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Visitors to this summer's Royal International Air Tattoo, which will be celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, will have good reason to celebrate 60 glorious years of a different kind!

Among the hundreds of aircraft taking part in the airshow, at RAF Fairford, on July 7-8 will be the giant B-52 'Stratofortress' strategic bomber, which first flew in April 1952.

The aircraft, which has become synonymous with the US Air Force Base having been stationed in the Cotswolds during the conflicts in the Gulf and Kosovo, will come from 307 Bomber Wing, Air Force Reserve Command, based at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana.

This iconic aircraft is among the latest to be confirmed for this summer's Air Tattoo. Other US military aircraft so far confirmed for this summer's airshow include a KC-135R Stratotanker from the US Air Force Reserve Command; an MV-22B Osprey from the US Marine Corps and a P-3C Orion and E-6B Mercury from the US Navy.

Air Tattoo spokesman Richard Arquati said that ever since the Air Tattoo was first staged at the US Air Force Base at Greenham Common in 1973, strong and enduring links have been forged between the airshow and the US military.

He said: "The US Air Force supports the Air Tattoo in so many different ways that it would be impossible for the airshow to take place without it. No where else in the world does the US military offer such support in terms of logistics, personnel and aircraft - for a civilian airshow. It is a totally unique relationship that we at the Air Tattoo are extremely grateful and honoured to enjoy."

News of the B-52's participation comes as Air Tattoo organisers urge people planning to attend this summer's airshow to buy their tickets before the end of tomorrow (Saturday, March 31) to ensure they take advantage of their special Earlybird ticket offer. From Sunday (April 1), day-specific tickets for the airshow will cost £39 plus a £4 booking fee for orders taken online or over the telephone. The Earlybird price of £34 and no booking fee represents a saving of up to £9 per ticket.

March 30, 2012

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