The Royal Air Force has been central to the evolution of air power for 100 years. It is also the oldest independent air force in the world with origins that take it back to the earliest days of flight.
Author: Colin Higgs
Publisher: G2 Entertainment
Category: Military museums
The Royal Air Force has been central to the evolution of air power for 100 years. It is also the oldest independent air force in the world with origins that take it back to the earliest days of flight. Formed in 1918 while the outcome of the First World War was still in doubt the Royal Air Force has played a vital part in the defence of Britain and her allies for a century. 100 Years of the Royal Air Force is a fast-paced and authoritative account of the history, the aeroplanes, the technology and the people who have flown and fought for the service and it is illustrated with more than 150 great images from a wide variety of sources. It tells of the early days when the RAF was formed from the merger of the RFC and the RNAS; the fight to stay independent in the inter-war years; the vitally important battles fought during the Second World War - the Battle of Britain, the bomber campaign, Coastal Command s fight to maintain Britain s sealanes and the tireless work of Transport Command. The coming of jet aircraft revolutionised the work of the RAF as did the advent of flight refuelling, the missile and many other key inventions. The modern Royal Air Force, now smaller and constrained by budgets, has maintained its reputation as an agile, adaptable and capable force.
From its formation as an independent service in the dying days of World War I, its desperate fight against the Axis air forces in World War II, to its commitments during both the Cold War and modern times, this is the complete story of how ...
Author: Michael Napier
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
The world's first independent air force, the Royal Air Force celebrates its centenary in 2018. In the 100 years since the end of World War I, the service has been involved in almost continuous operations around the globe, giving the RAF the longest and most wide-ranging history of any air force in the world. But over the years this history has also become entangled with myths. The Royal Air Force: A Centenary of Operations will set the record straight, dispelling these as it uncovers – in both words and photographs – the true exploits and accomplishments of RAF personnel over the last 100 years. From its formation as an independent service in the dying days of World War I, its desperate fight against the Axis air forces in World War II, to its commitments during both the Cold War and modern times, this is the complete story of how the RAF has defended Britain for a century.
This involved considering the feasibility of assembling so many varied types of aircraft, all with different speeds and capabilities, in addition to concentrating them into a tight schedule to produce a virtually continuous stream of ...
Author: Kevin Lee Gatland
Publisher: Air World
On 10 July 2018, exactly 100 years and 100 days after the formation of the world's first independent air force, 103 aircraft of twenty-four types from twenty-five squadrons flew over London in the largest formation of military aircraft seen over the capital of the UK in nearly thirty years.Involving over 250 aircrew and operating out of fourteen military and two civilian airfields, with nineteen back-up aircraft and a stand-by air-to-air refuelling tanker, the Royal Air Force put on a unrivalled display to mark the centenary of its creation on 1 April 1918, in the closing months of the First World War. Exemplifying that long and proud history, was the Spitfire, Hurricane, Lancaster and Dakota of the Memorial Flight, as well as the enduring Hercules, with the newly-acquired F-35B Lightning displaying the RAF's continuing global importance.This book reveals how the flypast was conceived and examines the detailed planning involved in the event, written by someone who would know - the project manager and coordinator. The composition and size of the flypast was truly momentous, comprising virtually every type of aircraft that the RAF operated at the time.As Chief of Staff at the Tornado GR4 Force Headquarters operating from RAF Marham, and an experienced Tornado GR4 Navigator, Wing Commander Kevin Gatland had the task of pulling together all the necessary components, both military and civilian required to produce an unrivalled aerial display. This involved considering the feasibility of assembling so many varied types of aircraft, all with different speeds and capabilities, in addition to concentrating them into a tight schedule to produce a virtually continuous stream of aircraft over central London, with elements breaking off to pass over the northerly runway at Heathrow Airport, the RAF Memorial at Runnymede, Windsor Castle and the RAF Museum at Hendon.Beautifully illustrated with glorious colour in-flight photographs of the magnificent aircraft of the current RAF as well as the briefing and planning session, this book demonstrates the enormous range of factors that had to be taken into consideration to produce the amazing spectacle that was witnessed by the Queen from Buckingham Palace and the thousands who gathered in The Mall - an event captured in the pages of this fascinating book.
and RAPTOR – the reconnaissance pod acquired to operate on the RAF's fleet of
Tornado GR.4 aircraft. Looking back on its first 100 years has been a most
interesting and entertaining project but what is the future for the Royal Air Force?
Author: Keith Wilson
Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited
An alternative insight into what has really impacted on the RAF in its first century. Profusely illustrated with images from the Air Historical Branch.
Furthermore, the RAF is a way of life and so I wanted to include objects that
helped me cover the ethos and culture of the ... from the outset that the book had
to be balanced and so the 100 objects would have to be spread across 100 years
Author: Peter Jacobs
Publisher: The History Press
It was in the closing year of the First World War, on 1 April 1918, that the Royal Air Force was born from the amalgamation of the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service. Since then, the RAF has helped lead the world in the development of aviation and air warfare. From the fighters and bombers of the Second World War, through the early jet age and into modern remotely piloted air systems, the last hundred years’ development has been astronomical, and the human story no less impressive. Here Peter Jacobs gathers the most poignant objects of the RAF’s proud history and displays them together, in full splendid colour, for the first time. Aircraft, memorials, uniforms, equipment, and some items you would never expect – it’s all here, ready to be explored.
Though flying had already commenced in 1936, Wolverhampton Airport did not
officially open until 27 June 1938, exactly twentyeight years after Dunstall Park.
Themunicipal airport wastaken over as atraining airfield,RAF Wolverhampton, ...
Author: Alec Brew
Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited
The fascinating history of Wolverhampton's airports.
The Interwar Years 100 Years of Air Power and Aviation. The argument that the ...
In fact, one of the problems of the postwar RAF was that Trenchard virtually hand-
picked the officer corps from RFC veterans of the Western Front. Others, too ...
Author: Robin D. S. Higham
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
In this precise, interpretive and informative volume, Higham looks at everything from the roots of strategic bombing and tactical air power to the lessons learned and unlearned during the invasion of Ethiopia, the war in China and the Spanish Civil War. He also considers the problems posed by jet aircraft in Korea and the use of Patriot missiles in the Persian Gulf. He covers anti-guerrilla operations, doctrine, industrial activities and equipment, as well as the development of commercial airlines.
However, the RAF was authorized from Churchill to use Window only from mid-
1943,12 with the immediate start of their mass production in England. The first
operational use of Window occurred in the night between July 24th and 25th,
Author: Gaspare Galati
Category: Technology & Engineering
This book offers fascinating insights into the key technical and scientific developments in the history of radar, from the first patent, taken out by Hülsmeyer in 1904, through to the present day. Landmark events are highlighted and fascinating insights provided into the exceptional people who made possible the progress in the field, including the scientists and technologists who worked independently and under strict secrecy in various countries across the world in the 1930s and the big businessmen who played an important role after World War II. The book encourages multiple levels of reading. The author is a leading radar researcher who is ideally placed to offer a technical/scientific perspective as well as a historical one. He has taken care to structure and write the book in such a way as to appeal to both non-specialists and experts. The book is not sponsored by any company or body, either formally or informally, and is therefore entirely unbiased. The text is enriched by approximately three hundred images, most of which are original and have been accessed by detailed searches in the archives.
... in world affairs, just over 100 years old, it is unsurprising that the Royal Air Force is the youngest of Britain's three armed services by several hundred years.
Notwithstanding its junior service status, the amount of investment in the RAF and
Author: Alastair Finlan
This book explores and compares the contemporary military cultures of the United States and the United Kingdom. The last decade has witnessed astonishing global events, from 9/11 and military operations in Afghanistan in the same year, to the military intervention in Libya in 2011. Western military forces have been involved in all of these campaigns and have been engaged in continuous military operations for over ten years. It is therefore now apt to focus a spotlight on the military cultures of these state-based armed forces. This book examines how contemporary American and British military culture is formed, focusing explicitly on the six major military institutions. The author dedicates a chapter to each of these institutions with each one sharing a unifying analytical framework. These chapters explore the formation and sustenance of US/UK military culture under the rubric of common themes that include social origins, transformative events, leaders, approaches to war, technology and contemporary identity. To conclude, the book considers the impact of the War on Terror on the military cultures of the US and UK, as well as likely directions for the future. This book will be of much interest to students of military studies, strategic studies, security studies and comparative politics.
With troops pulling out of Afghanistan in 2014, 31 Squadron have now completed a circular history, and there seems no better time than now to commit it to print.Each and every facet of this long and varied history is relayed in a style that ...
Author: Ian Hall
Publisher: Casemate Publishers
Number 31 Squadron RAF will celebrate its centenary in 2015; a pivotal milestone for a Squadron engaged at the forefront of military activity for the past 100 years. With a number of events lined up to celebrate this important anniversary, former Commanding Officer of the Squadron, Ian Hall, has set himself the ambitious task of penning the Squadron's entire history, from formation right up to current-day activities. This lively and informative narrative is interspersed with first-hand accounts taken from interviews conducted with the men who made/make up the Squadron. The first twenty-five years of the Squadron's history were spent on India's North-West Frontier, hence the Squadron motto 'First in the Indian Skies'. During the Second World War, it was occupied mainly in the Middle East and North Africa, before moving to the Burma theatre for the remainder of the war. Upon returning to the UK in 1948, the Squadron performed communications duties until, in 1955, it joined the Cold War in West Germany, operating successively in reconnaissance and strike/attack roles. Operational deployment in recent years has seen the Squadron deployed during the Gulf War, the Iraq War, in Kosovo, and Afghanistan. With troops pulling out of Afghanistan in 2014, 31 Squadron have now completed a circular history, and there seems no better time than now to commit it to print.Each and every facet of this long and varied history is relayed in a style that serves to provide an account that is at once celebratory and objective when it comes to recording not only the facts of the various deployments but also the personal stories of the men behind the headlines.
To celebrate the RAF’s first 100 years, this Haynes Manual showcases the top 100 technical innovations that have been used and/or devised by the Service over the past century--some large like the variable geometry (or swing) wing, and ...
Author: Jonathan Falconer
Publisher: Haynes Publishing UK
To celebrate the RAF’s first 100 years, this Haynes Manual showcases the top 100 technical innovations that have been used and/or devised by the Service over the past century--some large like the variable geometry (or swing) wing, and others that were small but still vital like the dambusters’ hand-held wooden triangulation bomb sight--and describes how they worked.
Taking its title from the squadron’s motto, ‘Vigilant’, the book starts with the formation of Naval 8 as a scout squadron on the Western Front during the First World War.
Author: Graham Pitchfork
Publisher: Grub Street Publishing
208 Squadron based at RAF Valley in Anglesey will be celebrating its 100th anniversary in October 2016, making it one of the few RAF squadrons to achieve this unique distinction whilst still part of the RAF’s current order of battle. To celebrate this achievement, Air Commodore Pitchfork has compiled a chronological history of the squadron’s main activities and personnel with the aim of illustrating the spirit, comradeship, and professionalism of the squadron. Taking its title from the squadron’s motto, ‘Vigilant’, the book starts with the formation of Naval 8 as a scout squadron on the Western Front during the First World War. It then continues through the various conflicts that Naval 8/208 Squadron has played a key role in, including the Second World War and Gulf War. The squadron’s move to Egypt in the inter-war years as an army cooperation squadron, which inspired the Gizah Sphinx motif for 208 Squadron, is also covered. Its modern-day role as an advanced flying training squadron concludes the squadron’s story. This history has been written with the use of important sources from the squadron’s archives, along with interviews from veterans and current members of the squadron. It also has the support of the squadron’s Old Comrade’s Association, which was pioneered and fostered by its first CO, Air Vice-Marshal Sir Geoffrey Bromet. The association is very active and one of the longest serving and strongest associations within the RAF.
During the First World War he rose to prominence and headed the RAF's
strategic bombing efforts in that conflict . By 1918 he had become Chief of the Air
Staff of the newly created RAF , a position to which he was reappointed in 1919 ...
Author: Gary Sheffield
Publisher: Sutton Pub Limited
This definitive anthology brings together over 12 military experts, who specialize in the fields of land, sea and air power to tell the story of armed conflict worldwide.
Written by Stephen R Davies, who served with the RAF Police for 25 years, this informative book is a concise global history of the Royal Air Force Police, written in the lead-up to the Centenary on 1 April 2018.
Author: Stephen R. Davies
Written by Stephen R Davies, who served with the RAF Police for 25 years, this informative book is a concise global history of the Royal Air Force Police, written in the lead-up to the Centenary on 1 April 2018. The full history is related in 6 e-books that are available on-line from the Amazon Kindle Store. Although a relatively small cadre, the force has excelled as a professional military police and security service during its first 100 years. Whether the reader is a serving or former member of the RAF Police, or anyone with an interest in modern military history, I am sure that all will enjoy this account of a unique branch of the Royal Air Force.
But one of the most critical factors in the Battle of this task could not be performed
until the RAF ' s fighter force Britain was not an airplane but a chain of primitive
radar stations had been eliminated . This was the overriding goal of the Luftwaffe
Author: Bill Sweetman
Introduction: Celebrating a century of conquering the air -- Experimentation takes flight -- Aviation goes to war -- Flight comes of age -- Aviation jets into the future -- Commercial aviation spreads its wings -- Aviation experiences some turbulence -- Aviation reaches for the stars -- Military aviation flies to the forefront -- Flying toward a second century.
These are graphically illustrated in this book, which delivers a compelling mixture of the exceptional, the unusual and the routine. It has been published at the request of the Royal Air Force as part of their centenary celebrations.
Author: Graham Pitchfork
The Royal Air Force Day by Day is a diary of significant daily events providing a fascinating record of the RAF's 100-year history, illustrated with more than 500 photographs. It describes not only the great air battles and major events, but also the tapestry of activities, traditions and culture that have created the rich history of the world's oldest Air Force. Central to this history are the experiences of RAF officers, airmen and women, ground trades and aircrew during war and peacetime. Created in April 1918, the RAF has made a major contribution to peacekeeping and offensive actions worldwide since the First World War and has maintained its position at the forefront of aviation and weapons technology.
100 years of achievement Below: Battle of Breitain veteran Wg Cdr Bob Foster
unveiled a new memorial stone in the ... the second Bristol 188 prototype (XF926)
got an airing on May 1 when RAF Cosford opened its doors and wheeled it into ...
RAF relay with the armature pivoted a bit in along the yoke . It has a lever - age
ratio of about 1 : 1 and is used for high contact loads and long release times . The
RAB and RAF relays have the same springsets and coils . 9 . RAH relay with one