During World War One, airships and other aircraft were used for military reconnaissance. Eight Australian Flying Corps (AFC) became part of the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) and were attached to the British Flying Corps. The Australian Air Corps replaced the AFC in January 1920 and became the Australian Air Force on 31 March 1921 and with the King's consent, became the Royal Australian Air Force on 13 August 1921.
The Manning River Branch of the Air Force Association donated a Vampire Jet and it was placed in Central Park to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Royal Australian Air Force.
THIS PLAQUE WAS UNVEILED BY
AIR VICE-MARSHALL W.E. TOWNSEND
C.B., G.B.E., F.A.I.M.
ON 14th AUGUST 1971
MANNING RIVER BRANCH - AIR FORCE ASSOCIATION
TO COMMEMORATE THE
50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE
ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE
THE WINGHAM MUNICIPAL COUNCIL, SERVICE
ORGANISATIONS AND PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION.
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