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RAF Ensign at Cardiff Castle Raises Flag on 100th Anniversary Tour

Photo: RAF Ensign raised over Cardiff Castle in Centenary Year

 

The RAF Ensign was hoisted at Cardiff Castle yesterday highlighting the RAF National Aircraft Tour which arrives in the Welsh captial in four weeks’ time.
On 1 April 2018, the Royal Air Force launched RAF100, a national campaign to mark its 100th year – it’s something we are also reflecting every month in each issue of FlyPast.
The centenary features events, activities and other initiatives running nationwide from April to the end of September 2018. One of the biggest events, the RAF100 National Aircraft Tour, arrives in Cathays Park, Cardiff on 18 May.
Iconic aircraft commemorating 100 years of the world’s first independent air force, will be on display outside Cardiff City Hall along with science-based activities giving youngsters the chance to enter the world of technological adventure featuring aerobatic quadcopters, cyberspace missions, hand-skill challenges and virtual-reality flight.
Among the famous aircraft on display will be a Spitfire (a Mk I kindly loaned from Duxford) and a Eurofighter Typhoon jet from the present day.
The salute was taken by the senior RAF Officer in Wales, Air Commodore Adrian Williams who said: “As a Welshman who has spent his whole career in the RAF, it’s a proud day for me to be here in Cardiff raising the RAF Ensign over our capital city. We are delighted that the Welsh Government is supporting a programme of raising the RAF Ensign across all Local Authority areas. This RAF Ensign raising programme is now well underway and will be complete by 10 July, which is when the RAF will have its main Centenary Parade and Flypast in London. As part of the RAF Centenary, there are a number of events happening across Wales, with a particular highlight being the RAF 100 National Aircraft Tour.”
The RAF100 Tour will be a Cathays Park, Cardiff 18-20 May 2018. Opening times 11am-6pm (Fri), 9am-9pm (Sat/Sun). Free entry.
Further information: https://www.raf.mod.uk/raf100/whats-on/raf100-aircraft-tour-cardiff/

Spitfire Mark IA, X4474 ‘QV-I’, of No. 19 Squadron RAF, taking off from Fowlmere, Cambridgeshire, with Sergeant B J Jennings at the controls.

‘Shark Attack’ by Squadron Leader John Eklund, an RAF Reservist with 7644(VR) Squadron.
An RAF Typhoon appears like a shark from the depths. This photograph was taken from the back of a transport aircraft over a lake in the Baltic region where the Typhoons are currently deployed in the NATO Baltic Air Policing Role. Typhoons also secure the skies over the UK and the Falkland Islands to protect the nation’s airspace. In order to do this they maintain a constant 24/7 QRA (Quick Reaction Alert) force. RAF Typhoons were also deployed in support of Op ELLAMY over Libya. Sqn Ldr John Eklund is an RAF Reservist and in his military role he works for 7644(VR) Media and Communications Squadron based at RAF High Wycombe.
This year, for the first time, the RAF is asking the public to vote for their favourite image in one of the categories. The judges have selected a shortlist of 9 of the best photographs from the whole competition and the public can now vote for their favourite image. This will become the People’s Choice: Image of the Year. Voting is at: www.raf.mod.uk/photo-of-the-year-2014
Voters will be entered into a free prize draw when they tweet their vote for a chance to win an iPad Mini with a Red Arrows 50th Anniversary universal cover and an iPhone 5S cover. Voting is open now and closes at midnight on 27th August. The winning Photo will be announced at the Presentation Ceremony on 2nd September.

 

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