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German Navy Prepares to Set Sail for Air Tattoo

Published: 16 Feb 2017

This summer will see the Air Tattoo welcome back three German Navy aircraft for display in the static park at RAF Fairford.

The Lockheed P-3C Orion maritime patroller and Airbus EC135P2+ training helicopter last appeared at the airshow in 2016 whilst the Westland Sea Lynx utility helicopter's most recent visit was in 2015.

The P-3C Orion, one of eight in the German Navy, is a maritime patrol aircraft and has been used extensively on multi-national missions, notably European Union-led anti-piracy taskings in the Horn of Africa. The Sea Lynx performs search & rescue and anti-submarine roles as well as light transport. The twin-engined EC-135 is used by the German Navy to train future Sea King and Sea Lynx pilots.

Air Tattoo spokesman Richard Arquati said the German Navy's participation reflected the strong bond that exists between the air arm and the airshow.

He said: "Historically, the German military has been well represented at the Air Tattoo and we hope the German Air Force and German Army will be equally generous in sending aircraft to RAF Fairford in July. However, we are conscious that operational commitments are continually changing so we will have to wait and see."

“It was an epic spectacle, as magical as anything you've ever seen in the West End, and as loud as anything you've ever heard at Knebworth.”

Jeremy Clarkson, Television Presenter

“All the thrills, excitement and noise of a Grand Prix, but in the air!”

Jenson Button, Former Formula 1 Racing Driver

“Probably the most complete air show I’ve ever been to!”

Al Worden, Apollo 15 Astronaut

“This is THE best airshow!”

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut

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