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Robinson R44

A regular visitor to the Air Tattoo is G-RAVN, a Robinson R44 light helicopter owned by Alan Smith.

Alan is Chairman of the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Enterprises and a Trustee of the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust.

He first attended the Air Tattoo in the 1970s as marketing manager for Allied Breweries enjoying the event so much he became a volunteer.

Flying out of Wellesbourne airfield in Warwickshire, Alan's helicopter is often used as a platform to provide aerial photographs during the Air Tattoo's flying display.

In 2007, Alan took centre stage flying with Sir David Jason to the Air Tattoo's media launch in a helicopter specially painted in the style of the Trotters' famous three-wheeler.

His current non-executive roles include being a Non Executive Director of FLYBE and NAAFI.

“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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