Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, Dr Mike Kelly AM, today joined the Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Geoff Brown AO and over 100 Air Force personnel at the RAAF Memorial Grove in Canberra to commemorate the 91st anniversary of the Royal Australian Air Force.
Dr Kelly used his address to reflect on the evolution of the Air Force as it looks to 100 years and beyond.
“Air Force has always been at the forefront of technology, contributing to coalition operations, peacekeeping and humanitarian and disaster relief.
“It is the personnel of Air Force who as air power professionals make the delivery of air power possible.
“Today is a combination of pride and reflection, as we recognise how far our Air Force has come, but also reflect on those who have sacrificed their lives to help evolve the Air Force and its technology to enable the success that Air Force enjoys today,” Dr Kelly said.
Dr Kelly laid a wreath to honour those who have died in the course of their duties.
During World War I, Australia’s four Australian Flying Corps (AFC) squadrons were part of the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) and were attached to larger British Royal Flying Corps / Royal Air Force formations. During 1920, the AFC was replaced by the Australian Air Corps, which in turn became the Royal Australian Air Force on 31 March 1921. The Royal Australian Air Force is the second-oldest independent air force in the world.
Images of the service will be available later today at http://ra.af/GKAbfB
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