About the Appeal

The RAF100 Appeal is a joint venture between the Royal Air Force and four major RAF charities - the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, the Royal Air Forces Association, the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust and the Royal Air Force Museum. The aim of the Appeal is to raise money for the RAF Family and to create a lasting legacy as we celebrate 100 years of the Royal Air Force in 2018. Find out more about the legacy of the RAF100 Appeal.

Numerous activities and events will be taking place across the UK from 2017 until the end of September 2018. The Appeal forms part of the wider RAF100 initiative that seeks to commemorate the achievements of the RAF and all those who have served while at the same time celebrating the vital contribution that the RAF continues to make, and inspire both the public and the RAF Family as we look forward to the next 100 years. Find out more about RAF100.

A message from Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, Chief of the Air Staff

The celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Royal Air Force is an outstanding opportunity to celebrate our history and our remarkable achievements over the last 100 years, and to embrace future opportunities. One hundred years of the Royal Air Force reminds us that we should commemorate with pride those who have served, thank those who serve today, and keep inspiring those who might serve in the future.

The Centenary is also about education, enabling our proud servicemen and women to inform the country about how we operate today across the globe, and how we as an Air Force strive for excellence in all we do and deliver. Equally as important is innovation - this has always been at the heart of the Royal Air Force. We live in an ever more technological and information driven age and our aim is to continue to be at the forefront of innovation, encouraging both the current and next generation to be inspired by the RAF and our endeavours.

The celebration of 100 years of the Royal Air Force will highlight and strengthen our partnerships, both current and future, and we embrace this landmark anniversary as the opportunity to demonstrate our talented servicemen and women to the country and to the world.

A message from Simon Collins, Chairman of the RAF100 Appeal

The RAF and the four main RAF charities are combining as one for this unique moment in history to commemorate the past 100 years since the formation of the RAF and look forward with confidence to a future of hope and opportunity for the entire RAF Family.

Founded on April 1st 1918 at the end of the First World War, the RAF is the oldest independent air force in the world. In 2018, our nation will come together to recognise 100 years' worth of dedication, sacrifice and achievements. This is why the members of the RAF100 Appeal have joined forces with a mission to ensure that all members of the RAF Family - past, present and future - are honoured, supported and inspired. From the youngest child to the oldest veteran, those currently serving their country and their brave families at home, the RAF100 Appeal will support tens of thousands of individuals, building on the successes of the past centenary and leaving a lasting legacy for years to come.


Here you can find out more about the charities that the RAF100 Appeal supports.

RAF Benevolent Fund

Founded by Air Marshal Sir Hugh Trenchard in 1919, the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund supports former and serving members of the RAF and their families. The support we provide ranges from financial help to our Airplay youth support programme on RAF stations and welfare breaks for RAF veterans. We are also the proud custodians of the RAF Memorial and the Bomber Command Memorial in London.

The Royal Air Forces Association

The Royal Air Forces Association is a membership organisation and registered charity that provides welfare support to the RAF Family. The RAF Association is dedicated to supporting serving and former RAF personnel and their families.

Royal Air Force Museum

The Royal Air Force Museum occupies two public sites at Colindale in north London and Cosford in Shropshire, West Midlands. Its purpose is to tell the story of the Royal Air Force through its people and collections and its ambition is to ensure that the Royal Air Force's story endures and enriches future generations.

RAF Charitable Trust

The Royal Air Force Charitable Trust is the youngest of the Royal Air Force charities having formed in 2005. Its main source of income comes from its trading company, the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Enterprises, who organise the Royal International Air Tattoo each year at RAF Fairford. Its aims are to support the Royal Air Force to enhance the environment of serving personnel and their families; and a commitment to young people, to initiate and develop within them an enthusiasm for aviation and consequently generate a desire in them to join the RAF.

Corporate partners

We are extremely grateful for all the support that the RAF100 Appeal receives from its corporate sponsors.

The overall fundraising activity will include a national public fundraising campaign, merchandising, branding, commemorative publications and events supported by national advertising and all-media promotion. A key strand will be commercial sponsorship which will bring with it a range of benefits including privileged attendance at key events and associated activities.

Take a look at our current corporate partners.

If you would like more information on how to become a corporate sponsor, then please contact us on raf100corporateenquiries@rafcte.com.


St James's House

The RAF100 Appeal is pleased to announce the appointment of St James's House as an endorsed publisher for the RAF100 celebrations in 2018. St James's House is working in support of the RAF100 Appeal which is a collaborative venture between the RAF and its four major charities - namely the RAF Association, the RAF Benevolent Fund, the RAF Charitable Trust and the RAF Museum.
In celebration of this historic landmark for the RAF, St James's House has been granted authority by the RAF100 Appeal to produce three formally licensed publications:
- a commemorative album to mark the RAF's Centenary
- a souvenir event programme for the celebrations
- a celebratory cookbook - telling the story of the RAF over 100 years in 100 countries, and showcasing 100 regional recipes.

The commemorative album will be distributed within the RAF's networks, at major RAF100 events and to dignitaries around the world. This album - together with the souvenir programme and cookbook - will also be made available for retail sale through RAF100 events, book shops and e-commerce platforms in the UK and abroad. All aspects of these projects are endorsed by, and in support of, the RAF100 Appeal, and royalties will be paid to the Charity.
For more information about St James's House, please visit www.stjamess.org.

Should you have any questions about these projects, please contact Stephen van der Merwe, the Business Development Director at St James's House, on +44 (0) 20 8371 4000.

RAF Anthology

Specialist military publisher Extraordinary Editions is working in association with the RAF Museum on behalf of the RAF100 Appeal partners to produce the RAF Centenary Anthology, a handmade, limited edition of 1,500 books of which 250 are signed exemplary copies. The Anthology will commemorate a hundred years of service and sacrifice, courage and honour whilst celebrating the spirit and values of the people who have contributed to the RAF Story.

The RAF Commemorative Anthology will consist of around 700 pages of documents, orders, operational reports, maps, air diagrams, diaries, letters and ephemera, recording RAF life over its first 100 years. It will measure an impressive 40 x 27 cm, in order that original documentation can be reproduced at full size.

A team based at the RAF Museum has been working over the last year, identifying and assessing material and photographs from the RAF Museum archives and the Air Historical Branch to assemble the ultimate documentary history of the service. From General Smut's memorandum on the need for an air force to the latest air actions, the book presents both a history of the Service and a series of fascinating glimpses into RAF life, operations and policy. Among the many extraordinary documents included in the book are the leaflet dropped over German lines telling them of Von Richthofen's death, the tragic last written note from Arthur Aaron VC and the secret clandestine letters from an imprisoned Douglas Bader.

The Centenary Edition will be hand bound on brass posts in quarter leather over reinforced boards, with a book cloth cover depicting the roundel and a pattern of rivets reminiscent of a wing section. Each copy will come in a die cut slip-case revealing the roundel. This edition is limited to 1,250 copies.

The Signed Exemplary Edition will be limited to just 250 copies published in 5 different versions, each representing an iconic aircraft and signed by three pilots or crew from that aircraft: the Spitfire, the Lancaster, the Vulcan, the Harrier and the Tornado. In addition, they will contain extra material about each specific aircraft.

The entire edition set is limited to just 1500 copies worldwide and books will be allocated on a strictly first come first served basis. Members who wish to purchase a copy are urged to do so as soon as possible as any unsubscribed copies will be made available to the public from June 2017 at full price at which point this subscriber offer will close.

The Centenary Edition is available to subscribers at £750 [rrp £950].

The Signed Exemplary Edition is available to subscribers at £1450 [rrp £1950].

A donation from all sales will be made to the RAF100 Appeal supporting the RAF Association, Charitable Trust, Benevolent Fund, Museum and the Royal Air Force.

For more information or to register your interest please email: mm@extraordinaryeditions.com or telephone: 020 7267 4547.

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