Royal Jordanian Falcons
This summer will see the return of the colourful and popular Royal Jordanian Falcons to the Air Tattoo. Formed in 1976, the four-ship team - now based at the Red Sea resort of Aqaba - has been a regular supporter of the airshow for many years. Originally flying three Pitts S-2A Special biplanes, the Falcons converted to four fast and nimble Extra EA300L monoplanes in 2007. The team performs around the world, acting not only as ambassadors for Jordan but also demonstrating the country's aviation expertise. Few foreign nations have as strong historic links with the Air Tattoo as does the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. In 1982, following the death of Gp Capt Sir Douglas Bader, the role of Air Tattoo Patron passed to King Hussein of Jordan, whose affection for the RAF derived from its support of his kingdom in 1921. He also helped set up what was then known as the Royal International Air Tattoo Flying Scholarships for the Disabled (now Flying Scholarships for Disabled People). Despite King Hussein's death in 1999, his widow Queen Noor continued offering her loyal support, as did his son HRH Prince Feisal, who, as the current Patron of the charity, maintains the Air Tattoo's much-valued link with the Jordanian Royal Family.