Watch ABC’s RAAF centenary tribute on catch-up here

written by Adam Thorn | March 30, 2021
A Canberra from Australian Aviation’s archives.

The ABC on Monday broadcast a special program charting the history of the RAAF to celebrate its centenary.

To The Stars: 100 years of the Air Force interviewed 15 people on RAAF Bases Richmond, Wagga and East Sale as well as staff at the Australian War Memorial, and was presented by actor William McInnes.

You can now watch it on ABC iView, by clicking this link.

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“We’ve really enjoyed finding the little stories hiding behind the big,” said the ABC’s Michael Reid.

“Those stories include that of the first Indigenous fighter pilot (Warrant Officer Len Waters) and the much-changed role women have played in the Air Force over the years.

“It is an interesting journey through time.”

The ABC also confirmed it will present live coverage of the centenary celebrations from Canberra on the anniversary date, 31 March, hosted by Lisa Millar.

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There, RAAF will fly 60 aircraft in waves over Lake Burley Griffin from 10:30am followed by a full display by the Roulettes aerobatic team.

This event will feature a variety of aircraft, including the Spitfire, Caribou, C-130J, F/A-18 Hornet and the F-35A Lightning II.

For those attending in person, click this link to see the best viewing points.

A Centenary Commemorative Ceremony will also be held at the Air Force Memorial on Anzac Parade on 30 March at 3pm. On both 30 and 31 March, there will be a Last Post Ceremony to honour the service and sacrifice of RAAF personnel starting at 4:45pm.

The flyovers follow a string of displays carried out by RAAF’s re-formed 100 Squadron over the last month.

Earlier this month, the unit flew aircraft including a Spitfire, Boomerang and Hudson at the Hunter Valley Airshow and also at the Temora Aviation Museum.

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