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There will be wings: the First World War origins of the RAF

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The National Archives

Bessant Drive

Richmond

TW9 4DU

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2018 marks the centenary of the Royal Air Force, the formation of which is not without its own fascinating history.

Since 1914, the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service had fought the air war, but by 1917 it was apparent that this new form of combat required a specialist service of its own.

On 2 March 2018, The National Archives, the National Museum of the Royal Navy, the RAF Museum, and the National Army Museum will present a one-day conference exploring this formation. With a keynote delivered by Professor Richard Overy (University of Exeter), the conference will look at why the Royal Air Force came into existence, and examine the challenges and opportunities of bringing together two distinct branches of the armed forces to create something entirely new.

To join the conversation on social media use #Wings100

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09.30 - 10.00 Registration and refreshments

10.00 - 11.00 2 into 1: Wing Commander (ret'd) Jeff Jefford MBE and William Spencer (The National Archives)

11.00 - 11.15 Break and refreshments

11.15 - 12.15 Body and Soul – health and morale in Britain’s Air Arms: Dr Lynsey Shaw-Cobden (Air Historical Branch - RAF) and Dr Emma Hanna (University of Kent)

12:15 - 13:00 Lunch

13:00 - 14:00 Air Vice-Marshal (ret’d) Dr Peter Dye (Cross and Cockade International) and Peter Hart (Imperial War Museum)

14:00 - 14:15 Break and refreshments

14:15 - 15:15 Keynote – The Creation of the Royal Air Force, Professor Richard Overy (University of Exeter)

15:15 - 16:00 Open Discussion and close

For more information on our First World War 100 programme, please visit: nationalarchives.gov.uk/first-world-war

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