Royal Air Force - RAF100

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RAF flypast over The Mall. Image courtesy of MHP Communications
Reflect on 100 years of the Royal Air Force with a series of concerts, exhibitions and galas. Read More


Celebrate and commemorate the centenary of the Royal Air Force with a series of events taking place as part of RAF100. 

The Royal Air Force (RAF) was formed on 1 April 1918, when the British Army's Royal Flying Corps merged with the Royal Naval Air Service during the First World War to become the world’s first independent military air force. 

Look back on the RAF’s impressive history with family-friendly activities, fascinating exhibitions and a thrilling flypast over Buckingham Palace.

Royal Air Force Centenary Gala at the Royal Albert Hall

Exterior view of the Royal Albert Hall's North Entrance lit up at dusk

Enjoy a wonderful evening of ceremony, comedy, music and entertainment, hosted by Carol Vorderman and Dan Snow, at the Royal Air Force Centenary Gala. This event features music from the Bands of the Royal Air Force, the Royal Air Force Squadronaires, Salon Orchestra and the Queen’s Colour Squadron of the Royal Air Force. 31 Mar

RAF Cetenary Concert: 100 Years of British Music at the Barbican

Celebrate the RAF’s 100th anniversary with the London Concert Choir, as they perform some of best classical music by British composers in the last century at the Barbican. Listen to stunning pieces by Parry, Walton and Britten, as well as new work by Roderick Williams. 11 Jun

Royal Air Force Museum exhibition openings

Explore the RAF Museum following a multi-million-pound transformation of its site in north west London. Two new galleries invite visitors to consider the heroic individuals behind the blue uniforms as you learn about the first 100 years of the RAF, while a third exhibition examines RAF operations from the Falklands conflict. Jun TBC

National Aircraft Tour at Horse Guards Parade

Examine current and historic aircraft at a free installation as it makes a stop at Horse Guards Parade during its nationwide tour. Alongside showcasing famous aircrafts, the display celebrates RAF servicemen and women using cutting-edge technology. 6-9 Jul

RAF100 Parade and Flypast at The Mall

Royal AIrforce Planes fly across a blue sky over Buckingham Palace

Wave a flag and watch the fantastic spectacle of 1,500 servicemen and women proudly marching in the RAF 100 Parade. This centrepiece of the 100th year celebrations is completed with a stunning flypast, featuring up to 100 current and historic aircraft, over Buckingham Palace. 10 Jul

Family Spitfire Run at the RAF Museum 

Dress the family up in 1940s attire, complete with victory rolls and flying jackets, for the Family Spitfire Run around the newly landscaped RAF Museum site. After completing the gentle run, wear your shining medal with pride and stick around to watch the Spitfire 10K run, which sees 800 participants streaming through the historic airfield. 1 Sep

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