The Royal Air Force 100 Years of Air Power
During the course of the 20th Century battlefields changed dramatically and it is the aeroplane that created the biggest change of all. This is because the aeroplane can go virtually anywhere unrestrained by sea or land, at any time very quickly and fire weapons of unimagined ferocity and accuracy and gives commanders the perspective of the battlefield only achieved by height.
The Royal Air Force has been central to the evolution of air power and and the technologies that have made the aeroplane the decisive weapon of the last 100 years. It is also the oldest independent air force in the world with origins that take it back to the earliest days of powered flight.