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Royal Air Force  RAF


The Royal Air Force (RAF) is the United Kingdom's aerial warfare force. Formed towards the end of the First World War on 1 April 1918, it is the oldest independent air force in the world. Following victory over the Central Powers in 1918 the RAF emerged as, at the time, the largest air force in the world

The RAF's mission is to support the objectives of the British Ministry of Defence (MoD), which are to "provide the capabilities needed: to ensure the security and defence of the United Kingdom and overseas territories, including against terrorism; to support the Government’s foreign policy objectives particularly in promoting international peace and security"



current inventory

Founded 1 April 1918 (99 years)

Country United Kingdom

Allegiance Elizabeth II

Type Air force

Role Aerial warfare



Size 33,240 active personnel

869 operational aircraft

1,940 RAuxAF

2,220 reserve personnel


deHavilland Aircraft
Hawker Siddeley Aircraft
Millitary Aircaft

Attack  Panavia Tornado Gr.4

Electronic warfare  Boeing E-3C Sentry

Fighter  EF2000 Eurofighter

Helicopter  CH-101 Merlin

Patrol; P-8A Pegasus

Trainer  BAe Hawk : Short Tucano: Grob Tutor

Transport  C-130J / A400M / C-17A Globemsster

Aviation quote

Why does the Air Force need expensive new bombers? Have the people we've been bombing over the years been complaining? George C. Wallace



  "Aim High ... Fly-Fight-Win"

"Integrity first, Service before self, Excellence in all we do"


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