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The original WRAF was fairly short lived following the end of WWI and disbanded in 1920 with an overall strength of 32,000 and over 50 trades available.The Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) was formed in 1939 to support the RAF in WWII.
In 1994, Flight Lieutenant Jo Slater became the first female operational pilot and since then many other women have trained and flown on operations as aircrew.
Whilst the WAAF did not recruit aircrew, a large selection of ground trades were open to them.
However many women, such as Mary Ellis and Joy Lofthouse did fly during WWII, but with the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) ferrying aircraft wherever they were needed.
However, before the Women’s Royal Air Force (WRAF) was merged into the Royal Air Force in 1994, the WRAF stood as the separate women’s branch within the Service.
Sharing it's anniversary with RAF, the WRAF is also celebrating 100 years since its formation this year.
The Wings became the symbol of qualification worn by trained pilots.