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French Rafale C

An aircraft that swept all before it to scoop The Paul Bowen Trophy for the best solo jet display at last year's Royal International Air Tattoo will be returning in July to defend its 'crown'.

At the controls of the French Air Force's delta-winged multi-role Rafale jet fighter will once again be Capt Michael 'Mikael' Brocard. The Rafale 'C' will come from Escadrille de Chasse 01.007, 'Provence, based at St Dizier/Robinson.

Designed and built by France's Dassault Aviation, the Rafale's appearance at the Air Tattoo last year demonstrated its awesome power and agility. This impressive aircraft is capable of carrying out a very wide range of missions including air defence, reconnaissance, air-to-ground precision strikes and nuclear strikes.

On receiving the trophy in 2011, Capt Brocard said: "This is my first time at the Air Tattoo and my first display outside France this year, so to receive this award is fantastic. I hope I can return next year."

Indeed, the Air Tattoo looks forward to welcoming him back in July.

“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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