The Royal Air Force (RAF) is continuing to celebrate it’s 100 year anniversary having already held a massive fly over in London along with the release of their augmented reality (AR) app, the RAF100 AR Flypast. Now it seems the celebrations are continuing as the app has been given an update to coincide with the start of the RAF100 themed Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
The main addition to the app is the iconic Vulcan Bomber which will now be in people’s hands able to be viewed in stunning AR. The Vulcan Bomber has not flown since October 2015 but thanks to the new app, users will be able to experience it flying overhead once again in their own garden, school or living room. This also means that the Vulcan Bomber joins the existing planes in the app including the Spitfire, Lancaster Bomber, the Red Arrows and plenty other famous and iconic aircraft.
Alongside the new Vulcan Bomber the Buccaneer, Canberra and Lightning F1 planes will be added also in a special celebratory formation flypast. Users are able to capture and collect aircraft within the app, building their own flypast formations, and learn about the history and technology of each place. Thanks to the advancements and widely available AR features on mobile devices users will be able to also enjoy each and every aircraft as a high quality 3D model which they can explore within AR space.
“The RAF takes centre stage at the Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo and to mark the occasion, we present four of our favourite planes. The RAF100 AR Flypast App allows users to experience the wonders of the planes involved, which is really exciting.” Said Air Commodore Chris Jones: “Users will be able to find out about the history of each plane through the App, as well as being able to create and collect their own planes. The App is a fun way to showcase the RAF’s use of innovation and technology, and we hope it will inspire the next generation of aerospace pioneers.”
This has all been made possible thanks to a partnership with students from The University of Lincoln, with the app aiming to inspire and engage with younger audiences in aerospace evolution, technology and careers. All while celebrating 100 years of the RAF.