The Centenary of the Royal Air Force 1918 - 2018

Founding Fathers RAF100 commemorative cover


On the 1st of April 1918 the World's first independent air force was formed by merging the Royal Naval Air Service and the Royal Flying Corps. Entitled 'The Royal Air Force' (RAF), this new service was the British response to the growing role of airpower in warfare.

2018 sees the centenary of the RAF and to celebrate this BFPS has produced a commemorative cover to be released on the 1st April 2018.


This superb looking cover bears the images of the four founding fathers of the RAF, Lord HughTrenchard, Field Marshall Jan Christian Smuts, Air Vice Marshall Sir Charles Longcroft and Sir Winston Churchill. The BFPS 3214 special handstamp featuring the RAF logo will be used to cancel one of the Royal Mail's specially issued 1st class 'RAF Centenary' stamps.

There will be 3 versions available for sale:

  • Standard unsigned version bearing a 'Hurricane Mk1' stamp costing £6 each.
  • Limited edition bearing a 'Lightning F6' stamp signed by the current Chief of the Air Staff - Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier KCB. CBE. DFC. ADC. MA. RAF. costing £12 each.
  • Limited edition bearing a 'Lightning F6' stamp signed by former RAF pilot, Falkland Islands legend and author Flight Lieutenant David (Mog) Morgan DSC costing £18 each.
Please note: Customers who choose the signed covers will also receive a complimentary copy of the RAF Centenary edition of the 'British Philatelic Bulletin'' (limit of 1 per order), which includes an interview with David Morgan in which he talks about his Falkland Islands experience.


All of these most special covers may be pre-ordered from the BFPS shop ( by following this link.

Also available will be a few sheets of the personalised Smiler® RAF100 stamps, priced at £38 each.

These covers will be despatched after the 1st of April 2018. However there may be a slight delay with the signed covers as we are trying to fit the signings around the signatories busy schedules.


The BFPS 3214 Special Handstamp

Please note that the final handstamp may vary slightly from that shown



Personal Smiler® stamp sheet to be sold as sheets only and not on the cover



British Philatelic Bulletin RAF Centenary Special


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