Royal Air Force.
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British Dictionary definitions for r.a.f.
/ (Not standard ræf) /
Royal Air Force
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Word Origin and History for r.a.f.
also RAF, initialism for Royal Air Force, founded 1918 by consolidation of Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Culture definitions for r.a.f.
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