WASHINGTON ― The British Royal Air Force celebrated a century of service with a skilled flyover of London on July 10, demonstrating formations and showcasing dozens of current and historical aircraft.

One hundred aircraft with nearly 200 aircrew from 25 different squadrons, operating from 14 military stations and two civilian airfields, took part, according to an RAF publication.

Participating planes included the F-35B Lightning II and World War II-era planes like the Lancaster bomber and Spitfire fighter.

The RAF earned high praise from the queen during the festivities, who noted the RAF’s “remarkable contribution to defense” of the nation.

As the RAF prepares for the next 100 years, modernization programs like the F-35 acquisitions are sure to shape the force.

Andrew is a student in the class of 2020 at the University of Notre Dame.

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