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"
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
2,220 reserve personnel
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"
The Grob G 115 is a general aviation fixed-wing aircraft, primarily used for flight training. It is built in Germany by Grob Aircraft (Grob Aerospace before January 2009). The E variant with a 3-blade variable pitch propeller is in Royal Navy, Army Air Corps and Royal Air Force service as an elementary flying trainer.
Grob 115 Tutor
The Short Tucano is a two-seat turboprop basic trainer built by Short Brothers in Belfast, Northern Ireland. It is a licence-built version of the Brazilian Embraer EMB-312 Tucano. The main operator is the Royal Air Force with exports to Kenya and Kuwait.
Short Tucano T.1