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"150 Years of Excellence: The Royal Air Force Soaring to New Heights" From the courageous soldiers of 3 Para parachuting from a Hercules Aircraft

Background imageRoyal Air Force Collection: Blackburn Beverley of 47 Squadron

Blackburn Beverley of 47 Squadron
Blackburn Beverley C.1 of 47 Squadron in flight, Abingdon, January 1957

Background imageRoyal Air Force Collection: Avro Anson T. 20

Avro Anson T. 20
Avro Anson T.20 (VS504) in flight near Woodford, 9 February 1948

Background imageRoyal Air Force Collection: AI IMAGE - Spitfire aircraft flying over the White Cliffs of Dover, 1940s, (2023)

AI IMAGE - Spitfire aircraft flying over the White Cliffs of Dover, 1940s, (2023). Creator: Heritage Images
AI IMAGE - Spitfire aircraft flying over the White Cliffs of Dover, 1940s, (2023). British single-seat fighter aircraft used by the Royal Air Force and other Allied countries before, during

Background imageRoyal Air Force Collection: RAF Chinook & Puma in Close Formation

RAF Chinook & Puma in Close Formation
In close formation, a Royal Air Force Chinook (top) and Puma helicopter fly together in a shot entered for the RAF Photographic Competition of 2008

Background imageRoyal Air Force Collection: Red 10 & 11 of the RAF Aerobatic Team, The Red Arrows, practicing their manoeuvres

Red 10 & 11 of the RAF Aerobatic Team, The Red Arrows, practicing their manoeuvres over RAF Scampton, Lincoln. This picture shows the pilots view

Background imageRoyal Air Force Collection: Soldiers from 3 Para Parachute from a Hercules Aircraft

Soldiers from 3 Para Parachute from a Hercules Aircraft
Paratroopers descend to earth from a Royal Air Force Hercules aircraft during a demonstration of their skills. Over 120 troops from A Company, 3 PARA, ( 3rd Battalion)

Background imageRoyal Air Force Collection: Fairey 'Fulmar'(colour litho)

Fairey "Fulmar"(colour litho)
7157708 Fairey " Fulmar" (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Fairey " Fulmar." Illustration for Air Power of the Empire)

Background imageRoyal Air Force Collection: Supermarine Spitfire V

Supermarine Spitfire V flown by Group Captain M.W.S. Robinson, station commander at RAF Northolt, 6 August 1943

Background imageRoyal Air Force Collection: Avro Lancaster B. I PP967

Avro Lancaster B. I PP967
Avro Lancaster B.I PP967 on a test flight from Castle Bromwich, March 1945

Background imageRoyal Air Force Collection: Supermarine Spitfire XIV

Supermarine Spitfire XIV (RB140) banking in flight

Background imageRoyal Air Force Collection: Polish pilots of 303 Squadron, 1940

Polish pilots of 303 Squadron, 1940
John Alexander Kent and the Polish pilots of 303 Squadron walking away from Hawker Hurricane during the Battle of Britain, 1940

Background imageRoyal Air Force Collection: English Electric Lightning F. 1

English Electric Lightning F. 1
English Electric Lightning F.1 aircraft of 74 Squadron RAF, Coltishall 1960

Background imageRoyal Air Force Collection: Hawker Hurricane IIc

Hawker Hurricane IIc night fighter of 87 Squadron RAF, 1942

Background imageRoyal Air Force Collection: Harrier GR. 1 landing at St. Pancras

Harrier GR. 1 landing at St. Pancras
Hawker-Siddeley Harrier GR.1 XV741 coming in to land at St. Pancras coal yard during the Daily Mail Trans-Atlantic Air Race May 1969

Background imageRoyal Air Force Collection: Avro Shackleton MR. 2

Avro Shackleton MR. 2
Avro Shackleton MR.2 of 42 Squadron RAF from St Eval on patrol off Cornwall 26 November 1956

Background imageRoyal Air Force Collection: Supermarine Spitfire Vb

Supermarine Spitfire Vb of 222 Squadron RAF, 4 May 1942

Background imageRoyal Air Force Collection: de Havilland Mosquito B. XVI

de Havilland Mosquito B. XVI
de Havilland Mosquito B.XVI of 571 Squadron RAF, part of the Light Night Striking Force

Background imageRoyal Air Force Collection: Handley Page Victor prototype

Handley Page Victor prototype, Radlett 10 July 1953

Background imageRoyal Air Force Collection: Supermarine Spitfire I

Supermarine Spitfire I aircraft of 65 Squadron RAF, Hornchurch, 1939

Background imageRoyal Air Force Collection: Blackburn Beverley aircraft of 47 Squadron

Blackburn Beverley aircraft of 47 Squadron
Three Blackburn Beverley C.1 aircraft of 47 Squadron flying from RAF Abingdon, November 1956

Background imageRoyal Air Force Collection: de Havilland Mosquito FB. VI

de Havilland Mosquito FB. VI
Loading rockets onto a Mosquito FB.VI of 143 Squadron RAF, part of the Banff Strike Wing, February 1945

Background imageRoyal Air Force Collection: De Havilland Mosquito B. XVI

De Havilland Mosquito B. XVI
De Havilland Mosquito B.XVI of 571 Squadron, RAF, 30 September 1944

Background imageRoyal Air Force Collection: Fairey Swordfish I

Fairey Swordfish I of 820 Squadron over HMS Ark Royal, 1939

Background imageRoyal Air Force Collection: Canberra bombers of 61 and 109 Squadrons

Canberra bombers of 61 and 109 Squadrons
Two Canberra B.2 aircraft of 61 Squadron with a Canberra B.2 of 109 Squadron between them, flying from RAF Upwood 15 July 1955

Background imageRoyal Air Force Collection: Handley Page Halifax bombers of 35 Squadron

Handley Page Halifax bombers of 35 Squadron
Two Handley Page Halifax II aircraft of 35 Squadron RAF, 1942

Background imageRoyal Air Force Collection: C17 Transport Aircraft Taking Off from RAF Brize Norton

C17 Transport Aircraft Taking Off from RAF Brize Norton
A Royal Air Force 99 Squadron C17 aircraft taking off from RAF Brize Norton providing air transport assistance to France for the Central African Republic (CAR)

Background imageRoyal Air Force Collection: The Red Arrows over Niagara Falls, 1972

The Red Arrows over Niagara Falls, 1972
Hawker Siddeley Gnat T.1 aircraft of the RAF Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, in formation over Niagara Falls duirng their tour of Canada and the United States of America

Background imageRoyal Air Force Collection: English Electric Lightning F. 1

English Electric Lightning F. 1
English Electric Lightning F.1 of 74 Squadron RAF, Coltishall 1960

Background imageRoyal Air Force Collection: Spitfire Fighter Aircraft Hot Starting Engines

Spitfire Fighter Aircraft Hot Starting Engines
Spitfire TE311 of the Royal Air Force Memorial Flight (RAFMF) piloted by Wg Cdr " Godders" Godfrey performs a " hot start" during the RAFMF Public Display Authority (PDA)

Background imageRoyal Air Force Collection: Supermarine Spitfire Mk. IX

Supermarine Spitfire Mk. IX
Supermarine Spitfire IX aircraft of 611 Squadron RAF in flight near Biggin Hill, 8 December 1942

Background imageRoyal Air Force Collection: Hawker Hunter F. 1 aircraft of 54 Squadron

Hawker Hunter F. 1 aircraft of 54 Squadron
Hawker Hunter F.1 aircraft of 54 Squadron flying from RAF Odiham, June 1955

Background imageRoyal Air Force Collection: Avro Lancaster

Avro Lancaster B.I aircraft of 207 Squadron RAF, 20 June 1942

Background imageRoyal Air Force Collection: Armstrong Whitworth Argosy C. 1

Armstrong Whitworth Argosy C. 1
Armstrong Whitworth Argosy C.1 aircraft of 114 Squadron RAF

Background imageRoyal Air Force Collection: Boarding a Wellington II of 104 Sqn

Boarding a Wellington II of 104 Sqn
Vickers Wellington II of 104 Squadron at RAF Driffield, aircrew boarding, September 1941

Background imageRoyal Air Force Collection: Harvard I aircraft of 2 SFTS RAF

Harvard I aircraft of 2 SFTS RAF
North American Harvard I aircraft of 2 Service Flying Training Schoo, 1940

Background imageRoyal Air Force Collection: Vickers Varsity T. 1

Vickers Varsity T. 1
Vickers Varsity T.1 prototype (VX828) in flight from Wisley, August 1949

Background imageRoyal Air Force Collection: Gloster Meteor F. 3 aircraft

Gloster Meteor F. 3 aircraft
Gloster Meteor F.3 aircraft (EE400, EE393 & EE366 ) of 56 Squadron RAF in flight from Bentwaters, 19 July 1946

Background imageRoyal Air Force Collection: Hawker Hunter F. 4

Hawker Hunter F. 4
Hawker Hunter F.4 aircraft (XE683, XE659, XE658 & WT764) of 54 Squadron RAF in flight from Odiham, 3 December 1956

Background imageRoyal Air Force Collection: Bristol Beaufort

Bristol Beaufort I of 217 Squadron RAF

Background imageRoyal Air Force Collection: Short Stirling

Short Stirling I aircraft (N6096, N6067G, N3676) of 1651 Conversion Unit, RAF, in formation flight

Background imageRoyal Air Force Collection: Handley Page Halifax III

Handley Page Halifax III, 28 January 1944

Background imageRoyal Air Force Collection: De Havilland Comet C. 2

De Havilland Comet C. 2
De Havilland Comet C.2 of 216 Squadron, Transport Command, RAF Lyneham, 1956

Background imageRoyal Air Force Collection: Vickers Wellington II of 104 Sqn

Vickers Wellington II of 104 Sqn
Vickers Wellington II of 104 Squadron RAF in flight, 1941

Background imageRoyal Air Force Collection: Vickers Valentia of 216 Sqn RAF

Vickers Valentia of 216 Sqn RAF
Vickers Valentia of 216 Squadron in flight over the Pyramids at Giza, 1936

Background imageRoyal Air Force Collection: Supermarine Spitfire I

Supermarine Spitfire I (K9787) in flight from Eastleigh, 1938

Background imageRoyal Air Force Collection: Hawker Typhoon

Hawker Typhoon Ib (JP602) in flight over the Severn Estuary

Background imageRoyal Air Force Collection: Westland Whirlwind I

Westland Whirlwind I, 20 April 1944

Background imageRoyal Air Force Collection: Avro Anson

Avro Anson I being started at RAF North Weald, 1942



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"150 Years of Excellence: The Royal Air Force Soaring to New Heights" From the courageous soldiers of 3 Para parachuting from a Hercules Aircraft, to the iconic Supermarine Spitfire V dominating the skies in World War II, and the mighty Avro Lancaster B. I PP967 striking fear into enemy hearts - the Royal Air Force has always been at the forefront of aerial warfare. Remembering the brave Polish pilots of 303 Squadron who fought alongside their British counterparts in 1940, showcasing true camaraderie and determination. Their legacy lives on as an inspiration for generations to come. The sleek silhouette of the Supermarine Spitfire XIV symbolizes both elegance and power, reminding us of RAF's commitment to innovation and technological advancements throughout history. Witnessing a Harrier GR. 1 gracefully landing at St. Pancras is a testament to RAF's versatility and adaptability. These vertical take-off aircrafts have revolutionized air combat tactics. The thunderous roar of English Electric Lightning F. 1 sends shivers down our spines; its speed unmatched, representing RAF's dedication towards maintaining air superiority. Avro Shackleton MR. 2 stands tall as a guardian in maritime patrol missions, ensuring safety over vast oceans with unwavering vigilance. With Avro Anson T. 20 serving as a training aircraft for countless aspiring aviators, it embodies RAF's commitment towards nurturing future generations' skills and expertise. In 1972, The Red Arrows painted vibrant trails across Niagara Falls' sky - an awe-inspiring display that showcases precision teamwork within this renowned aerobatic team. Blackburn Beverley aircrafts soaring through challenging terrains exemplify RAF's ability to deliver supplies even in remote locations during critical operations by 47 Squadron. Canberra bombers from both 61 and 109 Squadrons demonstrate strategic prowess with their long-range capabilities - safeguarding national interests while projecting strength worldwide.