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Turkish Air Force F-4E-2020

Turkey is one of the last bastions of the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom and two of them will be gracing the static display of this year's Air Tattoo. Turkey, along with Greece, are the last operators in Europe of this large twin-engined fighter jet which was developed as a carrier-borne fighter for the US Navy. According to Flight International, Turkey operates 49 of the 'E' variant, having withdrawn from service its RF-4E tactical reconnaissance in 2015. The F-4E-2020 are upgraded models, with improvements made by Israel Aerospace Industries. The aircraft provided for RIAT 2019 are from 111 Filo based at Eskişehir.

Photo Kev Daws

“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, Former Formula 1 Racing Driver

“Probably the most complete air show I’ve ever been to!”

Al Worden, Apollo 15 Astronaut

“This is THE best airshow!”

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut

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