There’s a strong school of thought that the establishment of an independent Air Force was the biggest mistake in the history of Australian Defence.
But it’s turning 88 today and they’re having a celebration.
So they’re warning the community that they’re going to be lighting up the skies over Canberra at 11am.
- Details of Canberra events:
31 March 2009 7:00am:
The RAAF Ensign will be raised at Regatta Point. The RAAF Ensign signifies the bond of service and is flown at all Air Force establishments and paraded at ceremonies.
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Weather permitting, the RAAF Hot Air Balloon will fly over the flag raising ceremony.
31 March 2009 11:00am:
A commemorative service will be held at the RAAF Memorial Grove (corner of Federal Hwy and Majura Rd, adjacent to the Hughie Edwards VC rest stop). The service will begin with a flypast of two F/A-18 Hornet fighters from RAAF Base Williamtown.
After conducting a flypast of the commemorative service, the F/A-18 Hornets will fly over the Australian Defence Force Academy; Lake Burley Griffin, past the Royal Australian Air Force Ensign at Regatta Point; the Australian National Museum; Parliament House; ANZAC Parade; and the Australian War Memorial before returning to RAAF Base Williamtown.
So, as usual, don’t panic.