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HISTORIC FIRST for the Royal Air Force, as non-commissioned Airmen and Officers have graduated together at RAF College Cranwell in Lincolnshire today (Thursday 4th October). The special event marks the end of their training and entry into the Royal Air Force, which celebrated its 100-year anniversary this year.

The 91 Recruits, 106 Officer Cadets and 10 Commissioned Warrant Officers performed an impressive parade in front of their proud families, before witnessing a fitting flypast including a Battle of Britain Spitfire and the RAF’s latest fighter jet capability the F-35 Lightning, marking the proud heritage of the Service and its current fifth-generation air power capability.

The joint graduation marks the conclusion of the official RAF100 celebrations which have commemorated the first 100 years of the world’s first independent air force. As part of the legacy of the Centenary, work is underway for a single point of entry for Airmen and Officers at RAF College Cranwell.

The single gateway approach is based on the meritocratic principles of Lord Trenchard – the RAF’s founding father – who created the Service on the idea of opportunities for all, based on merit and regardless of background.The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier attended the graduation as the Reviewing Officer.

| British Armed Forces News

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