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This Thursday we can announce more aircraft from the United States Air Force for RIAT 2023! We look forward to seeing examples of their F-15E, F-16CJ and F-35A for static display. In addition, as part of our SKYTANKER23 theme, from RAF Mildenhall we'll have a KC-135R Stratotanker on static display, plus a flypast on Saturday & Sunday. Finally, two lesser seen aircraft types, the C-21A and C-37A will also be available on static display for closer inspection of these executive transport aircraft operated by the 86th Airlift Wing.
We can now confirm the RAF Chinook Display Team will be performing in the skies over RIAT 2023 on the Saturday & Sunday! In addition, Joint Helicopter Command will also be sending their Apache, Gazelle, Merlin & Wildcat for static display at this year's show. Of note; it will be our first chance to see the new AH-64E 'Guardian' Apache at RIAT, and the final chance to see the legendary Gazelle helicopter as they approach retirement from Army Air Corps service. These helicopters will be arriving on Friday afternoon, and available for inspection in the static display over the weekend.
Finally, four more military helicopters for the static displays: We're very excited to see two rare naval helicopters, the Caiman and Dauphin, courtesy of the French Navy. In addition, the Irish Air Corps will send their AW139 & EC135, which we haven't seen at the Air Tattoo for many years.
A small update this week regarding the RAF Typhoon Force participation: Rather than the previously advertised pair of jets from 11 Squadron, one of the aircraft will now be coming from 12 Squadron and is planned to be a T3 twin seater aircraft.
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