Royal Australian Air Force celebrates 95th birthday

On 31 March 1921, the RAAF was formed as an independent service from the Army, making it the second-oldest air force in the world.

The RAAF has its origins in the Australian Flying Corps, which served in the Middle East and European theatres during the First World War.

Since its formation, the RAAF has established a proud record of service during conflicts including Second World War, Korean War, and Vietnam War. It has also supported peacekeeping efforts in East Timor, the Solomon Islands, and more recently worked alongside Army and Navy during operations in the Middle East.

Today, the RAAF is an organisation of more than 18,800 full-time and reserve personnel, and more than 270 aircraft.

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) will mark the 95th anniversary of its formation with a flying display by a PC-9/A over Canberra on Thursday, 31 March 2016.

The PC-9/A aircraft will fly at heights no lower than 250 feet above obstacles and no faster than 270 knots (486 kilometres/hour).