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  • Carol Vorderman supports forces families with Jubilee aviation print

    Carol Vorderman showed her support for forces families this weekend when she was the first to buy a brand new aviation print.

  • Merlins lead the Jubilee flypast

    Flight Lieutenant Stuart Martin was piloting one of the Merlins from RAF Benson that led the way for the Jubilee flypast on Saturday 19 May. Stuart tells us more in this blog.

  • RAF Regiment – 70 proud years

    This year is the 70th anniversary of the RAF Regiment, the RAF's specialist unit that defends airfields. In this blog post Flight Lieutenant Andy Costin tells us why he joined the RAF Regiment.

  • The black briefcase

    Richard Kornicki CBE is chairman of the Polish Air Force Memorial Committee, which was formed this year to continue the remembrance of the Polish contribution to the war effort. Here he talks about his father, Franciszek Kornicki, the only surviving Polish squadron commander in the UK, and the great importance of remembrance.

  • Spitfire in a bog – message from the family

    If you've been following our blog you’ll already have heard about the Spitfire found in a bog in Ireland. Johnny McNee, a long time supporter of the RAF Benevolent Fund, got permission to excavate the site and recover the Spitfire.

  • Spitfire in a bog - part 2

    On Tuesday 28 June 2011 RAF Benevolent Fund supporter Jonny McNee began the excavation of a Spitfire from a mountain bog in County Donegal, Ireland, accompanied by aviation archaeologists, university surveyors and a TV production company. In Jonny's second post he tells us about what he found.

  • Spitfire in a bog - part 1

    RAF Benevolent Fund supporter Jonny McNee is currently undertaking the first licensed excavation of a World War Two RAF aircraft from within the Republic of Ireland. The project is being filmed as part of a forthcoming three part BBC series – Dig WWII.

  • Happy 70th birthday to the Air Training Corps

    The Air Training Corps celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2011. To celebrate this historic occasion the Air Cadet Organisation will hold a number of top events and parades throughout the year, all under the title of Air Cadet 70th or AC70.

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