100 years of the Royal Flying Corps

Monday 7 May

11.00am-11.30am

BBC RADIO 4

Peter and Dan Snow mark the centenary of the Royal Flying Corps and chart how it advanced from primitive balloons and flimsy biplanes to sophisticated long range bombers.

After receiving its warrant from King George V, the Royal Flying Corps came into being in May 1912.

Dan flies a World War One trainer and Peter explores the aircraft of the Shuttleworth Collection. Professor Richard Overy and General Sir Mike Jackson explain how the RFC's pioneering reconnaissance altered the course of warfare, and documents from the Museum of Army Flying chart the tragic loss of life that went hand in glove with extreme bravery and remarkable technical development.

Presenters/Peter Snow and Dan Snow, Producer/Alyn Shipton for Unique Broadcasting Company

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