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I thought I'd join the RAF and become a wing commander. I realised this wasn't possible, although I do have a pilot's licence.
Mike Oldfield

Meaning of "RAF" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD RAF

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PRONUNCIATION OF RAF

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WHAT DOES RAF MEAN IN ENGLISH?

RAF

Royal Air Force

The Royal Air Force is the aerial warfare service branch of the British Armed Forces. Formed toward the end of the First World War on 1 April 1918, it is the oldest independent air force in the world. Following victory over the Central Powers in 1918 the RAF emerged – at the time – the largest air force in the world. Since its formation, the RAF has taken a significant role in British military history, in particular, playing a large part in the Second World War where it fought its most famous campaign, the Battle of Britain. The RAF's mission is to support the objectives of the British Ministry of Defence, which are to "provide the capabilities needed: to ensure the security and defence of the United Kingdom and overseas territories, including against terrorism; to support the Government’s foreign policy objectives particularly in promoting international peace and security." The RAF describe its mission statement as "... An agile, adaptable and capable Air Force that, person for person, is second to none, and that makes a decisive air power contribution in support of the UK Defence Mission.

Definition of RAF in the English dictionary

The definition of RAF in the dictionary is Royal Air Force.

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE RAF

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Radnorshire
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radulae
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RAE
Raeburn
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Rafferty rules
Rafferty´s rules

WORDS THAT END LIKE RAF

BAF
CAF
IAAF
IAF
MAF
RAAF
RCAF
RNZAF
USAF
WAAAF
WAAF
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WRAF

Synonyms and antonyms of RAF in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «RAF» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF RAF

Find out the translation of RAF to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of RAF from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «RAF» in English.

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英国皇家空军
1,325 millions of speakers

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RAF
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RAF
510 millions of speakers

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आरएएफ
380 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Arabic

RAF
280 millions of speakers

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RAF
278 millions of speakers

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RAF
270 millions of speakers

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আরএএফ
260 millions of speakers

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RAF
220 millions of speakers

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RAF
190 millions of speakers

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RAF
180 millions of speakers

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RAF
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RAF
85 millions of speakers

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RAF
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Translator English - Vietnamese

RAF
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

, RAF
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

आरएएफ
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

RAF
70 millions of speakers

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RAF
65 millions of speakers

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RAF
50 millions of speakers

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RAF
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

RAF
30 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Greek

RAF
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Translator English - Afrikaans

RAF
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RAF
10 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Norwegian

RAF
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Trends of use of RAF

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «RAF»

The term «RAF» is very widely used and occupies the 16.024 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «RAF» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «RAF» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «RAF» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about RAF

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4 QUOTES WITH «RAF»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word RAF.
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Nina Bawden
I met Richard Burton, an RAF cadet on a two-term course. I would have flirted more enthusiastically if it had not been for the horrid boils on the back of his neck.
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Eric Idle
My education was paid for by the RAF Benevolent Fund, so a charity school, run like an orphanage, with uniforms and beatings. It was tough, but it got me to Cambridge - like being a chrysalis suddenly becoming a butterfly.
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Terry Jones
I spent my earliest years in Colwyn Bay in north Wales with my mother and grandmother, while my father was stationed with the RAF in India.
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Mike Oldfield
I thought I'd join the RAF and become a wing commander. I realised this wasn't possible, although I do have a pilot's licence.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «RAF»

Discover the use of RAF in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to RAF and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Baader-Meinhof: The Inside Story of the R.A.F.
The volume will also contain numerous photos. Terrorism today is never far from most people's thoughts.
Stefan Aust, 2009
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RAF Mustang and Thunderbolt Aces
The P-51 Mustang and P-47 Thunderbolt were the finest American fighters of World War 2, and both saw service with the RAF in substantial numbers.
Andrew Thomas, 2013
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Raf-1 Regulation by Its Downstream Effectors, MEK and ERK.
The study, besides providing valuable mechanistic characterization of Raf-1 regulation through positive feedback and interaction with MEK, offers the novel concept that mutations along the MAPK pathway are not obligatory for its ...
Deborah Tracey Leicht, 2007
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RAF Wings Over Florida: Memories of World War II British Air ...
More than fifty years later, their stories still resonate with universal emotions: fear of failure, love of country, camaraderie, romantic love, and the pain of tragic deaths.
Willard Largent, Tod Roberts, 2000
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RAF Fighter Command Pilot: The Western Front 1939-42
This book puts Fighter Command in context; describing the lack of funding and attention which it received during the interwar period, until it was almost too late.
Mark Barber, 2012
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Raf: An Illustrated History From 1918
This book is a fine tribute to all those men and women who have served their country in peace and war over eighty momentous years, many of whom gave their lives.
Roy Conyers Nesbit, 2007
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No 56 Sqn RAF/RFC
Beretter om de britiske flystyrkers eskadrille no. 56 og dens indsats under 1. verdenskrig.
Alex Revell, 2009
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Eagles of the RAF: The World War II Eagle Squadrons
This book tells how the Eagle squadrons were formed and summarizes the history of the units and evaluates their deeds, motivations, and contributions.
Philip D. Caine, 1994
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The RAF and Aircraft Design, 1923-1939: Air Staff ...
This work examines the evolution of the RAF's operational requirements for its home defence air force - for bombers to mount a deterrent counter offensive and for fighters to provide direct defence of Britain.
Colin Sinnott, 2001
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Tomahawk and Kittyhawk Aces of the RAF and Commonwealth
Beretter om engelske piloter (Esser), der fløj Tomahawk (P-40) og Kittyhawk (P-40D) under 2. verdenskrig
Andrew Thomas, Tony Holmes, 2002

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «RAF»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term RAF is used in the context of the following news items.
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PM urged to explain UK personnel involvement in Syria
Earlier, the Ministry of Defence confirmed the RAF personnel, including three pilots, flew intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and strike missions against ... «BBC News, Jul 15»
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The Battle of Britain bunker: 75 years on in the RAF control room that …
By the standards of what was to follow, 10 July 1940 was a quiet day in the operations bunker of the RAF's 11 Fighter Group. By dusk, the occupants of the room ... «The Independent, Jul 15»
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Tunisia attack: RAF flies home more bodies of UK dead
The bodies of nine more Britons killed in the Tunisian beach attack have arrived back in the UK. The coffins left Tunis earlier, arriving on an RAF aircraft at Brize ... «BBC News, Jul 15»
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RAF Chinook helicopters returning to UK after Nepal says they are …
Three RAF Chinook helicopters are returning home after the Nepalese government said they are not needed. However there has been speculation that the ... «Telegraph.co.uk, May 15»
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RAF scrambles jets to intercept Russian planes head for UK airspace
The RAF was forced to scramble two fighter jets today after Russian bombers capable of carrying nuclear weapons were spotted flying towards British territory. «Daily Mail, May 15»
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Nepal earthquake: RAF helicopters fly out for aid mission as British …
Three Royal Air Force Chinooks are being sent as part of the UK's aid effort, which also includes £2.5 million funding for the UN's Humanitarian Air Service. «The Independent, May 15»
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RAF jets intercept Russian planes near UK airspace
RAF Typhoons have been launched to intercept two Russian aircraft near UK airspace, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed. The incident came as Britain ... «BBC News, Apr 15»
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RAF jets intercept Russian bomber aircraft off Cornwall
Two RAF Typhoon fighters were scrambled on Wednesday evening to escort Russian long range bombers flying off Cornwall, the Ministry of Defence has said. «Telegraph.co.uk, Feb 15»
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RAF fighter jets intercept Russian military planes over the English …
The Foreign Office said the Russian planes "caused disruption to civil aviation" yesterday, and RAF Typhoons were scrambled to escort them "throughout the ... «Mirror.co.uk, Jan 15»
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US military withdraws from three RAF bases
RAF Mildenhall is currently home to air-to-air refuelling aircraft and a fleet of CV-22 Ospreys special operations aircraft, but at various times during the Cold War ... «The Independent, Jan 15»

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