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Royal International Air Tattoo - RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire, July 15th, 2017

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01 USAF 96th BS 2nd BW B-52H Stratofortress 60-0022 Deuces Wild RIAT 2017 02 USAF 96th BS 2nd BW B-52H Stratofortress 60-0022 Deuces Wild RIAT 2017 03 FAF Alpha Jet E 705-TA RIAT 2017 04 USAF 408th FS 52nd TFW F-16CM 90-0813 RIAT 2017 05 USAF 493rd FS 48th FW F-15C RIAT 2017 06 RAF Red Arrows Hawk T1a RIAT 2017 07 RAF Red Arrows Hawk T1a RIAT 2017 08 RAF Red Arrows Hawk T1a RIAT 2017 09 RAF Red Arrows Hawk T1a RIAT 2017 10 RAF Red Arrows Hawk T1a RIAT 2017 11 USAF 7th SOS 352nd SOW CV-22B Osprey 11-0058 RIAT 2017 12 USAF 7th SOS 352nd SOW CV-22B Osprey 11-0058 RIAT 2017 13 USAF 7th SOS 352nd SOW CV-22B Osprey 11-0058 RIAT 2017 14 USAF 7th SOS 352nd SOW CV-22B Osprey 11-0058 RIAT 2017 15 USAF 7th SOS 352nd SOW CV-22B Osprey 11-0058 RIAT 2017 16 BBMF Spitfires and Hurricane RIAT 2017 17 BBMF Lancaster B1 PA474 Spitfire IIa P7350 Spitfire XIX PS915 RIAT 2017 18 BBMF Lancaster B1 PA474 Hurricane IIc LF363 Spitfire XVI TE311 RIAT 2017 19 BBMF Lancaster Spitfires and Hurricane RIAT 2017 20 BBMF Avro Lancaster B1 PA474 RIAT 2017 21 BBMF Avro Lancaster B1 PA474 RIAT 2017 22 BBMF Avro Lancaster B1 PA474 RIAT 2017 23 Airbus Military A400M Atlas EC-404 RIAT 2017 24 Airbus Military A400M Atlas EC-404 RIAT 2017 25 Airbus Military A400M Atlas EC-404 RIAT 2017 26 Airbus Military A400M Atlas EC-404 RIAT 2017 27 Airbus Military A400M Atlas EC-404 RIAT 2017 28 Airbus Military A400M Atlas EC-404 RIAT 2017 29 Airbus Military A400M Atlas EC-404 RIAT 2017 30 Airbus Military A400M Atlas EC-404 RIAT 2017 31 B-17G Flying Fortress Sally B G-BEDF RIAT 2017 32 B-17G Flying Fortress Sally B G-BEDF RIAT 2017 33 B-17G Flying Fortress Sally B G-BEDF RIAT 2017 34 P-51D Mustang G-SIJJ Tall in the Saddle RIAT 2017 35 P-51D Mustang G-SIJJ Tall in the Saddle RIAT 2017 36 USAF 351st ARS KC-135R Stratotanker RIAT 2017 37 USAF 351st ARS KC-135R Stratotanker RIAT 2017 38 USAF 351st ARS KC-135R Stratotanker RIAT 2017 39 USAF 37th AS C-130J-30 Hercules RIAT 2017 40 USAF 48th FW F-15E Strike Eagle F-15C Eagle RIAT 2017 41 USAF 48th FW F-15E Strike Eagle F-15C Eagle RIAT 2017 42 USAF 48th FW F-15E Strike Eagle F-15C Eagle RIAT 2017 43 USAF 493rd FS 48th FW F-15C 86-0176 RIAT 2017 44 USAF 408th FS 52nd TFW F-16CM RIAT 2017 45 USAF 493rd FS 48th FW F-15C 84-0001 RIAT 2017 46 USAF 408th FS 52nd TFW F-16CM 96-0080 RIAT 2017 47 USAF 493rd FS 48th FW F-15C Eagles RIAT 2017 48 USAF 494th FS 48th FW F-15E Strike Eagle 91-0309 RIAT 2017 49 USAF 494th FS 48th FW F-15E Strike Eagle 91-0309 RIAT 2017 50 P-51D Mustang 413318 Frenesi N357FG RIAT 2017 51 P-51D Mustang 413318 Frenesi N357FG RIAT 2017 52 USAF Thunderbirds F-16C Fighting Falcon RIAT 2017 53 USAF Thunderbirds F-16D Fighting Falcon RIAT 2017 54 USAF Thunderbirds F-16D Fighting Falcon RIAT 2017 55 USAF Thunderbirds F-16C Fighting Falcon RIAT 2017 56 USAF Thunderbirds F-16C and F-16D Fighting Falcon RIAT 2017 57 USAF Thunderbirds F-16C and F-16D Fighting Falcon RIAT 2017 58 USAF Thunderbirds F-16C Fighting Falcon RIAT 2017 59 USAF Thunderbirds F-16C and F-16D Fighting Falcon RIAT 2017 60 USAF Thunderbirds F-16C Fighting Falcon RIAT 2017 61 USAF Thunderbirds F-16C and F-16D Fighting Falcon RIAT 2017 62 USAF Thunderbirds F-16C Fighting Falcon RIAT 2017 63 USAF Thunderbirds F-16C Fighting Falcon RIAT 2017 64 USAF Thunderbirds F-16C Fighting Falcon RIAT 2017 65 USAF Thunderbirds F-16C and F-16D Fighting Falcon RIAT 2017 66 USAF Thunderbirds F-16C and F-16D Fighting Falcon RIAT 2017 67 USAF Thunderbirds F-16C and F-16D Fighting Falcon RIAT 2017 68 USAF Thunderbirds F-16C and F-16D Fighting Falcon RIAT 2017 69 USAF Thunderbirds F-16C and F-16D Fighting Falcon RIAT 2017 70 Conteau Delta Mirage 2000D RIAT 2017 71 Conteau Delta Mirage 2000D RIAT 2017 72 Conteau Delta Mirage 2000D RIAT 2017 73 Conteau Delta Mirage 2000D RIAT 2017 74 Conteau Delta Mirage 2000D RIAT 2017 75 Conteau Delta Mirage 2000D RIAT 2017 76 Conteau Delta Mirage 2000D RIAT 2017 77 Conteau Delta Mirage 2000D RIAT 2017 78 Conteau Delta Mirage 2000D RIAT 2017 79 Conteau Delta Mirage 2000D RIAT 2017 80 FAF Rafale C 4-GL RIAT 2017 81 FAF Rafale C 4-GL RIAT 2017 82 FAF Rafale C 4-GL RIAT 2017 83 FAF Rafale C 4-GL RIAT 2017 84 FAF Rafale C 4-GL RIAT 2017 85 Ukraine Air Force 831 BrTA Su-27P1M Flanker Blue 58 RIAT 2017 86 Ukraine Air Force 831 BrTA Su-27P1M Flanker Blue 58 RIAT 2017 87 Ukraine Air Force 831 BrTA Su-27P1M Flanker Blue 58 RIAT 2017 88 Ukraine Air Force 831 BrTA Su-27P1M Flanker Blue 58 RIAT 2017 89 Ukraine Air Force 831 BrTA Su-27P1M Flanker Blue 58 RIAT 2017 90 Ukraine Air Force 831 BrTA Su-27P1M Flanker Blue 58 RIAT 2017 91 Ukraine Air Force 831 BrTA Su-27P1M Flanker Blue 58 RIAT 2017 92 Ukraine Air Force 831 BrTA Su-27P1M Flanker Blue 58 RIAT 2017 93 AAC 4 Regiment AH-64D Apache AH1 RIAT 2017 94 AAC 4 Regiment AH-64D Apache AH1 RIAT 2017 95 AAC 4 Regiment AH-64D Apache AH1 RIAT 2017 96 AAC 4 Regiment AH-64D Apache AH1 RIAT 2017 lightbox gallery scriptby VisualLightBox.com v6.1

Comment - Another year, another RIAT, another set of pictures of mainly grey aircraft against grey skies! I’m beginning to get a complex about going to RIAT!

To be fair we weren’t going to go this year but, as always, the promise of some special aircraft drew us in, this time the carrots including being a rare UK appearance of the USAF demonstration team ‘The Thunderbirds.’ Maybe this time, I thought stupidly, I will get some blue skies to get some decent pics (the last time being Waddington in 2011 which was pretty hazy and poor for photography) but alas it was not to be. The other big draw was the Ukrainian Air Force Sukhoi Su27P Flanker. I last saw an example of this magnificent beast at a Biggin Hill International Air Show back in the 90s when I was shooting slide film (Kodachrome 200 unfortunately which I later appraised to have a bad performance in terms of grain and red tint and have forever since wished I had used Kodachrome 64 at the time) so the chance to see this king of the skies again with the digital kit was too good to pass up.

The big theme for 2017 was the 70th anniversary of the US Air Force, celebrated by a flypast that included a KC-135R from Mildenhall, F-15 Eagles from Lakenheath, A C-130J from Ramstein and a pair of F-16CMs from Spangdahlem. The marginal weather on Saturday meant that we didn’t get to see the F-22A Raptor demo, or the heritage formation with North American P-51D Mustang ‘Frenesi’ which was disappointing (Frenesi got airborne, but not the 5th gen superfighter - a clear win for 1940s technology…) and it was touch and go for the Thunderbirds, Thunderbird 1 getting airborne and keeping us all holding baited breath while he flew the circuit to check the cloud base. To everyone’s relief all was good for a flat display and the team were given a ‘go’ for launch. The following display did not disappoint. I also tried to overlook my memories of the days when we would have had a B-1 and B-52 in the flying display too.

Other highlights included the Armee de l’Air’s Contreau Delta pairing of two Mirage 2000Ds which won my personal accolade for take-offs actually worthy of pointing a lens at, and the AAC Apache demo with its rather good pyrotechnic fireball at the end.

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