The Royal Air Force is the world’s oldest air force of any significant
size to become independent of army or navy control.
RAF100, what is it?
As many people will doubtless be aware, the RAF celebrates its 100th birthday on the 1st of April 2018. To mark this momentous milestone, the Service is planning a year-round series of national, regional and local events running from October 2017 to
The aim of the events are to commemorate the sacrifice of those who have gone before us, celebrate the RAF family, its 100 years of excellence and indeed our continued support to Operations and inspire our future generations of the RAF and those people who will support the RAF of tomorrow. For us at RAF Marham, these aims are both relevant and pertinent.
What’s already planned?
As one of the only 4 active RAF stations that pre-date the formation of the Service and a key component of the RAF’s operational commitments for the last 100 years, RAF Marham has a central role to play in these celebrations in the following areas:
National Events – With a bumper Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT), a parade in the Mall including a mass flypast supported by Marham aircraft, a dedication ceremony in St Clement Danes and the consecration of a new colour already planned to occur in 2018 in honour of the Centenary, there will be opportunities for Marham based personnel and their families to attend a large number of high-profile and enjoyable events. These events are organised centrally, and supported by Marham.
Regional and Local Events – Led by RAF Marham, there are already plans for a number of regional events in-development including the expansion of the King’s Lynn Tornado Trail to cover the whole of North Norfolk, the Royal Norfolk Show and Battle of Britain commemoration events. Local events include the arrival of the Lightning aircraft, a RAF100 themed Friends and Families day and high profile visits to the station. These events will all be organised by us at Marham and are key to the success of the overall aspirations of the project.
How can I get involved?
No matter who you are – a regular or a reserve, a civilian or a contractor, an Air Cadet or a school goer – you can play a key part in making our Centenary a special year in the following ways:
Suggest an idea for an event that Commemorates, Celebrates or Inspires. This can either be a national event through the RAF100 website (https://www.raf.mod.uk/raf100/) or a regional or local event through the RAF Marham MOSS RAF100 microsite. Those people in the RAF family who don’t have access to MOSS can additionally submit their regional or local Event ideas through the Hive.
Support the Events. This is our Centenary. Make the most of the events on offer and even if you aren’t personally holding an event, support your friends and colleagues to ensure this is a year to remember.
How will the Station support me?
To ensure that RAF Marham plays a full and active role in the RAF100 celebrations, the Station has its very own RAF Committee who can help you in the following ways:
Supporting Regional and Local Event organisers at every step. Whether this is your first attempt at organising an event or you’re a seasoned pro, the Committee will help with the financing, publicity and support for your event to ensure it’s a success.
Promulgating regular updates on National and Regional Events. The Committee aim to provide a monthly digest in Marham Matters of all the RAF100 activity and details of Events you may wish to get involved with.