Sky’s the limit: Collectibles inspired by the RAF’s centenary

Words by
Flora Drummond-Smith

10th July 2018

Celebrating 100 years of the Royal Airforce, luxury brands Globetrotter, Belstaff and Breitling have launched special limited-edition styles drawing on its history

As thousands gather to watch a flypast of 100 aircraft over The Mall today, get a piece of the RAF's 100th birthday action with a souvenir creation from some of luxury's top brands. Giving back to the protectors of our skies, proceeds from each sale will go to the RAF100 Appeal, which supports four major RAF charities.  

GLOBETROTTER

Reflecting the design details of RAF aircraft, Globetrotter’s RAF100 luggage collection features robust aluminum-covered cases studded with two lines of rivets. Opening lengthways to provide easy access on flights each case is finished with the RAF’s iconic insignia. From £85 for a luggage tag, globe-trotter.com

BELSTAFF

Celebrating the RAF’s centenary, Belstaff has recreated its 1950s “Testead” flying jacket. Originally produced in heavyweight PVC coated fabric, with seams electronically welded for full waterproofing, the RAF100 edition has been made in luxurious leather with a shearling collar. Available from August, £1,295, belstaff.co.uk

BREITLING

Comprising four iconic timepieces — RAF100 Navitimer 1 B01 Chronograph 46,  RAF 100 Avenger II GMT, RAF 100 Aerospace Evo and RAF 100 Colt Skyracer — Breitling’s RAF100 Collection is a series of sleek, high-performance watches based on designs worn by RAF pilots. Limited to 25 or 100 editions, prices start at £1,800, breitling.com