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Reply #15 - May 8th, 2014 at 12:08pm
 
Latest Update: 08/05/14

We are pleased to confirm the addition to the RIAT 2014 participation list of several aircraft from the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm. A Merlin anti-submarine helicopter from 824 Naval Air Squadron will take part in the flying display, with another example of this versatile machine in the static park; also shown statically will be a King Air 350ER 'Avenger' observer trainer from 750 NAS, a Sea King HU5 search and rescue helicopter from 771 NAS, and a Lynx maritime helicopter.

The Romanian Air Force has confirmed that it will be sending a senior delegation to this summer's Air Tattoo. We have been informed that we will be contacted separately with regards to aircraft participation.
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Reply #16 - May 20th, 2014 at 12:54pm
 
Latest Update: 15/05/2014

Added to the line-up of fast jets flying at RIAT 2014 will be the JAS 39C Gripen of the Swedish Air Force. Providing the display aircraft will be the F 7 wing at Såtenäs, the unit that carries out Gripen pilot conversion training for all the type's operators including its home nation.

The Belgian Air Component will participate at RIAT 2014 with the F-16 Solo Demonstration Team from 350 Squadron at Florennes plus one static C-130H Hercules from 20 Squadron at Brussels-Melsbroek.
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Reply #17 - May 22nd, 2014 at 3:18pm
 
Latest Update: 22/05/2014

The latest addition to RIAT 2014's F-16 40th anniversary celebration is an example from the Royal Danish Air Force's Fighter Wing Skrydstrup in the static display. Meanwhile, Denmark will also provide a CL604 Challenger VIP transport and surveillance aircraft operated by Eskadrille 721 at Aalborg, also for the Air Tattoo static park.

A Squirrel HT1 training helicopter from the Central Flying School (Helicopter) Squadron at RAF Shawbury will join the RIAT 2014 static display, adding further to the line-up of British military rotorcraft on show.

After the historic visit to RIAT 2012 by a Japan Air Self-Defense Force Boeing KC-767J tanker/transport, the first time an in-service Japanese military aircraft had ever participated in a European event, just such an aircraft will make a return to the Air Tattoo in 2014. The fleet of four KC-767Js is operated by 404 Hikotai at Komaki. We are delighted to welcome the JASDF back to Fairford. A senior military delegation representing the JASDF will also be present.

A senior military delegation representing the Philippine Air Force has confirmed they will be attending the Air Tattoo.

A senior military delegation representing the Montenegrin Air Force has confirmed they will be attending the Air Tattoo.
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Reply #18 - Jun 2nd, 2014 at 3:53pm
 
Latest Update 29/05/14

The world airshow debut of the Textron AirLand Scorpion two-seat tactical jet will be a highlight of the RIAT 2014 static display. The aircraft made its maiden flight in Wichita, Kansas, on December 13 last year and is currently engaged in a successful flight testing programme. Preparations, including some airframe modifications aimed at easing its deployment, are well under way for the Scorpion's inaugural trans-Atlantic trip.

The newly-formed Gazelle Squadron Display Team will be sending two Gazelle helicopters to RIAT 2014 for static display. They are expected to comprise a former RAF Gazelle HT3 trainer and an ex-Army Air Corps AH1 that served in the 1991 Gulf War. Based at Bourne Park in Hampshire, this civilian organisation has a total of eight such helicopters depicting the variety of roles played by the Gazelle in UK service use. It will work up a four-ship display for 2015.

A number of civilian aircraft have been confirmed as attending RIAT 2014 in the static display. On the vintage side will be Carlo Ferrari's Beech G18S from Switzerland, while, at the modern end of the spectrum, Grob will exhibit the new G120TP turboprop trainer. Meanwhile, Swiss pilot Bruno Stocker continues his lengthy support for the Air Tattoo by bringing an Extra EA400 and Socata TB20 Trinidad.

Also now on the participation list for RIAT 2014 are several civilian aircraft that will be visiting the show - for example, transporting VIPs - but which will not be part of either the static or flying displays. Numbered among these are two Piper PA-28 Warriors from the BAE Systems Flying Club, two Gulfstream G550s operated by Lockheed Martin, a Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche, a Cessna 525 CitationJet operated by HTM Jet Service, Marshall Aerospace's Piper PA-23 Aztec and Cessna 550B Citation, and a BAe 146-200 operated by BAE Systems.

Another new US military aircraft taking part in RIAT 2014 will be a Boeing P-8A Poseidon from the US Navy. A single example from test and evaluation squadron VX-1 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, will make the type's Air Tattoo debut in the static aircraft park. A number of British crew members, maintaining national maritime patrol experience since retirement of the RAF Nimrod fleet, will be among those on board for the visit.

Visitors to the Air Tattoo on Sunday are set for an extra special treat as they will have the opportunity to see close up a number of interesting aircraft on static display being manoeuvred on the Showground during the afternoon prior to departing for Farnborough. Among these aircraft will be the P-8 Poseidon and the Textron AirLand Scorpion.
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Reply #19 - Jun 13th, 2014 at 5:00pm
 
Latest Update 12/06/14

As last year, the Estonian Air Force will be providing two aircraft at RIAT 2014 - an Aero L-39C Albatros jet trainer for the flying display, and a veteran Antonov An-2 'Colt' utility biplane for the static park.

Adding further to the Army Air Corps' representation at this summer's Air Tattoo will be a Britten-Norman Defender from 651 Squadron. Stationed at Aldergrove in Belfast, the aircraft is a rarely-seen attendee at a British air display. It will be present in the static park.

The involvement of British military helicopters in RIAT 2014 is already strong, and two more have been added to the static display - a Bell Griffin HT1 from No 60(R) Squadron at RAF Shawbury, and a search and rescue Westland Sea King HAR3 of No 203(R) Squadron at RAF Valley.

The Royal Air Force Centre of Aviation Medicine (RAFCAM) has confirmed that it will send a Hawk T1 for static display as part of RIAT 2014's celebration of the jet trainer's 40th anniversary. RAFCAM has two Hawks, based at MoD Boscombe Down in Wiltshire. They are used as part of its research into the effects of fast jet flying on the human body.
Two further examples of the historic Jet Provost trainer will be joining the RIAT 2014 static park. Regular show attendee Neil McCarthy is set to bring his Newcastle-based Jet Provost T3A, serial XM479, while from North Weald will come a T3 model, formerly serialled XN637.

Against these additions, a small number of cancellations have been notified. The NATO E-3A Sentry, Royal Navy Sea King HU5 and the civilian Guimbal Cabri light helicopter are regrettably no longer able to participate in RIAT 2014.
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Reply #20 - Jun 27th, 2014 at 3:45pm
 
Latest Update 19/06/14

Returning to RIAT for what promises to be another impressive demonstration of agility from a large aircraft is the Airbus A400M Atlas. The twin-turboprop airlifter will appear in the flying display crewed by test pilots from manufacturer Airbus Defence and Space. Last year, Anglo-German crew Tony Flynn and Karl-Heinz Mai took home the Air Tattoo's Cannestra Trophy for best display by an overseas participant. Tony Flynn is scheduled to join chief test pilot Ed Strongman in making up the display crew this time around.

Making the short hop over from their base at Cotswold Airport will be two classic jets from the Midair Squadron, Canberra PR9 serial XH134 and Hunter T7 serial XL577. Both will be on static display over the Air Tattoo weekend. The Canberra, of course, made its post-restoration debut at RIAT last year.

Peter Vacher's Battle of Britain veteran Hurricane I, R4118, will grace the Air Tattoo static display this year. The aircraft, based at Peter's farm strip near Didcot, is due to be flown in by test pilot Keith Dennison.

Returning to the Air Tattoo static park this year is the Vampire Preservation Group's lovingly-restored Vampire T11, WZ507. This is the sole T11 believed to be flying today, all the other airworthy two-seat Vampires being licence-built (mainly ex-Swiss) examples. It is based at North Weald, and will further augment the small gathering of classic jets attending RIAT 2014 for static display.
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Reply #21 - Jun 27th, 2014 at 4:02pm
 
Latest Update: 26/06/14

We can now confirm that due to an overwhelming response from invited air arms and operators, our flying display on Saturday & Sunday has been extended and will now start at 9.45 and finish at 6.00pm (over 8 hours!). Our Saturday and Sunday flying display has previously been advertised as running from 10am - 5.30pm so please arrive early so as not to miss the first displays!

It will be good to welcome the Portuguese Air Force back to RIAT 2014, and once again with a rare aeroplane - a C295 from Esquadra 502 'Elefantes' at Montijo. It will be displayed in the static park.

We have had great news that the Polish Air Force is sending a second SU22 for the flying display, we have another F16 for the static display from the Royal Danish Air Force and the Swiss Air Force are sending another Super Puma for static display which joins the one we already have in the flying display. This is also the case for the J105Oe from Austrian Air Force as we add a static aircraft to the J105Oe already confirmed as flying.

The UK Met Office 'High Altitude Flight' BAe 146 from the National Centre for Atmospheric Science will be joining us again on static display following a very successful visit in 2012.
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