Royal International Air Tattoo 2012 ...
Sky-Lens'Aviation' camera equipments are now ready for departure to RAF Fairford, as the airshow that looks as one of the best Tattoos in recent years is being prepared. In two weeks from now, first airplanes will be landing on the Gloucestershire airfield.
Organisers ofthe RIAT airshow are preparing to serve up a triple helping of historic aircraft as three new nations prepare to touch down at RAF Fairford for the Air Tattoo next month.
Colombia has confirmed it will be sending a C-130H Hercules and a rare training prop aircraft whilst the Republic of Korea will be represented by its aerobatic display team, the Black Eagles flying 9 T-50. Two of these T-50 jets will also take part to Farnborough International on week following the RIAT airshow.
In May, the Korean Air force began shuttling 10 of its T-50 Golden Eagle aircraft to Manchester airport on board a Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet. The jet trainers arrived in pieces and have since been reassembled at RAF Leeming air base.
Details of the third new participating nation are due to be announced by the Air Tattoo Team next week.
The UAE Air Force will also take part with newest Al Fursan national Team flying Aermacchi MB-339 jet trainers. Al Fursan was trained by ex Frecce Tricolori members. And to add more exotism to overall flying program will be the Saudi Air Force come back to Fairford with their Saudi Hawks , and also the Polish Air Force with the rare and fine MiG-29 solo display to name but a few participants only.
As well as almost 300 aircraft taking part in the airshow on July 7 and 8, the Air Tattoo will host one of the largest gatherings of international air chiefs ever assembled in the UK. More than 44 military chiefs, representing air forces from countries including Brunei, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Kenya, Uruguay, New Zealand, the US and Singapore, will be joining more than 130,000 people over the weekend.
Air Tattoo Chief Executive Tim Prince said the Air Tattoo’s international reputation as one of the world’s biggest and best airshows helped secure the 250-plus aircraft from more than 22 countries.
He said: “I’m delighted that 41 years after the first Air Tattoo, the world’s air arms still see the Air Tattoo as the place to demonstrate the capabilities of their aircraft and aircrew. Everyone involved in next month’s Air Tattoo is very excited because we believe we shall be staging one of the greatest aviation events anywhere in the world this year. It’s really not to be missed.”
Among the highlights of the Air Tattoo’s eight-hour flying programme will be displays by seven international aerobatic teams, and a special flypast by the RAF’s heavyweight airlift fleet featuring no less that the VC-10, TriStar, C-17, C130, A330 and also the A400M. There will also be a recreation of the mass flypast by 27 Hawk jets in ‘EIIR’ formation that took place over Windsor Castle in May as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
So if you miss next RIAT, you may feel a little bad aftermath. Royal International Air Tattoo 2010 report was on www.sky-lens.com/articles-airshows-uk-commonwealth-usa.php?recordID=81