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Once we have confirmation, the links below will allow you to find out more about the specific aircraft types that are confirmed for the 2017 Air Tattoo, as well as the operator or nation, air arm, and squadron that they came from. 

Army Air Corps DeHavilland Beaver

The Beaver was designed as a utility aircraft capable of carrying a significant load (up to one tonne) into short, unprepared airstrips. This suited the British Army's requirements especially in jungle operations. The AAC... More »

Army Air Corps WAH-64D Apache

For well over a decade, the spearhead of Army Air Corps striking power has been the Apache AH1, built for British service by what is now Leonardo Helicopters at Yeovil. This... More »

Army Air Corps WAH-64D Apache

For well over a decade, the spearhead of Army Air Corps striking power has been the Apache AH1, built for British service by what is now Leonardo Helicopters at Yeovil. This... More »

Army Air Corps Westland Scout AH MK.1

XT626 served from 1963 until the late 1980s, seeing out service with the Territorial Army at Netheravon. She joined the Army Historic Aircraft Flight on 30 March 1994 and was handed... More »

Army Air Corps Wildcat AH.1

An entirely new platform, the Army Wildcat Mk1 helicopter will perform a range of tasks on the battlefield including reconnaissance, command and control, transportation of troops and material, and the provision... More »

Austrian Air Force Saab 105O

The Saab 105 jet trainer attracted just one customer outside its home nation - the Austrian Air Force. It ordered 40 examples of a variant designated as the 105Ö (Ö for... More »

BAE Systems DeHavilland DH.9

The DH9 was designed as a fast bomber to carry heavier loads over greater distances than the DH4. Using the manufacturing facilities for the well proven DH4, the DH9 had the... More »

BBMF 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 »

Belgian Air Component F-16AM

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-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 Sea King Mk48

Five Westland-built Sea King Mk48 helicopters were delivered to the then Belgian Air Force in November 1976. Today, three of these venerable Rolls-Royce Gnome-engined helicopters remain in Belgian Air Component service,... More »

B-17 Flying Fortress

The B-17 was critical to the USAAF daylight precision bombing campaign and was armed with 13 machine guns, hence the name "Flying Fortress". Flying in formation, the Fortresses battled through German defences... More »

Civilian Airbus A400M

Now in service with the air arms of France, Germany, Malaysia and Turkey as well as the Royal Air Force this turboprop transport combines tactical and strategic capabilities into one platform.... More »

Civilian Beechcraft T-6C

The very popular Beechcraft T-6 Texan II family of turboprop trainers and light attack aircraft has attracted numerous customers the world over. The UK was added to that list when Affinity... 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 Bombardier Global 6000

The Global 6000 is an ultra-long range business jet, falling into the large cabin category. The aircraft can carry upto 13 passengers in its civilian configuration, with a maximum range of... More »

Civilian C42a

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 »

Civilian DA-40 Diamond Star

The DA-40 is the smaller, single engine variant of the DA-42 Twin Star and a larger, four seat version of the DA-20 Katana. The DA-40 is used by civilian and military... 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 Embraer Phenom

Brazilian manufacturer Embraer's Phenom 100 very light jet first flew in July 2007, and has been produced to the tune of more than 350 examples, mostly for the corporate market. It... More »

Civilian Extra E-400

The Extra E-400 is a six-seat single-engined monoplane, produced by Extra Flugzeugbau, which first flew in 1996. The aircraft has a top speed of 387km/h, a range of 3,889km and a... More »

Civilian EV97

The EV97 Eurostar SL and the EV-97 Team Eurostar are part of a family of light sport aircraft (LSA) manufactured by Czech company Evektor-Aerotechnik. The aircraft are used extensively as both... More »

Civilian Fouga CM.170 Magister

The Magister is a jet trainer developed in the 1950s by French company Fouga. Over 900 were built and served with a number of air forces as trainer aircraft. The example... More »

Civilian Grob 120TP

The Grob G120TP turboprop trainer will provide the elementary phase of the UK's Military Flying Training System (MFTS) programme. A total of 23 examples will be supplied by contractor Affinity Flying... 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 Jet Provost T.5

The Jet Provost T5 is an upgraded variant of the Jet Provost T3 incorporating cabin pressurisation, thus allowing a more advance training regime to be followed. XW324 was built at Warton... More »

Civilian M-346 Master

The M-346 entered service in 2013 with both the Italian Air Force and Republic of Singapore Air Force. It is also in service in Israel since 2014. Poland, which signed a... More »

Civilian 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 »

Civilian Percival Provost

The Provost is a basic trainer developed for the RAF in the pre-war years. The design, a low wing, piston-powered taildragger, shares some similarities with the Jet Provost that followed from... More »

Civilian Piper PA-28

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 »

Civilian 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 P-51D Mustang 'Frenesi'

American fighters old and new will come together in the skies over RIAT 2017 to help celebrate the US Air Force's 70th anniversary, during a USAF Heritage Flight display. This will see the... More »

Civilian P-51D Mustang

The P-51D taking part in Air Tattoo 2017 is named Tall-in-the-Saddle, operated by Peter Teichman's Hangar 11 Collection at North Weald in Essex. Built by North American, the P-51 Mustang is... More »

Civilian RANS S6 Coyote

The RANS S6 Coyote is an American single engine, two-seat, high wing monoplane designed by Randy Schlitter and manufactured by Rans Inc. The Coyote is available in kit form for amateur... More »

Civilian Rockwell OV-10B Bronco

Among the most distinctive shapes in the Air Tattoo 2017 static park will be the North American OV-10B Bronco, being provided by Eureka Aviation. This example of the twin-turboprop multi-purpose aircraft... 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 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 TB20 Trinidad

Socata, for some time part of the EADS conglomerate but now known as DAHER-Socata, has developed a long line of light single-engined touring and training aircraft in its TB series. In... 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 »

Czech Republic Air Force JAS-39 Gripen

The Czech Air Force currently operates 12 JAS 39C Gripen multirole fighter aircraft. The Air Force's fleet of MiG-21s reached the end of their service in 2005 and the Czech Government... More »

Czech Republic Air Force L-159 ALCA

Aero Vodochody, the Czech aircraft manufacturer, is best known for its highly successful L-29 Delfin and L-39 Albatros jet trainers, used widely around the Warsaw Pact and by other Communist states... More »

Extra 300L Royal Jordanian Falcons

The summer of 2017 will see the return of the colourful and popular Royal Jordanian Falcons to the Air Tattoo. Formed in 1976 and based at Amman International Airport, the four-ship... More »

Finnish Air Force Midnight Hawks

The Finnish Air Force's current aerobatic team celebrates the 20th anniversary of its establishment this year. The Midnight Hawks fly four BAe Hawk Mk.51 trainers operated by Hävittäjälentolaivue 41, the air... More »

Finnish Army NH90 TTH

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 »

French Air Force Alpha Jet E

The Alpha Jet, developed originally by French manufacturer Dassault-Breguet and West German firm Dornier, first flew in 1973. It remains in service with several air arms, France being the biggest current... More »

French Air Force Couteau Delta

The Couteau Delta tactical display, one of the French Air Force's numerous demonstration teams, flies two examples of the Dassault Mirage 2000D strike aircraft. First flown in 1978, the Mirage 2000... 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 »

German Air Force 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 »

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 Navy EC-135

The EC135, formerly a Eurocopter project but now produced under the auspices of Airbus Helicopters and known as the H135, has proved highly successful. This twin-engined machine with its enclosed 'fenestron'... More »

German Navy Sea Lynx

The Sea Lynx Mk88 was ordered by the German Navy for service aboard its frigates, operating in the anti-submarine role. 19 examples were ordered with deliveries commencing in 1981. They were... More »

Hellenic Air Force F-4E Phantom

Greece is one of the last operators in the World of this large twin-engine fighter jet which was originally developed as a carrier-borne fighter for the US Navy. 338 Squadron tells... More »

Irish Air Corps EC-135P

The Air Corps currently operates two EC135 P2+ aircraft. These aircraft entered service in 2005 and operate seven days a week carrying out a wide variety of roles for the Air... More »

Irish Air Corps PC-9M

The Air Corps currently operates seven Pilatus PC-9M aircraft. These aircraft first entered service in 2004 and operate as the main pilot training aircraft for the Air Corps. The PC-9M is equipped... More »

Italian Air Force C-27J Spartan

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

Italian Air Force Tornado A-200

Now entering the twilight of its operational career, the Panavia Tornado is a variable-geometry ('swing-wing') strike aircraft, developed by a consortium involving British, German and Italian manufacturers. As with the type's... More »

Italian Air Force T-346A Master

Joining the Italian Tornado and Spartan in the Air Tattoo's flying display this summer will be an Alenia Aermacchi T-346 jet trainer. The T-346 is tailored to train pilots to fly... More »

Israeli Air Force C-130J

An Israeli Air Force C-130J-30 will attend the 2017 Air Tattoo. More »

Japanese Air Self Defense Force 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 »

Pakistan C-130E

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 Navy M28 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 »

Qatar Emiri Air Force C-130J-30 Hercules

The Qatar Emiri Air Force operates four examples of the C-130J-30 Hercules, delivered to Doha by manufacturer Lockheed Martin in 2011-12. Qatar became the first Middle Eastern customer for the current... More »

QinetiQ A109E Power

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

QinetiQ RJ70/100

Retirement of the Empire Test Pilots' School's last Andover and BAC One-Eleven has seen another British airliner type joining the QinetiQ fleet - the Avro RJ, a development of the British... More »

RAF Atlas C1

The RAF is inducting the Airbus Atlas C1, 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 Chinook HC.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 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 Hawk T2

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 H135 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... More »

RAF H145 Jupiter

The H145M (previously known as the EC645 T2) is an economical and versatile military helicopter covering the entire spectrum of military missions, from light utility to light attack. The H145M delivers... More »

RAF Puma HC2

The Puma has provided outstanding service to the RAF. It first came on strength in 1971, and has since seen use in the vast majority of operational theatres in which 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 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 Tornado GR4

For so long the mainstay of the RAF's strike force, the Tornado GR4 is now in its twilight years. An example will be sent for static display at RIAT by No... 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 Typhoon FGR.4

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

RAF Typhoon FGR4s

Nos 1 and 6 Squadrons, stationed at RAF Lossiemouth in Moray, Scotland, will each contribute a Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 to the static park. Since deliveries commenced in 2003, nine years on... More »

RAF Vigilant T1

The Vigilant T1 is the RAF's version of the very popular Grob G109B motorglider. It is used to provide Air Cadets with training in basic flying techniques, enabling them to reach... More »

RAF Viking TX1

This is the aircraft in which Air Cadets get airborne for the first time. The Viking TX1 glider is the RAF variant of the Grob G103A Twin II Acro, one of... More »

RAF 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 »

Royal Australian Air Force E-7A Wedgetail

The Royal Australian Air Force has procured six examples of the Boeing E-7A airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft, which it calls the Wedgetail by virtue of the fixed antenna... More »

Royal Canadian Air Force CC-177 Globemaster III

The Royal Canadian Air Force has five examples of the CC-177 - its designation for the Boeing C-17A - in service with 429 Transport Squadron, part of the RCAF's 8 Wing... More »

Royal Canadian Air Force CH-147F Chinook

Canada first operated the Chinook from 1974-91 - those CH-47C models were subsequently sold to the Netherlands. After quite a long gap, with operations in Afghanistan a major focus it then... More »

Royal Danish Air Force Challenger 604

The popular Bombardier (previously Canadair) Challenger business jet has attracted several military customers, among them the Royal Danish Air Force. It has four CL604 variants on the strength of Eskadrille 721... More »

Royal Jordanian Air Force C-130H

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.... 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/Avenger T1

The Avenger T1, based on the Beech King Air 350ER twin-turboprop, is the newest fixed-wing aircraft type to enter Royal Navy service. Four examples are operated by 750 Naval Air Squadron... 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 Merlin HC3/3A

Big changes are swept through the Royal Navy's Commando Helicopter Force a couple of years ago, and the attendance in the RIAT 2017 static display of a Merlin HC3/3A from 846... More »

Royal Navy Sea King ASaC.7

Showing the versatility of the Sea King, the ASaC (Airborne Surveillance and Control) Mk7 variant provides the Royal Navy with its 'eyes in the sky', in the Navy's words 'searching for... More »

Royal Navy Wildcat HMA.2

The Lynx might look like its predecessor - and possess many of its characteristics, but it is leaps ahead in many ways. The engines are considerably more powerful providing much improved... More »

Royal Netherlands Air Force/Coastguard Dornier 228

The Dutch Coastguard flies two Dornier 228-212 twin-turboprops on various maritime duties - border patrol, environmental and fisheries protection, search and rescue, maritime traffic monitoring and so forth. They fall under... More »

Royal Netherlands Air Force C-130 Hercules

Although Lockheed's remarkable C-130 Hercules tactical airlifter made its maiden flight in prototype form in 1954, the Royal Netherlands Air Force is a comparatively recent addition to the type's huge list... More »

Royal Netherlands Air Force F-16

The Royal Netherlands Air Force purchased 213 F-16A/B aircraft the air arm was one of the four European Participating Air Forces, and one of 5 countries to build the F-16 locally.... More »

Slovenian Air Force 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... 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,... More »

Spanish Air Force EF-18AM 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 'España') commencing in late 1985. These have... 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... More »

Swiss Air Force Patrouille Suisse

The Patrouille Suisse formed in 1964 and is the national aerobatics team of Switzerland. Sleek and graceful, the six F-5E Tiger IIs create a dynamic display - and an eye-catching one... 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 »

Textron Cessna 208 Grand 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 »

Turkish Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon

Only the US and Israel operate more F-16s than does Turkey, making the Turkish Air Force one of the world's leading users of this famous fighter. The single-seat F-16Cs and two-seat F-16Ds it... More »

Ukrainian Air Force Su-27

The Sukhoi Su-27 heavy air superiority fighter - codenamed 'Flanker' by NATO - was designed during the Cold War as a Soviet counter to potential Western opponents such as the US Air Force's... More »

Ukrainian Air Force Il-76

The Ilyushin Il-76, NATO codename 'Candid', is a four-jet strategic transport developed by the Ilyushin Design Bureau during the Soviet era. It first took to the air in March 1971, but remains a... More »


The B-1 'Lancer' is a supersonic bomber that has been in use with the USAF since the 1980s. This sleek looking bomber with its variable-sweep wings has been used in operations... More »


Among the aircraft joining us this summer as the Air Tattoo marks the 70th anniversary of the United States Air Force is one of its most iconic bombers. The USAF B-52 'Stratofortress'... More »


The US Air Force's version of the Gates Learjet executive jet is called the C-21A. The twin-turbofan type is used to transport both personnel and cargo, with a secondary role of... More »

USAF CV-22B 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 F-15C 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 »

USAF F-15E Strike Eagle

Recognising the further potential of the F-15 Eagle design, McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) developed the basic fighter into the very potent swing-role F-15E Strike Eagle, which made its first flight in... More »

USAF F-22 Raptor

Making a very welcome appearance since its stunning displays at RIAT 2016, the F-22 Raptor is built by Lockheed Martin and described not only as an air superiority fighter, but an... More »

USAF HH-60G Pave Hawk

One of the many offshoots of Sikorsky's famous UH-60 Black Hawk utility helicopter, the HH-60G Pave Hawk is a combat rescue version used by the US Air Force. The type's primary... More »

USAF KC-135R 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 Thunderbirds Demonstration Team

The USAF Thunderbirds return to the Air Tattoo after a 10-year absence to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the United States Air Force. Flying their six F-16 Fighting Falcons, a sharply... More »


The Lockheed U-2 is a single engine ultra-high altitude reconnaissance aircraft. The type was introduced in 1957 and has a distinctive profile thanks to its pencil shaped fuselage and high aspect... More »

US Air Forces Europe C-130J-30

The latest C-130 to be produced, the C-130J, entered the USAF inventory in February 1999. With the noticeable difference of a six-bladed composite propeller coupled to a Rolls-Royce AE2100D3 turboprop engine,... More »

US Air Forces Europe F-16 Fighting Falcon

The F-16 is one of the most ubiquitous fighter aircraft in the world, having served with 25 nations. It is also one of the most popular in USAF service, with over... More »

US Air Force Reserve Command Boeing C-17A

The C-17 Globemaster III is the newest, most flexible cargo aircraft to enter the USAF's airlift fleet. The C-17 is capable of rapid strategic delivery of troops and all types of... 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 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 »

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