Amazing Photos of the Royal Air Force During the 1950s and ’60s

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The Royal Air Force (RAF) is the United Kingdom’s air and space force. It was formed towards the end of the First World War on 1 April 1918, becoming the first independent air force in the world, by regrouping the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) and the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS).

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.
Today, the Royal Air Force maintains an operational fleet of various types of aircraft, described by the RAF as being “leading-edge” in terms of technology. This largely consists of fixed-wing aircraft, including those in the following roles: fighter and strike, airborne early warning and control, intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance (ISTAR), signals intelligence (SIGINT), maritime patrol, air-to-air refueling (AAR) and strategic & tactical transport.
Although the RAF is the principal British air power arm, the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm and the British Army’s Army Air Corps also operate armed aircraft.
Here below is an amazing photos collection from Etienne du Plessis that shows the Royal Air Force during the 1950s and ’60s.
A group of eight de Havilland Sea Hornets of the Fleet Air Arm line up on the flight deck of the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Implacable (R86) during a sea exercise in July 1950

Fleet air Arm Hawker Sea Furies, Iwakuni, Japan, 1951

Boeing B-29A, Washington, 1953

The Mk.24 was the final variant of the Spitfire and this particular aircraft, built in 1947 (registration VN485), saw RAF service in Hong Kong with 80 Sqdn, 1953

To celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s coronation on June 2, 1953 the RAF laid on the biggest display of Military air

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