Sort of story retraction – re Royal Australian Air Force name

CONTACT (temporarily?) retracts our story titled “Is RAAF trying to drop Royal Australian from its name

While I did actually receive a ministerial press release recently that included six references to “Air Force” without any reference to “Royal Australian Air Force” or “RAAF” – and thought I was ‘on to something’ – it turns out this was an anomoly and not the ‘got-ya’ I thought I had.

In ‘researching’ my story, I initially, erroneously and too quickly jumped to a false conclusion.

I made this error through too-simple search parameters and realised my error the next day when doing the more rigorous double-checking I know I should have done in the first place.

This was a stupid mistake and I ‘own it’ completely.

I wholeheartedly apologise for any offence or concern caused.

However, since writing the initial story and then retracting it, I have been contacted by several people, including RAAF members, who told me there actually is an active campaign to preference “Air Force” over Royal Australian Air Force” – even to the extent of red-penning the ‘Royal Australian’ during higher-rank clearance processes.

I even came across this story, which includes 12 references to ‘Air Force’ (5 in the first two paragraphs – and including only one reference to the Royal Australian Air Force – of 1921!

And then there was this statement on the web site of the what used to be called the Royal Australian Air Force Association – now called Air Force Association…

…in 2016, when the Association’s National entity became a Company Limited by Guarantee the title was formally changed to reflect its early commonly referred title, ‘Air Force Association’, which is also in keeping with the RAAF’s branding as ‘Air Force’.

We’ll keep an eye on this issue before jumping to further, premature conclusions – but the mounting evidence is pretty self-evident.

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