Artefact of the Month Archive

100th ANNIVERSARY OF THE FORMATION OF THE RFC

April, 2012

In early 1911, a British Army Order was issued that created an Air Battalion of the Royal Engineers. This battalion came into existence on 1 April of that year. However, the Committee of Imperial Defence expressed concern that the few airships and aeroplanes of the Air Battalion would not be sufficient in time of war.

The Prime Minister at the time, Herbert Asquith, in November 1911, requested that a sub committee of the Committee of Imperial Defence be set up to consider, “The future of aerial navigation for the Royal Navy”. This sub committee recommended the formation of the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) with Naval and Military wings and a Central Flying School,

By Royal Warrant, the Royal Flying Corps was constituted on 13 April 1912, one hundred years ago this month.

THE FIRST WORLD WAR EXHIBITION AND ROYAL FLYING CORPS MEMORABILIA ARE DISPLAYED IN THE MUSEUM’S TANGMERE HALL.

Talks by Tangmere

The Museum is able to offer speakers to interested groups or societies on a range of subjects connected with the history of operations at RAF Tangmere and other military aviation subjects.

Further details of the full range of presentations and the availability of speakers can be obtained by calling the museum on 01243 790090, by emailing your interest to director@tangmere-museum.org.uk or by letter marked for the attention of the Director.

Museum Development

The Museum car park has been enlarged and re-laid and audio guides provided with the assistance of LEADER – the European Agricultural Fund for Redevelopment.

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