Friday, 19th April 2019


The Royal Air Force (RAF) is the oldest independent air force in the world.

Formed in 1918, it has had a invaluable role in British military history and played a significant part in the Second World War and is a highly important career within the Armed Forces.

It is one of the most sophisticated air forces in the world and, as of November 2011, it had 991 aircraft in operation, making it the largest air force in Europe.

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The RAF uses some of the most expensive and cutting-edge equipment available and a career in the RAF requires extensive training; however only the most gifted will be able to fly and control planes.

As well as training, there are a huge amount of opportunities offered by the RAF such as sports, adventurous training and expeditions abroad.

Their key role is to defend the UK and all its interest, to strengthen international peace and stability and be a force for good in the world.

This is achieved by producing battle winning people and equipment.

Royal Air Force ethos

“The distinctive character, spirit and attitude of the RAF which together inspire our people to face challenge, and, on occasion, danger. It is underpinned by tradition, esprit de corps and a sense of belonging. It encompasses the will to contribute to the delivery of effective air power that arises from confidence in the chain of command, trust in colleagues and equipment, respect for individuality, sustainment of high professional standards and the courage to subordinate personal needs for the greater good.”

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