2016-10-31 “On 28 October 2016, the Royal Australian Air Force marked the Centenary of Numbers 1, 2, 3 and 4 Squadrons with both ceremony and celebration with a series of events and activities held at RAAF Base Williamtown.
With the theme: ‘Celebrating the Centenary of Australia’s First Flying Squadrons’, the official program commenced with a full Colours Parade in acknowledgement of this significant milestone in Army, Air Force and Australian Defence Force history.
Following the parade, a Centenary Family Day event was held which consisted of static displays showcasing historic aircraft (Warbirds) and current Squadron aircraft in acknowledgement of the four Squadrons’ rich history in military aviation.
Personnel and staff at RAAF Base Williamtown, their families, a contingent of Number 1 Squadron personnel from RAAF Base Amberley who made the journey to join in the celebrations, as well as ex-Service organisations and veterans attended this historic event.
The Centenary Parade and Family Day was a simple and elegant celebration of this historic milestone, providing the opportunity for Army and Air Force to display the contributions and achievements of the first flying Squadrons over the last 100 years – showcasing the innovation and evolution of Air Power into the modern integrated Air Force of which we know today.
Importantly, the Centenary program brought into focus the dedication, commitment, sacrifice and exemplary service of the Australian Flying Corps and Air Force personnel past and present – highlighting the enduring spirit of ‘mateship’ and community.”
Credit: Australian Ministry of Defence
October 28, 2016