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SCOTTISH AIRSHOW PERFORMED 'VITAL' ROLE

Hot on the heels of helping organise the world's largest military airshow at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, a team from the Royal International Air Tattoo headed up to Scotland to help stage its national airshow.

The team from Air Tattoo Event Services (ATES), the air display arm of the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Enterprises, worked closely with the National Museums Scotland to provide the flying element of Scotland's National Airshow 2012 at East Fortune. ATES, led by Air Events Executive and Flying Display Director Norman Webster co-ordinated the provision of aircraft displays, a flying control committee, air-to-ground radio service and display commentator.

The RAF Red Arrows headed up a four-hour flying programme which, this year, featured a bumper selection of UK military aircraft. The Royal Air Force was represented in the air by a Hawk, and Tucano both sporting special Diamond Jubilee colour schemes and an RAF King Air multi-engined training aircraft.

The Senior Service was well represented with a Search and rescue Sea King helicopter from HMS Gannet, Prestwick, Ayrshire and a notable appearance by the Royal Navy Historic Flight Sea Fury and Swordfish, the latter performing a memorable formation flypast with the Sea King.

In addition to the military hardware on display, there were a range of civilian acts to be seen with the Great War Display Team staging a four-aircraft 'dog-fight' and a Hughes OH-6 'Cayuse' helicopter making a rare flying display appearance.

Civilian display teams were well represented by the SWIP Team with a pair of SA1100 Silence Twisters and the RV8tors with a pair of VANS RV8 aircraft.

Local aviation was to the fore with Gavin Hunter flying a polished display in his Spanish-produced Bucker Jungmann and Jim McTaggart following closely behind in his Stolp Starduster, both flying from the nearby strip at Archerfield.

ATES Display Director Norman Webster said: "Once again, the Scottish audience showed themselves to be enthusiastic and vocal supporters of all things aviation, and the gasps of excitement and spontaneous applause made for a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon.

"Special mention should also go to Scott McClaren and his team at Signature Flight Support at Edinburgh Airport for their help and support on what was, for them, an extremely busy weekend."

National Museums Scotland general manager, Grant MacKenzie said Air Tattoo Event Services had brought together a very strong flying display which delighted the 11,500-strong crowd.

He said: "The airshow at East Fortune is our biggest event and a vital ingredient in helping raise our profile. It'd become an important and popular feature on Scotland's event calendar.

"Not only does it benefit National Museums Scotland but it also provides an important platform on which the Royal Air Force can demonstrate its capabilities north of the border."

Air Tattoo Event Services was set up in 2010 to provide bespoke air display packages to the organisers of private, corporate or large public events such as outdoor concerts, conferences, gala dinners or staff family days.

For further information, please contact Tom Gibbons or Norman Webster on 01285 713300 ext. 5444 or by email at moc/etcfar//secivrestneve


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