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Message started by Roger Whitcomb on Mar 3rd, 2016 at 4:22pm

Title: RIAT 2016 LATEST UPDATES
Post by Roger Whitcomb on Mar 3rd, 2016 at 4:22pm
LATEST UPDATE: 03/03/16

The US Air Force has confirmed with us that it will be sending two F-35A Lightning II aircraft from the 56th Fighter Wing based at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. These will join two F-35B vertical take-off and landing aircraft from the US Marine Corps, whose participation was announced last month.

The Spanish Air Force has confirmed that a Eurofighter EF2000 will participate in RIAT 2016. We are seeking confirmation on whether the aircraft will be in the flying display or in the static park.

The Royal Air Force has confirmed that the Red Arrows aerobatic team, the solo Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4, the Beech King Air (making a welcome return to the circuit in 2016 after a three-year absence), and the Lancaster, Hurricane and Spitfire of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will all participate in the RIAT 2016 flying display. Other RAF involvement is still in discussion.

Title: Re: RIAT 2016 LATEST UPDATE: 10/03/16
Post by Roger Whitcomb on Mar 10th, 2016 at 2:34pm
LATEST UPDATE: 10/03/16

The Air Tattoo's flying display programme was boosted further this week with news that the Swedish Air Force is sending its solo Saab JAS 39 Gripen to Fairford this summer. The aircraft, which last appeared at RIAT in 2014, is expected to come from F7 Wing at Såtenäs.

Title: Re: RIAT 2016 LATEST UPDATE: 03/03/16
Post by Roger Whitcomb on Mar 17th, 2016 at 2:52pm
LATEST UPDATE: 17/03/16

The Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy has confirmed that its helicopter display team, the Black Cats, will be appearing at the Air Tattoo for the first time in seven years. The team is again equipped with two examples of the Lynx HMA.8 maritime helicopter for the 2016 season after a year on the new Wildcat. Also being provided by the Navy are single examples of the Hawk T.1 and King Air Avenger, both for static display, from 736 and 750 Naval Air Squadrons respectively.

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Post by Roger Whitcomb on Mar 24th, 2016 at 3:15pm
LATEST UPDATE: 24/03/16

We are continuing to work closely with representatives from the RAF, US Marine Corps and US Air Force and can confirm that it is the intention for RIAT 2016 to feature two USMC F-35Bs and one RAF F-35B. In addition, we're working with the USAF on plans to feature the Heritage Flight formation flypast on all three Air Tattoo days. The ambition is for this to comprise an F-35A, F-22 and a maximum of two historic airframes. More details to follow.

We are aware that many Air Tattoo visitors will be keen to see the F-35 Lightning II on the ground as well as in the air. We continue to work toward securing the appearance of at least one F-35 into the southside operational area, when possible, during periods over the three-day airshow.

Always a great supporter of the Air Tattoo, the Royal Netherlands Air Force looks set to return in force in 2016 with a quartet of heavies for the static display including a CH-47 Chinook helicopter, a C-130 Hercules and one of two Douglas KDC-10 tanker jets. They will also be joined by a Dornier 228 of the Netherlands Coastguard.
In addition to the Swedish Air Force JAS39C Gripen in the flying display, we can confirm there will also be an example of the twin-seat JAS 39D variant on static display.

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Post by Roger Whitcomb on Mar 31st, 2016 at 4:13pm
LATEST UPDATE: 31/03/16

SPECTACULAR FRENCH JET DISPLAYS CONFIRMED

Two of the most spectacular fast jet displays in Europe will be heading for RAF Fairford this summer thanks to the French Air Force!

The solo Dassault Rafale C multi-role fighter and Ramex Delta team, comprising two Dassault Mirage 2000N strike aircraft, will demonstrate their outstanding agility during the flying display.

Seen for the first time in Britain at RIAT 2015, Ramex Delta present a dynamic role demonstration of the delta-winged Mirage, consisting of various tactical manoeuvres representative of those used in combat.

The Mirage 2000N is the nuclear strike variant of the type, which also serves as an air defence fighter and a conventional strike platform. It forms part of France's Forces Aériennes Stratégiques (Strategic Air Forces), and is capable of delivering the French ASMP medium-range air-to-surface nuclear cruise missile, as well as conventional stores, in all weathers by day or night.

The Ramex Delta team hails from one of the world's most famous military aviation units: the famous 'Escadrille Lafayette'. It was formed a century ago in 1916 as part of the then French air arm, and consisted primarily at that time of American volunteer pilots. The name comes from the Marquis de Lafayette, a key figure in the French Revolution and the American Revolutionary War. Today the name is assigned to French Air Force unit Escadron de Chasse 2/4, based at Istres near Marseille.

On several previous occasions, the outstanding agility of Dassault's latest-generation Rafale has been demonstrated by French Air Force pilots at the Air Tattoo, often scooping at least one of the airshow's flying display awards. This swing-role combat jet has taken part in combat operations over Afghanistan, Libya, Iraq, Mali and Syria, and is also in service in carrier-borne form with the French Navy.

The example on display at the Air Tattoo will be a single-seat Rafale C stationed at Base Aérienne 113 Saint-Dizier. At the controls for the first time this year will be a new display pilot, Capitaine 'Marty' Martinez.

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Post by Roger Whitcomb on Apr 7th, 2016 at 2:37pm
LATEST UPDATE: 7/04/16

A rare visitor to the RIAT static park will be a Dassault Falcon DA20 ECM from 717 Squadron, Royal Norwegian Air Force. It is one of three such electronic countermeasures, calibration and VIP transport aircraft stationed with the unit at Gardermoen.

Excellent support is being provided to the RIAT 2016 flying display by the Italian Air Force. The hugely popular Frecce Tricolori aerobatic team, flying Aermacchi AT-339A (MB339 PAN) jet trainers returns, as does the solo Eurofighter F-2000A Typhoon display from the Reparto Sperimentale Volo flight test centre; the latter unit also provides an AgustaWestland HH-101A Caesar combat search and rescue helicopter for its British flying display debut. Another Italian Typhoon will be on show in the static park.

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Post by Roger Whitcomb on Apr 15th, 2016 at 3:49pm
LATEST UPDATE: 14/04/16

Germany's three military air arms are between them providing no fewer than 13 aircraft for the 2016 Air Tattoo. The air force, the Luftwaffe, is scheduled to bring an in-service Airbus A400M for the first time, joined in the static display by its predecessor, a Transall C-160D, plus an Airbus A310 Multi-Role Tanker-Transport, four Eurofighter EF2000s (one from each Luftwaffe wing operating the type) and a Panavia Tornado. The German Army reprises its award-winning MBB Bo 105P helicopter display from last year, and sends a second example for the static park. Also on static display are three German Navy aircraft - a Lockheed P-3C Orion, a Dornier 228, and an Airbus EC135 training helicopter.

Textron Aviation will again bring a number of interesting special missions aircraft from its product range to the Air Tattoo this year. For the third year running, the Textron AirLand Scorpion tactical jet is due to appear, accompanied by a Beechcraft AT-6B Wolverine light attack aircraft, a Beechcraft King Air 350 special missions platform, and a Cessna 208 Caravan special missions aircraft. All will be part of the showcase section of the RIAT 2016 static display.

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Post by Roger Whitcomb on Apr 21st, 2016 at 3:31pm
LATEST UPDATE: 21/04/16

In 2015 we welcomed Qatar as the 55th nation to take part in the Air Tattoo since it began in 1971, this year we are looking forward to greeting our 56th nation - Croatia.

The Croatian Air Force's aerobatic display team Krila Oluje (Wings of Storm) will make its long-awaited and much anticipated UK display debut when the team's six Pilatus PC-9M turboprop trainers take to the skies at the Air Tattoo. In support, and appearing on static display, will be a Mil Mi-171Sh transport helicopter.

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Post by Roger Whitcomb on Apr 30th, 2016 at 9:59am
LATEST UPDATE: 28/04/16

The Belgian Air Component's spectacular F-16A MLU Fighting Falcon display, piloted by Cdt Tom 'Gizmo' De Moortel in his second season, is set to be one of the highlights in our flying display this summer. Belgium is also providing two contrasting aircraft for the static park: a C-130H Hercules transport and, for the first time at the Air Tattoo, an L-21B Super Cub used as a glider tug by the country's Air Cadets - one of four such aircraft flown by the Belgian Air Component.

We welcome back great friends of the show in the form of the Royal Jordanian Falcons, the national aerobatic team of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, with its four Extra EA300L high-performance aerobatic aircraft. The team has appeared regularly at the Air Tattoo since 1979, when it first attended with a pair of Pitts Specials. Its attendance helps perpetuate the long-lasting link between Jordan and the show, one highlighted by the fact of His Royal Highness Prince Feisal being Patron of the Air Tattoo's Flying Scholarships for Disabled People.

Welcome support comes once again from the Hungarian Air Force which will be sending a JAS 39 Gripen fighter for static display and, probably now nearing the end of its service life, an Antonov An-26 turboprop transport.

Adding a touch of nostalgia to our static park will be the Jet Provost T5 operated by Jet Aerobatics from East Midlands Airport.

The RAF has added another aircraft to our static display in the form of a Grob Tutor trainer from the Southampton University Air Squadron at Boscombe Down.

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Post by Roger Whitcomb on May 11th, 2016 at 3:04pm
LATEST UPDATE: 05/05/16

The United States Marine Corps is to boost its Air Tattoo presence by sending a KC-130J Hercules tanker to perform in the flying display on Friday and conduct a simulated aerial refuelling with one of the F-35B Lightning IIs.

The Turkish Air Force will send its spectacular Soloturk team flying the F-16C Fighting Falcon to participate our flying display. It is the third nation to send an F-16 demonstration to this year's show after Belgium and Greece.

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Post by Roger Whitcomb on May 13th, 2016 at 4:45pm
LATEST UPDATE: 12/05/16

It has been confirmed that a P-51D Mustang will take part in the USAF Heritage Flight formation at RIAT 2016 alongside an F-22A Raptor and F-35A Lightning II. The identity of the Mustang in question and its operator are still to be confirmed.

Flying in the display on the Friday of RIAT 2016 only will be the ex-Royal Air Force of Oman BAC Strikemaster Mk82A operated from Hawarden by North Wales Military Aviation Services, and flown by Mark Petrie.

An increasingly rare sight at airshows due to operational commitments, an RAF C-130J Hercules will appear in the RIAT 2016 static park. Brize Norton-based No 47 Squadron is providing the aircraft, which will wear special markings to celebrate the unit's centenary this year.

RIAT 2016's official celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Air Training Corps will include a gathering of six gliders and motorgliders operated by the Air Cadets through the ages. Exhibited at the eastern end of the showground will be historic Slingsby Kirby Cadet, Grasshopper, Sedbergh and Venture, and modern Grob Viking and Vigilant types.

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Post by Roger Whitcomb on May 19th, 2016 at 2:32pm
LATEST UPDATE: 19/05/16

The RAF Mildenhall-based 352nd Special Operations Wing is returning to the Air Tattoo with an aerial demonstration of the Bell-Boeing CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor. A second aircraft will appear in the static display.

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Post by Roger Whitcomb on Jun 2nd, 2016 at 4:23pm
LATEST UPDATE: 26/05/16

A Royal Canadian Air Force Lockheed CP-140 Aurora is confirmed for the static display.
An Alenia C-27J Spartan of the Lithuanian Air Force will form part of the RIAT 2016 static park.
A newly purchased Royal Air Force of Oman C295M will be visiting the RIAT static line up from Al Musana air base.
The Pakistan Air Force is returning to RIAT after eight years with a C-130E Hercules from 6 Sqn.
USAFE will send a KC-135R Stratotanker from 100th Air Refuelling Wing based at RAF Mildenhall.

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Post by Roger Whitcomb on Jun 2nd, 2016 at 4:25pm
LATEST UPDATE: 02/06/16

Socata TB20 Trinidad will take part in the static line up, provided by Bruno Stocker.
The RAF Halton Microlight Club will be displaying its EV-97 Eurostar and C42B Ikarus trainers in the RAF Charitable Trust area.
Gulfstream will be sending a G550 to take part in the static line up.
A Hunter F.58A from Hawker Hunter Aviation will also be taking part in the static display.
The Dutch Helicopter Command will be showcasing the AH-64D Apache in the flying display, from 301 'Redskins' Squadron.
Poland makes a welcome return with Team Orlik, flying seven PZL-130TC-2 aircraft, and an F-16C from the Tiger Demo Team.
US Army Europe will provide an AH-64D for the static aircraft line up.
Seven de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunks will attend RIAT 2016 for a special static display marking the type's 70th anniversary. Leading the pack will be oldest airworthy survivor G-AKDN, itself 70 years old this year; it has been shipped to the UK from Canada by owner David Gillespie for the celebrations. For more details, visit the news page.

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Post by Roger Whitcomb on Jun 9th, 2016 at 3:28pm
LATEST UPDATE: 08/06/16

Double Delight As Migs Head For Air Tattoo

One of the Cold War's most iconic fighter jets will be making a double appearance at this year's Air Tattoo.

MiG-29's from both the Polish Air Force and the Slovakian Air Force will be putting on flying displays at RIAT 2016. Their pilots will demonstrate the agility and power of this 1980's fighter, which has served around the world with over 30 nations.

Poland's 1. ELT (Tactical Squadron) will be bringing a MiG-29A to take part in the flying display, alongside the already announced Polish F-16C Tiger Demo Team and Team Orlik, making 2016 a bumper year for Polish participation.

In a rare appearance, the Slovakian Air Force will also be visiting the show with a MiG-29AS. The aircraft will feature in the flying display and will be joined by a MiG-29AS/UBS in the static line up; both from 1. Bojova Letka (Fighter Squadron). A Let L410 transporter will be supporting the MiGs and will feature in the static display.

The Slovakians last appeared at RIAT with a MiG-29 in 2012, then a static display. Prior to that the Slovakian Air Force had not sent one of the type since 1999.

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Post by Roger Whitcomb on Jun 9th, 2016 at 3:30pm
LATEST UPDATE: 09/06/16

The BAE Systems Collection features in a special static showcase by the aerospace giant and comprise a Scottish Aviation Bulldog T.1, DHC-1 Chipmunk, Blackburn B2, DH-60 Cirrus Moth, Bristol Scout, Sea Hurricane 1B and Avro Anson C.19.
The RAF static line up receives a big boost; Squirrel HT.1, A330 Voyager, Hawk T.1, Hawk T.2, A400M Atlas C.1, C-130J Hercules C.5, Tornado GR.4 x 2, Typhoon FGR.4 x 2.
The Slovakian Air Force will be sending an L410 Turbolet for the static park.

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Post by Roger Whitcomb on Jun 16th, 2016 at 5:42pm
LATEST UPDATE: 16/06/16

Airbus show off their tactical transporter, the A400M in the flying display.
Lakenheath sends a pair of F-15Cs for the static park from the 48th Fighter Wing / 493rd Fighter Squadron and an F-15E from the 492nd Fighter Squadron.
The USAF Special Operations Command provides a static MC-130J Commando II courtesy of 67 SOS.
The French Air Force bring two Alpha Jet E trainers to the static line up.
Carlo Ferrari returns with his Beech 18S
Two trainers from the RAF Flying Clubs' Association and Halton Flying Club in the form of Tecnam's P2002 and P2008 will appear in the static park.
The unique Piaggio R166C returns to the static display.
Tony de Bruyn's OV-10B Bronco and SC-7 Skyvan make a welcome appearance in the static park.

Title: Re: RIAT 2016 LATEST UPDATES
Post by Roger Whitcomb on Jun 21st, 2016 at 4:40pm
LATEST UPDATE: 21/06/16


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Reds Arrows, F-35B and RAF Typhoons in Special Flypast

We are delighted to announce that visitors to the Air Tattoo will be treated to a show stopping joint flypast featuring the F-35B, two RAF Typhoons and the legendary aerobatic display team, the Red Arrows. This unique flypast will take place on all three days of the airshow.

The two fast jets in the display; F-35B and Typhoon, represent the fast jet component of the UK's future air defence capability. Combined with the world famous Red Arrows this gives visitors the opportunity to capture the perfect Air Tattoo photographic moment.

Special and unique flypasts are a hallmark of the Air Tattoo and one of reasons why we are the world's greatest military airshow! Over the past few years the Red Arrows have flown with Vulcan XH558, BA A380 and the A400M

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Post by Roger Whitcomb on Jun 23rd, 2016 at 10:25pm
LATEST UPDATE: 23/06/16

The US Navy makes a return appearance with the F/A-18 Super Hornet in the flying display and a P-8 Poseidon in the static aircraft line up.

Poland's Navy will bring an Antonov AN-28B1R Bryza to the static display.

The Royal Australian Air Force makes a return after 10 years with a KC-30A tanker/transport.

QinetiQ supplies an Agusta A109E and Alpha Jet for the static display.

We can now confirm that P-51D 'Miss Helen' will be taking to the skies as part of the F-22 / F-35A Heritage Flypast.

French Aerobatic champion Aude Lemordant will display her Extra 330SC. Breitling Wingwalkers return with a three-ship formation display and a single aircraft in the static line-up.

No. 72 Squadon, RAF, will provide a Shorts Tucano for the static display line up.

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Post by Roger Whitcomb on Jun 28th, 2016 at 6:17pm
LATEST UPDATE: 28/06/16

The ever popular Japanese Air Self Defense Force return with a Boeing KC-767J tanker/transport.

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Post by Roger Whitcomb on Jun 29th, 2016 at 1:43pm
LATEST UPDATE 29/06/16


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Typhoon With Full Phase 3 Enhancement Weapons Fit To Fly

A BAE Systems Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft featuring the latest weapons fit will display at the 2016 Air Tattoo.

UK Typhoon aircraft BT17 will take to the skies on all three show days, 8-10 July, with BAE Systems Experimental Test Pilot, Nat Makepeace, at the controls.

The display will demonstrate the Typhoon carrying four Meteor Beyond Visual Range Air to Air missiles, two Brimstone 2 low collateral precision strike weapons, two ASRAAM missiles and two Paveway IV laser guided precision weapons.

Nat Makepeace, BAE Systems Typhoon Experimental Test Pilot, said:

"This is one of the first times a Typhoon aircraft has flown with this weapons fit and it demonstrates the significant milestones which have been achieved towards integration of these new capabilities on to Typhoon, providing the combat pilot with a full range of capabilities.

"Typhoon provides air forces with a highly capable and extremely agile multi-role combat aircraft, capable of being deployed in the full spectrum of air operations.

"This display will also demonstrate that Typhoon, even with this weapons fit, loses none of the incredible agility and manoeuvrability for which it is known."

A significant contracted programme of work is currently being conducted by the Eurofighter Partner Companies, with the support of MBDA, Eurofighter GmbH and the UK Ministry of Defence, towards the integration Phase 2 and Phase 3 Enhancement packages for Typhoon.

Phase 1 Enhancements were delivered on to the aircraft last year, underlining Typhoon as a high-end multi-role weapon system with unmatched air-to-air capability and the integration of Paveway IV for precision air-to-surface operations.

With Phase 2, Typhoon will gain a deep attack capability through the integration of the Storm Shadow air-to-surface deep strike missile and a beyond visual range capability through integration of Meteor.

Phase 3 Enhancements will introduce a low collateral precision strike air-to-surface capability to Typhoon through Brimstone.

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