Millies2018

Celebrations For RAF Centenary Recognised With Award

A flypast over Buckingham Palace took place earlier this year as one of the events to celebrate 100 years of the RAF.

The RAF100 celebrations have taken the judges' 'Special Recognition Award' at the Millies 2018.

Events captured the nation's interest for five months of the Royal Air Force's 100th year in service.

Recognition of the service came from across the globe, with an array of iconic aircraft displayed by Germany, France and America. This nod toward present-day solidarity between nations serves as a poignant reminder of RAF's role in history's darker moment.

Battle of Britain Spitfire pilot, Squadron Leader Allan Scott, is no stranger to the legacy of the Air Force. Now 96, the veteran took to the skies once more from Biggin Hill in the recognisable model.

On the ground, over 100,000 visitors gathered toward public displays, treated to exhibitions of the latest technology and equipment.

Commemorative events invited children aged between nine and 15 years-old children to engage with mathematics, technology, science and engineering, stimulating the interest of the next generation.

Vulcan bombers from RAF Waddington in formation
The Royal Air Force has served the nation for 100 years.

Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier said: "We set out to commemorate our history, celebrate who we are and what we do as an organisation today and also to inspire the next generation.

"With all three of those headlines, I think we've had a wonderful year."

"We wanted this to be a national celebration. People have really turned out for that and we feel a real connection with our nation, with our Royal Air Force. It makes us all immensely proud."

A centenary relay saw a specially designed baton visit 100 RAF sites in just as many days. This culminated on Horse Guards Parade on July 10, in time for an RAF100 Flypast over Buckingham Palace.

A centrepiece deserving of the highest praise, with Her Majesty the Queen was one of thousands who witnessed the aircraft roar overhead.