Moraira-Teulada U3A Art & History Group celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the RAF

RAF spitfire

To celebrate this important anniversary the Leaders of the U3A Art & History Group decided to organise a special talk for U3A Members.

The lecture was, as usual, at the La Senieta Theatre in Moraira and members of the Royal Air Force Association had arranged a set of flags associated with the RAF to be displayed on the stage.

Brian Nichols, who organised and started this very successful group ten years ago with the help of other members of the Committee, gave the lecture.

Before Brian spoke there was a ceremony during which retired RAF pilot and Wing Commander Colin McNae presented the RAF Association Flag to retired Group Captain Robert Hunt who then placed the flag with those already on display.

Approximately one hundred members then enjoyed Brian’s talk which commenced with some of the history of how flying first started with the famous Wright brothers and their Kitty Hawk in 1904.

He then covered the introduction of the Royal Flying Corps during the first World War which preceded the formation of the Royal Air Force in 1918 and then covered in some detail the famous Battle of Britain.

Following Brian’s talk the members then watched a very interesting film which included almost all aspects of the Battle  of Britain and featured original footage of the battles between the Spitfires and Hurricanes of the RAF and the opposing German forces.

At the end of the lecture members joined together in the local park for drinks of cava and wine to celebrate the completion of ten years of the U3A History and Art Group

John Hopwood (Press Officer)