Royal Flying Corps
Group From 13/4/1912 To 1/4/1918
The potential for aircraft was recognised and so the Royal Flying Corps was established by a charter signed by King George V on 13 April 1912. the first 'wing' (ho ho) was formed out of the Air Battalion of the Royal Engineers on 13 May 1912. This was the Military Wing. The Naval Wing only lasted until 1914 when it split off to become the Royal Naval Air Service. But in 1918 the two services were brought together again to form the Royal Air Force.