Sunday, April 01, 2018


Today, April 1st 2018, the Royal Air Force celebrates its 100th birthday. Indeed, on April 1, 1918, the RAF was designated an independent force (independent of any other branch, that is) and as such it is now the world's oldest air force.

The RAF's most important operation was the Battle of Britain, in which the immortal Spitfire, designed by Reginald Mitchell, played a pivotal role:

There are many competitors for the RAF's next iconic aircraft but the Handley Page Victor is a noteworthy candidate:

Most beautiful plane imho? The Hawker Hunter:

For sheer muscle, no contest: the English Electric Lightning!