On this day one century ago, the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) officially began serving this nation.
In an incredible aerial show over Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin this morning, more than 60 current and historic military aircraft thrilled crowds as part of the RAAF’s special commemoration.
The spectacular flypast culminated in a full display by the Roulettes aerobatic team.
“Founded in 1921, our history has been one of duty, dedication and sacrifice,” the RAAF said in a statement.
“More than 350,000 Australians have served with us over the last century – and more than 11,000 have died in service.
“Their commitment and sacrifice will never be forgotten. Today, all who proudly wear our uniform carry a deep sense of duty to serve our nation, protect its people, and to safeguard its future for the generations that will follow us. Then. Now. Always.”
A ceremonial raising of the RAAF Ensign in Canberra was also held this morning.
The Warrant Officer of the Air Force, Fiona Grasby OAM, hosted the Centenary flag raising ceremony in Blamey Square.
The flags were raised by six enlisted personnel (non-officer ranks) symbolising the six ranks worn by the enlisted workforce and their important contribution to Air Force.
The flag raising involved the six flags that are traditionally flown within the Russell Offices compound – the Australian National Flag, the Aboriginal Flag, the Torres Strait Islander Flag, the ADF Ensign, the Navy ensign and the Air Force ensign.