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RARITIES JOIN AIR TATTOO LINE-UP

Aircraft fans looking for something a little out of the ordinary this summer will be delighted by news of the latest participants released by Air Tattoo organisers.

Not only will the airshow be featuring the first ever UK appearance by the Colombian Air Force, but a special atmospheric research aircraft which has never appeared at an airshow before will also be on display.

The Colombian Air Force will be sending a C-130H Hercules transport aircraft, based at Bogota and a new basic trainer called the T-90 Calima from Cali.

It is believed that the T-90 Calima's participation in July will mark its first appearance outside of Colombia.

Air Tattoo spokesman Richard Arquati said everyone was looking forward to welcoming Colombia as the 52nd nation to participate in the airshow since 1971.

He said: "It's always very exciting to see countries send aircraft for the first time and we consider it a great honour. Not only does it demonstrate the value of the Air Tattoo to many of the world's air arms in terms of defence diplomacy but it also shows that the Air Tattoo's reputation for providing a unique platform upon which nations can display their aviation excellence is truly global."

The BAe146-301 Atmospheric Research Aircraft (ARA) is part of the Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements (FAAM) and is based at Cranfield University in Bedfordshire.

The aircraft is fitted with highly sophisticated scientific measuring equipment that collects information for the UK atmospheric research community including the Meteorological Office and the Natural Environment Research Council.


March 22, 2012

Photo courtesy of FAAM.

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