JS(CC)42 - 80th ANNIVERSARY OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE
Numbered RAF(80)2 as part of the 80th Mini Series
A burst of all current recce aircraft appear on this envelope, namely: Jaguar, Tornado, Canberra PR and Nimrod R1. The covers have been flown in a Tornado GR1A of No 2 Squadron and also reflown in a Canberra PR9 of No 39 Squadron.
Hand signed by Air Chief Marshal Sir Frederick Rosier GCB CBE DSO who was Senior Air Staff Officer Transport Command, the last Commander-in-Chief Fighter Command and Deputy Commander-in-Chief Allied Forces Central Europe
Official special, numbered and certified on reverse
Flight details on reverse
Cover size 210mm x 110mm
Sir Frederick unfortunately passed away in September 1998, shortly after signing the envelopes. He was a Hurricane pilot with No 229 Squadron and also led this Squadron, when based at Northolt, for the last few days of the Battle of Britain and in North Africa during 1941. Whilst we were extremely grateful to Sir Frederick for autographing 200 envelopes, we deeply regret the loss of an exceptional airman.