130 pages - 2008 - Used, very good condition
Through the official souvenir issue, the reader will learn the story of the R.A.F. throughout nine decades of active service ( 1918 - 2008 ).
|Book cover finish
||Offset varnish, Perfect paperback
||First edition, Original edition ( O.E. or Or.E )
||Used, very good condition
|Number of pages
||22 x 30 x 0.6 cm
||Key Publishing Ltd
The early use of aircraft during the Great War highlighted the significant impact that air power would have on the nature of warfare. In order to capitalize on the huge potential offered by this new capability, the Royal Air Force - the world's first independent air force - was created on April 1st, 1918. Over the next 90 years, air power has very convincingly demonstrated the essential role it plays in delivering military success - whether it's over the skies of Southeast England during the Battle of Britain, delivering food to the beleaguered population of Berlin during the Berlin Airlift, maintaining a deterrent force during the Cold War, or supporting coalition operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. To have come so far - from wood and fabric biplanes to high - tech, high - performance fighters - in such a short time is a tribute to the wisdom and vision of many distinguished individuals but none more so than Lord Trenchard, the founder of the Royal Air Force.
( ... ) This commemorative journal will, I am sure, give you a flavour of the crucial role that the Royal Air Force has played during the last 90 years, and provide an indication of what is in store for the future. The Service has a proud heritage and reputation for excellence, which shines through today's frontline. The Nation can, therefore, be justifiably proud of the Royal Air Force, both past and present.
AIR CHIEF MARSHAL
SIR GLENN TORPY
K.C.B., C.B.E., D.S.O., A.D.C., B.S.C. ( ENG ),
F.R.Ae.S., F.C.G.I., R.A.F.,
CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF