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The Rock-itt : April 2014
Military aviation came of age during World War 1 when airships and early aircraft were principally used for reconnaissance. Australia’s four Australian Flying Corps (AFC) squadrons were part of the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) and were attached to larger British Royal Flying Corps / Royal Air Force formations. LEST WE FORGET ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIRFORCE TRIBUTE 1914-18 BY SIMON LYON During World War I, 800 officers and 2,840 men served in the AFC and 175 lost their lives. Many AFC veterans helped to lay the groundwork for the future Royal Australian Air Force and after the war; others would enter industry to make significant contributions to civil aviation. During 1920, the AFC was replaced by the Australian Air Corps, which in turn became the Royal Australian Air Force on 31 March 1921. EXCERPT FROM AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL Following the decision of the London Imperial Conference of 1911 that the armed forces of the British Empire should exploit the air as a means of warfare, the Australian Minister of Defence, Senator George Pearce, approved the formation of an Australian air arm on 20 September 1912. The Australian Government announced the formation of the Central Flying School (CFS) and Aviation Corps on March 7, 1913. The CFS was established at Point Cook, Victoria. The title Australian Flying Corps does not appear to have been promulgated officially but seems to have been derived from the term Australian Aviation Corps. The first mention of an Australian Flying Corps appears in Military Orders of 1914.
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