99th Birthday of Royal Australian Air Force
Cenotaph, Martin Place
Tuesday 31 March 2020. 11am
- Geoffrey Usher
- 02 9393 3485
On 31 March 1921, the RAAF was formed as an independent service from the Army, making it the second-oldest air force in the world.
The RAAF has its origins in the Australian Flying Corps, which served in the Middle East and European theatres during the First World War.
Since its formation, the RAAF has established a proud record of service during conflicts including Second World War, Korean War, and Vietnam War. It has also supported peacekeeping efforts in East Timor, the Solomon Islands, and more recently worked alongside Army and Navy during operations in the Middle East.
Today, the RAAF is an organisation of more than 18,800 full-time and reserve personnel, and more than 270 aircraft.