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Public Lecture: The Royal Air Force – a centennial appraisal

Defence Lecture led by Air Chief Marshal Sir Richard Johns, former Chief of the Air Staff as part of Newcastle University's Insights Public Lecture Series

Date/Time: Tuesday 6 November, 17:30 - 18:45

Venue: Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building, Newcastle University

Free admission, all seats allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

To mark its centenary, this lecture will evaluate the contribution of the RAF to wars both hot and cold, and increasing operational commitments notwithstanding a decline in its combat power. Since the events of 9/11 the RAF has been asked consistently to punch above its weight when in reality it has had to punch above its budgets in a strategic environment clouded by uncertainty.


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