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'Zeus' Touches Down For Air Tattoo

Published: 15 Jul 2015

Simply divine! The Hellenic Air Force's F-16 demo team, flying an aircraft named after the father of the Olympian gods, has touched down at RAF Fairford. 

The Zeus solo jet display, emblazoned with a tail-fin design of the Greek god complete with lightning bolts, is set to provide one of the highlights of the flying display at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) from Friday to Sunday (July 17 to 19). The aircraft will be making its RIAT role demo debut, with Captain Sotirios Stralis putting the F-16 through its paces. 

The aircraft features extra fuel tanks above the wings which give it a unique and distinctive shape.

The display is being provided by 115 Combat Wing based at Souda Bay on Crete. The Wing has two squadrons of Block 52+ F-16s, some of the most advanced multi-role fighters within NATO, under its command.

Air Tattoo Chief Executive Andy Armstrong said: "We are honoured to be able to present Zeus to a British audience for the first time. The F-16 has always been an outstanding display aircraft, and I am sure Capt Sotirios will demonstrate its attributes to the full at RIAT 2015. Our thanks go to the Hellenic Air Force for agreeing to participate."

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