The Royal Air Force (RAF) is the air force of the British forces.
The RAF is currently divided into 4 Air Command and has a staff of around 43,500 troops plus 2,500 active reservists.
Team ranks of the British Air Force
- Leading Aircraftman
- Senior Aircraftman Technician / Senior Aircraftman
- Lance Corporal (RAF Regiment only)
Aircraftman (1) (without badges), Leading Aircraftman (2), Senior Aircraftman Technician / Senior Aircraftman (3), Lance Corporal (RAF Regiment only) (4)
Corporal ranks of the British Air Force
- Sergeant / Sergeant Aircrew
- Chief Technician
- Flight Sergeant / Flight Sergeant Aircrew
- Warrant Officer
- Master Aircrew
Corporal (5), Sergeant / Sergeant Aircrew (6), Chief Technician (7), Flight Sergeant / Flight Sergeant Aircrew (8), Warrant Officer (9), Master Aircrew (10)
The Sergeant Aircrew, the Flight Sergeant Aircrew and the Master Aircrew are a special group of ranks that are assigned within flying associations
Officer ranks of the British Air Force
- Pilot Officer
- Flying Officer
- Flight Lieutenant
- Squadron Leader
- Wing Commander
- Group Captain
- Air Commodore
Pilot Officer (11), Flying Officer (12), Flight Lieutenant (13), Squadron Leader (14), Wing Commander (15), Group Captain (16), Air Commodore (17)
General ranks of the British Air Force
- Air Vice Marshal
- Air Marshal
- Air Chief Marshal
- Marshal of the Royal Air Force
Air Vice Marshal (18), Air Marshal (19), Air Chief Marshal (20), Marshal of the Royal Air Force (21)
The rank of the Marshal of the Royal Air Force, like its counterpart in the land forces, awarded only in case of war.
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The Royal Air Force: A Centenary of Operations
The world's first independent air force, the Royal Air Force celebrates its centenary in 2018. In the 100 years since the end of World War I, the service has been involved in almost continuous operations around the globe, giving the RAF the longest and most wide-ranging history of any air force in the world. But over the years this history has also become entangled with myths.
The Royal Air Force: A Centenary of Operations will set the record straight, dispelling these as it uncovers--in both words and photographs--the true exploits and accomplishments of RAF personnel over the last 100 years. From its formation as an independent service in the dying days of World War I, its desperate fight against the Axis air forces in World War II, to its commitments during both the Cold War and modern times, this is the complete story of how the RAF has defended Britain for a century.
Badges and Uniforms of the RAF
Throughout the relatively short yet highly distinguished history of the Royal Air Force there has been a tendency for the men and women of the Service to be overshadowed by the glamour of the aircraft.
Nonetheless it is surprising that there has never before been a complete record of the uniforms and badges of the RAF and its predecessor, the Royal Flying Corps.
Malcolm Hobart and Pen and Sword Books have cooperated to rectify this serious omission with this superbly color illustrated and comprehensive collector's guide. Badges of rank and trade are all depicted not only for the flying arms but for ground staff. This valuable addition to our Collector series also covers the RAF Reserves and Auxiliary Service, Air Training Corps and the Royal Observer Corps.
The Royal Air Force Day by Day: 1918 - 2018
The Royal Air Force Day by Day is a diary of significant daily events providing a fascinating record of the RAF’s 100-year history, illustrated with more than 500 photographs. It describes not only the great air battles and major events, but also the tapestry of activities, traditions and culture that have created the rich history of the world’s oldest Air Force. Central to this history are the experiences of RAF officers, airmen and women, ground trades and aircrew during war and peacetime. Created in April 1918, the RAF has made a major contribution to peacekeeping and offensive actions worldwide since the First World War and has maintained its position at the forefront of aviation and weapons technology.
Sustaining Air Power: Royal Air Force Logistics since 1918
The Royal Air Force is the world’s oldest independent air arm, yet little has been written about its logistics. This groundbreaking book, which draws on twenty-five years of original archival research, opens the hangar door on this highly important discipline, which has been at the forefront of supporting British air power since 1918.
Written by a former senior RAF Logistics Officer and supplemented by material from veterans and currently serving military personnel, Sustaining Air Power explores the fascinating development of RAF logistics. This journey, just short of a century, explores the inter-war years, the Second World War, the Cold War, and all major campaigns that the Service has been involved in, from the fall of the Berlin Wall to the RAF’s withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Dedicated chapters consider the more specialist aspects of logistics, such as tactical and expeditionary logistics, fuels and explosives, information technology, and how the RAF has managed its extensive supply chain. Richly illustrated, with many previously unpublished images, its content and style will appeal to a wide readership.