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A Russian Air Force sukhoi Su-27 Flanker with a Tphoon FGR4 of 3 Squadron over the Baltic Sea in June 2014.<br />
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These breathtaking photos capture in all its glory the storied history of the mighty Royal Air Force which has defended our shores for 100 years.<br />
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Former fighter pilot Michael Napier celebrates the accomplishments of the world's first independent air force in his new book The Royal Air Force, A Centenary of Operations.<br />
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He reflects on the momentous Battle of Britain where 'the Few' stood up to the dreaded Luftwaffe and also lesser-known humanitarian operations in far-flung parts of the world where the RAF 'dropped food, not bombs'.