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Aircraft in the Spotlight

Click on the links below to find out more about the specific aircraft types that were confirmed for the 2016 Air Tattoo, as well as the operator or nation, air arm, and squadron that they came from.  

Airbus A400M

After a lengthy gestation period, the first prototype A400M took to the air on 11 December 2009, heralding the start of a flight test programme that has now progressed to the... More »

Australian Air Force Airbus KC-30A

The KC-30A is the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) designation for the Airbus Defence and Space A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT). The aircraft is a military conversion of the A330 airliner,... More »

BAE Systems Typhoon

The UK Typhoon BT17 will take to the skies above Fairford on all three show days, with BAE Systems Experimental Test Pilot, Nat Makepeace, at the controls. The display will demonstrate... More »

Beechcraft King Air 350 SM

Developed as a successor to the King Air 200 multi-purpose twin-turboprop, the King Air 300 series was significantly re-designed with a lengthened fuselage and more powerful engines amongst other alterations. A... More »

Belgian Air Component C-130H Hercules

Lockheed's venerable C-130 Hercules, the prototype of which made its maiden flight in 1954, has attracted many customers amongst European NATO air arms. One of them is Belgium, which acquired a... More »

Belgian Air Component F-16AM Fighting Falcon

Today's Belgian Air Component operates a rather smaller force of F-16 Fighting Falcons than did the former Belgian Air Force, but these are now true multi-role aircraft as opposed to pure... More »

Belgian Air Component F-16A MLU Fighting Falcon

Today's Belgian Air Component operates a rather smaller force of F-16 Fighting Falcons than did the former Belgian Air Force, but these are now true multi-role aircraft as opposed to pure... More »

Belgian Air Component L-21B Super Cub

The Piper Cub is one of the most outstanding light aircraft in aviation history, having fulfilled a huge range of tasks. Apart from being a tremendously popular type on the private... More »

Breitling Extra 300SC

Flown by French aerobatic pilot Aude Lemordant, this high performance, German-built machine is the aircraft of choice around the world for unlimited aerobatics. Capable of operating at up to 220 knots... More »

Britten-Norman BN-2T Defender

Defenders, the military variant of the Islander, serve with distinction in a wide variety of military roles including battlefield surveillance, counter-insurgency, ISTAR, maritime patrol and counter-terrorism. Designed to perform a wide range... More »

Britten-Norman BN-2T Islander

The original Islander was designed to allow ease of access on short-haul sectors to remote locations and has been extremely successful in achieving that role both cost effectively and efficiently. Building... More »

Boeing Stearman - Breitling Wingwalkers

The world's only formation aerobatic wing walking team will be making a welcome return to the flying display at this year's Air Tattoo. Based at the former Royal Flying Corps airfield at... More »

Cessna 208 Caravan

The single-turboprop Cessna 208 Caravan utility aircraft has been put to a huge variety of uses, often in demanding environments. Passenger and cargo transport are its primary roles, but it is... More »

Civilian Avro Anson C.19

The Anson saw lengthy service with the RAF and FAA during and after the Second World War. The aircraft performed coastal patrols, training and supported the Air Transport Auxiliary in moving... More »

Civilian Beech 18S

Carlo Ferrari's Beech 18 is a remarkable example of this twin-engine 'taildragger'. First flown in 1937, the type saw extensive service during World War Two as a trainer and light transport... More »

Civilian Blackburn B2

The B2 first flew in 1931 and is a side-by-side biplane that was predominantly used for pilot training. G-AEBJ is operated by the Shuttleworth Collection on behalf of BAE Systems. The... More »

Civilian Bristol Scout

The Bristol Aeroplane Company responded to the outbreak of the First World War in 1914 with the Bristol Scout, a rotary engined, single-seat biplane. The type served with the Royal Flying... More »

Civilian deHavilland DH.60 Cirrus Moth

The Cirrus Moth is a wooden, 2-seat biplane that first flew in 1925 with company founder Geoffrey de Havilland in the cockpit. An immensely capable machine, it was seen as the... More »

Civilian DHC-1 Chipmunk

Intended as a replacement for the superb DH82A Tiger Moth biplane with the Royal Air Force and Royal Canadian Air Force, the monoplane Chipmunk went on to have an illustrious career,... More »

Civilian EV97 Eurostar SL, C42B Ikarus

The EV97 is part of a family of light sport aircraft (LSA) manufactured by Czech company Evektor-Aerotechnik. Powered by a 100 horse power engine and with a gross weight of 472kg,... More »

Civilian Gulfstream G550

The Gulfstream name, synonymous with luxury and elegance, will be featuring as part of the Air Tattoo static display in the form of the G550. The G550 is one of the... More »

Civilian Hawker Hunter F.58A

Hawker Hunter Aviation Ltd owns a fleet of 12 F.58A Hunters, based at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire. The company operates the aircraft to provide threat simulation and trials support to the... More »

Civilian Hawker Sea Hurricane 1b

The Sea Hurricane was borne out of the need to protect Atlantic convoys during the Second World War. The 1b variant was fitted with an arrestor hook and catapult spools and... More »

Civilian Jet Provost T5

Countless RAF pilots - and, indeed, navigators - learned their trade on the Jet Provost, retired from service two decades ago this year. The Hunting Jet Provost T1 that started the... More »

Civilian North American OV-11B Bronco

Among the most distinctive shapes in the RIAT 2016 static park will be the North American OV-10B Bronco, being provided by Tony de Bruyn and the Bronco Demo Team from Wevelgem,... More »

Civilian Piaggio R166C

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 »

Civilian Scottish Aviation Bulldog

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 »

Civilian Shorts SC-7 Skyvan

Tony de Bruyn's Eureka Aviation is sending one of its Shorts SC-7 Skyvan twin-turboprop utility aircraft to the show for static display. The type's design, with a high-aspect ratio wing for... More »

Civilian Socata TB20 Trinidad

Designed in the late 1970s, the TB family of aircraft are widely used as for training and touring by both civilian and military operators. Socata, for some time part of the EADS... More »

Civilian Strikemaster

The British Aircraft Corporation developed the BAC 167 Strikemaster as an armed offshoot of the highly successful Jet Provost trainer. The airframe was strengthened and given protective armour, underwing weapons hardpoints... More »

Civilian Tecnam P2002-JF Sierra

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 »

Civilian Tecnam P2008JC

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 »

Croatian Air Force Krila Oluje

Recently re-formed with a new group of pilots after the previous line-up left to join the air arm of Qatar, the Croatian Air Force's Krila Oluje (Wings of Storm) aerobatic team... More »

Croatian Air Force Mi-171

The Soviet-designed and built Mil Mi-8 'Hip' transport helicopter is one of the world's great aviation workhorses. More than 17,000 have been built since the early 1960s, and the type remains... More »

French Air Force AMD Alpha Jet E

The Alpha Jet is normally associated with France's national aerobatic team, the Patrouille de France, however the French Air Force operates the type as advanced jet trainers. The first French production... More »

French Air Force Rafale C

The prototype Rafale first took to the air as long ago as 1986, but this is an aircraft at the cutting edge of modern fighter technology. The French Air Force flies... More »

French Air Force Ramex Delta

Following their well-received and dynamic flying display at RIAT 2015, the Ramex Delta tactical display team, flying two examples of the Dassault Mirage 2000N strike aircraft, will be returning to this year's show. First flown... More »

German Air Force A310 MRTT

The twin-jet A310, the second aircraft type produced by Airbus Industries, represented the manufacturer's entry into the military tanker/transport market. The MRTT (Multi-Role Tanker-Transport) incorporates additional fuel tankage in order to... More »

German Air Force 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 Air Force 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 Air Force 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 Air Force Transall C-160D

Now very much a veteran of the Luftwaffe, the twin-turboprop Transall C-160D (its name a contraction of the name of the Franco-German consortium that produced it, Transport Allianz) soldiers on as... More »

German Army Bo105

The German Army acquired the Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm Bo 105 as an anti-tank and observation helicopter. Extremely agile and bestowed with good performance from its twin Allison 250 turbine engines, it proved an... More »

German Navy Dornier 228

It was perhaps unsurprising that the German-built Dornier 228 twin-turboprop utility aircraft soon found a use with the country's armed forces. The German Navy purchased a small fleet of 228-212LM variants... More »

German Navy EC135

The EC135, formerly a Eurocopter project but now produced under the auspices of Airbus Helicopters, has proved highly successful. This twin-engined machine with its enclosed 'fenestron' tail rotor first took to... More »

German Navy P-3C Orion

The Lockheed P-3 Orion first flew in 1959, and is itself a derivative of the commercial L188 Electra that took to the air two years earlier, yet upgrades have ensured that... More »

Hellenic Air Force F-16 Demo Team 'Zeus'

After making their debut appearance at the 2015 Air Tattoo and walking away with the award for best aircraft livery, the Hellenic Air Force's Demo Team Zeus are making a welcome... More »

Hellenic Air Force F-4E Phantom

Greece 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. Greece and Turkey... More »

Hungarian Air Force An-26

The Antonov An-26 is now a comparatively rare sight in European skies, many of the former Warsaw Pact air arms having retired the type - known under the NATO codename system for Soviet-built... More »

Hungarian Air Force JAS 39 Gripen

Hungary became an operator of the highly successful Saab JAS 39 Gripen in 2006, when it took on charge the first of 14 examples. This year it celebrated 10 years of... More »

Irish Air Corps CASA CN235-100MPA

The Irish Air Corps currently operates two Casa CN 235 Maritime Patrol Aircraft. These aircraft entered service in 1994 and conduct maritime patrol, aeromedical, search and rescue and normal transport tasks.... More »

Italian Air Force Frecce Tricolori

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

Italian Air Force HH-101A Caesar

The AgustaWestland AW101 helicopter is in service with several countries around the world. To the UK armed forces the aircraft is known as the Merlin, while the Italian military uses a... More »

Italian Air Force Typhoon F-2000A

The Eurofighter 2000 prototype first took to the air in 1994. Known by most of its operators as the Typhoon, this formidable multi-role combat aircraft is in service not only with the air forces... More »

Japanese Air Self Defence Force Boeing KC-767J

Japan was the second customer for the Boeing KC-767, a civilian 767 airliner modified for use as an air-to-air refuelling tanker. Delivered in 2008, the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) has... More »

Lithuanian Air Force Alenia C-27J Spartan

Produced by Italian firm Alenia Aermacchi, part of the Italian Leonardo group, the C-27J Spartan is a modern development of the earlier Aeritalia G222 twin-turboprop medium transport, featuring more advanced... More »

Netherlands Coastguard Do-228

The Dutch Coastguard flies two Dornier Do-228-212 twin-turboprops on various maritime duties - border patrol, environmental and fisheries protection, search and rescue and maritime traffic monitoring. They fall under the administrative control of a Royal... More »

North American P-51D Mustang

P-51D Mustang, 'Miss Helen' has had a varied life, built in 1944 and flying with the 352nd Group, part of the 8th Air Force. The 352nd were a successful outfit, destroying... More »

Pakistan Air Force Lockheed C-130E Hercules

The C-130E Hercules is the workhorse of the Pakistan Air Force's air transport fleet and operates around 18 of the aircraft in a number of different versions and missions, including intelligence,... More »

Polish Air Force F-16C 'Tiger Demo Team'

Poland ordered a total of 48 F-16C fighter aircraft from Lockheed Martin in 2002 in a deal worth $3.5 billion. The first Polish F-16 took to the skies in the United... More »

Polish Air Force Mikoyan MiG-29A

The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29 fighter was a formidable foe when the aircraft, first flown in 1977, initially appeared. This tactical fighter, codenamed 'Fulcrum' by NATO, was rugged yet very agile, and would... More »

Polish Air Force PZL-130TC-2 Orlik

Unusually, the Polish Air Force has two national aerobatic teams to its name - one flies the TS-11 Iskra jet trainer and is thus named as the Biało-Czerwone Iskry (Red and... More »

Polish Navy Antonov AN-28B1R 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 »

QinetiQ Agusta A109E Power

Two examples of the versatile Agusta A109E Power (now the AgustaWestland AW109E Power) twin-engined multi-purpose helicopter are operated by QinetiQ, which bought them from commercial sources. Both have been modified for... More »

QinetiQ Dassault-Breguet Alpha Jet

A dozen former German Air Force Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet A jet training and light attack aircraft were purchased by QinetiQ in the late 1990s as successors to Hawks that were required... More »

RAF Airbus A400M Atlas C.1

The RAF is inducting the Airbus Atlas C.1, its designation for the A400M, into service with Nos 24 and 70 Squadrons at Brize Norton in Oxfordshire. The first of 22 such... More »

RAF Airbus Squirrel HT.1

The Squirrel - once an Aérospatiale product, subsequently a Eurocopter one, and now part of the new Airbus Helicopters family - was chosen by the UK Ministry of Defence to provide... More »

RAF Airbus Voyager KC.2/3

The Voyager tanker/transport, based on the Airbus A330-200 airliner, is one of the RAF's newest aircraft, and the service's largest operational type ever. It performs the air-to-air refuelling, passenger/freight transport and... More »

RAF BAE Systems Hawk T.1

The RAF still operates many examples of the 'original' Hawk T.1, not least through the type's use by No 100 Squadron at RAF Leeming, North Yorkshire. 'The Ton' is an historic... More »

RAF BAE Systems Hawk T.2

The Hawk T.2 is a fully aerobatic, low wing, transonic, 2-seat training aircraft with mission avionics that are representative of front-line aircraft. It is used to train pilots for Tornado GR.4,... More »

RAF Boeing Chinook HC.2/4

The huge twin-rotor Boeing Chinook first flew in prototype form way back in 1961, but modernised versions are still being produced - there is little else that quite matches up. The... More »

RAF BBMF Lancaster

The Avro Lancaster is the most famous and successful RAF heavy bomber of World War Two. The prototype Lancaster took to the air for its first flight from Woodford, Manchester, on 9th January 1941;... More »

RAF Eurofighter Typhoon FGR.4

One of the world's most potent fast jets will be put through its paces by the Royal Air Force at the 2016 Air Tattoo. Visitors will be able to experience the aircraft's... More »

RAF Hercules

The RAF's variants of the Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules family are designated as the Hercules C4 in stretched-fuselage configuration and the Hercules C5 in short-fuselage form. In total, 24 aircraft across... More »

RAF King Air B200/350

The twin-turboprop Beech King Air family has been used for a very wide variety of civilian and military applications. The RAF employs the B200 model as an advanced multi-engine trainer, in... More »

RAF Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules C.5

The RAF's variants of the Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules family are designated as the Hercules C.4 in stretched-fuselage configuration and the Hercules C.5 in short-fuselage form. In total, 24 aircraft across... More »

RAF Panavia Tornado GR.4

The mainstay of the RAF's strike force, the Tornado GR.4 is now in its twilight years. However, it continues to be flown by three front-line squadrons - Nos 12(B), IX(B) and... More »

RAF Slingsby Grasshopper

Gliding was a key part of the clandestine re-armament of Nazi Germany, training a cadre of future front-line pilots at a time when military aviation there was officially banned. One of... More »

RAF Slingsby Kirby Cadet

Yorkshire-based aircraft manufacturer Slingsby first flew its T7 Kirby Cadet single-seat training glider in 1935. The type was first taken on for use by the Air Training Corps during World War... More »

RAF Slingsby Sedbergh

Slingsby's T21 training glider of 1944 drew on the design of the pre-war Schneider Grunau Baby, one of Germany's outstanding gliders from the time. While the initial T21 was not taken... More »

RAF Slingsby Venture

The Venture T2 was the Air Cadets' first motorised glider. It has its origins in a German design, the Scheibe SF-25B Falke; Slingsby acquired a licence to produce this type as... More »

RAF Tornado

The mainstay of the RAF's strike force, the Tornado GR.4 is now in its twilight years. However, it continues to be flown by three front-line squadrons - Nos 12(B), IX(B) and 31 from... More »

RAF Tucano T1

The Tucano T1 is a modified version of the Brazilian Embraer EMB-312 Tucano aircraft, and is built under licence by Shorts of Belfast. The Tucano T1 is operated primarily from No... More »

RAF Vigilant T1

The Grob G109B was selected to replace the Slingsby Venture as the powered glider used by the Air Cadets, and entered RAF service as the Vigilant in 1991. Various modifications were... More »

RAF Viking T1

A total of 100 German-built Grob G103A Twin II Acro gliders was acquired by the RAF for Air Cadet use. This high-performance, aerobatic-capable two-seat sailplane has - as is typical for... More »

RAF Tutor

The G115 was designed by German manufacturer Grob as a basic trainer, made from carbon composites. Very light and fully aerobatic, it was selected by the RAF as a replacement for... More »

RAF Typhoon

The power and agility of the RAF's Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 will be demonstrated at RIAT 2016 by Flt Lt Mark Long from No 29 (Reserve) Squadron, the Typhoon Operational Conversion Unit,... More »

RAF Red Arrows

Acknowledged as one of the world's premier aerobatic display teams, the Red Arrows are renowned throughout the world as ambassadors for both the Royal Air Force and the UK. So expect... More »

Royal Air Force Oman Airbus Defence & Space C295

The Airbus Defence and Space (formerly EADS CASA) C295 twin-turboprop transport has proved popular with countries across the world, selling across Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America. The Royal Air Force... More »

Royal Canadian Air Force Lockheed CP-140 Aurora

With a large shoreline to protect and patrol, Canada operates a fleet of 18 CP-140s, a derivative of Lockheed's P-3 Orion four-engined maritime patrol aircraft. Canada's fleet have been heavily adapted... More »

Royal Jordanian C-130H 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 is... More »

Royal Jordanian Falcons

The national aerobatic team of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Royal Jordanian Falcons were formed in 1976 at the behest of the late His Majesty King Hussein, a pilot and... More »

Royal Navy Black Cats

The Royal Navy's helicopter team, the Black Cats, has recently taken on a new guise. After many years equipped with the Westland Lynx in its HAS3 and HMA8 forms, the team... More »

Royal Navy Hawk T.1

Fixed-wing fast jet flying in the Fleet Air Arm is currently the sole preserve of 736 Naval Air Squadron at Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose, Cornwall, on the British Aerospace Hawk... More »

Royal Navy King Air 350 Avenger T.1

The Avenger T.1, based on the Beech King Air 350ER twin-turboprop, is the most recent fixed-wing aircraft type to enter Royal Navy service. Four examples are operated by 750 Naval Air... More »

Royal Netherlands Air Force Boeing AH-64D Apache

An aerobatic demonstration of the Boeing AH-64D Apache attack helicopter's outstanding qualities will be provided by 301 'Redskins' Squadron of the Royal Netherlands Air Force, part of the Dutch Defence Helicopter... More »

Royal Netherlands Air Force C-130H Hercules

The Royal Netherlands Air Force received its first 'stretched' C-130H-30 Hercules in 1994 and shortly after delivery the first airframe was sent to provide humanitarian aid support in Rwanda. Over the... More »

Royal Netherlands Air Force CH-47D Chinook

Just like the Chinooks of many other operators, those of the Royal Netherlands Air Force have seen considerable operational engagement in recent years, Afghanistan having been a major focus. The CH-47D version of this... More »

Royal Netherlands Air Force KDC-10

Based on the faithful McDonnell Douglas DC-10 commercial airliner and freighter, the KDC-10 is the Royal Netherlands Air Force's air-to-air refuelling platform and strategic passenger/cargo transport. It has two in service, converted from DC-10s formerly... More »

Royal New Zealand Air Force Boeing 757-22QC

The RNZAF operates two Boeing 757s, having bought the aircraft in 2003. They are operated in the transport role for freight, cargo and troop movements. They also have the capability to... More »

Royal Norwegian Air Force Falcon DA20 ECM

The Royal Norwegian Air Force operates a small fleet of Falcon DA20ECM aircraft in the electronic warfare role. Built in France as the Dassault Falcon 200 and originally designed as a business jet, the... More »

Slovak Air Force Mikoyan MiG-29AS

The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29 fighter was a formidable foe when the aircraft, first flown in 1977, initially appeared. This tactical fighter, codenamed 'Fulcrum' by NATO, was rugged yet very agile, and would... More »

Spanish Air Force Eurofighter EF2000

The Air Tattoo is delighted to be welcoming back the Eurofighter EF2000 Typhoon jet fighter from the Spanish Air Force which last made an appearance here at RAF Fairford back in... More »

Swedish Air Force JAS 39 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 achieved a good... More »

Swiss Air Force Patrouille Suisse

The Swiss Air Force's jet aerobatic team is unusual in Europe in flying a front-line fighter type rather than a trainer. The Patrouille Suisse displays six examples of the Northrop F-5E... More »

Textron AirLand Scorpion

Textron AirLand has developed the two-seat, twin-engined Scorpion as a low-cost tactical aircraft, with the attack and ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) roles very much in mind. It made its maiden... More »

Turkish Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon

Turkey is one of the largest operators of the F-16 Fighting Falcon and uses the aircraft for air defence, ground attack and reconnaissance missions introducing the type into service during the... More »

US Air Force F-22A Raptor

Built by Lockheed Martin, the F-22A Raptor is described not only as an air superiority fighter, but an air dominance fighter. Its low-observable, or 'stealth', characteristics and an advanced sensor suite... More »

US Air Force F-35A

The F-35 family will be making its debut at RIAT 2016 and will include the conventional take-off and landing (CTOL) 'A' model, destined for the United States Air Force (USAF). The aircraft will come... More »

US Air Force SOC MC-130J Commando II

As part of the re-equipment of US Air Force Special Operations Command, the ageing fleet of MC-130 Hercules variants is gradually being renewed. One result of this is the MC-130J Commando... More »

US Army Europe AH-64D Apache

In the Air Tattoo 2016 static park will be an AH-64D from US Army Europe unit 1-3rd AVN (ARB) based in Germany. The AH-64 Apache, originally a Hughes and then a... More »

US Marine Corps F-35B

The arrival of the USMC F-35B will be of most interest to both the public and British delegations at RIAT 2016 as both the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy will be receiving the... More »

US Navy Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet

Developed as a significant evolution of the F/A-18 Hornet, the Super Hornet first flew towards the end of 1995, and entered US Navy service four years later. Achievement of the aircraft's... More »

US Navy Boeing P-8A Poseidon

Currently replacing the P-3 Orion in US Navy service, the P-8A Poseidon is a long-range multi-mission maritime aircraft that in particular performs the anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare roles. It is based... More »

US Marine Corps KC-130J Hercules

The United States Marine Corps is in the process of renewing its Hercules fleet with the modern KC-130J version of the turboprop airlifter. The Marines use their Hercules for transport, utility... More »

United States Air Force Europe Boeing F-15 Eagle

The McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) F-15 Eagle is one of the world's most outstanding combat aircraft. Conceived in the 1960s, taking into account lessons learned during the Vietnam War, the Eagle... More »

United States Air Force Europe KC-135R

The static display at RIAT 2016 will be boosted by a KC-135R Stratotanker air-to-air refuelling aircraft of the 351st Air Refueling Squadron, based at RAF Mildenhall. The backbone of America's air-to-air refuelling... More »

US Special Operations Bell-Boeing V-22 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 the... More »

Vickers Supermarine Spitfire TR.9

Although there were wartime conversions of the Spitfire into a two-seat trainer, it was primarily a postwar program. In 1946, a Mk VIII (MT818) was the first Vickers-built trainer built as... More »

Westland WAH-64D Apache

Visitors to the Air Tattoo will be able to get up close to an Army Air Corps (AAC) Apache attack helicopter. It can operate in all weathers, day or night and... More »

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