The summer of 2017 will see the return of the colourful and popular Royal Jordanian Falcons to 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 airshow for many years.
Originally flying three Pitts S-2A Specials, the team changed to four fast and nimble Walter Extra-300 L aircraft in 2007. The team performs around the world, acting not only as an ambassador for Jordan but also demonstrating the country's aviation expertise.
When not flying, the Jordanian pilots and crew welcome the opportunity to meet and chat with visitors on the showground about their aircraft, their country and their various flying activities.
Few foreign nations have as strong historic links with the Air Tattoo as does the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. In 1982, following the death of Group Captain Sir Douglas Bader - the legendary legless Second World War ace - the role of Air Tattoo Patron passed to King Hussein of Jordan, whose affection for the RAF derived from its support of his kingdom in 1921.
He also helped set up what was then known as the Royal International Air Tattoo Flying Scholarships for the Disabled (now Flying Scholarships for Disabled People). Despite King Hussein's death in 1999, his widow Queen Noor continued offering her loyal support, as did his son HRH Prince Feisal, who as the current Patron of the charity maintains the Air Tattoo's much-valued link with the Jordanian Royal Family.