AN exhibition in tribute to 100 years of service by the RAF in Gloucestershire was unveiled in Stow.

The Royal Airforce Association Gloucester celebrated the work by over 30 RAF stations in the county and visitors had the chance to see their work at St Edward's Hall.

Starting as the Royal Flying Corps they made their own planes using wood and fabric stitched on by local women, training pilots for WW1.

Eventually renamed the Royal Airforce, they trained and dispatched glider, bomber and fighter pilots, defended vital services with barrage balloons and even repatriated injured victims of the D-Day landings.

The ten metre square, tapestries were commissioned by the Royal Airforce Associations of Gloucestershire and designed by a local artist to represent historic photo’s from sepia to colour.

Fifty talented embroiderers in the county then spent a total of 6000 hours transferring the designs onto the canvases. These were then stretched and mounted onto wooden frames, reminiscent of the construction of the early planes.

The exhibition can now be viewed at The Jet Age Museum at Staverton Airport from June 30-July1st., and Gloucester Cathedral from 7-8th July with contributions going to the RAFA Wings Appeal.