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Royal Australian Air Force

Royal Australian Air Force
The RAAF Ensign
Military unit
Unit nameRoyal Australian Air Force
Founded31 March 1921
BranchAir Force
Size15,430 personnel, 253 aircraft (2011)
Part ofAustralian Defence Force
MottoPer Ardua ad Astra
('Through Struggle to the Stars')
Chief of Air ForceAir Marshal Mark Binskin
Deputy Chief of Air ForceAir Vice Marshal Geoff Brown
Air Commander AustraliaAir Vice Marshal Mark Skidmore
Sir Richard Williams
Aircraft flown
Boeing 737 AEW&C
FighterF/A-18 Hornet, F/A-18F Super Hornet
PatrolAP-3C Orion
ReconnaissanceHeron UAV
TrainerPC-9, Hawk 127, B300
TransportC-130 Hercules, C-17 Globemaster III, Boeing 737, B300, Challenger 600

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The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is the air force branch of the Australian Defence Force. The RAAF was formed in March 1921. It continues the traditions of the Australian Flying Corps (AFC), which was formed on 22 October 1912. The RAAF has taken part in many of the 20th century's major conflicts including both World Wars, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. More recently the RAAF participated in the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The motto on the RAAF's coat of arms is the Latin phrase Per ardua ad astra, which means "Through Struggle to the Stars".

Royal Australian Air Force Video

Incidents in connection with the funeral of Captain Baron von Ritchofen, Germany's leading airman. At the time of his death, Baron von Richthofen was the greatest air ace of the First World War. He had shot down 80 opponents. As such his passing was treated with great respect and he was accorded a full military funeral. The funeral was conducted by the personnel of No. 3 Squadron Australian Flying Corps in the cemetery at Bertangles, a village near the city of Amiens. Six flying officers with the rank of captain, the same rank as Richthofen, served as pallbearers and other ranks from the squadron provided a guard of honour. A number of memorial wreaths were sent, including one from 5th Australian Division Headquarters and one from the Royal Air Force. Each wreath bore the German colours. This footage is believed to have been shot by an official cinematographer from the War Records Department. A number of official reporters and photographers were also present to record such an historic event. After his death Richthofen's Fokker Triplane was taken apart by souvenir hunters. At the beginning of the film you can see members of No. 3 Squadron AFC, picking over the remnants of his aircraft. In 1925 Richthofen's body was recovered and buried in the Invalidenfriedhof Cemetery in Berlin. In 1975 his body was exhumed again and buried in his family's tomb in Wiesbaden. [F00032]
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Ceilidh was a lucky winner of Air Force's 2011 radio and online competition where she took the controls of the C-130J Hercules Flight Simulator for herself and received 15 hours of private flying lessons. Ceilidh travelled from a rural NSW town Deniliquin, was put up in a hotel in Darling Harbour and was driven in an Audi to Richmond Air Force Base. Ceilidh was able to fly in differing simulated conditions including landing in heavy fog. More about the C-130
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PTQ of Royal Australian Air Force Super Hornet
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Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Hercules Army Parachute Insertion.
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The RAAF is one of the best in the world.
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Royal Australian Air Force B737 Wedgetail Military Aircraft
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Do you think you're up for the challenge? Get an insight into the Airfield Defence Guard basic training course which is one of the most physically demanding in the Australian Defence Force. Hear it straight from the staff and trainees who have done the hard work. Get some advice on the hardest course you will ever do - and how to prepare, survive and pass it!
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A snapshot of Air Force Training Establishments
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Meet John-Paul as he discusses his experiences at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA), and dispels some common myths that he encountered when joining the Air Force as a Pilot. Just as the afterburners on Air Force jets provide a significant increase in thrust, Air Force Afterburn provides a significant increase in access and exposure to the amazing young men and women that make Air Force what it is. The intent of Air Force Afterburn is to FIGURATIVELY OPEN THE GATES to your Air Force and give UNPRECEDENTED ACCESS to our great people, and the exciting lives they lead by being part of the Air Force team. EPISODE 1 Officer Cadet John-Paul Thorbjornsen Pilot Trainee Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) Footnote: On 10th December 2009, OFFCDT Thorbjornsen was awarded the Chief of Defence Force Sword of Honour for Leadership at his ADFA Graduation Parade!
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The Royal Australian Air Force's ground defence force.
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45 years in RAAF have flown by - Tweed Daily News Tweet this news
Tweed Daily News--Warrant Officer Maeve Tennent is the -RAAF's- longest-serving female member after completing an impressive 45 years of service. A GIRL who grew up in Murwillumbah has gone on to become the longest- serving woman in the -Royal Austra - Date : Fri, 08 Apr 2011 16:45:21 GMT+00:00
Warbirds on the wing for RAAF's 90th birthday - ABC Online Tweet this news
ABC Online--The -Royal Australian Air Force- has celebrated its 90th birthday with a ceremony in Canberra and a display of historic planes at the service's birthplace in Victoria. The -RAAF- was formed on March 31, 1921, with Point Cook its sole base - Date : Thu, 31 Mar 2011 00:05:12 GMT+00:00
Historical air pilgrimage celebrates RAAF's 90th anniversary - ABC Online Tweet this news
ABC Online--More than 50 historical planes have touched down in Ballarat as part of a five day pilgrimage celebrating 90 years of -Royal Australian Air Force- service. Javascript is currently no enabled on your browser. To view this media, ... - Date : Wed, 30 Mar 2011 07:02:23 GMT+00:00
Navy F-18 Crashes, 2 Dead - The Epoch Times Tweet this news
The Epoch Times--By Alex Johnston Pictured above, a -Royal Australian Air Force- F-18 performs. On April 6, 2011, a Navy F-18 crashed in central California, killing two. (Paul Crock/AFP/Getty Images) An F-18 Super Hornet fighter jet crashed in California - Date : Thu, 07 Apr 2011 03:16:10 GMT+00:00
RAAF C-17s carry water cannon system to Japan - Australian Aviation Tweet this news
Australian Aviation--A -RAAF- C-17 arrives at Yokota Air Base carrying water cannon equipment, taxiing past the -RAAF- C-17 already based there, and a USAF C-17. Two -RAAF- C-17s have been transporting a remotely operated water cannon system to Japan whic - Date : Tue, 22 Mar 2011 07:11:47 GMT+00:00
Air force veterans fear for museum future - The West Australian Tweet this news
The West Australian--Documents obtained by The West Australian show that members of the -Royal Australian Air Force- Association of WA, which maintains six retirement villages set up for ex-service personnel, will no longer have their elected council memb - Date : Sun, 03 Apr 2011 22:44:49 GMT+00:00
Adacel Announces Final Acceptance of RAAF Tower Simulation Systems - Business Wire (press release) Tweet this news
Business Wire (press release)--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Adacel (ASX:ADA) announced today that the Company has successfully completed final acceptance for the MaxSim Air Traffic Control (ATC) Tower simulator suite delivered to the -Royal Australian Air Force- (-RA - Date : Tue, 08 Mar 2011 19:13:49 GMT+00:00
RAAF salutes 90 years with 180000 fans - Geelong Advertiser Tweet this news
Geelong Advertiser--AVALON'S Australian International Airshow underlined platinum status among the world's best as it saluted 90 years of -Royal Australian Air Force- history and stretched attendance records. Organisers believe attendance across - Date : Sun, 06 Mar 2011 23:11:19 GMT+00:00
Expat Cantab flies back to help in quake clean-up - Tweet this news IN: -Royal Australian Air Force- sergeant Shane Campbell has taken time off to help out the Lyttelton volunteer fire brigade. Campbell's brother is a brigade member. A 22-year absence hasn't dimmed Shane Campbell's pas - Date : Tue, 08 Mar 2011 16:01:30 GMT+00:00
Flying high as an airshow ace - Herald Sun Tweet this news
Herald Sun--Like the -Royal Australian Air Force- Hawk 127 fighter jet. Technically it's a training jet. But it can blast past mach 1.2 and reach a jaw-clenching eight Gs - it's the kind of thing you don't tell your mother about, until afte - Date : Fri, 04 Mar 2011 11:22:20 GMT+00:00

Units of the AFC
World War I :
Operational Squadrons Training Squadrons
No. 1 Squadron AFC No.5 (Training) Squadron AFC
No.2 Squadron AFC No.6 (Training) Squadron AFC
No.3 Squadron AFC No.7 (Training) Squadron AFC
No.4 Squadron AFC No.8 (Training) Squadron AFC

Aircraft : Pacific War

Royal Australian Air Force

General InformaitonCurrent structure * Ranks * List of Australian Army Corps * List of aircraft * List of bases * List of groups * List of wings * List of squadrons * List of flights * History
CommandsAir Command
Current OperationsOperation Astute * Operation Catalyst * Operation Resolute * Operation Slipper
OtherAirfield Defence Guards * Air Force memorial

Australian Defence Force aircraft serial number designations

RAAF Series One 1921-34A1 DH.9A * A2 S.E.5 * A3 504 * A4 Pup * A5 Wapiti * A6 DH.9 * A7 Cirrus Moth * A8 DH.50A * A9 Seagull * A10 IIID * A11 Southampton * A12 Bulldog
RAAF Series Two 1935-63A1 * A2 * A3 * A4 * A5 * A6 * A7 * A8 * A9 * A10 * A11 * A12 * A13 * A14 * A15 * A16 * A17 * A18 * A19 * A20 * A21 * A22 * A23 * A24 * A25 * A26 * A27 * A28 * A29 * A30 * A30 * A31 * A32 * A33 * A34 * A35 * A36 * A37 * A37 * A37 * A38 * A39 * A40 * A41 * A42 * A43 * A44 * A44 * A45 * A46 * A47 * A48 * A49 * A50 * A51 * A52 * A53 * A54 * A55 * A56 * A57 * A58 * A59 * A60 * A61 * A62 * A63 * A64 * A65 * A66 * A67 * A68 * A69 * A70 * A71 * A72 * A73 * A74 * A75 * A76 * A77 * A78 * A79 * A80 * A81 * A82 * A83 * A84 * A85 * A86 * A87 * A88 * A89 * A90 * A91 * A92 * A93 * A94 * A95 * A96 * A97 * A98 * A99 * A100
RAN Series
Prior to adoption of Tri-Service designations
N1 Firefly * N2 Dakota * N3 Gannet * N4 Sea Venom * N5 Sycamore * N6 Vampire * N7 Wessex * N8 Scout * N9 Iroquois * N10 Quail * N11 Jindivik * N12 Tracker * N13 Skyhawk * N14 MB-326 * N15 HS 748 * N16 Sea King
RAAF Series Three/
Tri-Service Series 1964-present
A1 Sioux * A2 Iroquois * A3 Mirage III * A4 Caribou * A5 Alouette III * A6 Viscount * A7 MB-326 * A8 F-111 * A9 Orion * A10 HS 748 * A11 Falcon 20 * A12 One-Eleven * A13 Link Trainer * A14 PC-6 * A15 Chinook * A16 (not used) * A17/N17 Kiowa * A18 Nomad * A19 CT/4 * A20 707 * A21 Hornet * A22/N22 Ecureuil * A23 PC-9 * N24 Seahawk * A25 Black Hawk * A26 Falcon 900 * A27 Hawk * N28 Kalkara * N29 Seasprite * A30 Wedgetail * A31 (not used) * A32 King Air * A33 (not used) * A34 (not used) * A35 (not used) * A36 BBJ1 * A37 Challenger 604 * A38 Tiger * A39 KC-30A MRTT * A40/N40 MRH-90 * A41 Globemaster III * N42 A109E * A44 F/A-18F Super Hornet * A45 Heron * A69 Phantom

AU Australian Defence Force

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Royal Australian Air Force |Overview |Department of Defence * Australian Defence Organisation * Current deployments * Military bases * Women in the Australian military * Conscription |History |Frontier wars * World War I * World War II * Korean War * Indonesia-Malaysia Confrontation * Vietnam War * Gulf War * War in Afghanistan * Iraq War

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