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A final act in RAAF centenary year

The participation of the Royal Australian Air Force in Sunday's Serpentine Centenary Air Race will be one of the final official activities for the RAAF's centenary year.

In 1922, former military aviators of the Australian Flying Corps took part in an air race above Serpentine and on Sunday the RAAF will showcase its flying skills in displays featuring the Roulettes aerobatic team and historic aircraft.

Director-General of Air Force 2021, Air Commodore Andrew Elfverson said that the Serpentine Air Show will be one of the last public events of the Air Force Centenary (Air Force 2021).

“Air Force’s support to the Serpentine air race is intended to highlight the service and sacrifice of generations of Air Force members and demonstrate how the Air Force is continuing to evolve into the next century.

RAAF presence will include a No 100 Squadron DH.82A Tiger Moth and a CA-25 Winjeel historic aircraft, a Roulettes flying display in Pilatus PC-21 aircraft and the Air Force Balloon.

“We’re proud to be supporting this historic aviation event and to be working with so many aircraft enthusiasts and pilots,” Air Commodore Elfverson said.

On 30 March 2022, Air Force will dedicate a new Memorial at Point Cook, the birthplace of the RAAF. This will end the Centenary program which has honoured the 350,000 Australians who have worn the Air Force uniform and remembered the 11,191 who gave their lives in serving the nation.

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