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Contains aircraft used by Great Britain, including RAF and FAA aircraft, as well as aircraft used by the air forces of British Commonwealth nations.

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Rang1.png Fury Mk I
Fury Mk II
Hurricane Mk I /Late
Gladiator Mk II Nimrod Mk I
Nimrod Mk II
Sea Gladiator Mk I
Nation-gb.png Chesapeake Mk I
Blenheim Mk IV
Nation-au.png Beaufort Mk VIII
Swordfish Mk I
Hampden Mk I
Hampden TB Mk I
Sunderland Mk IIIA
Tuck's Gladiator Mk II
Nation-gb.png Wirraway
Nation-gb.png Havoc Mk I
Nation-gb.png Catalina Mk IIIA
Gladiator Mk IIS
Gladiator Mk IIF
Rang2.png Hurricane Mk IIB /Trop
Hurricane Mk IV
Typhoon Mk IA
Spitfire Mk IA
Spitfire Mk IIA
Spitfire Mk IIB
Sea Hurricane Mk Iʙ
Sea Hurricane Mk Ic
Beaufighter Mk VIc Sunderland Mk V
Wellington Mk Ic
Wellington Mk Ic /Late
Wellington Mk III
Wellington Mk X
Halifax B Mk IIIA
Nation-au.png Boomerang Mk I
Nation-au.png Boomerang Mk II
Nation-gb.png Avenger Mk II
Hudson Mk V
Nation-gb.png Corsair Mk II
Nation-gb.png Boston Mk I
Nation-gb.png D.520
Nation-gb.png D.521
Nation-gb.png DB-7
Nation-gb.png Martlet Mk IV
Rang3.png Typhoon Mk IB /Late Spitfire Mk VB/trop
Spitfire Mk VB
Spitfire Mk VC /trop
Spitfire Mk VC
Spitfire F Mk IX
Firefly F Mk I
Firefly FR Mk V
Firebrand TF Mk IV
Beaufighter Mk X
Nation-au.png Beaufighter Mk 21
Whirlwind Mk I
Stirling B. Mk I
Stirling B Mk III
Nation-gb.png Hellcat Mk II
Nation-gb.png Mustang Mk IA
Typhoon Mk IB
Spitfire F Mk IXc
Whirlwind P.9
Rang4.png Tempest Mk V
Tempest Mk V (Vickers P)
Tempest Mk II
Spitfire F Mk XVI
Spitfire LF Mk IX
Spitfire F Mk XIVE
Spitfire F Mk XVIIIE
Spitfire F.22
Spitfire F. Mk 24
Seafire Mk XVII
Seafire FR.47
Sea Fury FB.11
Mosquito FB Mk VI
Mosquito FB Mk XVIII
Brigand B.1
Hornet Mk III
Lancaster B MkI
Lancaster B Mk III
Lincoln B Mk II
Spitfire F Mk XIVC Plagis' Spitfire LF Mk IX
Prendergast's Spitfire FR Mk XIVE
Wyvern S.4
Rang5.png Vampire FB.5
Venom FB.4
Hunter F.1
Meteor F Mk 3
Meteor F Mk 4 type G.41F
Meteor F Mk 4 type G.41G
Meteor F Mk 8 type G.41K
Sea Meteor Mk 3
Attacker FB.1
Sea Venom FAW.20
Canberra B.2
Canberra B(I).6

War Thunder: The Royal Air Force
from the series Nations of War Thunder

The more mechanical becomes the weapons with which we fight,
the less mechanical must be the spirit which controls them.
Field Marshal Archibald P. Wavell

The Royal Flying Corps (RFC) was created by Royal Warrant over 100 years ago on the 13th of April, 1912 and established the following month in May.

The RFC can trace its origins back to the Royal Engineers and the early flying experiments undertaken by the Army from the 1870s, and by the Royal Navy from the 1900s. These early pioneering days, demonstrated the potential for using balloons, kites, airships and finally aeroplanes for military purposes. This realisation, combined with the arguments put forward by civilian fans of flying at the time and the supposedly superior air forces of other European countries, persuaded the British Government that a flying corps was a necessity. As a result the RFC was established in 1912.
It consisted of a Military Wing, a Naval Wing and a Central Flying School. This small Corps, formed just nine years after the famous Wright Brothers' flight of 1903 would find itself at war in just two years. The First World War would see the first extensive and decisive use of air power.

In 1914 the primary role of the aircraft and balloon was that of observation and reconnaissance but soon included artillery spotting to direct gunfire. Their function was to see "over hills" and provide ground based commanders with information on enemy troop and ship movements and deployments etc which could affect the fate of armies and fleets. The early aircraft were not armed although pilots and observers would carry pistols or rifles. Soon however, aircraft began to field machine guns mounted on the fuselage in operated by the crew. These “armed” aircraft attacked balloons, slow moving reconnaissance aircraft or those spotting for the artillery. To protect these vulnerable assets, escort aircraft accompanied them whose job it was to beat off attackers.
On the 1st of April, 1918 the Royal Air Force was born from the union of the Royal Naval Air Service and the Royal Flying Corps. Military aviation that had been forged in the fires of the First World War, was finally starting to demonstrate its value. What, at the time, were great leaps forward in technology, had shaped the war in the air.
Trenchard, the then Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), wrote in 1919:

"the whole Service was practically a war creation on a temporary basis, without any possibility of taking into account that it was going to remain on a permanent basis."

During World War 2, the Royal Air Force was ”at its finest” in the truest sense of the words, they had little manpower to keep the Germans at bay, day after day, hour after hour they climbed into their cockpits and flew against all the odds, turning the tide with a selfless valour that kept Britain from being defeated. At the start of the war, Germany fielded over 4000 aircraft compared to Britain's frontline strength of 1660. By the time of the fall of France, the Luftwaffe had 3000 aircraft based in north-western Europe alone including 1400 bombers, 300 dive bombers, 800 single engine fighter planes and 240 twin engine attackers. At the start of the battle of Britain, the Luftwaffe had 2500 aircraft that were serviceable and daily, the Luftwaffe could put up over 1600 planes. The RAF had 1200 aircraft on the eve of the battle which included 800 Spitfires and Hurricanes - but only 660 of these were serviceable. British aircraft production was good but the weakness the RAF experienced was the fact that they lacked trained and experienced pilots.

Now, the Royal Air Force is the oldest Independent Air Force in existence and a force respected and loved by many. Since the early days of the Royal Air Force, the service has welcomed and valued warriors from many different nations, flown thousands of different aircraft from balloon to Jetfighter, been active in many different campaigns, participated in humanitarian missions, all with the motto from 1912:

Per ardua ad astra "Through adversity to the stars"

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