Air Force Association 1920 - 2020: Celebrating our Centenary.
On 26 February 1920, former members of No. 1 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, gathered at Scott's Hotel on Collins Street in Melbourne, to welcome and fete Ross and Keith Smith, and their crew, following their epic London to Australia flight.
From that meeting came the decision to form an Australian Flying Corps Association. Originally started in Melbourne, it grew into a national organisation by 1930.
On ANZAC Day 1940, recognising that membership was restricted to airmen who had served in WWI, a decision was taken to change the Constitution to allow those serving during World War II to join, and to adopt the name "Air Force Association".
Please join us in celebrating our Centenary
To celebrate our Association's centenary, a dinner will be held on 26 February 2020 to which all members of the Association are invited to attend.
Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Mel Hupfeld AO DSC, has graciously accepted our invitation to be the Guest of Honour.
Venue: Vibe Hotel, Canberra Airport, Canberra
Cost: $100 per head, which includes a three-course meal, wine, beer and soft drinks.
Dress: lounge suit for gentlemen, and equivalent for ladies. Full size medals may be worn.
RSVP Early! Attendance is limited to 120 guests. Early expressions of interest are encouraged via our website https://afavic.org.au/index.php?action=event&id=41413; by email to email@example.com, or by mail to National Secretary, Air Force Association, PO Box 1038, Hawthorn BC, 3122.
Please note: Accommodation and transport are the responsibility of those wishing to attend.
Above: No.1 Squadron members, Scott's Hotel, 26 February 1920 (Source: AWM).