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  • Berlin Airlift
    Berlin Airlift: 70 years on

    In 1948 the President of the United States, Harry Truman, launched Operation Plainfare, to urgently deliver food and supplies to the people of Berlin. Now 70 years on, we look back on the RAF's involvement during this humanitarian aid mission.

  • RAF100 Isle of Man stamps
    Isle of Man Post Office introduces stamps to mark RAF100

    As a tribute to all who have served in the Royal Air Force in the last century, Isle of Man Post Office has commissioned a set of eight commemorative stamps.

  • Roald Dahl
    Roald Dahl: His RAF career

    13 September is Roald Dahl Day, a day celebrating the ever-popular author's birth. Roald Dahl served in the RAF during World War Two as a pilot, which inspired his story about the troublesome 'Gremlins'.

  • Chinooks at RAF Odiham
    RAF Odiham celebrates 80 years

    In January, RAF Odiham – home of the Royal Air Force's heavy lift helicopter, the Chinook  – celebrated its 80 year anniversary.

  • AVM David Murray
    A moment to reflect

    At 11:00 am on 11 November 1918, the guns fell silent over Europe and the First World War – the war to end all wars - came to an end.

  • Johnny Kent
    New book celebrates Battle of Britain pilot Johnny 'Kentowski' Kent

    Alexandra Kent knew as a child that her father John 'Johnny' Kent was a celebrated Battle of Britain pilot and successful test pilot.

  • Roald Dahl
    How Roald Dahl's Gremlins helped the RAF Benevolent Fund

    Today is Roald Dahl Day and this year's celebration marks the 100th anniversary of the ever-popular author's birth. In this blog, we learn more about Dahl and how his mischievous 'Gremlins' helped the RAF Benevolent Fund back in 1943.

  • Pilot Officer John Gillespie Magee, Jr
    Seventy-fifth anniversary of 'High Flight'

    "Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth, And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings..." So begins 'High Flight,' perhaps the most renowned aviation poem, written by Pilot Officer John Gillespie Magee, Jr, in August 1941.

  • Paul Hughesdon meets the Queen
    "Meeting Her Majesty was an enormous privilege"

    As the nation raises a glass in celebration of Her Majesty's birthday tomorrow, RAF Benevolent Fund Director of Welfare and Policy Paul Hughesdon looks back on the three occasions he met the Queen.

  • Her Majesty The Queen speaking to an RAF veteran
    Wishing Her Majesty a very happy birthday

    As the nation prepares to celebrate with Her Majesty The Queen on her 90th birthday, the RAF Benevolent Fund celebrates our very special royal patron.

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