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  • 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.

  • Roald Dahl
    Celebrating 100 years of author and RAF pilot Roald Dahl

    13 September is Roald Dahl Day and this year's celebration marks the 100th anniversary of 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'.

  • 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.

  • 54(R) Squadron mark 100 years of service
    54 (Reserve) Squadron mark centenary year

    54 (R) Squadron have an association with some of the most iconic aircraft of all time and this month, celebrated 100 years of service.

  • 60 (R) Squadron mark 100 years of service
    Shawbury mark 100 years for Number 60 (Reserve) Squadron

    This month 60 Squadron celebrates 100 years of service. From Venoms to Vampires, and a special cameo from Lawrence of Arabia, this unit bears an illustrious history and heritage.

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