The RAF100 programme will salute the centenary of the Royal Air Force through wide-ranging local, regional and national events and activities running from 1 April 2018 to the end of September 2018.
The public launch is scheduled for autumn 2017, which will coincide with the start of the RAF100 Appeal, run by the four key RAF charities (RAF Association, RAF Benevolent Fund, RAF Charitable Trust and the RAF Museum) to raise charitable funds to support the RAF family. More information about the appeal can be found here.
The RAF100 website has been launched to tell people about RAF100 and how to get involved. As you’d expect, there will be traditional events, full of ceremonial and historic significance, including: a live broadcast multi-media event from the Royal Albert Hall; a service at Westminster Abbey; and a parade of 1,500 uniformed personnel up The Mall to Buckingham Palace where Her Majesty The Queen will take the salute and review a flypast.
Important though these big events are, there is much, much more to RAF100. The Royal Air Force will be showcased in lots of different ways to reach as many people as possible – from air shows to festivals; from national, iconic events to local initiatives and schools projects focusing on science, technology, engineering and maths. The RAF Association will be leading on RAF100 Appeal collections at some of these events and in due course, we will be asking for the support of Association members and other volunteers to help us.
More generally, there are plans for a range of special RAF100 publications as well as television and radio programmes and social media campaigns.