The Early Years of the RAF: A cautionary tale of history in the making

The Early Years of the RAF: A cautionary tale of history in the making

This event has finished Took place on: Thursday, 15th Feb 2018

In the first of our Trenchard Lectures in Air Power Studies for 2018, Sophy Gardner will speak on ‘The early years of the RAF: A cautionary tale of history in the making’.

TALK OUTLINE

Today the RAF has a history. An element of the contemporary RAF’s challenge is to innovate, while grappling with the legacy of one hundred years of existence and experience. In 1918 it did not have a history and this may well have been one of its most significant advantages. The newly-created RAF had to fight not only for its survival but to create a culture and sustainable pedigree with very little legacy. In this lecture, Sophy Gardner will explore the nature of this advantage to the RAF in its early years, in the context of the other Services’ responses to its creation and the very specific challenges of the post-war period.

The RAF’s leadership understood the important symbolism of air power and aviation as representative of modernity and the future, with both positive and negative connotations. However, they also appreciated that a military culture, even one based on a modern military concept, needed to create traditions and a status which allowed it to secure a place within the Establishment.

The lecture will use archival research to examine the RAF’s negotiation of the temporal dimension in its earliest years and discuss the inherent value in the relative youth of the RAF, and why that might provide a cautionary note to the Service as it faces its second century.

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Europe/London The Early Years of the RAF: A cautionary tale of history in the making The lecture will use archival research to examine the RAF’s negotiation of the temporal dimension in its earliest years. https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/calendar/2018/02/15/the-early-years-of-the-raf-a-cautionary-tale-of-history-in-the-making-164162 Royal Aeronautical Society,4 Hamilton Place,London,

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