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Aerial warfare service branch of the British Armed Forces

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Royal Air Force: Aerial warfare service branch of the British Armed Forces
The Royal Air Force (RAF) is the United Kingdom's aerial warfare force. It was formed towards the end of the First World War on 1 April 1918 and is the world's oldest independent national air force. Following the Allied victory over the Central Powers in 1918, the RAF emerged as the largest air force in the world at the time. Since its formation, the RAF has taken a significant role in British military history. In particular, it played a large part in the Second World War where it fought its most famous campaign, the Battle of Britain.


Defence Secretary: RAF could bring coronavirus vaccines to UK [Video]

Defence Secretary: RAF could bring coronavirus vaccines to UK

The RAF could be used to bring coronavirus vaccines to the UK, the DefenceSecretary has said. Speaking on a visit to a Covid-19 testing site inLiverpool, where a mass pilot is under way, Ben Wallace..

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Dan Snow helps 80-year-old connect with his late father [Video]

Dan Snow helps 80-year-old connect with his late father

Historian, Dan Snow, helped 80-year-old John Watts connect with his father like never before. Joseph Watts was killed while fighting the Nazis in WWII, eight months before his son John was born. On the..

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