The first stage of planning for Air Force 2021 - celebrating 100 years of the Royal Australian Air Force - was a public consultation in late 2015 and early 2016.
During the submission period, Air Force received more than 320 suggestions to mark the centenary.
Air Force is now examining the feasibility of some suggestions in more detail. We will only select activities which align with our key criteria: safety, value for money and achieving maximum effect.
The most popular themes from the public consultation were:
- Air show, flypasts and displays: In addition to the Australian International Air Show 2021, Air Force is planning a series of high profile flying displays during major public events in metropolitan areas, including Australia Day and ANZAC Day.
- Regional and community engagement: An important part of our centenary will be recognising the close bonds between the Air Force and communities near our bases. Some of the initiatives will also reach parts of regional and rural Australia that do not see Air Force very often.
- Youth programs, including STEM: A major focus for the centenary will be actively engaging and inspiring young people – particularly through programs which foster a passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
- Documentaries and books: Air Force’s first 100 years is full of remarkable stories of bravery, dedication and innovation. We are considering the best ways to tell these stories – through major public exhibitions and initiatives such as documentaries, books and special publications.
- History and heritage: Air Force 2021 will highlight our rich heritage. Many public submissions related to the birthplace of the Air Force – Point Cook. We are looking at options to recognise the significant role that Point Cook has had throughout our history and today.