CAS joins Her Majesty the Queen in celebrating an Australian Air Force Century


During an event at the Runnymede Memorial the Chief of the Air Staff joined Her majesty the Queen today in commemorating 100 years of the Royal Australian Air Force.

Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston KCB CBE ADC represented the RAF held at the Air Forces memorial in Surrey at a small ceremony that was conducted in line with extant COVID-19 regulations.

Describing the significance of the event, ACM Wigston said:

“The Royal Air Force and the Royal Australian Air Force have a relationship forged in our shared combat experience, and reinforced by our similar world views, common culture and a coincidence of wider interests.

“I am immensely proud of the way the RAAF and RAF operate together and I would like to think our predecessors – all the way back in 1921 – would feel the same way.

“I look forward to the next one hundred years as we continue to cooperate around the world, tackling emerging threats with unity of purpose, and building on the shared vision statement Air Marshal Mel Hupfeld, the Chief of Air Force, and I signed in November last year.”

The event was attended by the Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, His Excellency the Honourable George Brandis QC who was joined by representatives of the RAAF serving alongside RAF colleagues on exchange. At the start of the ceremony the RAF Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, overflew the event.

Runnymede Memorial or the Air Forces Memorial, as it is sometimes known, commemorates the 20,456 men & women from Britain & the Dominions, who lost their lives in WWII and have no known grave. It is positioned on Cooper’s Hill, Surrey overlooking the River Thames and Runnymede Meadow, where the Magna Carta was sealed by King John in 1215.

Images taken during the transit and flypast of Runnymede Memorial.

Officially known as the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows showcase the excellence of the RAF and represent the United Kingdom both at home and overseas. The team consists of 11 pilots, nine of whom fly in the display, and more than 100 support personnel and technicians.

Each of the pilots has previous fast-jet, operational experience flying the Tornado, Typhoon or Harrier, enabling the RAF to secure the skies and protect the nation and its interests, 365-days a year. One of the world’s premier aerobatic teams, the Red Arrows had completed nearly 5,000 displays, in 57 countries, by the beginning of 2019. Flying Hawk T1 jets, the team is based at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire.

Photographed here is a large group of today’s guests, VIP’s and VVIP’s.

Photo credits: UK Ministry of Defence 2021  / RAF / Zachary August  

Australian high Commission 

UK MOD © Crown copyright 2021. 


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