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  • Buckingham Palace RAF100 Lunch
    The RAF Benevolent Fund's President, His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent KG hosts centenary lunch at Buckingham Palace

    On Monday 29 October, a number of Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund supporters attended a luncheon at Buckingham Palace, hosted by the RAF Benevolent Fund's President, His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent KG.

  • Queen's Colour Squadron parade outside the British Museum
    British Museum hosts RAF100 celebration

    A celebration of 100 years of the Royal Air Force was held at London's British Museum earlier this month, attended by the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier.

  • Paul Hewson and his crew
    My centenary moment – Taking part in Operation BUSHEL

    In the last of our series celebrating the service of RAF Benevolent Fund staff, Regional Director Paul Hewson recalls his 'Centenary Moment'. As a navigator flying on Hercules C-130s, Paul's career spanned 25 years, but he only took part in one humanitarian mission.

  • Jeffrey Long at RAF Waddington
    86-year-old ex-Para walks 100 miles for military charities

    This month ex-Paratrooper Jeffrey Long has been walking 100 miles to mark 100 years of the Royal Air Force.

  • Charlie Howard
    Century challenge for cadet Charlie

    For some teenagers, videogames, social media and hanging out with friends are how they spend their free time. But for 17-year-old Charlie, he challenged himself to running 100km to mark 100 years of the RAF.

  • Mark Quinn
    My granddad inspired my love of flying

    RAF Benevolent Fund Regional Director (Central/North England and Wales) Mark Quinn served in the Royal Air Force for 25 years following in the footsteps of his granddad who also served. Mark shares with us his most memorable moment which led him to discover a lot more about his grandfather's RAF service.

  • First Great Escape
    Running to remember great-granddad's Great Escape

    At midnight on 23 July 1918, 2nd Lieutenant Jock Tullis of the Royal Flying Corps tunneled out of and escaped the prisoner of war camp of Holzminden, Germany. Now, 100 years on, in the Royal Air Force's centenary year, Jock's great-grandson James Dean and his father Paul, are recreating the Great Escape by running the very same route taken from Germany to Losser in the Netherlands.

  • Pete Ashcroft aboard Voyager
    The RAF100 flypast from a very different perspective

    As thousands looked to the skies over London for the RAF100 flypast earlier this month, two RAF Benevolent Fund staff members had a very different view. Our Welfare Projects Executive Pete Ashcroft explains.

  • Luke Delahunty at Westminster Abbey
    "A day to remember and a day to be proud"

    RAF Benevolent Fund beneficiary Luke Delahunty joined Her Majesty The Queen and members of the Royal Family at a Westminster Abbey service to celebrate the RAF's centenary earlier this month. In this guest blog, he tells us about his day.

  • Nik Bartram generations
    "My great-grandfather was one of the first to join the Royal Air Force"

    For one family, the Royal Air Force's centenary isn't just a national celebration – it's a very personal one. For them, 1 April 1918 marked the beginning of four generations of service.

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