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The Centenary of the Foundation of The Royal Flying Corps
13th April 1912

King George V signed a Royal Warrant establishing the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) on 13th April 1912.  The first Officer Commanding the RFC was General David Y Henderson (born Glasgow 11th August 1862), who took the Corps to France in 1914.

An exhibition to mark the Centenary was opened at the Farnborough Air Sciences Trust (FAST) Exhibition on 12th April 2012. We were privileged to be invited to the opening and were delighted to see that the exhibition includes pictures of my Grandfather, Great Uncle and my wife, Annabel's Grandfather, who served in WWI with the RFC which combined with the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) to become the Royal Air Force (RAF) in 1918, in which my parents were later to serve.

Information board, all together, the Laird brothers and Alec Bennett

BE2 at Farnborough

Centenary Links

Centenary of Royal Flying Corps | ITV News

Royal Flying Corps at 100 - ITV News

The few who reached for the sky - Telegraph

FAST Farnborough Celebrates 100 years of the RFC - YouTube

II(AC) Squadron Centenary tail: key.Aero, Military Aviation


© Iain Laird 2012