Test your knowledge of the RAF

2018 celebrates 100 years of The Royal Air Force! And we can't wait for a year of celebrations across The London Mint Office and the country. To get you in the spirit why not take our short quiz and see how well you know the RAF?

1) What year was the RAF Formed?

1. 1918
2. 1919
3. 1920
4. 1917

Formed towards the end of the First World War on 1 April 1918, it is the oldest independent air force in the world

2) What was the first British fighter jet to be used in the RAF?

1. The Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star
2. The Gloster Meteor
3. The Hawker Sea Hawk
4. The Hawker Hunter

The Meteor first flew in 1943 and commenced operations on 27 July 1944 with No. 616 Squadron RAF.

3) The year the first female jet pilot flew in the RAF was:

1. 1994
2. 1973
3. 1993
4. 1982

Flight Lieutenant Jo Salter in 1994, flying a Panavia Tornado.

4) The RAF Motto is ‘Per Ardua ad Astra’ – What is this Latin for?

1. Protecting the Skies
2. Protecting the nations
3. Through Adversity to the Stars
4. Stars of the skies

The RAF website suggests that the motto came from an officer who had come across the words in a book by Rider Haggard

5) The Red Arrows' first home was:

1. RAF Waddington
2. RAF Scampton
3. RAF Fairford
4. RAF Cranwell

The Red Arrows' first home was RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire. The Red Arrows moved to RAF Kemble in 1966 after Concorde moved in to RAF Fairford to conduct test flights.

6) True or false- The Avro Lancaster had 6 engines

1. True
2. False

The Avro Lancaster, a second world war heavy bomber had 4 engines

7) How many Supermarine Spitfires were built during their time in the RAF?

1. 22,368
2. 20,351
3. 12,000
4. 18,233

20,351, these were produced from 1938-1948 and less than 180 survive today.

8) The year of the Spitfire's maiden flight was:

1. 1937
2. 1935
3. 1933
4. 1936

The Spitfire’s maiden flight was on 5 March 1936. It entered service with the RAF in 1938 and remained there until 1955.

9) The attack carried out on the German Dams in World War 2 was known as Operation____________:

1. Operation Bouncing Bomb
2. Operation Waterbridge
3. Operation Water Down
4. Operation Chastise

Operation Chastise was an attack on German dams carried out on 16–17 May 1943 by Royal Air Force No. 617 Squadron, subsequently publicised as the "Dam Busters"

10) The Central Band of the Royal Air Force was established in:

1. 1982
2. 1920
3. 1949
4. 1953

Now based at purpose built, state of the art facilities at Royal Air Force Northolt, the Central Band continues to demonstrate its versatile and unique role. The band is at the forefront of many State Ceremonial events, from ‘Changing the Guard’ at Buckingham Palace to the National Remembrance Service at the Cenotaph. Central Band musicians have been privileged to participate in many high-profile national events, including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, the Royal Wedding and the 2012 London Olympics.

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2 thoughts on “Test your knowledge of the RAF

    1. Hi Mr Eason, The questions are set to randomize each time and therefore I would not be able to help you this time! If you remember the question you are referring to I would be happy to answer it for you.

      Thank you.

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