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Latest revision as of 14:32, 14 June 2019

Servei d’aire real
Royal Air Service
Royal Air Service Ensign
Founded14 August 1918; 101 years ago (1918-08-14)
Country Burgundie
TypeAir force
RoleAerial warfare, Airline
  • 327,858 active-duty military personnel
    *3,249 commercial personnel
Aerial High Command Staff OfficesDorft, Burdeboch
Gold, Blue
Air MarshalMhartain Ui Raghaile
Royal Air Service Ensign
Roundel Low visibility roundel
Fin flashes
Fin flash Low visibility fin flash
Pilot's brevetRAS pilot brevet.png
Aircraft flown
Trainer helicopter
Utility helicopter

Founded in 1918 the Royal Air Service (RAS) serves as the dedicated airforce for Burgundie but is unique in Ixnay in that it is not only a military branch but is also a commercial airline, AiReal. The RAS has a military contingent of 327,858 and 3,249 commercial personnel. AiReal’s pilot corps are all active duty or retired combat pilots. Those who are still on active duty operate on a 6-month combat duty and 6-month commercial duty roster. As such, AiReal’s pilot are one of the most experienced and have one of the best safety track records in the commercial airline market. All the aerial combat and support functions of the Burgundian Security Forces were consolidated into the Royal Air Service in 1972 meaning that the Army, Navy, Defense Intelligence, and Department of Total Defense all rely on the RAS for their aerial logistical and combat capabilities. The Service was briefly tasked with an exploratory measure to develop a plan for space based capabilities in the 1980s, but this was deemed out of scope in 1992.

The RAS' mission is to support the objectives of the Burgundian Civil Defense and Security Ministry (MDCS), which are to "provide the capabilities needed to ensure the security and defense of the Burgundian thalassocracy, including against terrorism; to support the Government's foreign policy objectives particularly in promoting international peace and security". The RAS’ mission statement is " The provision of an agile, adaptable and capable Air Force that makes a decisive air power and support contribution in the defense of the Burgundian thalassocracy and its international goals". The mission statement is supported by the RAF's definition of air power, which guides its strategy. Air power is defined as "the ability to project power from the air and space to influence the behavior of people or the course of events".[9]


Formally founded in 1918, the unit that would become the Royal Air Service was originally organized in the late 19th century as a monarchical contract review board for aerostat designs. In the 1890s, the Army Air Element and in the early 1920s the Aeronautical Corps started to take shape and the RAS took a back seat as a hub for military aircraft development and operations.

Burgundian Imperial Airship Scheme

In 1918, as a distraction from the consistently failing policies of Emperor August I, imperial funding was released to kickstart a previously obscure idea that had been discredited twenty years earlier. August wanted to create a network of airship routes across the Burgundian thalassocracy and expand upon it to include the major cities of the Holy Levantine Empire. The idea was bolstered by the development of a gondola being attached to the envelop of the airship reducing air resistance making them faster and easier to control in windy conditions. The Royal Air Service was formed as a Squadron of the Royal Househould Guard and purchased 10 F.6 airships for the project and the inaugural trip from NordHalle to Corcra was a massive spectacle. Wind changes across the Feradach Channel slowed the trip initially but once they were out of the Belrac Caldera the overland trip was mildly uneventful. The success of the trip meant that additional routes were planned. Overseas travel was still dangerous as the controllability during anything beyond mild gusts was limited. The trip to the Legatation of Ankivara was long and tedious as the route passed through Urcea, Ecinis, Caphiria, Dorhaven, across Veltorina, and Recepistan. It was no faster then a ship and thus the entire scheme hinged on the novelty of the mode to sell tickets. It also required massive diplomatic efforts to maintain relations with the numerous nations over which the airships passed as they had to refuel, dispose of waste, and refill the envelopes every night. Waystations were set up along the route with the idea that as the technology improved they would begin to skip them and eventually be able to do non-stop flights.

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