On this very day 100 years ago, the Australian Air Force was formed, and five months later, its Royal designation was added to create the Royal Australian Air Force.
It was only the second “Royal” air arm in the British Commonwealth, following the formation of the RAF.
To celebrate, Australian Aviation has been opening our archive to show you our best photos of RAAF aircraft during the organisation’s 100-year history. But then we thought, what’s the best?
Our poll received more than 1,300 votes but the winner, unsurprisingly, was the F-111, which smashed its rivals with more than 40 per cent of the vote.
It features an exclusive interview with the Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Mel Hupfeld; an introduction from Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price; as well as some of the best features from Australian Aviation’s history, examining the inner workings of the RAAF.
And throughout today, we’ll be updating you online on the latest from the celebrations. In particular, if you’re reading this bright and early, see our guide to today’s Canberra flypast, detailing when every aircraft will fly at what time.
Check out our archive during the day, as we finish our run by showcasing the F-35A, the future of the RAAF.