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French Navy Sails for Air Tattoo!

Published: 17 Apr 2018   updated: 23 Apr 2018


The French Navy has confirmed that it will feature in the flying display at this summer's Air Tattoo. The Rafale tactical demonstration, featuring two examples of the multirole French fighter jet, will make its debut at RAF Fairford, joining other nations to help celebrate the RAF's 100th anniversary. 

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 both the single-seat Rafale C and two-seat Rafale B variants, while the French Navy operates the carrier-borne Rafale M. Both air arms have taken this very agile multi-role machine - capable of air-to-air, air-to-ground (including nuclear strike) and reconnaissance missions - on operations around the world.

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