Royal Air Force

The Royal Air Force aka RAF is a aerial warfare service branch for the British Military. It was formed on 1st April 1918. To-date, it's the oldest independent air force in the world

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If the British Navy is called the Royal Navy and their air force is the Royal Air Force why is it not the Royal Army?

The British Army is the land armed forcesbranch of the British Armed Forces. It came into being with unification of the Kingdoms of Englandand Scotland into the United Kingdom of Great Britain in 1707. The new British Army incorporated Regiments that had already existed in England and Scotland and was administered by the War Office fromLondon. Since 1963 it has been managed by the theMinistry of Defence.

This is the reason why the UK only have an a British Army and not a Royal one. Purely political and historical reasoning as in 1707 at the time of the above merger, Scotland might have been a bit upset to merge into a 'Royal' army!!

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Jeff - British Army retired

The Royal this and the Royal thatThe contrast is between the Royal Navy and the merchant navy, and between the Royal Air Force and civil aviation.

Canada, Australia and New Zealand use 'royal' in the same way.

In the case of the army, the difference is - I think - that maintaining private armies in England has been illegal since 1487. It was a piece of legislation brought in soon after the end of the Wars of the Roses and was enforced energetically. At the time it was directed against aristocrats who tried to maintain their own armies, which were an obvious threat to the central government.

Another factor: an army is generally more critical than a navy during a civil war, so calling it "The Royal Army" would have been considered symbolically dangerous to the authority of Parliament. The monarchy was useful as a symbolic figurehead for the empire, so ships of "The Royal Navy" visited colonies.

During WWI, the navy assumed responsibility for defending Britain from German zepplins, so the Royal Air Force was split from the Royal Navy, not from the army (unlike the birth of the USAF). Thus the royal name was natural.

This is not intended to deny the other factors - just that initial accidents usually continue when they turn out to be useful.

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Who led the royal air force in World War 2?

The Chief of the Air Staff from 1940-1946 was Charles Portal. Though he was the RAF supremo at the time, he is probably less well known than some of the commander of various parts of the RAF such as Hugh Dowding (Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain) and Arthur Harris (Bomber Command from late February 1942 till the end of WW2).

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What was the famous air fight between the Royal Air Force and the Luftwaffe called?

Many people refer to the "Battle of Britain" when discussing the WWII air war over the English Channel. "Never was so much owed by so many to so few" Winston Spencer-Churchill

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Royal air force slogan?

The Royal Air Force motto is 'Per Ardua Ad Astra', which means 'Through Difficulties to the Stars'.

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How fast is a lancaster bomber's speed of normal cruse?

200 mph (174 knots, 322 km/h). But could push it to 282.

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Does the air force have snipers?

Yes, the RAF Regiment has had snipers since the 1960's although they are classified as "Gunners"

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What is the royal air force doing for NATO at the moment?

At this time (early 2015 ) the Royal air Force is tasked with missions against ISIS

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What was the English royal air force called?

England doesn't have an air force.

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What part did the Royal Air Force play in the defeat of Germany?

The Luftwaffe was very near to defeating RAF Fighter Command in 1940. Then they switched from bombing the fighter airfields to attacking cities, particulaly London. This was known as the Blitz. The main German force was then needed to support Hitlers' attack on Russia in the summer of 1941. The development of long range heavy bombers, most particularly the Avro Lancaster, supported by the de Haviland Mosquito in the Pathfinder role, enabled the RAF to take the fight to the German centres of Population & Industrial strength. With the aid of the USAAF, bombing in daylight, the British bombed at night, Germany sufferd 'round the clock' bombing. By the time of D Day, June 1944, the Allied forces had air superority allowing defence of ground forces by use of ground attack aircraft.

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What new technology did the Royal Air Force use to stop German airplanes?

The most usual answer would probably be Radar. However, the Germans also had radar at the same time as the British, but used it differently. Although radar gave the RAF advanced warning of approaching enemy aircraft, the way the information was used to vector fighter squadrons to their targets was probably the main reason the RAF held the Luftwaffe at bay during the batle of Britain.

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What is the Royal air force motto?

"Ad Astra Per Ardua" meaning roughly "To the stars, through adversity"

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Whose nation's air force was the royal Air force?

Great Britain and still is.

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What is the British royal air force?

The Royal Air Force is a branch of service for the air force in UK. The RAF was established as a seperate branch in 1917 (whereas the US did not establish a seperate air force until 1947).

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When was royal air force created?

The RAF was formed on 1st April 1918 (Yep...No April fools Joke) by the amalgamation of the royal flying corp (Army air corp) and the Naval air service.

It is the youngest and by far the most civillised armed service, commonly called the 'gentlemans armed service' as apposed to the army and navy where the conscrips of criminals and vagabonds were commonly 'called' upon to fill the ranks.

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Was the royal pioneer corps in the royal air force?

No, the Royal Pioneer Corps was part of the British Army.

The Pioneers (nickname - "The Chunkies") was a military labour force which usually worked closely with the Royal Engineers building camps, field fortifications, general facilities etc; the Corps was also responsible for recruitment and management of locally recruited civilian labour forces.

Pioneers were also fully trained infantrymen, and played a key role in providing security for headquarters and other sensitive sites. They were also available to divisional commanders as a general infantry reserve force.

The Corps had its depot in Northampton in the English East Midlands. They were often mocked by other soldiers, but in fact were invaluable general purpose "utility" troops whose ranks often included multiskilled soldiers and military eccentrics whose capabilities did not quite "fit" into any other unit. In recent times their roles have been subsumed into the Royal Logistic Corps, so they're still part of the British army, just under a different guise.

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Royal Air Force uniform what is the name of the hat of the royal air force band?

The Royal Air Force band does not have a special hat.

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What was the original name of the royal air force?

The "Royal Flying Corps". It evolved into the RAF on the 1st April 1918

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How long did roald dahl spend in the royal air force?

7 Years, 1939 - 1946!

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When was the royal air force formed?



Not 1917. It was formed 1 April 1918 when the Royal Flying Corp and the Royal Navy Flying Service merged into the Royal Air Force.

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In the battle ot Britain the royal air force saved Britain from?

The German Luftwaffe (air force) from controlling the air and being able to provide air cover for a German invasion of England (operation sea lion).

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