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Royal Australian Air Force's 87th Birthday!
« on: March 31, 2008, 08:59:23 AM »
In 1921, on the 31st of March, the Australian Air Force was formed. It was then only the second air force to exist, after the RAF. In August it was given the prefix "Royal" and in that same year the number of aircraft (about 127 of which were given by the British) was greater than the number of air force personnel!

By World War Two, the RAAF had grown to be the 4th largest air force in the world! Today, the numbers are down to about 13,500 personnel, operating only a fraction of the number of aircraft.

Happy 87th Birthday to the RAAF!

« Last Edit: March 31, 2008, 09:02:44 AM by RecceJet »

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Re: Royal Australian Air Force's 87th Birthday!
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2008, 04:43:22 PM »
Tha badge has the same banner as our Grupo V de caza: Ad as astra per aspera... or similar
"Ad Astra Per Aspera"   (5º Grupo de Caza ≈ A-4AR Fightinghawk)

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Re: Royal Australian Air Force's 87th Birthday!
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2008, 10:18:20 PM »
Through struggel to the stars! RAAF is not the only one to use it. It originates from RAF. British empire and it's traditions  ;D

Anyway I personally like RAAF (as well as RCAF, RNZAF). Nice of them to hold on to the traditions. Simply Australian Air Force would be boring, wouldn't it? I mean who would care about it then except few aussie patriots?

Congrats RAAF!  :)
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Re: Royal Australian Air Force's 87th Birthday!
« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2008, 07:04:27 AM »
I thought per ardua ~ ad astra meant "through adveristy to the stars"

PS, we had to study the first picture in english the other day, something to do with "if you seen this picture, would you fight in the war"

It was really sucky, plus my teacher's an idiot.

Woot for the RAAF.


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Re: Royal Australian Air Force's 87th Birthday!
« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2008, 09:00:11 AM »
I thought per ardua ~ ad astra meant "through adveristy to the stars"

PS, we had to study the first picture in english the other day, something to do with "if you seen this picture, would you fight in the war"

It was really sucky, plus my teacher's an idiot.

Woot for the RAAF.



That's the way the RAF interprets the motto. But the official RAAF translation is with "struggle"

I say bring back the old recruiting posters! Lol, they're classic!

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Re: Royal Australian Air Force's 87th Birthday!
« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2008, 07:44:54 PM »
I think RAF got 90 today!!! The eldest air force  :)
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