There has been a strong push in Britian, the United States and Australia during the past five years to change the language used in defence forces.
The Wirraway was among the least capable fighter planes built in World War II. But brave, regularly doomed young men flew them in Australia’s defence anyway.
Now fully vaccinated, the Queen’s warm, chatty appearance at the air force’s centenary was a return to the public life she forswore during the pandemic.
The visit to the Air Forces Memorial at Runnymede was only the third time since March 2020 that the Queen has appeared outside Windsor Castle.
100 years ago, the RAAF was established as an independent service from the Army, making it the second-oldest air force in the world.
The ceremony was attended by two veterans of Bomber Command in World War II who are almost as old as the air force itself.
Labor says the use of a RAAF jet is a double standard when there are 36,000 stranded Australians around the world.