JS(CC)45 - 80th ANNIVERSARY OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE
Numbered RAF(80)5 as part of the 80th Mini Series
AIR DEFENCE / AIRBORNE EARLY WARNING
The Air Defence and Airborne Early Warning roles of the RAF are illustrated with the Tornado F3, in its grey air defence variant (ADV) livery, together with the instantly recognisable Boeing Sentry. All the covers have been flown in the lead aircraft of a 16 Spitfire formation, on the unique historic flight to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Spitfire?s introduction into operational service. In view of the Spitfire?s role throughout WWII and specifically in the air defence of Great Britain during 1940, this flight is completely fitting.
Hand signed by ACM Sir Joseph Gilbert KCB CBE BA LLD(hc) former CO of No 92 Squadron with Lightnings, DC-in-C Strike Command and DCINCENT together with Wg Cdr David Carden a former Lightning display pilot with the highest hours on the aircraft.
Official special, numbered and certified on reverse
Flight details also on reverse
Cover size 210mm x 110mm