The RAF (Royal Air Force) and WRAF (Women's Royal Air Force) turn 100 on 1st April 2018 - a major milestone for the world's first independent air force. On this day, 100 years ago the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) and the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) merged together to form the RAF, which went on to play a major role in the Battle of Britain and the eventual victory of WWII. A full history of which you can read about here.
In celebration of the Centenary, you can find some of the most remarkable contemporary aviation images in connection to the RAF within our collection. This includes an incredible set of pictures titled 'Aviation Art Noir' by Picfair photographer Paul Biddles - a series of high-contrast, high-octane images of the fleet in action, ideal for a creative campaign. You will also find absolutely stunning images of RAF air shows throughout the UK and action shots of practices, drills and legacy flights of both vintage and modern aircraft. So to put you firmly in the pilot's seat, here is a round-up of some of our highlights.