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100 years of bravery in the skies

 

 

 

 

 

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Icons of the Air

The aircraft that feature in The Royal Mint’s celebratory series were carefully chosen to reflect the past, present and future of the RAF. Here you can discover more about each aircraft and why it was selected for the collection.

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Vulcan
Sea King
Lightning
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Your Memories

The packaging that comes with each of the RAF centenary coins has been produced in collaboration with the Royal Air Force. In the accompanying booklets and packaging you can read quotes from pilots who have flown the iconic aircraft.

We’d love to hear more about people’s experiences of flying one of these iconic aircraft, or other stories of the Royal Air Force. Whether you have a memory to share, or a relative who you’d like to remember, you can send us your story by emailing RAF100@royalmint.com

Here are some memories that people have already shared…

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‘High Flight’

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
of sun-split clouds, and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hovering there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air...
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark nor even eagle flew
And, while with silent lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

John Gillespie Magee Junior

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