Airmen Grounded: Australian Air Force Declares 'We Are All Aviators'

Airmen Grounded: Australian Air Force Declares 'We Are All Aviators'


The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) announced Thursday its personnel will now be known as aviators rather than airmen, as it marks 100 years since its foundation.

“We are all aviators,” Australia’s Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Mel Hupfeld said. “In everything that we do, we are aviators first and foremost.”

The Sydney Morning Herald reports Air Marshal Hupfeld said the change comes as he strives to instil a “stronger sense of identity” among the ranks in a move that further progresses away from the original stand alone Women’s Auxiliary Australian Air Force (WAAAF) which was formed in March 1941 before being disbanded in December 1947.

April 1945. A WAAAF (Women’s Australian Auxiliary Air Force) member test firing a .50-inch Browning machine gun from the Liberator aircraft’s waist gun position. #WW2 #HISTORY pic.twitter.com/5Zq6MJ7EdH

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