Qatar Makes Air Tattoo Debut
Published: 22 Jan 2015 updated: 12 Feb 2015
One of the first aircraft to have its attendance confirmed for the Royal International Air Tattoo 2015 comes from a country that has never previously contributed to the event.
The Qatar Emiri Air Force will send for the show's static display a C-130J-30 Hercules transport, one of four such aircraft delivered to the small but strategically and economically-important Arab state by manufacturer Lockheed Martin in 2011-12. Qatar thus became the first Middle Eastern customer for the C-130J model. Based in Doha, the country's capital, the C-130J-30s - this being the stretched version of the so-called Super Hercules - and a pair of Boeing C-17A Globemaster IIIs have provided Qatar with a much-improved air transport capability, for use on both military airlift and humanitarian taskings.
Qatar's participation brings to 55, the number of nations that have taken part in the Air Tattoo since the first event in 1971.
Air Tattoo Chief Executive Andy Armstrong said:
"Our thanks go to the Qatar Emiri Air Force for agreeing to participate in this year's Air Tattoo. I'm particularly pleased that new nations continue to be added to the long list of those that have supported the event over the years. We look forward to welcoming the C-130 and its crew to Fairford in July."
The Air Tattoo is staged annually in support of the RAF Charitable Trust. Tickets for the event on July 17-19 are only available in advance. Special Super Earlybird tickets priced from £26 are available until January 31 from airtattoo.com or by calling 0800 107 1940. All accompanied under-16s go free. Free parking.