RAF Centenary Celebration, Washington, D.C.
By invitation of the British Embassy, B-25D “Grumpy,” painted in RAF livery, will cross the country for three days of memorials and commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force. On April 15th the Udvar-Hazy facility of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum will feature airworthy examples of twenty types at one time flown by the RAF including the B-25, Spitfires, Mustangs, Hurricanes and a Lancaster bomber from Canada. On the 16th, these aircraft will fly in formation over the memorial of the U.S. Air Force, that day adapted for use by the Royal Air Force. The following day (permissions pending), the formations will fly down the Potomac, abeam the White House and along the Smithsonian Mall toward the Capitol. The HFF crew for this trip will include several “Mitchell Members.” If you would like to participate with HFF in “RAF 100,” contact Visitor Services at 425.348.3200.
The British are coming to the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center! Join us as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the oldest air force in the world — Great Britain’s Royal Air Force (RAF) — with a fly-in, presentations, and hands-on activities.
- Check out over ten former RAF aircraft, flown in and on display at the Udvar-Hazy Center for one day only. Aircraft flying in for the day include Spitfires, a B25 Mitchell, and a P51 Mustang.
- Listen to talks by RAF officers and Museum experts about the history of the Royal Air Force and RAF aircraft.
- Learn about the Museum’s Sopwith Camel, one of the most significant and famous of all World War I aircraft, now on permanent display at the Center.
- Enjoy performances from the RAF Band and drill displays from the Queens Colour Squadron.
I remember someone booking in at a US base and the guy at the desk asking which Service and the response being "Royal Air Force", the guy on the desk says "Yes but which one? Australian, Canadian, New Zealand ?" the response of "THE Royal Air Force" met wih a hushed "Ooooh"
Happy Birthday RAF, only a fool would have formed on April 1st...
Edited by TonyT, 07 March 2018 - 03:13 PM.