Air Force 2021-Centenary of Air Force

On 31 March 2021, the Royal Australian Air Force will mark 100 years as an independent service. This will be an important time to reflect on and acknowledge our enduring contribution to Australia's national security.

Our vision for Air Force 2021 (AF2021) is a program of carefully selected events and initiatives that will honour the service and sacrifices of our people during the last 100 years, engage the Australian community and demonstrate today’s highly capable force, and inspire young Australians to consider a career in Air Force or the aviation industry.

Planning for the centenary is well underway. The first stage was a public consultation period which concluded last year. Air Force received 320 submissions.

Air Force has assessed all ideas against our key criteria: safety, value for money and achieving maximum effect. We are now examining the feasibility of some submissions in more detail.

What’s next?

The next steps in planning for 2021 will be:

  • Continuing to raise awareness of the centenary. Members of the planning team will staff the Air Force stand at the Australian International Air Show - Avalon,
  • Discussions with Defence industry regarding potential partnering for some centenary initiatives, and
  • Meeting State and Territory Government tourism and major events agencies to discuss options for Air Force involvement in significant public events during 2021

The Air Force centenary will be a time to reflect on all that has been achieved in our first 100 years and foreshadow our continued evolution into the future. Imagine what the next century will bring!

Stay updated

To connect with the centenary planning team and receive our updates: email:  RAAF.2021@defence.gov.au