Pioneers of the skies
The full story of the role the Royal Flying Corps played in the First World War is rarely told. The reconnaissance work they carried out was vital to the war effort and deserves to be celebrated along with the heroism of the air ‘aces’. The £2 coin is the only official United Kingdom coin to commemorate the role of aviation in the First World War, and is endorsed by Imperial War Museums.
The Royal Flying Corps, the aviation branch of the British Army, was formed at a time when flight was new and extremely dangerous. The role of its young crews at the outbreak of the First World War was to be an ‘eye in the air’, reporting on the position and strength of enemy forces. As the war developed, these personnel fought to dominate the skies, accelerating advances in flight.