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CF-FZG

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Happy Birthday
« on: March 31, 2013, 10:34:54 AM »

Happy birthday to the Royal Australian Air Force on their 92nd birthday :-))

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On this day, the Australian Air Corps (AAC)-a temporary Army unit raised 15 months earlier - was disbanded and replaced by the Australian Air Force (AAF) as a separate service. The AAF immediately took possession of existing aircraft and equipment at Point Cook, Victoria, but not all the AAC’s personnel were transferred across. At its formation the new Service had 21 officers and 128 other ranks, and even six months later this strength had barely doubled. The 153 aircraft which initially came into the AAF’s possession were mainly war surplus machines received under an ‘Imperial Gift’ arrangement. Most stayed in storage, and for several years only 50-60 aircraft were actually in use. Economies imposed in 1922 forced the RAAF to cut back on development plans, so that even after five years in existence it had less than 700 personnel.


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Re: Happy Birthday
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2013, 05:45:39 PM »

I assume they like birthday cake and can have two birthdays, like the Queen does, as (apparently) they didn't become 'Royal' for another 5 months...

"The Australian Air Force was formed on 31st March 1921.
King George V approved the prefix "Royal" in June 1921 and became effective on 31st August 1921.
The RAAF then became the second Royal air arm to be formed in the British Commonwealth, following the British Royal Air Force. When formed the RAAF had more aircraft than personnel, with 21 officers and 128 other ranks and 153 aircraft..."
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