Pauline Gower, Commandant of the Air Transport Auxiliary Women's Section, waving from the cockpit of a de Havilland Tiger Moth at Hatfield, Hertfordshire, prior to a delivery flight, 10 January 1940.
A Hawker Hurricane Mk I of No. 85 Squadron taxiing by the light of a flare at Debden, before taking off to intercept night raiders, 14 March 1941.
RAF kite balloons are walked out of No. 1 Airship Shed at Cardington for handling practice by No. 1 Balloon Training Unit, October 1940.
Wing Commander Richard 'Dickie' Milne in the cockpit of his Spitfire Mk IX at Biggin Hill, February 1943.
Interior of RAF Fighter Command's Sector 'G' Operations Room at Duxford, Cambridgeshire, September 1940.
An Avro Lancaster Mk III of No. 103 Squadron pauses on the flarepath at Elsham Wolds, Lincolnshire, before taking off for a raid on Duisburg, 26 March 1943. In the background three searchlights form a cone to indicate the height of the cloud base.
Supermarine Spitfire Mk IIa aircraft of the Air Fighting Development Unit based at Duxford, 6 April 1942.
Sherman tanks move up past a crash-landed Spitfire, for an attack on Tilly-sur-Seulles, Normandy, 17 June 1944.
Fairey Swordfish Mk I torpedo bombers of the Fleet Air Arm on a training flight from Crail in Scotland, 1940.
A British Pilot in a BE2C approaching Hit along the course of the River Euphrates, July 1919.
Armourers 'bombing up' a Sea Harrier on board HMS INVINCIBLE during the Falklands War, 1982.
A portrait of Air Vice Marshal Sir Keith Park while commanding RAF squadrons on Malta, September 1942.
Cecil Beaton photograph of an RAF bomber crew being debriefed by the squadron intelligence officer on their return from a night raid over Germany, 1941.
Flight Lieutenant A R Costello of No. 112 Squadron standing by his Curtiss Kittyhawk Mk I at Sidi Heneish, Egypt, April 1942.
Flight Lieutenant C L F "Jimmy" Talalla of No. 122 Squadron RAF, standing in front of his North American Mustang Mark III at B12/ Ellon, Normandy.
A ground crewman helps a pilot of No. 601 Squadron RAF into the cockpit of his Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX at Venafro, Italy, 12 May 1944.
Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding, Commander in Chief of Royal Air Force Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain.
Hawker Hurricane Mk IIC of No. 166 Wing in flight from Chittagong in India, May 1943.
Supermarine Spitfire Mark IXs of No. 242 Squadron RAF at Calenzana, Corsica, after a patrol over the invasion beaches in southern France, 17 August 1944.
A Harrier GR.3 of No. 3 Squadron camouflaged at RAF Gutersloh in Germany during the 1980s.