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Message started by Roger Whitcomb on Dec 15th, 2011 at 3:10pm

Title: RIAT 2012 Participation List
Post by Roger Whitcomb on Dec 15th, 2011 at 3:10pm


Last updated 04/07/12

Military Participation

Royal Air Force

Hawk T1 (x10)      The Red Arrows      Aerobatic Team (F)
Squirrel HT1      Central Flying School (CFS) (S)
Battle of Britain Memorial Flight - Avro Lancaster B1 (F)
Battle of Britain Memorial Flight - Supermarine Spitfire (F)
Battle of Britain Memorial Flight - Hawker Hurricane IIc (F)
RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team (F)
BAE Systems Hawk T1 208(R) Squadron (F)
BAE Systems Hawk T1 208(R) Squadron (S)
Shorts Tucano T.1 72(R) Squadron (F)
Grob 115E Tutor      16(R) Sqn (F)      
Beechcraft King Air B200      45 Sqn (F)      
Eurofighter Typhoon F2      6 Sqn (F)
Cessna Caravan      RAF Falcons (F)            
Tornado GR4 x2 [ROLE DEMO]  XV(R) Sqn (F)
E II R flypast Comprising 27 BAE Systems' Hawk fast jets from RAF Valley in Anglesey and RAF Leeming in Yorkshire.
14 x Hawk T.1's
10 x Hawk T.2's
Airbus A330 'Voyager'  TBA (F)
BAE Systems HS125  32 Sqn (S)
Boeing C-17A Globemaster III  99 Sqn (F)
Lockheed C-130 Hercules  TBA (F)      
Lockheed L-1011 TriStar      216 Sqn       (F)
Vickers VC-10  101 Sqn (F)      
Vickers VC-10  101 Sqn (S)
Boeing Chinook 18 Sqn (F)
Agusta Westland Merlin TBC (S)
BAE Systems Hawk T.1/A 100 Sqn Military (S)
BAE Systems Hawk T.1/A 208 (R) Sqn (S)
BAE Systems Hawk T2 IV(R) Sqn (S)
BAE Systems HS125 CC3 32(TR) Sqn (S)
Beechcraft King Air B200/GT 45(R) Sqn (S)
De Havilland Chipmunk T.10 - Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (S)
Eurofighter Typhoon FGR.4/T.3 3(F) Sqn (S)
Grob 115E Tutor (x2) - Bristol University Air Squadron (S)
Grob Vigilant T.1 (x2) 612 VGS (S)
Eurocopter Squirrel HT.1 (x2)      CFS (H) (S)
AgustaWestland A109E      32 (TR) Sqn (SP)
Westland Puma HC.1 33 Sqn (S)
Westland Sea King HAR.3/3A 203(R) Sqn (S)
Westland Sea King HAR.3/3A 22 Sqn A Flt (S)
Panavia Tornado GR.4      II (AC) Sqn (S)

Royal Navy

BAE Systems Hawk T1/T1A x 3      EIIR Flypast (F)
Hawker Sea Fury T.20 - Royal Navy Historic Flight (F)
AgustaWestland Merlin HM Mk1  824 NAS (S)
Westland Sea King HC.4      846 NAS (S)      
Westland Sea King HC.4      JHC (S)

Army Air Corps

Boeing-Westland WAH-64 Longbow Apache  TBA (F)      
Westland Lynx AH.Mk7      TBA (S)
AgustaWestland Wildcat      TBA (S)
Westland Lynx AH.Mk9A      TBA (S)

United States Air Force

US Air Force Global Strike Command

Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit  509 BW (S)   [smiley=dance.gif]

US Air Forces Europe

Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker  100 ARW/351 ARS (S)
Sikorsky HH-60G Pave Hawk  56th Rescue Sqn (S)
Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle (x2) (S)

US Air Combat Command

Boeing RC-135V/W 'Rivet Joint'      55 Wing/38 RS (S)

US Air Force Reserve Command

Boeing B-52 Stratofortress  307th Bomb Wing (S)
Boeing KC-135R      Stratotanker  459th Air Refuelling Wing (S)
Boeing C-17A Globemaster III 445th AW (S)
Lockheed C-5B Galaxy  439 AW/337 AS (S)

US Air Mobility Command

Gulfstream C-37A (S)
McDonnell Douglas KC-10A Extender 78 ARS/514 AMW (S)

US Air Force Special Operations Command

Lockheed MC-130H Combat Talon II (S)
Lockheed MC-130P Combat Shadow (S)

US Air National Guard

Lockheed C-130H Hercules (S)
Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker  133 ARS/157 ARW (S)

US Navy

Boeing E-6B Mercury      VQ-4 Sqn      Strategic Command  (S)
Lockheed P-3C Orion      VP-30      Maritime Patrol  (S)

US Marine Corps

Bell Boeing MV-22B Osprey   VMM-264 (F)       [smiley=clapping.gif]
Bell Boeing MV-22B Osprey   VMM-264 (S)

Belgian Air Force

Lockheed Martin F-16AM Fighting Falcon (x2) 10 Wing (F)
Lockheed Martin F-16AM/BM Fighting Falcon (x2) 31 Sqn (S)
Agusta A-109BA (x2) (F)
Agusta A-109BA (S)
Lockheed C-130 Hercules (S)
Dassault Falcon DA-20E      21 Squadron (SP)

Brazilian Air Force

Lockheed C-130      Hercules Sqn TBA (S)

Colombian Air Force

Lancair-CIAC T-90 Calima - Escuadron Basico 712  (S)   :o
Lockheed C-130H Hercules - Escuadron de Transporte 811  (S)   :o

French Army Air Corps

TBM700       Sqn EAAT (S)      

French Air Force

Dassault Breguet Rafale C   EC01.007 (x2) (F)   :D
Boeing C-135FR Stratotanker (S)
CASA CN-235M-200/300 TBA (SP)
SOCATA TBM700 BA128 Metz/Frescaty (V)

French Navy

Breguet-Dassault Atlantique II (S)
Dassault Falcon 10MER (S)
Dassault-Breguet Super Étendard Modernise  17F  (S)

German Air Force

Airbus A310 MRTT (S)
Panavia Tornado IDS      AG 51 (S)
Eurofighter EF-2000 (T)      JBG31 (S)
Transall C-160D      LTG 61 (S)
McDonnell Douglas F-4F Phantom II JG-71 (S)   [smiley=dance2.gif]

German Navy

Dornier Do-228MR      MFG3 (S)
Lockheed P-3C Orion      MFG3 (S)
Westland Sea King Mk41      MFG5 (S)

Hungarian Air Force

Antonov An-26      Sqn TBA  (S)
Saab JAS-39C/D Gripen      Vadaszrepulo Szazad (S)

Irish Air Corps

Pilatus PC-9M      Flying Training School (S)      

Italian Air Force

Boeing KC-767 TT      TBA  (S)
Piaggio P180 Avanti      TBA  (S)
Piaggio P180 Avanti  14 Stormo (V)
Aermacchi MB-339CD (x2) 61 Stormo/212 Gruppo (S)

Japan Air Self Defense Force

Boeing KC-767J      404 Hikotai (S)   :D

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO)

Boeing E-3A Sentry (S)
Fokker 50      TNT Airways (S)

Polish Navy

An-28 Bryza      Sqn TBA (S)      
Mil Mi-14      Sqn TBA (S)

Polish Air Force

Mikoyan MiG-29      1st/41st Tactical Squadron  (F)   ;)
EADS CASA C-295M      TBA (S)      
     
Republic of Korea Air Force

Black Eagles - KAI T-50B Golden Eagle x 8 (F)

Royal Air Force of Oman

Gulfstream GIV      4 Sqn (V)

Royal Danish Air Force

Bombardier Challenger CL-604   Esk 721 (S)      
Westland Super Lynx 90B   Esk 723 (S)

Royal Jordanian Air Force

Walter Extra-300 L (x5)      Royal Jordanian Falcons Aerobatic Team (F)
Lockheed C-130 Hercules  TBA (S)      

Royal Netherlands Air Force

Eurocopter AS532 Cougar   300 Sqn (S)
F-16 Fighting Falcon (x2)  322/323 Sqn (S)
F-16 Fighting Falcon [Demo Team]      312 /313      Volkel AB  (F)

Royal Norwegian Air Force

Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules  335 Sqn (S)
Lockheed Martin F-16AM/BM (x3) 338 Skv (S)

Slovak Air Force

Let L-410 Turbolet      TBA (S)      
Mikoyan MiG-29UB Fulcrum  TBA (S)   ;)

Swedish Air Force

Saab JAS-39C Gripen Flight Test Centre (F)
Saab JAS-39NG Gripen Flight Test Centre (S)

Swiss Air Force

Patrouille Suisse - 6 x Northrop F-5E Tiger II's (F)
Beech 1900 - Patrouille Suisse (SP)
Eurocopter AS332 Super Puma      TBA (S)

Turkish Air Force

Gulfstream IV 211 Sqn (V)

United Arab Emirates Air Force

Al Fursan - Aermacchi MB339NAT x 7 (F)
Lockheed C-130H Hercules 4 Sqn (SP)

Civilian

Fouga CM170 Magister - EADS (F)
Airbus Military A400M - Airbus Military (S)
BAE Systems 146-301 - FAAM (Atmospheric Research Aircraft)  (S)
Robinson R44      Alan Smith (SP)
EV-97 Eurostar (x2)      RAF Halton Microlight Club (S)
Boeing 757  DHL (S)      
Boeing 767  DHL      (F)
De Havilland Chipmunk WP903  Henlow Chipmunk Club (S)
BAE Systems Sea Harrier FA.2      TBA (S)
De Havilland Chipmunk G-AOSK    Lindsay Irvine (S)
De Havilland Chipmunk T.10      John Rowley (S)
De Havilland Vampire T55      Classic Flight (S)
Beechcraft Model 18      Carlo Ferrari (S)
King Air 350ER (SPYDR demonstrator)      L-3 Communications (S)
Avro Vulcan XH558 - Vulcan To The Sky (F)
Yakovlev Yak-130 'Mitten'      Irkut Corporation (F)    :o
Fairchild Swearingen Metro III      TBA (V)
Beechcraft King Air 350ER      Hawker Beechcraft  (S)      
Beechcraft T-6C Texan II      Hawker Beechcraft  (S)
BAE Systems Avro RJ100      QinetiQ (S)
Dornier Do 228NG      RUAG Aviation (S)
Saab-2000 MPA      Saab (S)
North American OV-10B Bronco - Bronco Demo Team (S)
Breitling Jet Team - Aero L39C Albatros  x 7 (F)
Bell UH-1H Iroquois - Huey.co.uk (S)
Hughes OH-6 Loach - Huey.co.uk (S)
Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet -      Boeing (F)   ;)
North American Rockwell OV-10B Bronco      Bronco Demo Team (Tony De Bruyn) (S)      
Aerospatiale-Socata TB-20 Trinidad Bruno Stocker       (S)
Extra E-400      Bruno Stocker (S)
Fairchild Swearingen Metro III - Aeronova (V)
Avro Anson      The Classic Aircraft Trust (S)
De Havilland Dove   The Classic Aircraft Trust (S)
De Havilland Dragon Rapide   The Classic Aircraft Trust (S)
Gloster Meteor T7   The Classic Aircraft Trust (S)
Hawker Hunter T7   Hunter Flight Academy (S)
Percival Pembroke   John Rodd (S)
C-27J Spartan - Reparto Sperimentale Volo (F)
Aero L-39 Albatross - Breitling (S)
BAE Systems 146 - BAE Systems (V)
Boeing Stearman (x2) - Breitling (S)
Bombardier CL605 Challenger      - Executive Jet Charter Ltd      (V)
Douglas DC-3 Dakota - Breitling (S)
Pilatus PC-21 - Pilatus (S)
Piper PA-28 Warrior (x2) BAE Systems Warton Flying Club (S)
Robinson R-44 - Sir David Jason (V)
Aerospatiale AS355F2 Ecureuil II - Sir Peter Rigby (V)
Scottish Aviation Bulldog (S)
Slingsby Firefly T67M-260 - Nick Davies (S)
BAC Jet Provost T3 (S)
BAC Jet Provost T5 - John Rowley (S)
BAC Strikemaster - John Rowley (S)
Fuji FA-200-180 - Nick Breach (S)
Gulfstream V - Lockheed Martin (V)
Hawker Hunter T7 - John Rowley (S)
Agusta A109BA - 1 Wing (S)
Aerospatiale AS355F2 Ecureuil II - Sir Peter Rigby (V)
BAE Systems Mantis (FSM) - BAE Systems UAV (S)
Cessna Citation C550B - Marshall Aerospace (V)
Bombardier CL605 Challenger - Executive Jet Charter Ltd (V)
De Havilland Chipmunk T.10 - John Rowley (S)
Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk (FSM) - Northrop Grumman UAV (S)
Piper PA-23 Aztec 'E' - Marshall Aerospace (V)
Piper PA-28 Cherokee Warrior - Richard Nightingale (V)
Piper PA-31 Navajo      Synergy Aviation (V)
Slingsby T.21 Sedbergh - Oxford Gliding Club (V)
Van's Aircraft RV-9A - Malcolm Titmus (V)
Vickers Supermarine Spitfire T.IX - Spitfire Displays Ltd (V)

Title: Re: RIAT 2012 Participation List
Post by Roger Whitcomb on Jan 12th, 2012 at 12:19pm
Updated 12/01/12

Title: Re: RIAT 2012 Participation List
Post by Roger Whitcomb on Jan 25th, 2012 at 10:49am
Updated 25/01/12

Title: Re: RIAT 2012 Participation List
Post by Roger Whitcomb on Jan 26th, 2012 at 2:14pm
Info dated 26th January.


Quote:
South Korea: It was a great honour for the Air Tattoo team to receive a visit last week from a delegation representing the Republic of Korea Air Force. South Korea's London-based Defence Attache and Air Attache were in Fairford to discuss the possibility of their military display team -The Black Eagles - performing at this summer's airshow. The eight-ship display team, which fly distinctive T-50 Golden Eagle aircraft, rarely venture outside of Korea and their appearance at the Air Tattoo in July would rank alongside some of the greatest coups achieved by the airshow during its 41-year history. Among the items under discussion last week was the logistics of transporting nine T-50s (eight plus one spare) from their base at 8th Fighter Wing, Wonju to the UK. All agreed the talks were very constructive and have helped bring The Black Eagles' participation a step closer. Quite understandably given the high level of planning involved in such a significant visit, there are still a number of issues that will have to be resolved. However, all parties are keen to see the Republic of Korea Air Force at Fairford and every effort is being made to achieve this.

Vulcan XH-558: The Air Tattoo has been in discussions with the Vulcan to the Sky Trust with the aim of securing XH-558 for this summer's airshow. Whilst the full details have not been finalised it is hoped the legendary warbird, the only flying Vulcan in the world, will be confirmed for the flying display shortly.

Air Tattoo Chief Executive Tim Prince will be at the Indian Embassy tonight (Thursday), as a guest of the High Commissioner, to mark Republic Day of India. The day is one of three public holidays in India and commemorates the date on which the Constitution of India came into force. Although India gained its independence on August 15, 1947 it wasn't until January 26, 1950 that India replaced its colonial-based laws with a permanent constitution. The Air Tattoo considers it a great honour to be invited to attend such an occasion and to build on the already excellent relationship it enjoys with India.

RUAG Aviation: A small team from the Air Tattoo, including former test pilot and volunteer member of the airshow's Flying Control Committee Roger Beazley, are in Switzerland today (Thursday, January 26) for talks with Pilatus and RUAG Aviation. RUAG hopes to feature its multi-mission turbo-prop twin-engined Dornier 228 NG (New Generation) in one of the Air Tattoo's aircraft showcases in July. The versatile NG is the latest variant of the Do-228, and can perform special mission, commuter and cargo transportation roles.

The Air Tattoo and the Royal Air Force are currently working together with the aim of featuring at least one element of the official 'Queen's Diamond Jubilee' aerial tribute taking place in June, at Fairford the following month.

Title: Re: RIAT 2012 Participation List
Post by Roger Whitcomb on Jan 30th, 2012 at 4:11pm
Updated 30/01/12

Title: Re: RIAT 2012 Participation List
Post by Roger Whitcomb on Feb 2nd, 2012 at 6:19pm
Updated 02/02/12

Title: Re: RIAT 2012 Participation List
Post by Roger Whitcomb on Feb 9th, 2012 at 4:15pm
Updated 09/02/12


Quote:
Fouga Magister (EADS): Communications are underway to secure EADS' Fouga Magister for this summer's air display. EADS is not only one of the Air Tattoo's major sponsors but it is a generous supporter of the air display. In 2010, it sent its Bf-109 Messerschmitt as part of commemorations marking the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. The Fouga Magister is operated by APPAF based in Le Havre and, if confirmed, it would join the Vulcan in celebrating the aircraft type's 60th anniversary this year.

Title: Re: RIAT 2012 Participation List
Post by Roger Whitcomb on Feb 16th, 2012 at 1:57pm
Updated 16/02/12


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US Navy – P3C: We are in advanced communication with Patrol Squadron 30 (VP-30) Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Florida with a view to it sending a P3C 'Orion' Maritime Patrol aircraft. VP-30 is the training unit for Orion crews and traditionally a loyal supporter of the Air Tattoo

Title: Re: RIAT 2012 Participation List
Post by Roger Whitcomb on Feb 20th, 2012 at 2:57pm
Updated 20/02/12


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AL FURSAN CONFIRMED FOR EUROPEAN DEBUT

Aviation history will be made this summer when a newly-formed Middle Eastern aerobatics display team makes its European debut at a UK airshow.

Al Fursan – The Knights – from the United Arab Emirates Air Force will display at the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire on July 7-8.

Featuring seven Alenia Aermacchi MB-339A Italian trainer aircraft, the team first performed at the Dubai Airshow in November to mark the UAE's 40th anniversary. The fighter pilots were trained in formation flying by the Italian Air Force display team the Frecce Tricolori, who also fly the same aircraft.

Alan Peaford, Editor-in-Chief, Arabian Aerospace magazine said: "The Al Fursan team surprised everybody at the Dubai Airshow in November when it made its first appearance with an incredible performance. The team's international debut at Bahrain stole the show.

"Coming to the UK for the Air Tattoo is a major step up for the team and really puts the UAE pilots in front of a world audience. I believe they will surprise people with their skills and professionalism. We have seen what the UAE has done to change world perception in football, golf and horseracing – I think they might be about to do the same in the world of display flying."

The Al Fursan aircraft are painted predominantly in black and gold to represent the desert's golden sands and the black oil which lies beneath it. Smoke generators produce red, green, white and black smoke to represent the colours of the national flag.

Al Fursan team leader Lt Col Nasser Ahmad said: "The Al Fursan pilots and their Director, Brigadier staff pilot Khaled Omar, are privileged to represent their country at the world's largest military airshow. For us, the Air Tattoo offers an important opportunity to exchange ideas, build relations and share our experience with other military display teams. It will be an honour to perform our aerobatic display in the UK in July which we dedicate to our new British and European friends. Equally, the Al Fursan team will be very proud to paint the lovely British sky with the colours of the UAE flag."

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton, head of the RAF, said he was pleased to welcome his Arab partners. He said: "I am delighted that Al Fursan has agreed to perform at this summer's Air Tattoo. This will be the team's first display in Europe and I can think of no better place for the team to demonstrate their flying prowess than at one of the world's largest military airshows."

Air Tattoo Chief Executive Tim Prince said: "During the past 46 years, the Red Arrows team has performed more than 4,300 displays, projecting both the professionalism and capability of the Royal Air Force around the globe. That such a fledgling display team as Al Fursan, representing a comparatively young nation, should have the enthusiasm and confidence to make its European flying debut on such a significant stage speaks volumes. We are honoured to have been chosen by the UAE Air Force as the European airshow at which to demonstrate its military pilots' close formation aerobatic skills."

The Air Tattoo is staged annually in support of the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust. Countries that have already confirmed they will be sending aircraft to the airshow include Brazil, Hungary, France, the US, Switzerland, Poland and Latvia.

Special Air Tattoo Earlybird tickets, priced £34, are available until the end of March from airtattoo.com or by calling 0800 107 1940. All accompanied under-16s go free. Free parking.

Title: Re: RIAT 2012 Participation List
Post by Roger Whitcomb on Feb 23rd, 2012 at 6:37pm
Updated 23/02/12


Quote:
A400M: The Air Tattoo is working with the Royal Air Force, DE&S, EADS and Airbus Military to secure an A400M for this summer's airshow. Though planning is still at an early stage, it is likely that the RAF's next-generation airlifter will make an appearance at Fairford in July as part of the airshow's Skylift 2012 theme.

News: Last week, two teams from the Air Tattoo visited senior military representatives at the US, Dutch, Canadian, Danish and United Arab Emirates' embassies. Feedback from all was very positive and it is very likely that in addition to the aircraft already on the cards from some of these countries, there will undoubtedly be more aircraft to follow. Despite the financial hardships being felt within all of the world's air forces, the Air Tattoo is rated highly by everyone and, importantly, is used as a valuable meeting place for them – at all levels.

News: A team representing the Air Tattoo will be attending the European Airshow Council convention in Brussels this week. Roger Beazley, from our Flying Control Committee, will be presenting on Regulation v Supervision: an Opinion on Balance. Roger has a long flying career as well as holding the appointments of head of experimental flying at Farnborough and director of research and development flying in the UK Ministry of Defence. The EAC convention, which is attended by 150+ delegates representing more than 25 nations is a valuable opportunity for those involved in the European airshow industry to discuss relevant/pressing topics and to build relationships.

News: As well as representing the Air Tattoo at the EAC, the team will also be flying the flag for the Scottish National Airshow at East Fortune and the RAF Cosford Air Show, both of which are being organised with support and assistance from RAFCTE and its Air Tattoo Event Services Department.

Title: Re: RIAT 2012 Participation List
Post by Roger Whitcomb on Mar 1st, 2012 at 3:07pm
Updated 01/03/12


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Army Air Corps: Talks are at an advanced stage with the Army Air Corps to bring two Apaches and a Lynx to the Air Tattoo for the flying display. At last week's European Airshow Council convention in Brussels, the Air Tattoo delegation caught up with George Bacon, of the AAC, who said he felt it was looking very positive to field the three aircraft in a potential 'role demo' theme to re-inforce our current operational activities. He said: "We have stopped short of resurrecting the Blue Eagles as a full display team but that remains an option for 2013." He also said there was an 'outside chance' that the AAC could also send a Wildcat, the replacement for the Lynx, for static display. George said: "We've discussed crew and flying hours to make a display possible, subject, of course, to any operational commitments. Despite the various cutbacks that stemmed from the Government's Strategic Defence and Security Review, I'm delighted that the Army Air Corps remains in full recruiting posture which is why we are keen to maintain a UK display presence."
Norwegian Air Force: At the European Airshow Council convention in Brussels last week, a representative of the Norwegian Air Force said he was optimistic that a C-130J from his country would be joining the static line-up at Fairford this summer.
South Korea: Though we have 'ambered' the country before, we feel justified in 're-ambering' South Korea, following a second visit to Fairford yesterday (February 29), by a delegation representing the Republic of Korea Air Force. Engineers, Korean industry representatives, a pilot from The Black Eagles Aerobatic Display Team and attaches from the Republic of Korea Embassy met with a team for the Air Tattoo to discuss a wide variety of issues relating to the very exciting prospect of this Asian team appearing at Fairford in July – an event that would mark their first ever appearance in the West. The feedback from the meeting was that it was very constructive and that no major hurdles were identified. Discussions remain ongoing.

Title: Re: RIAT 2012 Participation List
Post by Roger Whitcomb on Mar 8th, 2012 at 5:57pm
Updated 08/03/12

Title: Re: RIAT 2012 Participation List
Post by Roger Whitcomb on Mar 15th, 2012 at 7:30pm
Updated 15/03/12


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USAF: The 48th Fighter Wing of the US Air Force, based at RAF Lakenheath, has written indicating that it hopes to be able to support this summer's Air Tattoo with both HH-60s and F-15s. The letter goes on to state: "Our support will be contingent on the 48th Fighter Wing's operational needs in order to support our current real world commitments".
UAE: Though not yet confirmed, we anticipate that the United Arab Emirates' Al Fursan team, which will be making its European debut at RIAT in July, will be supported by a C-17.
NEWS: Regretfully, we have received notification from the Commander of the Latvian Air Force that "due to some unforeseen circumstances the Latvian Air Force won't be able to participate in the Royal International Air Tattoo." They had been due to send a Mi-17 helicopter.

Title: Re: RIAT 2012 Participation List
Post by Roger Whitcomb on Mar 22nd, 2012 at 4:09pm
Updated 22/03/12

Title: Re: RIAT 2012 Participation List
Post by Roger Whitcomb on Mar 30th, 2012 at 2:33pm
Updated 30/03/12


Quote:
Netherlands: Whilst we have written confirmation that two Dutch F-16s will be sent for static display, we are awaiting final confirmation that the Dutch F-16 solo display team will also be joining us from Volkel Air Force Base. We look forward to announcing this exciting addition to the flying display shortly.
BADA: Today (Thursday, March 29) the Air Tattoo is pleased to be hosting the annual meeting of the British Air Display Association (BADA), which brings together leading figures from the UK airshow world. The association aims to promote safety and excellence at airshows and air displays around the UK.

Title: Re: RIAT 2012 Participation List
Post by Roger Whitcomb on Apr 3rd, 2012 at 2:22pm
Updated 03/04/12

Title: Re: RIAT 2012 Participation List
Post by Roger Whitcomb on Apr 4th, 2012 at 2:31pm
RARE JET SET TO BE TSAR OF THE SHOW

A state-of-the-art combat jet used to train Russian Air Force fighter pilots will give a rarely-seen demonstration of its light attack capabilities at this summer's Royal International Air Tattoo.

It will be the FIRST TIME the Yak-130 'Mitten' has displayed outside of Russia in light attack configuration with a full complement of weapons.

The Yak-130, which will come from the Irkut Corporation based in Moscow, is a two-seat, subsonic jet trainer/light attack aircraft. It entered service with the Russian Air Force in 2010. The aircraft can replicate the characteristics of the latest generation fighters and carries a variety of air-to-air and air-to-ground weaponry.

The participation of the Yak-130 in July's display cements the Air Tattoo's reputation for showcasing aircraft from Russia, which began in 1992 when a Su-27P 'Flanker' 595 and Tu-134 appeared at Boscombe Down followed, in 1993, by two Mig-29s and the Tu-95MS 'Bear' at RAF Fairford.

The first of 55 Yak-130s ordered by the Russian Defence Ministry entered service with the Russian Air Force in 2010. RuAF Commander-in-Chief Col Gen Alexander Zelin announced in March that a new aerobatics team flying Yak-130s would be created by 2015.

Air Tattoo spokesman Richard Arquati said: "To have such a rare Russian aircraft display is quite a coup and simply adds to what is already shaping up to be quite a spectacular display. We know how much aircraft enthusiasts enjoy seeing Russian aircraft – and Russian-built aircraft – at Fairford and we work hard to achieve this. This year's Air Tattoo already has an abundance of aviation riches but now it seems the whole world wants to be at Fairford this July!"

This year's Air Tattoo will see organisers join with the RAF to stage special aerial tributes celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. For further details, visit airtattoo.com or call 0800 107 1940. All accompanied under-16s go free. Free parking.

April 4, 2012

Title: Re: RIAT 2012 Participation List
Post by Roger Whitcomb on Apr 5th, 2012 at 3:33pm
Updated - 5/4/12


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Saab: Saab has been in contact with the Air Tattoo with a view to sending a Saab 2000 and a Saab Gripen for static display. Discussions are ongoing.

Title: Re: RIAT 2012 Participation List
Post by Roger Whitcomb on Apr 12th, 2012 at 8:30pm
Updated 12/04/12

Title: Re: RIAT 2012 Participation List
Post by Roger Whitcomb on Apr 26th, 2012 at 12:53pm
Updated 26/04/12


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Belgium: There is an update to last week's announcement of the Belgian Air Component's participation at this summer's Air Tattoo. Three F-16AM Fighting Falcons and three A109s will be sent, one each for static display, one each for the flying display and one spare each. This is in addition to the C-130 which we have already announced for the static park.
Enthusiasts take note: Whilst the last 'act' in Sunday's flying programme might signal the end of what promises to be a memorable line-up of display aircraft at this summer's Air Tattoo, there'll be more to see! Two Royal Saudi Air Force C-130 Hercules are scheduled to arrive at RAF Fairford after the flying display has ended. Arriving to collect the Saudi Hawks' support equipment, the Hercules pair will depart for Rennes, France, the following day.

Title: Re: RIAT 2012 Participation List
Post by Roger Whitcomb on May 1st, 2012 at 2:47pm
BLACK EAGLES SET TO SOAR INTO HISTORY BOOKS

History will be made at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire this summer when the South Korean Black Eagles become the first aerobatics display team from Asia to perform in Europe.

The team, comprising eight T-50 'Golden Eagle' supersonic light-trainer aircraft, will make their debut at the Royal International Air Tattoo on July 7-8.

Their visit is the culmination of more than 20 years' planning by the airshow organisers, who first contacted the Republic of Korea's London embassy in the mid-1980s.

Air Tattoo Chief Executive Tim Prince said: "Each year we would visit the embassy to build relations and explain the background to our event. Finally, in 2002, we had a breakthrough when the Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) sent some of their pilots and senior military representatives to experience the airshow first hand – and they have been back most years ever since. It is a great honour for us to host their visit – and we're pleased for the UK aircraft enthusiast community who will, I'm sure, be relishing the thought of seeing such rare visitors."

In order to get the aircraft – 10 in total, including two spares – they will have to be dismantled in Asia and flown the 5,000 mile journey in a fleet of large transport aircraft before being reassembled in the UK.

The T-50 was developed by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) in response to the increased demands on future trainer aircraft to keep up with higher-performance military fighters such as the Typhoon, the F-22 and the Joint Strike Fighter.

Classic Aircraft magazine editor Ben Dunnell said: "It's no coincidence that the T-50's manufacturer KAI should be so keen to put this very capable advanced jet trainer on display at the airshow, given the number of potential deals for such aircraft in discussion amongst the world's air arms, many of whose chiefs now attend the Air Tattoo. With key competitors such as the BAE Systems Hawk, the Alenia Aermacchi M-346 and the Yakovlev Yak-130 also due to participate, RIAT 2012 will be an important stage for jet trainer manufacturers."

The Republic of Korea's Defence Attaché in the UK, Captain Chong-Ho Choi, said he was delighted his country's air force pilots could demonstrate their flying capabilities in Europe for the first time. He said: "The Black Eagles are extremely proud to be representing the Republic of Korea Air Force. Their aim will be to perform the best flying display possible not only for the People of the Republic of Korea but also for the rest of the world. It is privilege to be taking part in this summer's Royal International Air Tattoo and I hope everyone will enjoy our magnificent display."

Red Arrows team leader, Squadron Leader Jim Turner, said: "On behalf of the Royal Air Force and the Red Arrows, I am delighted to welcome the South Korean Display Team, the Black Eagles both to the United Kingdom and the Royal International Air Tattoo. The opportunity to engage with other highly respected professional display teams is always an exciting opportunity and one we look forward to."

Title: Re: RIAT 2012 Participation List
Post by Roger Whitcomb on May 3rd, 2012 at 2:39pm
Updated 03/05/12


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French Navy: Talks with the French Navy concerning the participation of some of their assets at Fairford in July are encouraging and we hope to be in a position to make an announcement shortly.
Breitling: Talks with Breitling concerning the participation of some of their aircraft at this summer's airshow are at an advanced – and potentially exciting - stage. Breitling are great supporters of the Air Tattoo, provided aircraft and sponsorship for a number of years.


Title: Re: RIAT 2012 Participation List
Post by Roger Whitcomb on May 13th, 2012 at 11:22am
Updated 10/05/12


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USAFE: The Air Tattoo is currently talking to the USAFE at RAF Lakenheath with a view to them sending two F-15Es for static display. No decision has been taken and much will depend on the aircraft's operational commitments in July.
NEWS: With the eight-hour flying display programme already crammed full of exciting aircraft the amount of space still available is fast diminishing. However, planners in the Air Ops department believe there is one more fast jet to be added to the line-up with an announcement anticipated shortly.

Title: Re: RIAT 2012 Participation List
Post by Roger Whitcomb on May 18th, 2012 at 10:49am
Updated 17/5/12


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NEWS: On Saturday (May 19) a special Tri-Service flypast will take place over Windsor Castle in honour of the HM The Queen's Diamond Jubilee. We are working with the Royal Air Force to secure the mass 'Hawk' configuration from this weekend's flypast for the Air Tattoo.
NEWS: Please note the following change to the flying display programme: the French Army TBM700 will now be on static display and not in the flying display as previously stated.

Title: Re: RIAT 2012 Participation List
Post by Roger Whitcomb on May 22nd, 2012 at 3:52pm
RAF TO FLY EPIC 'E II R' TRIBUTE AT AIR TATTOO

The dramatic flypast of RAF Hawks that flew over Windsor Castle at the weekend as part of the Armed Forces' tribute to HM The Queen will provide the centrepiece of the Royal International Air Tattoo's Diamond Jubilee celebrations at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire this summer.

Visitors to the airshow on July 7-8 will be able to see a repeat of the EIIR flypast, comprising 27 BAE Systems' Hawk fast jets from RAF Valley in Anglesey and RAF Leeming in Yorkshire.

Other Diamond Jubilee attractions will include specially-painted aircraft, a display of current and historic aircraft with 'Royal' connections and a Diamond Jubilee Lawn featuring a wide variety of themed attractions with a street party atmosphere.

Air Tattoo spokesman Richard Arquati said the Air Tattoo would provide the perfect complement to this summer's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

He said: "Mass flypasts are only rarely staged because of the incredible amount of practice and planning involved. To have the opportunity to feature the EIIR element of the Armed Forces' official tribute to the Queen at Fairford is not only a great honour but it will also provide a wonderful spectacle for our visitors."

The Air Tattoo is staged in support of the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust. Tickets, priced from £39, are available from airtattoo.com or by calling 0800 107 1940. All accompanied under-16s go free. Free parking.

Title: Re: RIAT 2012 Participation List
Post by Roger Whitcomb on May 24th, 2012 at 4:30pm
Updated 24/05/12


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NEWS: For a variety of operational reasons, beyond our control, a number of US Air Force, US Marine and US Navy assets will be arriving prior to the Air Tattoo taking over the airfield on Wednesday, July 4. The Colombian Air Force aircraft will also be arriving early.
News: Please note that all the Brize Norton based RAF aircraft taking part in the proposed flypast by the RAF's current and future heavyweight airlift fleet, will not land at RAF Fairford. However, Airbus Military's A400M will be on the ground along with a second VC-10 in the static park.


FLYPAST OF RAF HEAVYWEIGHTS

A unique flypast of the RAF's present and future giant airlift fleet is planned for this summer's Air Tattoo. The A330 will fly with the C-130 Hercules, TriStar, C-17A, VC-10 and A400M in dramatic display of the RAF's tactical airlift capability.

Title: Re: RIAT 2012 Participation List
Post by Roger Whitcomb on Jun 1st, 2012 at 9:44am
Updated 31/05/12


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The Air Tattoo is in discussions with the USAF Air Combat Command 55th Wing and USAF Air Force Reserve Command 514th Air Mobility Wing with a view to sending aircraft to July's airshow. Talks are at an early stage.
NEWS: The 'longest day', which takes place on June 15, is the term used by RIAT organisers to describe the complex task of planning aircraft arrivals/departure times and scheduling flying display rehearsals to meet operator requirements. In addition, a great deal of time and effort is expended to ensure that the optimum parking solution is achieved.
NEWS: Following on from the engine trouble suffered by Vulcan XH558 on May 28, we have been in close contact with the Vulcan To The Sky Trust which is working hard to replace the damaged engines. The Trust remains positive that the aircraft will fly at this summer's Air Tattoo.

Title: Re: RIAT 2012 Participation List
Post by Roger Whitcomb on Jun 7th, 2012 at 4:24pm
Updated 07/06/12


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NEWS: The Air Tattoo is very grateful to Breitling for supporting the Air Tattoo's Diamond Jubilee celebrations with so many of its iconic aircraft – both in the air and on the ground. Please note, however, that the Super Constellation and Jet Team taking part in the special Diamond Jubilee flypast will not be taking off or landing at RAF Fairford.
NEWS: This summer, four MV-22 Ospreys will be operating in the UK, supporting activities at both Farnborough and the Air Tattoo. Whilst the Air Tattoo is scheduled to have two of the aircraft on display – one flying and one static – it is hoped that FRIAT members will have the opportunity to see all four models – though not all at the same time – as they transit in and out of RAF Fairford during the build up to RIAT.

Title: Re: RIAT 2012 Participation List
Post by Roger Whitcomb on Jun 15th, 2012 at 11:35am
Updated 14/6/12


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NEWS: This week, the Air Ops department took a call from the French Navy who informed us that regrettably they could no longer send a Super Etendard to participate in the flying display. Rather than cancel altogether, we offered the French Navy the opportunity to display the aircraft in our static park instead – an offer which they accepted.

Title: Re: RIAT 2012 Participation List
Post by Roger Whitcomb on Jun 21st, 2012 at 9:03pm
Updated 21/06/12


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NEWS: Following the disappointing news that the USAF B-52 will be unable to participate in the RAF Waddington Airshow in the week preceding RIAT, there was speculation that the aircraft might also not be appearing at the Air Tattoo. We are pleased to report that the aircraft will be on static display at display at the Air Tattoo.
NEWS: At this late stage we are still expecting to confirm at least one 'very special' aircraft, which should be announced shortly.

Title: Re: RIAT 2012 Participation List
Post by Roger Whitcomb on Jun 27th, 2012 at 5:13pm
Updated 27/06/12

Title: Re: RIAT 2012 Participation List
Post by Roger Whitcomb on Jun 28th, 2012 at 4:00pm
Updated 28/06/12

Title: Re: RIAT 2012 Participation List
Post by Roger Whitcomb on Jul 4th, 2012 at 8:12pm
Updated 04/07/12

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