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Aircraft in the Spotlight

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Austrian Air Force C-130K

Three surplus C-130K Hercules aircraft were acquired by Austria from the UK Royal Air Force (RAF) in 2002, which have been maintained by Marshall Aerospace since their entry into operational service. Upgrades to the... More »

Army Air Corps Gazelle AH.1

A faithful servant of the British military since the early 1970s, the Gazelle, developed by Westland and Aérospatiale as part of the joint effort that also led to the Lynx and Puma, does... More »

Army Air Corps Defender

The Britten Norman Defender 4000 is an enhanced version of the Defender aircraft, the British Army placing an order for three aircraft in 2003. The 4000 looks different, with an extended fuselage and... 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 »

Belgian F-16MLU

The Belgian Air Component is a great supporter of UK airshows and it will be well represented once again in both the Air Tattoo's flying display and static park. In 2018 the Belgian Air... More »

Belgian A109BA

Rotary enthusiasts will be able to watch the Agusta A109BA light attack and reconnaissance helicopter from 1 Helicopter Wing, Beauvechain, in the flying display. The Agusta A109BA can be used in a variety... More »

Belgian ERJ-135/145LR

When it sought to replace its ageing Hawker Siddeley HS748 and Swearingen Merlin turboprop transports, the then Belgian Air Force decided upon the Embraer ERJ regional jet family. It acquired two each of... More »

Canadian 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 »

Canadian CC-130 Hercules

The RCAF operates 26 examples of the CC-130 Hercules, nine legacy H models of which five are now air-to-air refuelling (AAR) tankers and 17 of the newer CC-130J Super Hercules. The... More »

Canadian CF-18 Hornet

Following on from very welcome support from the Royal Canadian Air Force at the 2017 Air Tattoo, the Air Arm will be returning to RAF Fairford in July 2018 with their... More »

Canadian CC-177 Globemaster

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 »

Civilian Airbus A400M

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 point where production examples have entered service... More »

Civilian Auster Mk.5

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 »

Civilian Avro Tutor

This is one of the main production batch; it was used by the RAF College Cranwell and Central Flying School (CFS) and then as a communications aircraft. It was 'demobbed' in December 1946... More »

Civilian AW189

The AW189 is the latest generation helicopter in its category and is designed to meet long-range, high endurance requirement for search and rescue missions in the most demanding operational, environmental and weather conditions. Bristow Helicopters... More »

Civilian Be-2

The Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2 was a British single-engine tractor two-seat biplane in service with the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) from 1912 until the end of World War I. About 3,500 were built.... More »

Civilian Bulldog T.1

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 Broussard

The Max Holste Broussard is a six seat utility aircraft designed for the French Army in the 1950s. Only a handful of the aircraft type now exist, with two being based in the... More »

Civilian C.19 Anson

This aircraft had the first of its test flights in November 1946 and was subsequently delivered to Smiths Instruments at Staverton who operated it on communications and instrument development work until 1959. For the... More »

Civilian Cessna 152

The 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 »

Civilian Chipmunk

The de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk is a tandem, two-seat, single-engined primary trainer aircraft developed and manufactured by Canadian aircraft manufacturer de Havilland Canada. It was developed shortly after the Second... More »

Civilian DH.82 Tiger Moth

This aircraft was originally T6818 in RAF service and was built by Morris Motors at Cowley, Oxford in 1944. Little is known of its wartime service but after the war it was registered... More »

Civilian Do-228

The Dornier 228 is the most versatile and most advanced high-wing aircraft in its class. This is why authorities all over the world count on it when it comes to demanding special missions... More »

Civilian Embraer KC-390

The KC-3980 a multi role transport and tanker aircraft developed by Brazilian manufacturer Embraer. The aircraft is capable of carrying heavy combat vehicles weighing up to 26 metric tonnes in an... More »

Civilian EuroFox

The EuroFox is a light aircraft of Slovakian origin, popular in Europe and the USA as touring and rugged 'back country' bush plane, capable of landing in very small and remote locations. More »

Civilian EV-97

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 Flying Bulls BO105C

It was in 1963 that the MBB Company began toying with the idea of building a helicopter in the 2 tonne class. It was based on a fascinating idea that would... More »

Civilian Flying Bulls Sycamore

At the end of the Second World War, the Bristol Aeroplane Company in England began to develop an innovative type of helicopter. Under the leadership of Raoul Hafner, who emigrated from... More »

Civilian Gloster Meteor

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

Civilian Gnat T.1

'Teddy' Petter, designer while at English Electric of the Canberra and the Lightning, penned the diminutive Gnat during his time with Folland Aircraft, later part of Hawker Siddeley. It was a development of... More »

Civilian Hawker Fury

The Hawker Fury is widely regarded as the epitome of biplane fighter development and arguably the most beautiful biplane ever created. Powered by a 525hp Rolls Royce Kestrel IIS V-12 supercharged, water-cooled engine, there... More »

Civilian Hunter Mk.58

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

Civilian Ikarus C42

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 of either... More »

Civilian Jet Provost Mk.5

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 Katana DA20

The Diamond DV20/DA20 Katana is an Austrian-designed two-seat tricycle gear general aviation light aircraft. Developed and manufactured by Austrian aircraft manufacturer Diamond Aircraft, it was originally produced in Austria as the DV20. More »

Civilian M-346 Master

The M-346 entered service in 2013 with both the Italian Air Force and Republic of Singapore Air Force and Israel since 2014. Poland also signed a contract for 8 aircraft in February 2014,... More »

Civilian MQ-9B Sky Guardian

SkyGuardian is a next-generation, type-certifiable variant of Predator B (MQ-9B) multi-mission remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) developed by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI), a company based in the US. It can carry out... More »

Civilian OV-10B Bronco

Among the most distinctive shapes in the static display will be the North American OV-10B Bronco, being provided by Tony de Bruyn and the Bronco Demo Team from Wevelgem, Belgium. This example of... More »

Civilian PA-28 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 been produced. All... More »

Civilian Pembroke C Mk.1

The Percival Pembroke was a high-wing, twin-engine light transport aircraft which entered service with the RAF in 1953, replacing the Avro Anson. WV740, the aircraft displaying at Scampton Airshow, was built in 1955 and served... More »

Civilian S6 Coyote

Boeing and the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) created the Schools Build-a-Plane Challenge in 2009 to inspire young people across the UK in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through a hands-on... More »

Civilian 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 good short... More »

Civilian Spitfire Mk.Vc

The Spitfire Mk.Vc carried some important modifications beyond the standard Mk.V which included a strengthened fuselage, wing and undercarriage. The first Spitfire modified to carry bombs was a Mk.Vc, based in Malta More »

Civilian TB-20 Trinidad

The Socata TB 20 Trinidad GT is a metal, single-engine aircraft with a constant-speed propeller and retractable landing gear. It has a maximum speed of 301km/h, a range of 2,000kms and a ceiling... 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 »

Civilian Tecnam P2002 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 TL-2000 Sting S4

The Sting S4 is a two seat light aircraft constructed from carbon fibre. It is built in the Czech Republic by TL Ultralight. It offers low cost flight training and touring capabilities. The... More »

Civilian Vampire FB.52

de Havilland Vampire FB.52, marked PX-K and registered LN-DHY was license built in Switzerland in the year of 1952 as serial No 705, the aircraft was flown with the Swiss Air... More »

Civilian Vampire T.55

de Havilland Vampire T.55 was the export version of the DH 115 trainer in RAF service known at the T.11. 216, six exported to Norway and in use from 1952 to... More »

Civilian Westland Whirlwind

The Whirlwind was a licence built version of the Sikorsky S-55, built by Westland. It flew with the RAF and Fleet Air Arm in search and rescue and anti-submarine roles respectively.... More »

Czech 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 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 »

Estonian Air Force An-2

The Antonov An-2, NATO reporting name 'Colt', is renowned as the largest single-engined biplane in the world. More than 18,000 examples have been built, and even though the first prototype took to the... 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

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 »

Finnish Air Force F-18C Hornet

The Boeing F/A-18 Hornet is a twin-engined multirole fighter designed in the United States. Most of the Finnish Air Force's F/A-18C and D Hornet fleet is divided between Lapland and Karelia... More »

French Army Puma

The Aerospatiale SA 330 Puma first flew in 1965 and quickly became synonymous with medium lift troop and equipment movements amongst the British and French armed forces. The type has seen... More »

French Air Force Mirage 2000D '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 »

French Navy ATL2

The ATL2 is the rebranded name for the Atlantique 2 maritime patrol aircraft. It has a very long range and an endurance of up to 18 hours. The aircraft attending RIAT 2018 will... More »

French Navy Rafale M

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 Navy Emb-121AN 'Xingu'

Not seen at an Air Tattoo in the colours of the French Navy for many years, the 'Xingu', pronounced shingoo, is a twin turboprop built by Brazilian manufacturer Embraer. In service with the French... More »

German Air Force Airbus A400M

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 point where production examples are... 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 IDS

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 »

Great War Display Team

The team began life in 1988 as 'The Wombats' and will be celebrating both the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force as well as their own 30th anniversary during 2018. The team... More »

Gulfstream Aerospace G5/G6

The Gulfstream is a family of business jet aircraft produced by Gulfstream Aerospace, a division of General Dynamics. The company will be sending a type to the Air Tattoo from the... More »

Hellenic Air Force Team Zeus

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. They started to arrive in service during 1989, forming,... More »

Irish Air Corps Airbus CN235-100MPA

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

Italian Air Force Frecce Tricolori

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

Italian Air Force C-27J 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 so in... More »

Italian Air Force A-200 Tornado

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 other operators, the... More »

Italian Air Force F-2000A Typhoon

The Eurofighter 2000 prototype first took to the air 24 years ago. Now known by most of its operators as the Typhoon, this formidable multi-role combat aircraft has since become very much an... More »

Italian Air Force HH-101A Caesar

The Leonardo 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 number of... More »

Italian Air Force HH-139A

The Leonardo HH-139A is a medium lift helicopter operated by the Italian Air Force in the utility, search and rescue and VIP roles. The Air Arm maintains a fleet of 13 examples, first... More »

Italian Air Force T-346A Master

Joining the Italian Typhoon, Spartan and Frecce Tricolori in the Air Tattoo's flying display this summer will be a Leonardo T-346 jet trainer. The T-346 is tailored to train pilots to fly new... More »

Japanese Kawasaki C-2

The C-2 is a large twin engine military transport aircraft designed and built by Kawasaki Aerospace Company. Similar in appearance to the C-17 but with two engines, the C-2 entered service with the... More »

Jet Provost T.3A

The Jet Provost is a British jet-powered trainer aircraft that was used by the Royal Air Force from 1957 to 1993. It was also successfully exported, serving in many air forces... More »

Jet Provost T.3

The Jet Provost is a British jet-powered trainer aircraft that was used by the Royal Air Force from 1957 to 1993. It was also successfully exported, serving in many air forces... More »

Lithuanian C-27J Spartan

Produced by Italian firm Alenia Aermacchi, the C-27J Spartan is a modern development of the earlier Aeritalia G222 twin-turboprop medium transport, featuring more advanced engines, avionics and systems. First flown in... More »

Miles Magister

The Miles M.14 Magister is a two seat basic trainer originally built for the RAF and Fleet Air Arm. As a low wing trainer, it provided a good introduction to students... More »

NATO C-17 Globemaster

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

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, surveillance and reconnaissance.... More »

Polish Air Force C-130E Hercules

The Polish Air Force received its first of five secondhand Lockheed Martin C-130E tactical transports during in March 2009 ceremony at its Powidz Air Base. Purchased for $98.4 million using a US Foreign... More »

Polish Air Force F-16C

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 Su-22 Fitter

The Polish Air Force is the sole European operator of the Su-22, given the NATO codename 'Fitter'. Very much a veteran of the Cold War, this variable-geometry attack aircraft dates originally... More »

P-51D Mustang

American fighters old and new will come together in the skies over RIAT 2018 during a USAF Heritage Flight display. This will see the present-day F-35A flown by Cap Andrew 'Dojo'... More »

QinetiQ H125

The first Airbus H125 helicopter decorated in the new ETPS livery arrived with QinetiQ at MOD Boscombe Down, in the latest addition to the school's modernised air fleet during March 2018. The helicopter has... More »

QinetiQ Grob 120TP

QinetiQ completed its modernisation of the new Empire Test Pilots' School (ETPS) fleet with the purchase of two Grob G 120TP fixed wing aircraft in September 2017. The Grob aircraft join the fleet alongside... More »

RAF Airbus A400M Atlas C.1

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

RAF Airbus Voyager KC.2/3

The Voyager tanker/transport, based on the Airbus A330-200 airliner is the service's largest operational type ever. It performs the air-to-air refuelling, passenger/freight transport and medical evacuation roles. Uniquely, the fleet is provided to the RAF... More »

RAF BAE-146 CC.2/3

Exclusively operated out of RAF Northolt by 32 (The Royal) Squadron, the BAe 146 is primarily tasked in the Command Support Air Transport (CSAT) role.Two 146 variants are operational, the VIP-configured... More »

RAF BBMF C-47 Dakota

The Douglas C-47 Dakota is without doubt one of the most successful aircraft designs in history. It became one of the world's most famous military transport aircraft and saw widespread use... More »

RAF BBMF 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 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 »

RAF BBMF 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 »

RAF 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 prototype first flew... More »

RAF C-17A Globemaster

The four-jet C-17 Globemaster III, originally a McDonnell Douglas product but now a Boeing aircraft, first flew in September 1991 and came into operational US Air Force service during 1995. This... More »

RAF Chinook HC.4

The Chinook is an extremely capable and highly versatile support helicopter that can be operated from land basesor seaborne vesselsinto a range of diverse environments, from the Arctic to the desert or jungle. The... More »

RAF Grob Tutor

The Grob Tutor entered service with the Royal Air Force in 1999, replacing the Bulldog T.1. Used by the RAF for the teaching Elementary Flying Training it is an essential type... 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 unit, having... More »

RAF Hawk T.2

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 GR4, Typhoon... 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 both versions are... 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 rotorcraft for operations in... 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 reliability and low... More »

RAF Phenom 100

The Embraer Phenom 100 is taking over the multi-engine aircrew training duties of the King Air B200 and B200GT. It is expected to begin delivering training in 2018. With its touchscreen cockpit and comprehensive... More »

RAF Prefect

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

RAF Puma HC.2

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 »


RC-135W Rivet Joint is a dedicated electronic surveillance aircraft that can be employed in all theatres on strategic and tactical missions. Its sensors 'soak up' electronic emissions from communications, radar and other systems. In June... 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 Sentinel R1

The Sentinel R.Mk 1 provides long-range, wide-area battlefield surveillance, delivering critical intelligence and target tracking information to British and coalition forces.The aircraft has been operationally deployed in support of operations in Afghanistan, Libya and... More »

RAF E-3D Sentry AEW1

When it sought a replacement for the veteran Avro Shackleton in the airborne early warning role, the RAF turned to the proven Boeing E-3 Sentry AWACS (airborne warning and control system) aircraft, based on... 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 1 Flying... More »

RAF Tornado GR4

For so long the mainstay of the RAF's strike force, the Tornado GR4 is now in its twilight years. Two examples will be sent for static display at RIAT by 9 Squadron and... More »

RAF Typhoon FGR.4

Flight Lieutenant Jim Peterson, 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 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 the German... More »

Romanian MiG-21 LanceR

The prototype MiG-21 first flew in 1956, with the operational fighter entering service with the Soviet Union in 1959. Since then over 60 nations have operated the 11,000 that were produced, with over... More »

Romanian C-27J Spartan

The C-27J Spartan is a modern development of the earlier Aeritalia G222 twin-turboprop medium transport, featuring more advanced engines, avionics and systems. First flown in 1999, the Italian Air Force introduced... 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 CH-146 Griffon

The CH-146 Griffon is a Utility Tactical Transport Helicopter (UTTH) that has been in service since 1995. The Griffon's primary role is tactical transportation of troops and material. It is also... More »

Royal Danish Air Force C-130J-30 Hercules

A Royal Danish Air Force C-130J-30 Hercules - a stretched version of the standard C-130J - from the Air Transport Wing based at Alborg will be on static display at this summer's Air... More »

Royal Danish Air Force F-16

The Royal Danish Air Force, one of the original European Participating Air Forces who chose the F-16 Fighting Falcon as a replacement for the F-104 Starfighter, will join RIAT 2018's celebration of RAF100. The... More »

Royal Netherlands Air Force 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 Command and stationed at... 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 of operating nations.... 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 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. Reductions saw the... More »

Royal Norwegian Air Force F-16

Two F-16 Fighting Falcons from the Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF) will be on static display at this summer's Air Tattoo. The aircraft, which replaced the F-104 Starfighter in the late 1970s, are themselves... More »

Royal Air Force of Oman C-130J Super Hercules

The Sultanate of Oman took delivery of its first C-130J Super Hercules in 2012 to replace the aging C-130H models in its fleet. The aircraft are based at Al Musana Air... More »

Royal Jordanian Falcons

The summer of 2018 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 »

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. 3 Squadron... More »

Royal Navy 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 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 Merlin HC.3

Big changes swept through the Royal Navy's Commando Helicopter Force a couple of years ago, and the attendance in the RIAT 2018 static display of a Merlin HC3/3A from 846 Naval... More »

Royal Navy Merlin HM.2

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 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 »

Slovak Air Force C-27J Spartan

In 2014 Slovakia ordered two examples of the Italian built C-27J Spartan from Alenia Aermacchi. The second and final aircraft was delivered this week (10 April 2018). The tactical transport aircraft... More »

Slovenian Air Force PC-9M Swift

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... More »

Slovenian Air L410UVP Turbolet

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 »

Spanish Air Force Patrulla Aguila

Spain's national aerobatic team was formed by the Spanish Air Force Academy at San Javier near Murcia in 1985, giving its first performance with five aircraft on 4 June that year.... More »

Swedish Air Force JAS-39C/D 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 F/A-18C Hornet

The F/A-18 Hornet is a twin-engined, supersonic multi-role combat jet that is designed to carry out air-to-air missions and attack ground targets (the F/A designation stands for fighter/attack). The aircraft, which... More »

Swiss Air Force 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 »

Turkish Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon 'Solo Turk'

Only the US and Israel operate more F-16s than 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... 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 »

Ukrainian Air Force Su-27 Flanker

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 »

US Air Force B-1 Lancer

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 from the First... More »

US Air Force B-52 Stratofortress

One of the United States Air Force's most iconic bombers is joining us at this year's Air Tattoo. The USAF B-52 'Stratofortress' is an aircraft that has become synonymous with RAF Fairford having been... More »

US Air Force C-17 Globemaster

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 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 the two... More »

US Air Force 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 was procured... More »

US Air Force 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 December 1986... More »

US Air Force F-35A

The F-35 family made its debut at RIAT 2016 and, including the conventional take-off and landing (CTOL) 'A' model, destined for the United States Air Force (USAF). This type will again... More »

US Air Force Reserve Command 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 mission is... More »

US Air Force Reserve Command HC-130P/N

The mission of the HC-130P/N "King" is to rapidly deploy to austere airfields and denied territory in order to execute , all weather personnel recovery operations anytime, anywhere. King crews routinely perform high and... More »

US Air Force 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 its... More »

US Air Force KC-10 Extender

A KC-10A Extender from the 78th Air Refuelling Squadron at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, will be on static display at this summer's Air Tattoo. The KC-10 Extender is an Air Mobility Command advanced tanker... 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 II,... 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 on the commercial... More »

US Navy E-6B Mercury

Arriving from VQ-4 Sqn based at Tinker AFB in Oklahoma, will be an E-6B Mercury reconnaissance aircraft from the US Navy. The aircraft, which is derived from a commercial Boeing 707, provides a strategic... More »

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