Commemorate. Celebrate. Inspire.

As the world’s first independent air force, the RAF is held in the highest regard by the international air force community for setting the standards that others have followed. 2018 marks their 100-year anniversary and so it was important to celebrate and commemorate this significant milestone.

On 1 April 2018, the Royal Air Force launched RAF100, a national campaign to mark its 100th year. The centenary itself will feature events, activities and other initiatives running nationwide from April to the end of September 2018.

Bray Leino Events are honoured to be an official Events Partner to the RAF, responsible for assisting in the event delivery of the RAF100 Aircraft Tour. The tour kicked off on Friday 18th May in Cardiff and is the culmination of months of event planning, which included some very complex logistics around transporting large aircraft across the country!

Rob Grahamslaw, CEO at Bray Leino Events said: “We are proud to be working on this tour in collaboration with the RAF at what is a very exciting time for them. It’s an honour to be involved and our team are working hard to ensure that everyone who attends the tour has the best possible experience.”

To mark the start of the event, a World War Two Lancaster bomber roared over Cardiff City Hall in memory of the 75th anniversary of the Dambusters raid and to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the RAF. This was followed by a gala dinner in City Hall raising funds for the RAF100 Appeal.

The tour itself will visit 6 locations across the UK. It is open to all, free to attend and features an impressive range of aircraft covering the RAF’s history, from WW1, through to the modern day. To help make the aircraft exhibits come to life, current trainee RAF pilots re-enact the life of RAF pilots during the First World War and the Battle of Britain and are on hand to talk about the stories behind the machines.

To inspire and educate the younger generation about the many opportunities available to them through STEM subjects such as electronics and engineering, the tour also features lots of additional fun science-based activities. This includes virtual reality experiences and challenges with a flying theme.

The first stop in Cardiff this weekend was a resounding success, with over 23,000 visitors. We look forward to continuing the tour across the UK and urge you to come and visit when it comes to a city near you. For more information on other dates and locations click here or follow the hashtag #RAF100 for the latest updates.