Here you will find breaking news and the popular 'Traffic Light' system reflecting the status of the communications between the Air Tattoo and various military aircraft operators and their potential participation for the 2015 Air Tattoo. It works like this:
Below will be a list of all the air arms and operators that were invited to attend the 2015 Air Tattoo.
An amber light appeared alongside the country when we entered into discussions about their potential participation. When we received written confirmation from a country's air arm or civilian operator a green light appeared. When a light flashed it meant there was additional information or another confirmation from that country. Countries that declined their invitation are listed below under a red button. For further information click here
For an insight into the process of inviting aircraft to the Air Tattoo click here
The latest update on our discussions with countries and their air arms concerning aircraft participation for the 2015 Air Tattoo is shown below. For previous updates please scroll further down the page.
LATEST UPDATE: 15/07/15
- Today we received confirmation that we have a last minute addition from the Irish Air Corps who will be providing an Airbus CN235 to this year's Air Tattoo static display.
|Air Arm||Current Status|
|Belgian Air Component||Confirmed|
|Royal Canadian Air Force||Confirmed|
|Czech Republic Air Force||Confirmed|
|Royal Danish Air Force||Confirmed|
|Finnish Air Force||Confirmed|
|French Air and Space Force||Confirmed|
|German Air Force||Confirmed|
|German Army Aviation||Confirmed|
|Hellenic Air Force||Confirmed|
|Royal Jordanian Air Force||Confirmed|
|Royal Saudi Air Force||Confirmed|
|Lithuanian Air Force||Confirmed|
|Polish Air Force||Confirmed|
|Portuguese Air Force||Confirmed|
|Romanian Air Force||Confirmed|
|Slovakian Air Force||Confirmed|
|Spanish Air Force||Confirmed|
|Qatar Emiri Air Force||Confirmed|
|Swedish Air Force||Confirmed|
|Royal Netherlands Air Force||Confirmed|
|UAE Air Force and Air Defence||Confirmed|
|Royal Air Force||Confirmed|
|US Air Force||Confirmed|
|Brazilian Air Force||Ongoing|
|Hungarian Air Force||Ongoing|
|Indian Air Force||Ongoing|
|Irish Air Corps||Ongoing|
|Italian Air Force||Ongoing|
|North Atlantic Treaty Organisation||Ongoing|
|Army Air Corps||Ongoing|
|Zambian Air Force||Ongoing|
|Albanian Air Force||Invited|
|Algerian Air Force||Invited|
|Royal Australian Army||Invited|
|Royal Australian Navy||Invited|
|Azerbaijani Air Force||Invited|
|Royal Bahraini Air Force||Invited|
|Botswana Defence Force||Invited|
|Royal Brunei Air Force||Invited|
|Chadian Air Force||Invited|
|Colombian Air Force||Invited|
|Croatian Air Force||Invited|
|Ecuadorian Air Force||Invited|
|Estonian Air Force||Invited|
|Estonian Police and Border Guard||Invited|
|Finnish Army Aviation||Invited|
|French Army Air Corps||Invited|
|Ghana Air Force||Invited|
|Icelandic Coast Guard||Invited|
|Air Force of the Republic of Kazakhstan||Invited|
|Kenyan Air Force||Invited|
|Lebanese Air Force||Invited|
|Luxembourg Armed Forces||Invited|
|Ministry of Defence North Macedonia||Invited|
|Royal Malaysian Air Force||Invited|
|Armed Forces of Malta||Invited|
|Montenegrin Air Force||Invited|
|Royal Moroccan Air Force||Invited|
|Nigerian Air Force||Invited|
|Royal Norwegian Air Force||Invited|
|Royal Air Force of Oman||Invited|
|Peruvian Air Force||Invited|
|Phillippine Air Force||Invited|
|Republic of Korea Air Force||Invited|
|Republic of Korea Navy||Invited|
|Slovenian Army Aviation Command||Invited|
|South African Air Force||Invited|
|Sri Lanka Air Force||Invited|
|Tanzania Air Force Command||Invited|
|Royal Thai Air Force||Invited|
|Tunisian Air Force||Invited|
|Turkish Land Forces||Invited|
|Turkish Naval Forces||Invited|
|Turkmenistan Defence Force||Invited|
|Ukrainian Air Force||Invited|
|Uruguayan Air Force||Invited|
|Armed Forces of the Republic of Uzbekistan||Invited|
|Vietnamese Air Defence-Air Force||Invited|
|Argentine Air Force, Royal Australian Air Force, Austrian Air Force, Bangladesh Air Force, Armed Forces of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgarian Air Force, Chilean Air Force, Chilean Navy, Cyprus Air Force Command, Egyptian Air Force, German Navy, Indonesian Air Force, Iraqi Air Force, Israeli Air Force, Japan Air Self Defense Force, Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, Kuwait Air Force, Mexican Air Force, Royal New Zealand Air Force, Pakistan Air Force, Polish Armed Forces, Polish Navy, Republic of Singapore Air Force, Serbian Air Force, Swiss Air Force, Turkish Air Force, US Coast Guard, US Marine Corps|
- The Air Tattoo will witness a British airshow 'first' when the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) displays two examples of its Kawasaki P-1 four-jet maritime patrol aircraft - one in the static park and the other in the flying programme.
- Very rare visitors to the Air Tattoo static display will be a pair of Northrop SF-5Ms from Ala 23 of the Spanish Air Force at Talavera la Real, near the border with Portugal. The Air Tattoo is believed to mark the first time Spanish 'Freedom Fighters' have attended a British event.
- The US Army will be attending the Air Tattoo for the first time in several years, with two German-based helicopters on static display - an AH-64D Apache operated by 2-159th AVN (ARB) at Illesheim, and a UH-60A+ Black Hawk from C/1-214th AVN (AA) at the Grafenwöhr Training Area.
- Two examples of the Airbus A400M will be on show. One of the manufacturer's test fleet will be demonstrated spectacularly by Airbus Defence and Space test pilots in the flying display, whilst on the static display as the centrepiece of the RAF Village will see the debut appearance of an RAF A400M, provided by Nos 24 and 70 Squadrons at Brize Norton.
- Adding another aerospace manufacturer to the list of those bringing aircraft to RIAT 2015 is AgustaWestland, which will provide an AW149 helicopter for static display.
- The Gazelle Squadron from Bourne Park near Andover in Hampshire is sending two of its ex-UK military Westland Gazelle helicopters for the static park.
- Three aircraft from Belgian pilot Tony de Bruyn's stable are attending RIAT 2015 on static display. His well-known OV-10B Bronco will be joined by both the Shorts Skyvan utility transports that are regularly operated under contract to support British military parachutist training.
- The latest flying addition to the Battle of Britain 75th anniversary commemoration is Spitfire FRXVIIIe SM845, owned by Richard Lake's Spitfire Ltd operation and based at Humberside Airport.
- Tracey Curtis-Taylor is again flying her Boeing Stearman A75N1 biplane in for static display, this being the aircraft in which she flew from South Africa to the UK in 2013.
- Two of the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar's Spitfires, EE602 and TA805, will unfortunately be unable to attend RIAT for operational reasons. Additionally due to the problems experienced by the BBMF Lancaster we understand that this will no longer be attending.
- The Messerschmitt Bf 109G-4 'Red 7', operated by the Airbus Group and the Flugmuseum Messerschmitt at Manching, Bavaria, will take part in our flying commemoration of the Battle of Britain 75th anniversary. The aircraft made its UK debut at the Air Tattoo five years ago.
- Two further fighters have been added to the RIAT static display and will form part of the BAE Systems Village area. The Duxford-based Historic Aircraft Collection's Hurricane XIIa and Spitfire LFVb both wear the markings of Polish-manned RAF squadrons, the Hurricane having been repainted as a Battle of Britain mount only this year.
- The Meteor NF11 owned by Aviation Heritage and operated by the Classic Air Force at Coventry will join the RIAT 2015 static park. It will provide an historic element to the Securing the Skies line-up, being a former RAF night fighter.
- Another classic jet on static display at will be the Jet Provost T5 operated by Jet Aerobatics from East Midlands Airport.
- Two aircraft from the RAF Halton Microlight Club, an Evektor EV-97 Eurostar and an Ikarus C42B, will be on static display at RIAT 2015. The club at Halton in Buckinghamshire is part of the RAF Microlight Flying Association, which offers serving and civilian members the chance 'to take part in sports tours or expeditions to enhance and improve their flying and airmanship skills.'
- A great friend of the Air Tattoo, Swiss pilot Bruno Stocker, is this year providing his Extra EA400 and a Diamond DA42 Twin Star for the static park.
- A Cessna 208 Grand Caravan EX, which is used primarily for passenger and cargo transport, is one of four Textron Aviation aircraft being 'showcased' in the Showground at next month's Air Tattoo.
- Flair-Jet, a business aircraft management company within the well-known Marshall Group, is sending an Embraer Phenom executive jet for the static park. The firm operates both the Phenom 100 and 300 models.
- The RAF's contingent in the RIAT 2015 static park is further augmented by a Grob Vigilant T.1 motorglider and a Viking TX.1 glider, as used for the basic training of Air Cadets.
- Making its first RIAT appearance in Royal Navy service will be a Merlin HC3 or HC3A, one of the ex-RAF examples being transferred to the Commando Helicopter Force as Sea King HC4 replacements. It comes from 846 Naval Air Squadron at Yeovilton.
- As reported previously, the Czech Air Force JAS 39C Gripen solo display has had to cancel owing to operational requirements. However, we can now confirm that the air arm's Aero L-159A ALCA will take its place in the flying programme.
- The Spanish Air Force Airbus C295 twin-turboprop transport attending in support of the Aguila aerobatic team will form part of the static park.
- Two further cancellations from the participation list are the NATO E-3A Sentry and the RAF C-17A Globemaster III, both due to operational commitments.
- Two maritime aircraft being offered by Boeing will be exhibited in the RIAT 2015 static display. A US Navy P-8A Poseidon is due to make its second successive appearance, being provided by test and evaluation squadron VX-1. Meanwhile, the demonstrator of Boeing's Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA), based on the Bombardier Challenger business jet, is new to the show.
- We have received a number of enquiries regarding the F-35 Lightning II and RIAT 2015. Whilst every attempt has been made to secure the aircraft, unfortunately it will not be attending next month's Air Tattoo. We recognise that for all those involved in the project, the priority has to be the F-35 Initial Operating Capability programme.
- We are delighted to announce confirmation of USAF participation at this summer's Air Tattoo. Last week we were able to announce the first UK airshow appearance of a CV-22B Osprey from Air Force Special Operations Command's 7th Special Operations Squadron at RAF Mildenhall for static display. We can now reveal that a second will perform a role demo in the flying display.
- Joining the MC-130J Commando II, which was announced last week, on static display will be a 351st Air Refuelling Squadron KC-135R Stratotanker, two 493rd Fighter Squadron F-15C Eagles, and - making a very welcome return for the type - a pair of A-10C Thunderbolt IIs from the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron who are currently on deployment to Europe.
- This week also brings another addition from the Royal Netherlands Air Force - We can now confirm another Boeing AH-64D Apache for this year's static park.
- Some excellent news from the US Air Force, which has initially confirmed the attendance of two aircraft for static display at RIAT 2015 - a CV-22B Osprey from Air Force Special Operations Command's 7th Special Operations Squadron at RAF Mildenhall and an MC-130J Commando II version of the Hercules, operated by the 67th Special Operations Squadron.
- Bolstering the Royal Air Force's involvement in the RIAT 2015 static park will be three 'heavy' aircraft from the air mobility units stationed at RAF Brize Norton: a Voyager KC2 tanker/transport provided by the AirTanker consortium, a C-17A Globemaster III strategic airlifter from No 99 Squadron, and a Hercules C5 tactical transport from either No 24 or No 70 Squadron.
- This summer will see us welcome back the Hungarian Air Force who have agreed to send two aircraft for the static park: a JAS 39 Gripen fighter and an Antonov An-26 transport.
- Further additions to the list of civilian aircraft on static display at RIAT 2015 include a Bell 429 provided by its manufacturer Bell Helicopter, three ex-RAF Bulldog T1s operated by the Pitbull Formation, and an Ikarus C42 microlight from Airbourne Aviation at Popham in Hampshire.
- Stephen Stead is providing his Spitfire LFXVIe, TE184, for the static display as part of the Battle of Britain 75th anniversary theme. Stephen keeps the aircraft at the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar when it is in the UK, but it is an especially frequent participant at events in central and eastern Europe. The aircraft is painted in the markings of World War Two Czechoslovakian air ace Otto Smik who flew with 312 Sqn, RAF. Coincidentally, this year, the Slovak Air Force is attending with an L-39CM Albatros, which is also painted up to commemorate Otto Smik, one of their national heroes.
- Though not participating in the Air Tattoo itself, a number of aircraft touch down at RAF Fairford bring a number of VIP/guests. So far, these comprise the Piper Aztec and Cessna Citation of Marshall Aerospace, and a Cessna Citation Sovereign from Cartier Europe.
- We have been informed by the Czech Air Force that the JAS-39C Gripen due to take part in the flying display has had to be withdrawn for operational reasons and will no longer be attending the airshow.
- Adding to the contingent of Royal Navy aircraft in the RIAT 2015 static park will be a Sea King HC4 commando helicopter from 848 Naval Air Squadron at RNAS Yeovilton. This means that all three variants of the Sea King as operated by the Fleet Air Arm will appear together at the Air Tattoo for the last time, as the type is gradually being retired.
- QinetiQ is sending four aircraft from its Boscombe Down-based test and evaluation fleet, as also operated by the Empire Test Pilots' School, to the Royal International Air Tattoo 2015. A Hawk T1, an Alpha Jet A and an Agusta A109E Power helicopter will be joined by a Diamond DA42 Twin Star, the latter a relatively new addition to the QinetiQ inventory.
- Swiss aerospace firm RUAG is sending a Swiss Air Force AS332TH06 Super Puma for static display. RUAG works closely with the Swiss Air Force on engineering, upgrade programmes, system integrations and logistical management for the Super Puma fleet.
- The Army Air Corps has confirmed its contribution to RIAT 2015. In the flying display it will demonstrate a pair of Apache AH1 attack helicopters from 3 Regiment at Wattisham; a third example of that type will be on static display, along with a Defender AL1 of 651 Squadron and a rarely-seen 665 Squadron Gazelle AH1. Both of the latter will be making the trip from Aldergrove in Northern Ireland.
- Alongside the A-200 Tornado that will be flying in RIAT's 35th anniversary tribute to the Tri-National Tornado Training Establishment, the Italian Air Force has confirmed that it is sending a pair of F-2000A Typhoons and a C-27J Spartan, all for the static park.
- Several more RAF aircraft have been confirmed for RIAT 2015. The spectacular Chinook display is this year provided by an upgraded HC4 model for the first time, and is crewed by No 27 Squadron; also from the support helicopter force will come a Puma HC2 for static display. Planning to make a very pleasing return to the Air Tattoo's static park after several years' absence is a Sentry AEW1 airborne early warning and surveillance aircraft from No 8 Squadron. Three more Typhoons have been added to the static list, one each from Nos 1, 6 and XI Squadrons. Plans are for the 1(F) Squadron Typhoon to be the aircraft carrying the hornet marking as carried by the Hurricane Mk 1 P3395 'JX-B', the personal aircraft of Sergeant Pilot Arthur 'Darkie' Clowes DFM, of No 1 Squadron, during the Battle of Britain. BBMF Hurricane LF363 is painted to represent this very aircraft and will also be seen at RIAT 2015. Additionally, XI Squadron intend to bring along their 100th Anniversary schemed aircraft known as 'Dixie'.
- A very rare sight in the flying display, one not witnessed for a long time at a public event, will be that of RAF, German Air Force and Italian Air Force Tornados giving a number of formation flypasts. This will mark 35 years since the now disbanded Tri-National Tornado Training Establishment received its first aircraft at RAF Cottesmore.
- Textron Aviation has confirmed that it will bring to RIAT this year a number of interesting special mission aircraft from its extensive product range. Following its world debut at last year's Air Tattoo, the Textron AirLand Scorpion tactical jet is due to re-appear, accompanied by a Beechcraft AT-6B Texan II light attack aircraft and a Beechcraft Baron G58 intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platform.
- Grob Aircraft of Germany is sending a G120TP basic turboprop trainer for static display. This type will in future provide elementary flying training to UK military student pilots, being part of the Affinity Group's successful bid for the fixed-wing element of the Military Flight Training System (MFTS) programme.
- Since announcing last month that the Czech Air Force will be sending a JAS-39C Gripen and Mil Mi-24V/Mi-35 'Hind' for our flying display and an L-159 ALCA (Advanced Light Combat Aircraft) and a C295 transport for static, we've been informed the Czechs intend sending a second Mil Mi-24V/Mi-35 for static display.
- For the first time in 30 years, the German Army will provide an MBB Bo105 helicopter display at the Air Tattoo. The Heeresfliegerwaffenschule (School of Army Aviation) is sending examples of the de-armed Bo105P1 variant for both the flying display and static park at RIAT 2015. The last time a German Army Bo105 flew at the show in 1985, legendary display pilot Capt Karl 'Charly' Zimmermann, now retired, won the Sir Douglas Bader Trophy for best overall flying demonstration - his second such award.
- In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, in which 145 of its pilots took part, Poland is making a substantial contribution to RIAT 2015. The Polish Air Force's solo MiG-29 'Fulcrum' display will return to the flying programme, while a Su-22 'Fitter' and C295 will feature in the static park; from the Polish Navy will come a Mi-14 'Haze' and M28 Bryza, both for static display.
- Senior military leaders from both the Belgian Air Component and the German Air Force have confirmed they will be attending RIAT 2015.
- The German Navy is sending to RIAT its biggest contingent of aircraft for many years. Examples of its fixed-wing maritime aircraft, the P-3C Orion and Dornier 228, will be joined by a trio of helicopters: a Sea King, a Sea Lynx, and for the first time a civilian-registered EC135 now being used for training. All will be on static display as part of the Securing the Skies operational theme at RIAT 2015.
- Further fast jet action in the RIAT 2015 flying programme will come from the Belgian Air Component's always entertaining F-16 Fighting Falcon demo, flown this year by Cdt Tom 'Gizmo' De Moortel in his first display season. Belgium's other contributions are all in the static park - C-130H Hercules and Embraer ERJ-135 or ERJ-145 transports, plus, for the first time, an Airbus NH90 MTH utility helicopter.
- Following our initial update last week, we can confirm officially the attendance at RIAT 2015 of the French Air Force's Ramex Delta tactical demonstration team of two Mirage 2000Ns from Escadron de Chasse 2/4 'Lafayette' at Istres. This will be Ramex Delta's long-awaited debut British outing, and the first Mirage 2000 flying appearance at the show since RIAT 2010's Battle of Britain commemoration. Not since 2006 has the Air Tattoo witnessed any form of full display involving this outstanding delta-winged combat aircraft.
- We are awaiting official notification from Belgium, Poland and Germany regarding the aircraft they plan to send to RIAT 2015. As soon as we have received confirmation we will release the information.
- The French Air Force's national aerobatic team, the Patrouille de France, will be attending RIAT 2015. Its display formation of eight Alpha Jet E trainers will add further to the military display team contingent present at the show, and help salute the role played by French pilots during the Battle of Britain.
- The Slovak Air Force will attend its first Air Tattoo for three years when it provides an L-39CM Albatros jet trainer and L-410UVP-T Turbolet for the RIAT 2015 static park. The L-39 is scheduled to be the example bearing an image of Slovak-born wartime RAF fighter pilot Sqn Ldr Otto Smik DFC on its tail fin.
- The Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy has confirmed four aircraft for the RIAT 2015 static display. On the fixed-wing side will be a King Air 350ER Avenger observer trainer from 750 Naval Air Squadron; three helicopter contributions will comprise an 814 NAS Merlin, a Sea King ASaC7 airborne surveillance platform and, for the last time at the show before retirement, a search and rescue Sea King HU5 operated by 771 Naval Air Squadron. All will be part of the show's 'Securing the Skies: Past, Present and Future' theme, highlighting the Royal Navy's contribution to the security of our shores.
- The Douglas DC-3 operated by the Super Constellation Flyers Association and sponsored by chronograph company Breitling will attend RIAT 2015 as part of the static display. The 1940-built aircraft, immaculate in Breitling colours, was bought by its present owner in 2009.
- An increase in operational tempo has been cited by the Swedish Air Force after it announced it was unfortunately withdrawing its SAAB JAS-39C Gripen from the RIAT flying display and its SAAB JAS-39D Gripen from the static park.
- No 3 Squadron of the Royal Jordanian Air Force, a contributor to the show for many years, will be providing a C-130H Hercules to RIAT 2015. Part of the RJAF's Air Lift Wing and stationed at King Abdullah Air Base in the capital city Amman, No 3 Squadron operates the C295 alongside its Hercules fleet, which currently numbers seven aircraft. It is anticipated that the aircraft will, as usual, bring an impressive exhibition promoting Jordan as a tourist destination.
- We are very pleased to welcome the Czech Air Force back to the RIAT flying display for the first time in some years. It will provide typically excellent solo demonstrations of the JAS 39C Gripen and the Mil Mi-24V or Mi-35 'Hind', very appropriately given the involvement of Czechoslovak pilots in the Battle of Britain, the 75th anniversary of which we are commemorating at RIAT 2015. The 'Hind' has not been demonstrated in flight at the Air Tattoo since 2007. The Czech contingent will also include an L-159 ALCA (Advanced Light Combat Aircraft) and a C295 transport in the static park.
- The Swedish Air Force is sending a JAS 39C Gripen multi-role jet to take part in the RIAT 2015 flying programme. Visitors will be able to get a close look at the aircraft as there will also be a Swedish JAS 39C/D Gripen on static display in the Showground.
- An impressive selection of aircraft has been earmarked for RIAT 2015 by the Royal Netherlands Air Force, all helicopters provided by the Dutch Helicopter Command. A spectacularly aerobatic flying display will be given by its Apache Demo Team, flying an AH-64D from 301 Squadron of the Dutch Defence Helicopter Command at Gilze-Rijen. The heavy aircraft contingent of the static park is due to be bolstered by a C-130 Hercules airlifter and a KDC-10 tanker/transport; the Dutch air arm is also contributing a CH-47D/F Chinook heavy-lift helicopter and a Dornier Do-228, the latter used by the country's Coastguard, to the static display.
- The E-3A Component of the NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control Force (NAEW&CF) is planning to send an E-3A Sentry from its base at Geilenkirchen to take part in the RIAT 2015 static display. This is one of 17 such AWACS platforms operated by the multi-national unit, whose aircrews are provided by 15 of NATO's member states.
- Most of the warbirds taking part in our Battle of Britain commemoration have now been confirmed. Aside from the two Hurricanes and four Spitfires of the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, these will comprise the Aircraft Restoration Company's Blenheim and Buchón, three other Hurricanes (from Peter Vacher, the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar and the Hangar 11 Collection), seven further Spitfires (the two Aircraft Restoration Company-operated MkIas, the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar's MkVc and two MkIXs, the Old Flying Machine Company's MkIX and Rolls-Royce's PRXIX) and Kennet Aviation's Seafire. Watch this space for further additions, still to be finalised.
- The Slovenian Air Force is due to make its first Air Tattoo appearance for several years. It will provide two Pilatus PC-9Ms, one each for the static and flying displays, and a single L-410UVP-E Turbolet light transport for the static park.
- We've been speaking to the Joint Helicopter Command about the aircraft they plan to send to RIAT 2015 and have been told to expect news of our allocation soon.
- It's warming up on the European air arms front and we anticipate hearing positive news from a number of them over the coming weeks.
- A welcome return to the Air Tattoo this year for the Spanish Air Force's Patrulla Aguila aerobatic team of seven CASA C-101 Aviojets. 2015 marks the Aguila's 30th anniversary, the team having been formed by the Spanish Air Force Academy for an inaugural display on 4 June 1985.
- Fantastic news comes from the Finnish Air Force that it will be providing RIAT 2015 with its F/A-18C Hornet solo display. Always an extremely impressive fast jet routine, this is an item not seen at the Air Tattoo since 2009. Details of the operating unit are not yet confirmed.
- We have received confirmation that a senior representative from the Czech Air Force has accepted our invitation to attend RIAT 2015.
- A Royal Danish Air Force CL604 Challenger VIP transport and surveillance aircraft from Eskadrille 721 at Aalborg will be on static display in the Showground. The RDAF operates fourin total.
- The Royal New Zealand Air Force has said it would look at the availability of an aircraft to attend RIAT 2015 'closer to the time'.
- The US Navy has said that it is looking at the feasibility of sending naval aircraft to RIAT 2015 in light of the special relationship that exists between it and our Royal Air Force and Royal Navy.
- A very positive meeting was held at Douglas Bader House this week with the RAF Red Arrows' new team manager Sqn Ldr Cate Driscoll to open discussions regarding the aerobatic team's involvement in RIAT 2015.
- A British Airways Airbus A318, one of just two such aircraft in service with the national airline, will appear in the RIAT 2015 static park. The A318 is available at the weekend as it flies its sole BA route, an all-business class service from London City Airport to New York's JFK Airport, during the week. It is scheduled to arrive at Fairford on the Friday afternoon of RIAT and leave during Sunday, ready to resume scheduled operations the next day.
- The Qatar Emiri Air Force will make its debut at the Air Tattoo when it exhibits a C-130J-30 Hercules in the static display at RIAT 2015. Based in the country's capital Doha, this is one of four such aircraft in the air arm's inventory, the fleet having been delivered in 2011-12.
- The Swiss Air Force have confirmed they plan to send the PC-7 Aerobatic Team & the Super Puma Helicopter to attend this summer's Air Tattoo.
- The Vulcan XH558 is also confirmed to attend the Air Show this summer. The XH558 will be in the flying and static displays.
- The Italian Air Force has written to say it hoped to be able to contribute aircraft this summer. The letter said: "The Air Tattoo has become one of the most fruitful occasions to meet and discuss with other air chiefs subjects of mutual interest. Year after year, the airshow at Fairford is driven by tradition whilst looking forward to the challenges we are asked to face."
- Though the Indonesian Air Force is unable to send aircraft to RIAT 2015, it will be represented by its Chief of Staff, who did not rule out aircraft taking part in future RIATs.
- A delegation from the Georgian Armed Forces has confirmed they will be attending RIAT 2015.
- Following further discussions with British Airways, the Airbus A318 announced last week for static display is scheduled to arrive at RAF Fairford on Saturday morning and not on Friday afternoon as previously reported.
In accepting his invitation to RIAT 2015, a senior member of the Royal Danish Air Force said he would consider the possibility of sending a Danish military aircraft to RIAT 2015 in the spring, after 2015 schedules had been finalised.
As of 12 February, 14 Military Air Chiefs have already accepted their invitations to this summer's Air Tattoo. This is an unprecedented number for this time of year and reflects the increasingly important role the Air Tattoo plays in supporting international defence diplomacy.
- Though they declined our invitation to take part in RIAT 2015, Israel Air Force offered hope for next year. Their letter stated: "I understand that the Royal International Air Tattoo provides a unique opportunity for the IAF to advance dialogue and co-operation with the Royal Air Force and participating forces from across the globe. Therefore the IAF hopes to reconsider participation in 2016."
- The Slovak Air Force has written to say it would be honoured to take part in RIAT 2015. However, a decision on which type of aircraft would be sent to support the airshow has yet to be taken.
- Following on from the very welcome confirmation earlier this month that the Swiss Air Force will be sending the PC-7 Team and the Super Puma Display Team to RIAT 2015, we are working with both to ensure we are able to stage the mixed formation that proved popular at a number of events in 2014 and which will no doubt be well received at RIAT 2015.
In accepting his invitation to RIAT 2015, a senior US Air Force representative said the airshow's theme Securing The Skies - Past, Present, Future along with the opportunity to recognise several significant aviation milestones "will make RIAT 2015 a memorable event". He said they were currently reviewing their 2015 worldwide airshow support plan and would let us know the outcome in March.
- A team from the Air Tattoo attended this week's British Air Display Association (BADA) and MAA (Military Aviation Authority) pre-season airshow symposium at the Defence Academy, Shrivenham.
RIAT 2015 will see the first ever participation in a British flying display by the Hellenic Air Force, when its F-16 demo team 'Zeus' makes its UK debut. Formed in 2009-10, the Greek air arm's solo Fighting Falcon display is unique in using the Block 52+ variant of the F-16C, equipped with the distinctive conformal fuel tanks. Aircraft and pilot are provided by 115 Combat Wing at Souda.
RIAT 2015 is delighted to welcome back the Royal Jordanian Falcons, the national aerobatic team of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, with its four Extra EA300L high-performance aerobatic aircraft. The team has appeared regularly at the Air Tattoo since 1979, when it first attended with a pair of Pitts Specials. Their continued and welcome participation perpetuates the long-lasting link between Jordan and the Air Tattoo, which also continues today through HRH Prince Faisal bin Al Hussein who is Patron of the Air Tattoo's Flying Scholarships for Disabled People charity.
The Tunisian Air Force has confirmed that they have accepted our invitation to attend and will be sending a senior military delegation to this summer's Air Tattoo.
- Once again performing its important support role over the airshow, G-RAVN, the Robinson R44 helicopter flown by RAF Charitable Trust Enterprises' Chairman (and RAF Charitable Trust Trustee) Alan Smith, will once again touch down at RAF Fairford in the summer.
- A team from the Air Tattoo will be attending the European Airshow Council convention (EAC) which takes place in Antwerp on March 13-14.
The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) has confirmed that it intends to send six fighters (two Hurricanes and four Spitfires) to take part in the Air Tattoo's official commemorations marking the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain which will include a special Battle of Britain massed flypast on all three airshow days.
A senior military representative from the US HQ Marine Corps has indicated his intention to join us a this summer's Air Tattoo.
Whilst we are aware The Ramex Delta Tactical Display team and a number of other teams have announced on social media that they will be attending the Air Tattoo this summer, we await official confirmation.
The Royal Air Force has confirmed much of its participation in RIAT 2015. For the flying display are scheduled the the Red Arrows, the new two-ship Hawk T2 role demo making its public airshow debut, the solo Typhoon FGR4, the 'synchro pair' routine involving a Typhoon and a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire being staged as part of the Battle of Britain 75th anniversary commemorations, and the BBMF's Lancaster, this in addition to the flight's six fighters already confirmed. A number of RAF types are joining the static display, among them a Sea King in its final full year of service, and a No XV(R) Squadron Tornado GR4 in that unit's centenary year. For the full list, see the 'Confirmed Aircraft' page. Other RAF involvement is still in discussion.