A week of events to celebrate RAF 100 has kicked off in Washington DC.

Thousands of people descended on The National Air and Space Museum at Dulles Airport to see a host of British and American aircraft.

The events are designed to be a recognition of the special relationship through airpower.

Group Captain Stephen Richards, Assistant Air Attaché Washington
Group Captain Stephen Richards

Group Captain Stephen Richards, Assistant Air Attaché Washington, said: “The United States Air Forces and the Royal Air Force have worked together since the First World War, since 1917 and into 1918. And since then we’ve worked together and so we’ve developed together.”

As well as the F35 programme, Britain and the US are also currently working closely on the P8A Poseidon.

The US Navy have been helping British personnel train on the airframe before the UK take on their own planes, bringing back the maritime patrol capability to the British Air Force.

US joins celebrations of RAF 100

Lieutenant John Falzetta, VP-30 SQN, US Navy, said: “To be able to work with our British partners and learn from each other’s shared backgrounds and be able to teach not only our forces but help you guys get prepared for the oncoming of the P8 as well, it’s been a really special opportunity.”

Stay tuned for Forces TV for more coverage from Ali Gibson in Washington this week.