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RAF Sends Heavies to Air Tattoo

Published: 29 May 2015

Despite very significant operational commitments, the Royal Air Force's air mobility fleet is providing three 'heavy' aircraft for the Air Tattoo 2015 static display.

Air transport and air-to-air refuelling aircraft play, of course, a crucial role in military operations, helping support those on the front line. Given that the Air Tattoo's 2015 operational theme is 'Securing the Skies', the presence of these aircraft - a new Airbus Voyager KC2 tanker/transport operated by the AirTanker consortium, a Boeing C-17A Globemaster III strategic airlifter and a Lockheed Martin Hercules C5 tactical transport - is very appropriate. All are stationed not far from the Air Tattoo venue at RAF Fairford, at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, now the UK's main 'hub' for air mobility operations and a very busy base indeed.

With the high tempo of operations experienced by Britain's armed forces in recent years, the RAF's tankers and transports have been in great demand to support military commitments around the world. Only recently, a C-17 assisted in aid efforts following the earthquake in Nepal, and the Voyager fleet has been heavily engaged in maintaining the 'air bridge' arrangements between the UK and the Falkland Islands and Afghanistan. Therefore, commented Air Tattoo Chief Executive Andy Armstrong, "we are delighted that crews from Brize Norton are able to spare time in their busy schedules to attend RIAT 2015." 

Visitors will also be able to find out more about the RAF in the RAF Village, where you can experience first-hand what happens when the RAF responds to a humanitarian crisis. From pilot to chef, you'll discover the vital role each unit plays to fulfill the mission. A wide variety of units will be represented there, including the Red Arrows and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

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