2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the formation of the RAF from the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service, to create the first independent air force in the world. At its peak, the RAF was truly a global force, resulting in a rich historical legacy over a wide geographical area. The RAF 100 Great Britain to New Zealand expedition aims to visit a large number of significant former RAF locations on just under an 17,000 mile route, following the path paved by the aeronautical trail blazers of the 1920s and 30s.
The 17,000 miles will be flown at 100 mph, powered by 100 hp, celebrating 100 years and visiting 27 locations, all bar 2 of which have significant RAF connections. En route we will visit 6 schools to promote aviation and STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in general.
The aircraft is a Eurofox light sport aircraft, carrying double the normal amount of fuel and a range of impressive avionics. Despite having a weight of only a quarter that of a typical family car, it is a strong and dependable machine with the necessary performance to get us to the far side of the globe.