pt.-7. This is my final blog in the current series on this year’s Royal International Air Tattoo 2018.
We all have our special moments, for me what makes this year’s event so special was the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air force. Whilst the turn out was not bad, especially as we have a dwindling Air Force in types and numbers.
There were some great highlights, the French Air Force and Navy provided some great opportunities to take some different images, fantastic displays by a number of jet solo displays within NATO, and Eastern nations. Aerobatic displays from Italy, Frecce Tricolori, It may be the last time we will see them flying the Aermacchi AT-339pan trainer, and not forgetting the return of the Spanish Air Force’s with, Patrulla Aguila with the Casa 101 Aviojet putting on a very colorful display, must admit the commentator for the team was very enthusiastic, I liked that, made me smile. Other team contributions came from Switzerland, Jordan and our own RAFAT, Red Arrows.
There were some nice set pieces put together, the USAF Heritage flight with a F-35A Lightning 11,P-51 Mustang and a Spitfire VC, the later two from the Comanche Fighters, a three ship formation comprising of a Lancaster B-1, Tornado Gr-4 and the latest aircraft to enter service, Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning 11 to honor the reactivation of 617 Sqd, The Dambusters. Last but not least the formation that bought a tear to my eyes was the Trenchard plus formation, Lancaster, Dakota, three Spitfires and two Hurricanes for me this was the centerpiece flying display for the RAF 100 calibration, thank you.
There we have it, only mentioned a few of the highlights, to many to mention, a extended static display and 24 hours of non stop flying display over the three days, not forgetting the practices as well.
I spent five days at RAF Fairford, long days spent with friends and new friends, took 10,000 images, taken a week to sort the wheat from the chaff, deleted about 5,000 all in the name of the hobby.
My thanks go to all at Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Enterprises at Douglas Bader House Fairford, and of course all those fantastic volunteer’s, without them there wouldn’t be an airshow quite like this.
Next years Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford is on 19-21 July 2019. I will be there Hopefully.