F 35A Chen Peng

27 April

  • 27th Apr 2023

Firstly this week we're pleased to be welcoming a large contingent from our friends in the Royal Netherlands Air Force to join the RIAT 2023 static displays! We are especially excited to see their new F-35A Lightnings on static display for the first time, alongside a myriad of other jets, helicopters and transport aircraft.

Another fast jet addition to the flying display next, as we confirm the participation of the Rafale Solo Display from France. Regarded as one of Europe's best fast jet demonstrations, the team will have a newly painted display jet for the 2023 season which we look forward to seeing in due course and welcoming to the show in July. In addition, as part of our SKYTANKER theme, we're very pleased the French Air & Space Force will also be sending one of a C-135FR Stratotankers to perform a flypast during the Friday flying display, which may be the last chance for us to see the aircraft in the UK before their retirement from service.

This week we can also confirm more historic aircraft for our Italian Air Force centenary celebrations, with a pair of MB.326 jets for static display. In addition, we will also welcome a Fiat G.91, affectionately known as the 'Gina', which is being restored to flight especially for this year's celebrations in Italy. The jet, expected to perform it's first flight soon will be resplendent in the colours of the Frecce Tricolori and be one of the highlights of our static aircraft displays.

This week we have continued discussions with multiple Air Arms and civilian operators as the show gets ever closer, with a significant number of aircraft still to be announced pending formal approval.