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Full Scale Replica: Tempest

Visitors to RIAT 2019 will be able to take a seat in what a future aircraft flown by the RAF could look like. A concept model of a future combat aircraft, known... 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 mighty 'tank-killing'... More »

Army Air Corps Wildcat AH.1

The Wildcat AH.1 helicopter performs a range of tasks on the battlefield including reconnaissance, command and control, transportation of troops and material, and the provision of force protection. It is fitted with new Light... More »

Austrian Air Force C-130K Hercules

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 »

Belgian Air Component F-16AM

The aircraft visiting RIAT 2019 are from No. 349 and 350 Sqns. Today's Belgian Air Component operates a rather smaller force of F-16 Fighting Falcons than did the former Belgian Air Force,... More »

Belgian Air Component ERJ-135/145

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 »

Belgian Air Component F-16MLU

The Belgian Air Component (BAC) is a great supporter of UK airshows and it will be well represented once again in both the Air Tattoo's flying display. In 2019 the Belgian Air Component (BAC)... More »

British Airways 747-400

The Boeing 747 is a wide body, four-engine jet manufactured by Boeing. It was first introduced into British Airways (BA) service in 1974 as the 747-100 variant, when BA inherited aircraft from... More »

Civilian 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... More »

Civilian Aeronca L-3B

The Aeronca L-3B is an example of the light planes used by the U.S. Army during World War II. Built by Piper, Taylorcraft, and Aeronca, the little observation and liaison planes, nicknamed Grasshoppers,... More »

Civilian Auster AOP.9

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 nations, such as... More »

Civilian Auster V

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 nations, such as... More »

Civilian: Blades Aerobatic Team

The Blades Aerobatic Team fly Extra EA-300s. They are low-wing, high performance aircraft designed for the most adventurous aerobatic manoeuvres and created with advanced aerobatic flying in mind. A competitive aerobatic... More »

Civilian: Breitling Jet Team

The Breitling Jet Team is made up of seven L-39C Albatros aircraft, Czech-made twin-seater military training jets that can also be used for passenger flights. The Breitling Jet Team is one of only a few... 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 (amongst other... More »

Civilian Beechcraft AT-6B Wolverine

The Beechcraft® AT-6 Wolverine is a multi-mission aircraft designed to meet a wide variety of military needs. The single turboprop powered aircraft can be fitted with a wide variety of weaponry on 7... 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 and as... 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 and as... 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 were produced following... More »

Civilian Bombardier Global Express

The Global 6000 is an ultra-long range business jet, falling into the large cabin category. The aircraft can carry up to 13 passengers in its civilian configuration, with a maximum range of 6,000... More »

Civilian DHC-1 Chipmunk 21

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, becoming the... More »

Civilian Diamond 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 EMB-314 Super Tucano

Produced by aircraft manufacturer and Air Tattoo sponsor, Embraer, the EMB-314 Super Tucano is the most modern version of the type, in service with several nations around the world. 2019 marks the debut of... More »

Civilian EV-97 Eurostar

The EV-97 Eurostar is part of a family of light sport aircraft (LSA) manufactured by Czech company Evektor-Aerotechnik. The aircraft are used extensively as both trainers and touring aircraft around the world. Both... More »

Civilian Firebird

Northrop Grumman's medium altitude, long endurance Firebird product line delivers unprecedented multi-mission flexibility and an unbeatable value. Available in manned, autonomous and optionally piloted configurations, Firebird is designed to deliver critical ISR capability to... More »

Civilian Gloster Meteor

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

Civilian Gulfstream G550

The Gulfstream family of jets is synonymous with luxury travel; the now twin-engine business jets having been made famous in popular culture for decades. What Gulfstream delivers in the G550 is a jet... More »

Civilian Hunter Mk.58A x2

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 of Defence... More »

Civilian Ikarus 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 Rotax engine of either 80... More »

Civilian Jetstream 31

The National Flying Laboratory Centre (NFLC) operates aircraft for Cranfield University, including its key asset, the Jetstream 31 - the flying classroom and engineering laboratory. The Jetstream is a twin-turboprop airliner, first flown in 1980... More »

Civilian Jet Provost T.5

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

Civilian Jet Provost T.5

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

Civilian Jet Provost T.3

The 65th anniversary of the first flight of the Jet Provost - originally a Hunting product, later part of the British Aircraft Corporation stable - is marked in 2019. The Jet Provost T.3... More »

Civilian L-29 Delfin

The Aero L-29 Delfín (NATO reporting name: Maya) is a military jet trainer developed and manufactured by Czechoslovakian aviation manufacturer Aero Vodochody. In excess of 2,000 L-29 Delfins were ultimately supplied to the Soviet... More »

Civilian Leonardo M-346

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 contract for... More »

Civilian OH-6A

The Hughes OH-6 Cayuse (nicknamed "Loach", after the requirement acronym LOH-Light Observation Helicopter) is a single-engine light helicopter with a four-bladed main rotor used for personnel transport, escort and attack missions, and observation. Hughes... 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

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 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 of the Italian... More »

Civilian SR-22T

The Cirrus SR22 is a single-engine four- or five-seat composite aircraft built from 2001 by Cirrus Aircraft of Duluth, Minnesota. It is a development of the Cirrus SR20, with a larger wing, higher fuel... More »

Civilian 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 Sting... More »

Civilian TB-20 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 the RIAT... More »

Civilian Tecnam P2002

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. The aircraft... 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. The two... More »

Civilian UH-1H 'Huey'

The Bell UH-1 Iroquois military helicopter, first introduced in 1959, is the first production member of the prolific Huey family of helicopters, and was itself developed in over twenty variants. The UH-1H was an... More »

Civilian Vans RV-7

The Vans series of aircraft are the most popular home-built aeroplanes in the world, with over 10,000 now flying. The RV-7 is a two-seat taildragger, capable of cruising at speeds of up to 200mph... 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 »

Finnish Air Force C-295M

C-295 is a twin-turboprop tactical military transport aircraft, and is currently manufactured by Airbus Defence and Space in Spain. The C-295 is in service with the armed forces of 15 countries. The C-295M... More »

French Air Force KC-135R

The French Air Force operates 14 examples of the C-135 tanker aircraft, 11 C-135FRs and three KC-135Rs. The type is a modified version of the C-135 Stratolifter and is in military service with... More »

French Army Air Corps SA330B 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 operational service... More »

French Army Air Corps SA342M Gazelle

The Aerospatiale Gazelle light helicopter served the French armed forces in a wide range of roles, and continues to see limited use with the French Army Air Corps as a capable reconnaissance and... More »

French Air Force Alpha Jet E 'Patrouille de France'

France's national aerobatic team, the Patrouille de France, displays a formation of eight Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet E trainers. Based at Salon de Provence, the team celebrated its 65th anniversary in 2018. It started out... More »

French Navy Emb-121AN Xingu

Not often seen at the Air Tattoo, the 'Xingu', (pronounced shingoo), is a twin turboprop utility built by Brazilian manufacturer Embraer. In service with the French Navy, French Air Force and Brazilian Air... 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 unit is Lufttransportgeschwader... More »

German Air Force 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 a vital... 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 arm's Taktischen... 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 Luftwaffengeschwader (Tactical Air... More »

German Navy P-3C Orion

The Lockheed P-3 Orion first flew in 1959 and is a derivative of the commercial L188 Electra that took to the air two years earlier. Upgrades have ensured that the four-turboprop maritime patrol... 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. An original 19 examples were ordered, deliveries commencing in 1981. They were augmented... More »

Hellenic Air Force T-6A Texan II

The T-6 Texan II turboprop trainer came about on the basis of the Swiss-made Pilatus PC-9, offered by Beechcraft to meet the US Air Force and US Navy's JPATS (Joint Primary... More »

Hungarian Air Force JAS-39C/D 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. Currently operated under a leasing arrangement with the Swedish... More »

Irish Air Corps CN235 100MP

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 conjunction... 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 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... More »

Italian Air Force F-2000A Typhoon

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

Italian Air Force Frecce Tricolori

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

Italian Air Force HH-101A

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-149A 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

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 »

Lithuanian Air Force C-27J Spartan

Produced by Italian firm Alenia Aermacchi (now Leonardo), 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,... More »

Maritime and Coastguard Agency AW189

Bristow Helicopters' advanced SAR fleet is equipped with state of-the-art technology including night vision, mission management and increased on-board medical capabilities. In selecting its helicopters, Bristow chose aircraft that are specifically suited to the terrain... More »

Maritime and Coastguard Agency F406 Caravan II

The Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) is an executive agency of the Department for Transport. Among its duties, the Agency is responsible for countering oil pollution on the UK coast and waters; It... More »

Maritime and Coastguard Agency S-92

Bristow Helicopters' advanced SAR fleet is equipped with state of-the-art technology including night vision, mission management and increased on-board medical capabilities. In selecting its helicopters, Bristow chose aircraft that are specifically suited to the terrain... More »


The E-3A, a modified Boeing 707 with a large mushroom-shaped radar dome on its fuselage, provides NATO with crucial battlefield intelligence. The E-3A Sentry is an airborne warning and control system (AWACS), which normally... More »

Pakistani Air Force C-130B/E

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 Navy 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 end of the... More »

Qatar Emiri Air Force C-130J 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 C-130J variant of... More »

Qatar Emiri Air Force C-17 Globemaster

The C-17 Globemaster III is the biggest cargo aircraft to enter the Qatar Emiri Air Force's airlift fleet. The C-17 is capable of rapid strategic delivery of troops and all types of cargo... More »

QinetiQ RJ70

The Avro RJ, a development of the British Aerospace 146, joined the QinetiQ fleet after the retirement of the Andover and BAC One-Eleven. The organisation purchased two ex-commercial aircraft: an RJ100 and a... More »

QinetiQ PC-21

The PC-21 is a tandem seat advanced trainer, powered by a Pratt & Whitney PT6 turboprop, giving a jet like top speed of over 400mph. Manufacturer Pilatus handed over the first PC-21... More »

QinetiQ A109E Power

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

RAF C-130J Hercules C.4

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 Chinook HC.4/6A

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

RAF F-35B Lightning

The Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning fifth-generation combat aircraft will operate alongside the Typhoon. Lightning is a multi-role machine capable of conducting missions including air-to-surface, electronic warfare, intelligence gathering and air-to-air simultaneously.... More »

RAF H135 Juno HT.1

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 HT.1

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 Hawk T.1

The RAF still operates many examples of the 'original' BAE Systems 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 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 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 major part... More »

RAF 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 first RAF... More »

RAF Phenom 100

The Embraer Phenom 100 is taking over the multi-engine aircrew training duties of the King Air B200 and B200GT. With its touchscreen cockpit and comprehensive navigation, communications and flight safety suite, the Phenom 100... 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 British military... 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 R.1

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 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 in production for... More »

RAF Tucano T1

Last displaying in 2014, the Tucano is making an appearance at the 2019 Air Tattoo flown by Flt Lt Jim Matthews. The Tucano T1 is a modified version of the Brazilian Embraer EMB-312... More »

RAF Tutor T1

Taking over as this year's Display Pilot will be Flt Lt Neil Owczarkowski, with Fg Off Nick Humphreys staying on as Display Manager. The Grob Tutor entered service with the Royal Air Force... More »

Royal Air Force T-6C Texan T.1

The Beechcraft Texan T MK1 will take over the basic fast jet training role currently fulfilled by the Tucano T.Mk 1. Students will progress onto the aircraft from the Prefect and move forwards... More »

RAF Typhoon

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

RAF 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. The fleet is provided to the RAF... More »

Romanian Air Force C-27J

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 the C-27J... More »

Romanian Air Force MiG-21 LanceR C

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 »

Royal Canadian Air Force CC-130H/J 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 CC-130H fleet... More »

Royal Canadian Air Force 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 to perform... More »

Royal Danish Air Force EH-101 Merlin

The Royal Danish Air Force's EH101 Merlin Mk512s have two roles: tactical troop transport (TTT) and search and rescue (SAR). Accordingly, its fleet of 14 is role-divided, with eight TTT-equipped and six SAR-equipped examples... More »

Royal Jordanian Air Force 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... More »

Royal Jordanian Falcons

This year the Royal Jordanian Falcons will once again attend the Air Tattoo. Formed in 1976 and based at Amman International Airport, the four-ship team has been a regular and popular supporter of the... More »

Royal Navy AW159 Wildcat HMA.2

The Wildcat 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 Navy King Air 350

The Avenger, 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 at... More »

Royal Navy Hawk T.1/1A

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 BAE Systems Hawk... 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 Netherlands Air Force AH-64D Apache

A static example of the Boeing AH-64D Apache attack helicopter will be provided by the Royal Netherlands Air Force, part of the Dutch Defence Helicopter Command and stationed at Gilze-Rijen. A total of... More »

Royal Netherlands Air Force AS 532U2 Cougar Mk2

French helicopter manifacturer Aérospatiale (now Airbus Helicopters) developed this tactical transport helicopter from its Puma collaboration with Westland Helicopters.First flown in 1977 (AS332 Super Puma), it went on to enter widespread... More »

Royal Netherlands Air Force C-130H

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/F 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... More »

Royal Netherlands Air Force F-16AM/BM

The Royal Netherlands Air Force originally purchased 213 F-16A/B aircraft with the air arm being one of the four European Participating Air Forces in the programme and one of 5 countries to build... More »

Royal Netherlands Air Force NH90

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) and NFH (NATO... 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... More »

Slovakian Air Force C-27J Spartan

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

Slovenian Air Force 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 »

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 »

Spanish Navy EAV-8B Harrier II Plus

In October 1972 the Spanish Navy took a step forward integrating into the Harrier V/STOL program developed by Hawker Siddeley. In 1987 12 AV-8B were procured and formed the core of... More »

Strategic Airlift Capability 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 (SAC) that... 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-18C 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 entered service with... More »

Turkish Air Force F-4E-2020

Turkey is one of the last bastions of the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom and two of them will be gracing the static display of this year's Air Tattoo. Turkey, along with Greece, are... More »

Ukrainian Air Force Il-76 'Candid'

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... More »


Among the aircraft joining us this summer as the Air Tattoo marks the 70th anniversary of NATO is one of the alliance's most iconic heavy bomber aircraft, operated by the United... More »

USAF C-17A Globemaster III

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 »

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-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-16 Viper Demo Team

The Air Combat Command F-16 Viper Demonstration Team at Shaw AFB, S.C., performs precision aerial maneuvers to demonstrate the unique capabilities by one of the Air Force's premier multi-role fighters, the... More »

USAF KC-10A Extender

A KC-10A Extender from the 60th Air Mobility Wing at Travis Air Force Base in California will be on static display at this summer's Air Tattoo. The KC-10 Extender is an Air Mobility Command... More »


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 first... More »

USAF 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 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,... More »

US Navy 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 »

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