The Royal Air Force

The Oldest Independent Air Force in the World

The RAF___________________________________
The Royal Air Force (RAF) is the United Kingdom's air force, the oldest independent air force in the world.  Formed on 1 April 1918, the RAF has taken a significant role in British military history ever since, playing a large part in World War II and in more recent conflicts.
 
The RAF operates almost 1,109 aircraft and, as of 31 March 2009, had a total man power strength of 46,000 regular and part time personnel making it the largest air force in the European Union. The majority of the RAF's aircraft and personnel are based in the UK with many others serving on operations (principally Afghanistan, the Middle East and the Balkans) or at long-established overseas bases (Ascension Island, Canada, Cyprus, Diego Garcia, Gibraltar, the Falkland Islands and Germany).

"Through Adversity to the Stars"

 
Mission_________________________________________________________________________________

The RAF's mission is to support the objectives of the British Ministry of Defence (MoD), which are to "provide the capabilities needed: to ensure the security and defence of the United Kingdom and overseas territories, including against terrorism; to support the Government’s foreign policy objectives particularly in promoting international peace and security."

The RAF's own mission statement reads as thus, to provide  "An agile, adaptable and capable Air Force that, person for person, is second to none, and that makes a decisive air power contribution in support of the UK Defence Mission."

   
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