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Aircraft In The Spotlight

Find out about all the aircraft that are confirmed to attend this year's Air Tattoo.

German Orion

Joining us from the German Navy (Marineflieger) will be their primary martime patrol aircraft, the P-3C Orion. Based at Nordholz Airbase, the Orion has been in service with the Marineflieger since... More »

German Sea Lynx

Flown in the Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) role when operating from one German Navy's Frigates, a single German Navy Mk88A Sea Lynx will join us this year at the Air Tattoo. A... More »

Royal Navy Wildcat

The Wildcat might look like its predecessor - and possess many of its characteristics of the Lynx, but it is very much a new more capable helicopter. The main visual difference... More »

Royal Navy Merlin

The Royal Navy was the first of the UK's armed services to induct into service the multi-purpose Merlin helicopter, this being the British military designation of what was the EH Industries... More »

Royal Navy Avenger

The Avenger, based on the Beech King Air 350ER twin-turboprop, has been operated by 750 Naval Air Squadron at Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose in Cornwall since 2012, the fleet being... More »

Royal Jordanian Falcons

This year the Royal Jordanian Falcons will once again attend the Air Tattoo. Formed in 1976 and based at Amman International Airport, the four-ship team has been a regular and popular... More »

Bristow AW189

Joining the celebration of the 200th anniversary of Her Majesties Coastguard will be a Leonardo AW189 operated on their behalf by Bristow Helicopters. Since 2017 this Search and Rescue (SAR) configured... More »

Bristow S-92

Joining the celebration of the 200th anniversary of Her Majesties Coastguard, will be a Sikorsky S92 operated on their behalf by Bristow Helicopters. In service since 2014 this Search and Rescue... More »

O-1 Bird Dog

Joining our static display celebration of the 75th anniversary of the United States Air Force is an O-1 Bird Dog. Developed from the Cessna 170 in 1949 and entering service in... More »

O-2 Skymaster

Appearing alongside the O-1 Bird Dog which this aircraft replaced in the USAF service as part of our 75th anniversary static display will be this Cessna O-2 Skymaster. Entering service in... More »

HELLENIC F-16C FIGHTING FALCON

Greece placed its first order for the Fighting Falcon in 1985, when it acquired Block 30 single-seat F-16C and two-seat F-16D models. Deliveries commenced during 1989 alongside the Mirage 2000 representing... More »

HAW GLOBEMASTER

A fleet of three C-17 Globemaster transporters are operated from Papa Air Base in Hungary, by the Heavy Airlift Wing (HAW). The HAW is part of the Strategic Airlift Capability (SAC)... More »

PORTUGUESE EPSILON

Ordered by the Portuguese Air Force in 1987 the Socata TB30 Epsilon serves as one of the air arms trainer aircraft operated from Beja Air Base by Esquadra 101. The Epsilon... More »

MARTIN-BAKER METEOR

The oldest airworthy British jet - the Gloster Meteor - will be on static display at this summer's Air Tattoo. The aircraft, produced by the Gloster Aircraft Company, featured Sir Frank... More »

CL-13 SABRE

The North American F-86 Sabre was the first swept-wing jet fighter operated by the USAF and became legendary for its pilots exploits during the Korean war achieving a kill ratio against... More »

CZECH HIND

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CZECH HIP

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CZECH SOKOL

In a UK debut, this year's Air Tattoo will be treated a very rare solo display by the W-3 Sokół of the Czech Air Force. The Czech Air Force operate a... More »

ESTONIAN M28

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SPITFIRE XVIE

Originally built at Castle Bromwich in 1945, Spitfire LF Mk.XVIE 'RW832' never saw combat and spent most of its military career as a gate guard before being sold in 1988. RW832... More »

PIAGGIO P.166C

The Piaggio P166 is an unusual-looking twin-engined light transport, with a distinctive gull-wing, 'pusher'-engine configuration. Both military and civil versions were produced, and the type continues to serve with various branches... More »

DRAGON RAPIDE

The de Havilland Dragon Rapide was a 1930s British short haul passenger biplane airliner. During World War II, many of the aircraft were used by the British Armed Forces for passenger... More »

TRAGO MILLS SAH-1

This light aerobatic trainer was originally designed by Sydney Arthur Holloway as a potential replacement aircraft for the Scottish Aviation Bulldog in RAF service, eventually losing to the Slingsby T67M Firefly.... More »

FINNISH NH90

The NH90 was formerly a product of the NHIndustries conglomerate, which is now part of Airbus Helicopters. This multi-role machine is available in two main versions, the TTH (Tactical Transport Helicopter)... More »

LITHUANIAN DAUPHIN

Making its debut on static display at RIAT 2022 will be a Lithuanian Air Force AS365 N3+ Dauphin Search and Rescue (SAR) helicopter. The AS365 is a twin engine medium weight... More »

LITHUANIAN LET-410

The L-410 Turbolet, built by Czechoslovak manufacturer Let first flew in 1969. It is a twin-turboprop light transport and the majority of the 1,100 examples produced were sold to Eastern Bloc... More »

GRASSHOPPER

The L-4H Grasshopper was the World War Two US military version of the Piper Cub. The type was extensively used for battlefield reconnaissance and acted as a spotter plane for artillery... More »

FIREFLY

Replacing the Bulldog in RAF service as their basic trainer between 1995 and 2010, the Yorkshire built Slingsby T-67 Firefly quickly found success world wide in the role. The largest operator... More »

SUPER CUB

The Piper PA-18 Super Cub is a direct development of the PA-11 Cub building on an already successful design by adding an electrical system plus a significantly more powerful engine. Due... More »

FSDP CHEROKEE

The Piper PA-28 Cherokee family of light aircraft is designed for flight training, air taxi, and personal use. The type has proved very popular around the world with over 32,000 having... More »

AUSTER AOP6

The Taylorcraft Auster was a British military liaison and observation aircraft produced by the Taylorcraft Aeroplane Company during the Second World War. The Auster saw service with the RAF and other... More »

AUSTER AOP9

The Taylorcraft Auster was a British military liaison and observation aircraft produced by the Taylorcraft Aeroplane Company during the Second World War. The Auster saw service with the RAF and other... More »

BULLDOG MK.124

The well-respected Bulldog once offered the first taste of 'hands on' flying for many Royal Air Force pilots. Purchased by the RAF in 1972, they served as the basic flying trainer... More »

AIRBORNE AVIATION

The Ikarus C42 is a German-designed microlight typical of the modern breed of aircraft in this class. It is a lightweight two-seater with side-by-side seating, powered by a lightweight Rotax engine... More »

REIMS-CESSNA FR172H

Reims Aviation produced licensed versions of Cessna designs from 1962 until 2014 when the company entered receivership. The aircraft on static display this year at the Air Tattoo is an FR172... More »

AG-5B TIGER

Developed from the American Aviation AA-1 Yankee Clipper, the AG-5B Tiger is a 4-seat lightweight high speed aircraft used for general aviation and training. The Tiger is a development of the... More »

HUNGARIAN GRIPEN

Hungary became an operator of the highly successful Saab Gripen in 2006, when it took on charge the first of 14 examples. Currently operated under a leasing arrangement with the Swedish... More »

HUNGARIAN HIND

Making a welcome return to the flying and static display at this year's Air Tattoo is the Hungarian Air Force with their Mi-24P Hind. This large helicopter once formed the backbone... More »

BRAZILIAN KC-390

The KC-390 Millennium has previously appeared at RIAT in 2018 when its manufacturer provided an example for static display. This year, the Brazilian Air Force will provide an in-service example for... More »

RAF JUNO

The Juno is one of two new UK Military Flying Training System helicopters, provided by Airbus Helicopters. The H135M is the enhanced military version of Airbus Helicopters' 3-ton-class EC135 twin-engine rotorcraft... More »

RAF JUPITER

The Airbus Helicopters H145M is an economical and versatile military helicopter covering the entire spectrum of military missions, from light utility to light attack. The H145M delivers reliability and low operating... More »

PILATUS PC-7 MKX

Joining the Air Tattoo this year on static display will be the demonstrator for the Pilatus PC-7 MKX. Unveiled to the world at the Dubai Airshow in November 2021, the MKX... More »

PILATUS PC-24

Joining our static display this year will be the Pilatus PC-24. The PC-24 is the first jet aircraft to be developed by Swiss aircraft manufacturer. Pilatus set out to create an... More »

GERMAN A340

Despite first flying in 1991, this year's static appearance by an Airbus A340 of the Executive Transport Wing of the German Air Force is an Air Tattoo debut for the type.... More »

GERMAN A400M

The Luftwaffe followed the French Air Force, Turkish Air Force, Royal Malaysian Air Force and Royal Air Force in inducting the Airbus A400M four-turboprop transport into operational service. Its first A400M... More »

GERMAN EF2000

Germany operates the second largest number of Eurofighters after the UK. It still refers to the type simply as the Eurofighter, or EF2000, rather than the Typhoon. Four of the air... More »

GERMAN TORNADO

Even with the Eurofighter's arrival, the Panavia Tornado remains very much key to the Luftwaffe's front-line capabilities. Just two operational wings still fly the type, these having been re-organised as Taktischen... More »

GERMAN CH-53

The Vietnam-era CH-53 Sea Stallion was originally developed as a heavy lift transport helicopter for the United States Marine Corps. Following a competition between the CH-53 and CH-47 Chinook, the CH-53... More »

GERMAN H145M

Making an operator debut on static display this year will be the Airbus Helicopters H145M of the German Air Force. A militarised development of the Eurocopter EC145/Airbus H145, this Light Utility... More »

ROMANIAN AN-30

Making a very welcome appearance on static display at RIAT 2022 will be an Antonov An-30 from the Romanian Air Force. Designated as the Clank by NATO, the An-30 was developed... More »

HISTORIC HELICOPTERS WESSEX

Making it's RIAT debut at this year's event is Westland Wessex HU.5 XT761. The Westland Wessex had a distinguished career with both the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force seeing extensive... More »

HISTORIC HELICOPTERS SEA KING

Initially designed to hunt submarines, the Sea King rapidly found itself being utilised for a variety of roles including airborne early warning on-board the Royal Navy's aircraft carriers. A licence-built version... More »

FRENCH MUSTANG X-RAY

One of the many planned debutants at RIAT 2022 will be the Pilatus PC-21 pairs demonstration from the Armée de l'Air et de l'Espace (French Air and Space Force). This will... More »

RAF PREFECT

Under the new UK MFTS construct, the Grob 120TP Prefect has replaced the Tutor T1 in the elementary flying training Role with 57(R) Sqn at RAF College Cranwell. Nominally based... More »

RAF PHENOM

The Embraer Phenom 100, known as the Phenom T1 in RAF service has taken over the multi-engine aircrew training duties from the King Air B200 and B200GT under the MFTS. With... More »

RAF HAWK

The BAE Systems Hawk T2 is a two-seat advanced jet training aircraft with mission avionics that are representative of front-line types. It is used to train pilots for the RAF's Tornado... More »

RAF TEXAN

The Beechcraft Texan T1 has replaced the Tucano in the basic fast jet training role. Students will progress onto the aircraft from the Prefect and move forwards to the Hawk T2.... More »

RAF TUTOR

The Grob Tutor entered service with the Royal Air Force in 1999, replacing the Bulldog T.1. The aircraft is used to provide various degrees of flying training and air experience flights... More »

RAF VIKING

This is the aircraft in which Air Cadets get airborne for the first time. The Viking T1 glider is the RAF variant of the Grob G103A Twin II Acro, one of... More »

OMANI C-295MPA

Making their first visit to this year's Air Tattoo will be 2 Squadron of the Royal Air Force of Oman with their Airbus C-295MPA Persuader maritime patrol aircraft. Developed from the... More »

P-51D MUSTANG

Joining our USAF 75th anniversary static display this year will be P-51D Mustang 'Frances Dell'. At the time of writing, this Germany based Mustang will be making its UK debut at... More »

HAWKER HUNTER T72

Hawker Hunter Aviation Ltd owns a fleet of Hunters, based at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire. The company operates the aircraft to provide threat simulation and trials support to the Ministry of... More »

USAF STRIKE EAGLE

The McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) F-15E Strike Eagle is among the world's great combat aircraft. An all-weather, by day or night-capable multirole strike fighter, it made its combat debut during Operation... More »

EMBRAER SUPER TUCANO

The Super Tucano is making its second appearance at RIAT. Developed from the original Tucano, RAF licence-built examples of which are on display this weekend, the Super Tucano represents the next... More »

USAF LIGHTNING II

Rapidly becoming the backbone of NATO combat airpower, the F-35A Lightning II has been acquired by a number of nations to replace their cold-war era third generation combat aircraft such as... More »

IRISH SILVER SWALLOWS

It has been 25 years since the Silver Swallows last displayed at the Royal International Air Tattoo when they appeared to mark the 75th anniversary of the Irish Air Corps. Previously... More »

POLISH BRYZA

Soviet (now Ukrainian) manufacturer Antonov flew its An-28 twin-turboprop utility aircraft in 1969. Since 1978, the high-winged design has been produced exclusively by PZL-Mielec in Poland, and further development since the... More »

ROKAF BLACK EAGLES

We are very proud and lucky to confirm the return of the Republic of Korea Air Force display team, the Black Eagles, to RAF Fairford for RIAT 2022. It has been... More »

FRECCE TRICOLORI

Known as the world's largest military aerobatic team, Frecce Tricolori can boast a display of 10 MB339 PAN (now designated AT-339A) jet trainers. The team was formally established in 1961 on... More »

ITALIAN SPARTAN

Not surprisingly, given the fact of its being a product of Italian firm Leonardo, the Italian Air Force was the first country to begin operating the twin-turboprop C-27J medium transport, doing... More »

ITALIAN T-346

Joining the Italian Typhoon, Spartan and Frecce Tricolori in the Air Tattoo's flying display this summer will be a Leonardo T-346A Master jet trainer, a second example will also appear on... More »

ITALIAN EUROFIGHTER

The Eurofighter 2000 prototype first took to the air over two decades ago. Now known by most of its operators as the Typhoon, this formidable multi-role combat aircraft has since become... More »

ITALIAN AVANTI

The Italian designed and built Piaggio P.180 Avanti is an unusual executive transport configured with a pair of pusher propellers resulting in less drag and better fuel efficiency, making it 100... More »

ITALIAN AMX

Italian manufacturers Aeritalia and Aermacchi, and Brazilian firm Embraer, teamed up to form the AMX International consortium that produced the AMX attack aircraft. It first flew in 1984 and entered service... More »

ITALIAN MB-339

Developed to replace the MB-326 is Italian Air Force, the MB-339 has found worldwide success as an advanced jet trainer, light attack aircraft and as an aerobatic aircraft. The MB-339 is... More »

USAF STRATOTANKER

The Boeing C-135 family, developed from the 367-80 commercial jet testbed that also spawned the Boeing 707 line, has served the US Air Force outstandingly well since 1957. The USAF received... More »

USAF OSPREY

The tilt-rotor Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey combines the versatility of a helicopter with the performance of a fixed-wing turboprop aircraft. Having made a vertical or short take-off, the wingtip-mounted nacelles containing... More »

USAF COMMANDO II

The MC-130J Commando II is one of several special missions variants of the faster and longer-ranged C-130J model currently in production. It has replaced the older MC-130E, MC-130H and MC-130P in... More »

RAFMFA IKARUS

The Ikarus C42 is a German-designed microlight typical of the modern breed of aircraft in this class. It is a lightweight two-seater with side-by-side seating, powered by a Rotax engine of... More »

RAFMFA EUROSTAR

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RAFCT TECNAM

The P2008 is a single engine, two-seat aircraft built by Italian manufacturer Tecnam. It is a modern design, utilising composite components and is aimed at the US light aircraft market. ... More »

HAC CESSNA

The Reims-Cessna 152 is one of the most widely recognised general aviation aircraft, sharing similar characteristics to its larger stablemate and most produced aircraft, the Cessna 172. Over 7,500 Cessna 152s... More »

HAC TECNAM

The P2002 is a successful two seat, low wing training and touring aircraft built by Tecnam. The JF variant is the standard model, also available with hand controls for disabled pilots.... More »

RAF Typhoon

Flight Lieutenant Adam O'Hare, from 29(R) Sqn based at RAF Coningsby, will demonstrate the multirole capability of one of the world's most advanced fast jets at this summer's Air Tattoo. Displaying... More »

RAF Hurricane

The Hawker Hurricane is one of the classic fighters of all time, designed and built for war. It was at the forefront of Britain's defence in 1940 and it played a... More »

RAF Lancaster

The Avro Lancaster is the most famous and successful RAF heavy bomber of WW2. The first production Lancaster flew on October 31, 1941, with No. 44 Squadron at Waddington being the... More »

RAF Red Arrows

Comprising nine BAE Systems Hawk T1/T1A jets, the Red Arrows form one of the world's premier aerobatic display teams, performing exciting manoeuvres and breath-taking flying formations to spectators around the globe.... More »

RAF Spitfire

Produced in greater numbers than any other British combat aircraft before or since the War, 20,341 Spitfires were built in 22 different variants (excluding the navalised Seafire) and the aircraft remained... More »

Austrian EF2000

Making a RIAT debut this year will be the Austrian Air Force with their Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) role demonstration. In an exciting display sequence, a pair of Eurofighters will scramble... More »

Austrian Hercules

Making a RIAT debut this year will be the Austrian Air Force with their Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) role demonstration. In an exciting display sequence, this C-130K Hercules will simulate an... More »

Swedish Gripen

The JAS 39 Gripen multi-role fighter is the latest in a long line of outstanding jet combat aircraft produced by Swedish manufacturer Saab. However, it differs from its stablemates in having... More »

Swedish SK.60

One of the many special and rare participants at this year's Air Tattoo will be the SAAB 105, known as the Sk.60 in the Swedish Air Force which has been serving... More »

Slovak Spartan

In 2014 Slovakia ordered two examples of the Italian built C-27J Spartan from Alenia Aermacchi (now Leonardo). The tactical transport aircraft is in service with a number of nations and has... More »

Belgian Fighting Falcon

The Belgian Air Force, known as the Belgian Air Component (BAC), are a great supporter of the Air Tattoo and it will be well represented once again this year in both the flying... More »

Jordanian Hercules

The Royal Jordanian Air Force C-130H is a familiar sight at Air Tattoo static line ups. Stationed at King Abdullah Air Base in the capital Amman, the aircraft belonging to No. 3 Squadron... More »

Slovenian LET 410

The L-410 Turbolet, built by Czechoslovak manufacturer Let, first flew in 1969. It is a twin-turboprop light transport, and over 1,100 examples have been produced, the majority of sales having been to Eastern... More »

Slovenian PC-9M

Eleven Pilatus PC-9s of a dozen originally delivered in two batches equip the Slovenian Air Force, all stationed at Cerklje ob Krki in the south-east of the Balkan country. Of these, nine are upgraded... More »

Spanish Hornet

An original 72 examples of the then McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet were purchased by the Spanish Air Force, deliveries of the EF-18 (E for 'Espańa') commencing in late 1985. These have since been augmented... More »

German NH90

The NH90 was formerly a product of the NHIndustries conglomerate, which is now part of Airbus Helicopters. This multi-role machine is available in two main versions, the TTH (Tactical Transport Helicopter)... More »

2Excel Boeing 727

Completing our trio of static aircraft from 2Excel Aviation this year is one of their pair of Boeing 727-2S2F (RE) which they operate on behalf of Oil Spill Response Limited. Whilst more famous... More »

2Excel King Air

Joining the celebration of the 200th anniversary of Her Majesty's Coastguard - part of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency - in the static display this year will be a specialised Beechcraft Super King... More »

2Excel Navajo

Joining the celebration of the 200th anniversary of Her Majesty's Coastguard - part of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency - in the static display this year will be a specialist Piper PA-31 Panther... More »

Finnish Hawk

The Finnish Air Force were one of the first export customers for the BAe Hawk and have operated this British developed and built advanced jet trainer since 1980 as the Hawk... More »

Swiss Hornet

Making a welcome return to the Air Tattoo this year is the Swiss Air Force with their F/A-18C Hornet solo display which will be flown by Captain Yannick Zanata aka 'Fönsi'... More »

Swiss PC-7 Team

The PC-7 Team is one of the Swiss Air Force's two aerobatic teams, the other being the Patrouille Suisse with its F-5E Tiger IIs. It flies, as its name suggests, the... More »

Nova Gazelle

Joining the static display at this year's air tattoo will be Westland Gazelle HT.3 ZB625/G-TSTR. The Aerospatiale/Westland Gazelle light helicopter has served with air forces and armies around the world in... More »

Baby Blue Display Team

Making their RIAT debut this year will be the Royal Danish Air Force display team, Baby Blue. The team are known all over Europe for flying a four-ship of the SAAB T-17 Supporter basic... More »

B-17G Flying Fortress

Joining the static display this year as part of our USAF 75th anniversary celebrations will be the only airworthy example of the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress in Europe, B-17G 'Sally B'. Over 12,700 B-17s... More »

P-47D Thunderbolt

Joining the static display this year as part of our USAF 75th anniversary celebrations will be the only airworthy example of the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt in Europe, P-47D 'Nellie'. Over 15,600 P-47s were produced... More »

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