The 100th birthday of the Royal Air Force was marked in the National Assembly for Wales today with a celebration at the Senedd.
RAF officers from across Wales attended the event – where Assembly Members were addressed by Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier – Chief of the Air Staff.
Welsh Conservative Leader and South Wales Central AM Andrew RT Davies praised the RAF for the “revolutionary role” it played in transforming the British Armed Forces.
As the first independent air force in the world – and the first of the forces to recruit on the basis of merit rather than background – it has “led the way” – he said.
Mr Davies said, “It was a privilege to be present in the Senedd as we celebrated 100 years of the RAF – along with servicemen and women from across Wales.
“We were hugely honoured to be joined by Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier – who gave a fantastic account of the RAF’s past – as well as what they are doing moving forward.
“When it was formed 100 years’ ago – the RAF broke the mould in how our armed forces operate.
“Instead of appointing on the basis of connections and family ties – it really was a case of what you know coming before who you know – something that was previously unheard of.
“Its revolutionary impact as the world’s first independent air force will never be forgotten – and I’d like to pay tribute to the brave RAF servicemen and women who keep our country safe.”
[Picture: Welsh Conservative Leader Andrew RT Davies, Lord Mayor of Cardiff Cllr Dianne Rees, Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier and Mohammad Asghar AM at the RAF centenary event in the Senedd]