PLANS AFOOT: Air Force 2021 (AF2021) is a nationwide program of carefully selected events and initiatives for the RAAF 100-year birthday.
PLANS AFOOT: Air Force 2021 (AF2021) is a nationwide program of carefully selected events and initiatives for the RAAF 100-year birthday. David Nielsen

RAAF looks to the future with 100-year anniversary on horizon

THE RAAF is making plans to commemorate its 100th year of independence on March 31, 2021.

RAAF chiefs say that it will be an important time to reflect on and acknowledge the enduring contribution to Australia's national security.

The program - Air Force 2021 (AF2021) - will be a nationwide program of carefully selected events and initiatives that the RAAF says will:

Honour the service and sacrifices of our people over the last 100 years;

Engage the Australian community and demonstrate today's highly capable force; and

Inspire young Australians to consider a career in the Air Force or aviation industry.

The first stage of the planning began with a public consultation in late 2015 and early 2016.

The RAAF received more than 320 suggestions to mark the centenary.

In assessing all of the ideas against criteria of safety, value for money and maximum effect,the submissions are being examined in more detail.

The next steps in planning for 2021 are:

Continuing to raise awareness of the centenary;

Exploring options for youth development activities;

Continuing discussions with defence industry for potential partnering with some initiatives; and

Meeting state and territory government tourism and major events agencies to discuss options for involvement in public events during 2021.

A RAAF spokesperson said the centenary will be a time to reflect on what has been achieved in the first 100 years and will foreshadow RAAF's continued evolution into the future.