March 31, 1921The Royal Australian Air Force is formed.
The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is the air force branch of the Australian Defence Force. The RAAF was formed in March 1921. It continues the traditions of the Australian Flying Corps (AFC), which was formed on 22 October 1912. The RAAF has taken part in many of the 20th century's major conflicts including both World Wars, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. More recently the RAAF participated in the 2003 invasion of Iraq and is still involved with the War in Afghanistan (2001–present). The motto on the RAAF's coat of arms is the Latin phrase Per ardua ad astra
, which means "Through Struggle to the Stars".
April 1, 1924The Royal Canadian Air Force is formed.
The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) formerly Canadian Forces Air Command, is one of three environmental commands of the Canadian Forces. Commanded by Lieutenant-General André Deschamps, who is also Chief of the Air Force Staff, the RCAF has 14,500 Regular Force and 2,600 Primary Reserve airmen and airwomen, supported by 2,500 civilians.