Among the 110 people gathered in Dayton on March 24 were dozens of Air Force and defense industry representatives, Lloyd said. The milestones recounted included the 70,000 Royal Air Force airmen who died during World War II, he said.
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In its biggest celebration on a calendar of events, Britain will mark the 100th anniversary of the RAF in a July 10 event with a centenary service at Westminster Abbey, a parade, and a fly over of Buckingham Palace, the service branch said.
Dayton’s Orville and Wilbur Wright invented the airplane. Orville Wright was a founding member of the Engineer’s Club.
The U.S. Air Force — founded Sept. 18, 1947 — celebrated its 70th anniversary last year. President Harry Truman signed the National Security Act of 1947, which created the U.S. Air Force as a separate service, aboard the VC-54C Skymaster, nicknamed the “Sacred Cow.”
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The plane is part of the presidential aircraft collection at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson.