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So far Jo Sharp has created 90 blog entries.

Matt Tebbutt joins wing walkers

2022-05-19T16:19:05+01:00May 19, 2022|Events, News|

Host of BBC One’s ‘Saturday Kitchen’ and RAF Association ambassador, Matt Tebbutt, joined our intrepid band of wing walkers yesterday. Matt Tebbutt was one of 14 adventurers who took to the sky with the world famous AeroSuperBatics Wing Walking display team ...

D-Day gifts

2022-05-18T10:32:20+01:00May 19, 2022|News|

The D-Day landings, codenamed Operation Overlord, took place on 6 June 1944. They marked the start of the campaign to free north-west Europe from the Nazis and were the biggest invasion by sea in history. We are commemorating this vital operation, ...

The first early warning radar network

2022-05-20T09:15:41+01:00May 18, 2022|News|

In the month that marked 77 years since the end of the war in Europe, Association member and former radar operator Vera Ladds (pictured above) spoke to us about the vital work she and her colleagues undertook during WWII. “When war ...

Midlands Air Festival

2022-05-19T15:15:46+01:00May 17, 2022|Events, News|

We are very excited to being getting the air show season off to a flying start (sorry, couldn’t resist!), with the Midlands Air Festival. Held over the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend at Ragley Hall, Alcester, Warwickshire, the show promises to be ...

Barbara Henthorne wing walks

2022-05-16T09:33:09+01:00May 16, 2022|Events, News|

Barbara Henthorne, 67, is undertaking a wing walk this week, to raise money in memory of her RAF father. On 18 May Barbara, from Windlehurst, St Helens, will spend the day with the world famous AeroSuperBatics Wing Walking display team at ...

Mark Neal’s Wings Walker

2022-05-13T09:00:39+01:00May 13, 2022|Events, News|

Mark Neal, RAF Association Vice-Chair of Council and long-time supporter of the charity, is getting his walking shoes on to raise money. On 10 June, Mark will be walking a marathon, along the canals of Birmingham and Worcestershire. Speaking of the ...

Connections for Life initiative

2022-05-12T09:00:14+01:00May 12, 2022|Crisis, News|

Fighting loneliness with friendship... Our Connections for Life initiative has continued to prove popular with both volunteers and beneficiaries alike. RAF Association Connections for Life manager Sam Squire said the charity had seen growing demand for the service over recent months. ...

Molly Williams’ miles for RAFA

2022-05-11T11:01:04+01:00May 10, 2022|Events, News|

The Williams family from Penistone, near Sheffield, love doing things together, so it seemed only right that nine-year-old Molly Williams would join her dad in his fundraising challenge for the Royal Air Forces Association. Molly Williams has spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), ...

VE Day gifts

2022-04-21T10:20:28+01:00April 21, 2022|News|

If you are looking for a treat for yourself or a present for someone with a love of all things military, look no further than our range of VE Day gifts. Designed in-house and made in the UK, buying these unique ...

Royal Flying Corps

2022-04-13T08:00:08+01:00April 13, 2022|News|

At the dawn of aerial combat in WWI, the Royal Flying Corps was operating at the edge of the envelope. Many Royal Flying Corps airmen later joined the Royal Air Forces Association - and told truly hair-raising tales of how they ...

Doug Newham obituary

2022-04-11T08:00:04+01:00April 11, 2022|News|

The Royal Air Forces Association has paid tribute to Second World War Bomber Command veteran Douglas (Doug) Newham, who has died aged 100. Doug Newham’s wartime career included two tours of duty and 60 operations serving as an air observer and ...

Founders’ Day

2022-04-05T11:04:34+01:00April 5, 2022|News|

Celebrities, serving RAF personnel and Second World War veterans joined staff, volunteers and branch members from the RAF Association for Founders' Day on Friday as the charity made wellbeing calls to 5,000 veterans, widows and widowers as part of its national ...