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United States Add More Weight to Air Tattoo

Published: 25 May 2017


The United States military has confirmed further support for the Royal International Air Tattoo this July with the addition of more aircraft.

Both the flying and static displays will feature a CV-22B Osprey, a unique tiltrotor machine capable of flying like both a helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft. It has seen successful use as a Special Forces transport thanks to its unrivalled abilities. The impressive speed and manoeuvrability will be on show at RAF Fairford on 14-16 July. 

Two F-16C fighter jets will join the static display from Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany. The F-16 is one of the most numerous fighters in the world, with the USAF having taken delivery of over 2,200 of the type since its introduction to service in 1978. 

Two larger UASF aircraft will also feature in the static display. From RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk, the MC-130J Commando II tactical transport and tanker aircraft, used to support Special Operations alongside the 'Osprey'.  Flying in from further afield will be a C-17A Globemaster, a massive transporter with tactical capabilities including the ability to land on sand and gravel. This aircraft will be joining the Air Tattoo 2017 from Charleston, South Carolina. 

Finally, the United States Navy will be showcasing the world's most capable maritime patrol aircraft, the Boeing P-8A Poseidon, on the ground at Fairford. The aircraft is on order for the Royal Air Force, who will take delivery of their first example from 2019, based at RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland. 

“It was an epic spectacle, as magical as anything you've ever seen in the West End, and as loud as anything you've ever heard at Knebworth.”

Jeremy Clarkson, Television Presenter

“All the thrills, excitement and noise of a Grand Prix, but in the air!”

Jenson Button, Formula 1 Racing Driver

“This is the best airshow!”

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut

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