RAF History Post WWII

Hurricane_mk1_r4118_fairford_arpFollowing the Second World War began the expansion and increased investment in aerospace engineering to develop better military technology. In the late 1940s, most of the RAF accomplishments were focused on recovery efforts and supporting fallen comrades separated from Britain, yet simultaneously high speed jet aircraft were being produced rapidly to enter a new age of military defense.

In the 1950s and 60s, Britain wanted to remain a true world power by keeping the RAF focused on conducting law and order around the world. Over time defense resources became limited and the nation decided to re-evaluate obligations abroad. By 1968 the RAF had withdrawn itself from the overseas bases. These included the Middle East, Singapore, Malaysia and the Persian Gulf. Britain’s new focus of occupancy was to remain on Europe and the Northern Atlantic Regions of the World.

Post War operations for the RAF were centered about the concerns of the Cold War. In 1948 Russia closes all land routes to Berlin. RAF and USAF take joint measures to deliver supplies into the city. Clothing, food, fuel and salt were all delivered upon Dakota aircraft until October 1949. These joint efforts with the USAF continued in 1950 with the RAF Sunderland flying boat blockade on the coastline of Korea. Cold War military activity increased dramatically in the late 1950s with the Suez Crisis, the release of the first hydrogen bomb in 1957 and the first maritime aircraft headquarters being established in Edinburgh. The activeness of the RAF in the 1950s shows how rapidly military force was growing around the world.