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/