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RAF Increases Support For Air Tattoo

Published: 15 Jun 2017

The Royal Air Force has increased its already considerable support for the Royal International Air Tattoo 2017, with a number of aircraft being confirmed for the show's static display.

On show in the RAF Village, showcasing a range of different RAF roles in modern-day operations, will be an Airbus Atlas C.1 turboprop airlifter from No 70 Squadron, making the short hop to the show at Fairford from its home at Brize Norton. The RAF's newest transport continues to be introduced to service and has been proving a great success. Also coming from Brize Norton is another key element of the service's modern air mobility force, a Boeing C-17A Globemaster III from No 99 Squadron.

Front-line fast jets are due to come in the form of a Panavia Tornado GR4 strike aircraft operated by No 12 Squadron at RAF Marham, and two Eurofighter Typhoons from Nos 1 and 6 Squadrons at RAF Lossiemouth. Two more of the aircraft that train aircrew members to fly RAF fast jets and multi-engine types will be seen in the form of a No IV (Reserve) Squadron Hawk T2 stationed at RAF Valley, a Hawk T.1 from 100 Squadron, based at RAF Leeming and a King Air B200 from the RAF Cranwell-based No 45 (Reserve) Squadron. Two RAF helicopters have also been confirmed for static display, a Griffin HT.1 from 60 (R) Squadron and a Squirrel HT.1 from the Central Flying School.

These RAF aircraft add to the air arm's significant flying contribution to RIAT 2017, headlined by the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows.

“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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