Live Coverage of the Royal International Air Tattoo 2017

The Royal International Air Tattoo is arguably the world’s biggest military airshow. It is hosted each year, at RAF Fairford in the United Kingdom. This year, it runs from the 14-16th of July.

However, as aircraft arrive from around the world, and depart after the show, we will provide live updates on aircraft movements and important information relating to the show.

In addition to this, our author Avineesh Suppiah will be attending the airshow over the coming weekend, to provide us with up to date reports. We hope you enjoy our live coverage ūüôā

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Wednesday, 12th July

The first aircraft has arrived at RAF Fairford, a United States Air Force Boeing B-52H Stratofortress. The aircraft will be part of the static display park at the airshow.

The list of aircraft that arrived at RAF Fairford on 12th July:

  • USAF Boeing B-52H Stratofortress
  • USAF Lockheed U-2 ‚ÄúDragon Lady‚ÄĚ
  • Royal Air Force Embraer Embraer 500 Phenom 100E
  • Textron AirLand Cessna E530 Scorpion
  • Gulfstream Aerospace Gulfstream Aerospace G-V-SP Gulfstream G550
  • USAF¬†Rockwell B-1 Lancer
  • Arm√©e de l‚ÄôAir Dassault Rafale C
  • Royal Jordanian Air Force Lockheed C-130 Hercules
  • Swedish Air Force Lockheed C-130 Hercules
  • Pakistani Air Force¬†Lockheed C-130 Hercules
  • Czech Air Force¬†Saab JAS 39 Gripen
  • Czech Air Force Aero L-159 Alca
  • Spanish Air Force CASA C-295
  • Spanish Air Force McDonnell Douglas¬†EF-18AM Hornet
  • Royal Jordanian Falcons
  • Turkish Air Force¬†Boeing KC-135R
  • Arm√©e de l‚ÄôAir Dassault Mirage 2000
  • Turkish Air Force General Dynamics F-16C ‚ÄúSoloturk Display‚ÄĚ
  • Italian Air Force Tornado A-200
  • Italian Air Force Alenia Aermacchi¬†M-346 Master
  • Italian Air Force Alenia C-27J Spartan
  • Qatar Emiri Air Force Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules
  • Hellenic Air Force¬†McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantom II
  • Luftwaffe Airbus Military A400M Atlas C.1
  • Royal Air Force Red Arrows display team

 

Pink Aviation Services Shorts Skyvan 3-100 OE-FDP is busy filming promotional videos for RIAT, making flypasts with other aircraft for air-to-air shots. The aircraft is being based at Cotswold Airport for the duration of the week.

Thursday, 13th July

Plenty more aircraft have been spotted arriving into RAF Fairford today.

  • Belgian Air Force General Dynamics F-16C Fighting Falcon
  • Royal Air Force Airbus Military A400M Atlas C.1
  • USAF General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon
  • USAF McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle
  • Swedish Air Force Saab 105
  • USAF Learjet C-21A
  • Slovenia Air Force Let L-410 UVP-E
  • Belgian Air Component General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon
  • Finnish Air Force display team “The Midnight Hawks”
  • Pilatus Britten-Norman BN-2T Islander/ASTOR
  • Britten-Norman BN-2T-4S Defender 4000
  • USAF Lockheed MC-130 Hercules
  • Royal Air Force BAE Hawk T.2A
  • German Navy Westland Lynx
  • Royal Air Force Chinook HC.4
  • Ukranian Air Force Ilyushin IL-76 and Sukhoi Su-27
  • Royal Navy Beechcraft Avenger T.1
  • Swiss Air Force Aerobatic team Patrouille Suisse
  • Swiss Air Force Beech 1900D
  • Japanese Air Self Defence Force Boeing KC-767J
  • Airbus Defence Airbus A400M Atlas C.1
  • Royal Canadian Air Force Boeing¬†CH-147F Chinook
  • Finnish Air Force CASA C-295M
  • Israeli Air Force Lockheed C-130 Hercules
  • Luftwaffe Panavia Tornado ECR
  • USAF/USMC Boeing CV-22B Osprey
  • Royal Air Force “Operation Granby” Panavia Tornado GR.4
  • USAF¬†Sikorsky HH-60 Pave Hawk
  • Beechcraft Model 18
  • Royal Danish Air Force Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604
  • Hurrican Heritage Hawker Hurricane Mk.1
  • Royal Navy Westland Merlin Mk.2
  • German Navy¬†Westland Sea King Mk.41
  • German Navy¬†Eurocopter EC 135P2+
  • Irish Air Corps Pilatus PC-9
  • Polish Navy PZL-Mielec M-28B-1R Bryza

  • Arm√©e de l’Air¬†Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet

  • Luftwaffe C-160 Transall
  • Koninklijke Luchtmacht Lockheed C-130 Hercules
  • US Navy Boeing P-8A Poseidon
  • Royal Air Force Shorts Tucano T.1
  • North American P-51D Mustang
  • Finnish Air Force¬†NHIndustries NH90
  • Royal Air Force Airbus KC-2 Voyager (Airbus A330-243MRTT)

Meanwhile, Skyvan OE-FDP was busy filming again today with a Royal Air Force Typhoon FGR.4 aircraft.

In addition to this, several aircraft and display teams have been practicing their displays today, in preparation for the next three days of public displays.

Friday, 14th July

Friday was the first day of flying displays, running from 11AM to 3PM. The aircraft flying schedule was as follows (in chronological order). Any displays with a strikethrough were cancelled on the day.

11:00 AM

Royal Air Force aerobatic display team “The Red Arrows” (4x BAe Systems Hawk T.1)

USAF Special Operations Command Bell Boeing CV-22B Osprey

Slovenian Air Force Pilatus PC-9M

12:00 Noon

Italian Air Force Alenia C-27J Spartan

Royal Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon FGR.4

Royal Air Force Boeing Chinook HC.4

Arm√©e de l’Air Couteau Delta tactical display team (2x Dassault Mirage 2000D)

Belgian Air Component General Dynamics F-16A MLU Fighting Falcon

1:00 PM

Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight:

  • 1x Avro Lancaster
  • 3x Supermarine Spitfire
  • 1x Hawker Hurricane)

Airbus Space and Defence (Airbus Military) A400M C.1 Atlas

United States Air Force 70th Anniversary Flypast:

  • 1x USAF Europe Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker
  • 1x USAF Europe Lockheed Martin C-130J-30 Hercules
  • 2x USAF Europe McDonnell Douglas F-15C Eagle
  • 1x USAF Europe McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle
  • 2x USAF Europe General Dynamics F-16C Fighting Falcon
  • 1x Sikorsky HH-60G Pave Hawk

2:00 PM

USAF Heritage Flight

  • 1x US Air Combat Command Lockheed F-22 Raptor
  • 1x North American P-51D Mustang¬†

US Air Combat Command aerobatic display team “The Thunderbirds”:

  • 5x Lockheed Martin F-16C Fighting Falcon
  • 1x¬†Lockheed Martin F-16D Fighting Falcon

Ukrainian Air Force Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker

The 4 hour flying display is only half the time of the displays on Saturday and Sunday, but shows off some of the most impressive aircraft at the show.

Unfortunately, the RIAT management team announced a few cancellations for the show:

  • USAF Douglas A-4 Skyhawk (will not appear at RIAT 2017)
  • Ukranian Air Force Sukhoi Su-27 (will not fly in Friday display)
  • Italian Air Force Alenia C-27J Spartan (will not fly in Friday display)
  • North American P-51D Mustang “Frenesi”¬†(will not fly in Friday display)

The A-4 Skyhawk cancellation is shocking news for many aviation enthusiasts. The aircraft was dueto make it’s first appearance at the airshow for 40 years.

In other news, a few more aircraft have been arriving into RAF Fairford today:

  • Royal Canadian Air Force Boeing CC-177 Globemaster III
  • Belgian Air Component Westland Sea King Mk.48
  • Army Air Corps¬†AgustaWestland Wildcat AH.1

A surprise addition to today’s flying display was a flypast by both the Red Arrows and the Thunderbirds, something that has never been seen before, and will not occur during the weekend flying displays.

Saturday, 15th July

Saturday was the first day to feature an 8 hour flying display, running from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. The aircraft flying schedule was as follows (in chronological order). Any displays with a strikethrough were cancelled on the day.

10:00 AM

Czech Republic Air Force Saab JAS-39C Gripen

Finnish Air Force Midnight Hawks display team (4x BAe Systems Hawk T.1)

Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militaire) Panavia A-200A Tornado IDS

Belgian Air Component General Dynamics F-16A MLU Fighting Falcon

11:00 AM

Belgian Air Component Westland Sea King Mk.48

Royal Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon FGR.4

Spanish Air Force McDonnell Douglas EF-18M Hornet

The Royal Jordanian Falcons display team (4x Extra EA-300L)

11:50 AM

Royal Air Force Boeing CH-47 Chinook HC.4

2x Czech Republic Air Force Aero L-159 ALCA

Royal Air Force aerobatic display team “The Red Arrows” (4x BAe Systems Hawk T.1)

USAF Bell Boeing CV-22B Osprey

1:00 PM

Austrian Air Force Saab J 105√Ė

Slovenian Air Force Pilatus PC-9M

Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight:

  • 1x Avro Lancaster
  • 3x Supermarine Spitfire
  • 1x Hawker Hurricane

Airbus Space and Defence (Airbus Military) A400M C.1 Atlas

2:00 PM

United States Air Force 70th Anniversary Flypast:

  • Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress
  • North American P-51D Mustang
  • 1x USAF Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker
  • 1x USAF Europe Lockheed Martin C-130J-30 Hercules
  • 2x USAF Europe McDonnell Douglas F-15C Eagle
  • 1x USAF Europe McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle
  • 2x USAF Europe General Dynamics F-16C Fighting Falcon
  • 1x Sikorsky HH-60G Pave Hawk

USAF Heritage Flight

  • 1x US Air Combat Command Lockheed F-22 Raptor
  • 1x North American P-51D Mustang

3:00 PM

US Air Combat Command aerobatic display team “The Thunderbirds”:

  • 5x Lockheed Martin F-16C Fighting Falcon
  • 1x¬†Lockheed Martin F-16D Fighting Falcon

Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militaire) Alenia Aermacchi/Leonardo M-346 Master

4:00 PM

Turkish Air Force solo display team “SOLOT√úRK” (1x Lockheed Martin F-16C Fighting Falcon)

Swedish Air Force Saab JAS-39C Gripen

Swiss Air Force aerobatic display team Patrouille Suisse (5x Northrop F-5E Tiger II)

5:00 PM

Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militaire) Alenia C-27J Spartan

Arm√©e de l’Air Couteau Delta tactical display team (2x Dassault Mirage 2000D)

Arm√©e de l’Air Dassault Rafale C Solo Display

Ukrainian Air Force Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker

Army Air Corps Agusta Westland AH.1 Apache 

Bad weather, a mixture of low visibility, low cloud base and rain, lead to several displays being cancelled at the start of the flying display. Hundreds flocked to shelters to avoid the weather!

However, the weather improved as the day went on, providing some dramatic clouds and condensation filled displays!

Despite this, some of the star displays including the F-22 Raptor had to be cancelled. The cloud base was just 900ft, only a 100ft short of allowing the display to happen….

The day ended on a high note, with most aircraft scheduled after the F-22 performing some incredible displays. The second to last act, the French Air Force Dassault Rafale C, put on a ridiculous display, breaking the sound barrier on it’s last pass, causing car alarms to go off at the West end of the airfield.

Here are some highlights from the day’s flying display:

Hopefully, Sunday’s weather will be better! See you tomorrow ūüôā

Sunday, 16th July

Saturday was the last day of the Air Tattoo. Better weather allowed for visitors to explore the extensive array of static aircraft, including a wide variety of multi coloured tails.

Sunday also features an 8 hour flying display, running from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. The aircraft flying schedule was as follows (in chronological order). Any displays with a strikethrough were cancelled on the day.

10:00 AM

Turkish Air Force solo display team “SOLOT√úRK” (1x Lockheed Martin F-16C Fighting Falcon)

Arm√©e de l’Air Couteau Delta tactical display team (2x Dassault Mirage 2000D)

Swedish Air Force Saab JAS-39C Gripen

11:00 AM

Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militaire) Alenia Aermacchi/Leonardo M-346 Master

The Royal Jordanian Falcons display team (4x Extra EA-300L)

Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militaire) Panavia A-200A Tornado IDS

Swiss Air Force aerobatic display team Patrouille Suisse (5x Northrop F-5E Tiger II)

Army Air Corps Agusta Westland AH.1 Apache

11:50 PM

Finnish Air Force Midnight Hawks display team (4x BAe Systems Hawk T.1)

Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militaire) Alenia C-27J Spartan

1:00 PM

Austrian Air Force Saab J 105√Ė

Slovenian Air Force Pilatus PC-9M

Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight:

  • 1x Avro Lancaster
  • 3x Supermarine Spitfire
  • 1x Hawker Hurricane

1:45 PM

United States Air Force 70th Anniversary Flypast:

  • Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress
  • North American P-51D Mustang
  • 1x Boeing B-2 Spirit Bomber
  • 1x USAF Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker
  • 1x USAF Europe Lockheed Martin C-130J-30 Hercules
  • 2x USAF Europe McDonnell Douglas F-15C Eagle
  • 1x USAF Europe McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle
  • 2x USAF Europe General Dynamics F-16C Fighting Falcon
  • 1x Sikorsky HH-60G Pave Hawk

USAF Heritage Flight

  • 1x US Air Combat Command Lockheed F-22 Raptor
  • 1x North American P-51D Mustang

2:50 PM

US Air Combat Command aerobatic display team “The Thunderbirds”:

  • 5x Lockheed Martin F-16C Fighting Falcon
  • 1x¬†Lockheed Martin F-16D Fighting Falcon

Airbus Space and Defence (Airbus Military) A400M C.1 Atlas

3:50 PM

Czech Republic Air Force Saab JAS-39C Gripen

Royal Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon FGR.4

Belgian Air Component General Dynamics F-16A MLU Fighting Falcon

Spanish Air Force McDonnell Douglas EF-18M Hornet

4:30 PM

Royal Air Force aerobatic display team “The Red Arrows” (4x BAe Systems Hawk T.1)

Arm√©e de l’Air Dassault Rafale C Solo Display

Royal Air Force Boeing Chinook HC.4

Ukrainian Air Force Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker

2x Czech Republic Air Force Aero L-159 ALCA

The flying display was kicked off in spectacular fashion, by the incredible SOLOTÜRK, before a host of transport and fighter aircraft graced the skies.

A spectacular surprise addition to the lineup came in the form of a USAF Boeing B-2A Spirit Bomber, which had flown to the UK on excercise, direct from Whiteman AFB in America. The aircraft made two passes before heading straight back to American soil. The B-2’s flight lasted just over 20 hours in total!!

All flying displays (apart from the earlier announced cancellation of the HH-60 Pave Hawk) went ahead, much to the enjoyment of the crowds. However, bad weather dampened the last part of the day, striking just as the French Dassault Rafale made a spectacular departure.

Here are some highlights from the day:

However, Sunday was the last day of public displays at the Royal International Air Tattoo 2017. We hoped you enjoyed our live airshow coverage, see you next year ūüôā For now, onwards with the live departures!

Some aircraft did make departures from RAF Fairford after the show ground closed:

  • Airbus Defence and Space (Airbus Military) A400M C.1 Atlas
  • Royal Danish Air Force Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604

Monday, 17th July

As the public display finished up, plenty of aircraft departed back to their home nations and air bases. Here is a list of Monday departures, in chronological order:

  • 3x Swedish Air Force Saab JAS-39C Gripen
  • Royal Air Force Airbus KC3 Voyager (A330-243MRTT)
  • Belgian Air Component Westland Sea King Mk.48
  • Swiss Air Force aerobatic display team “The Patrouille Suisse” (7x Northrop F-5E Tiger II)
  • Alenia Aermacchi/Leonardo M-346 Master
  • Finnish Air Force aerobatic display team “The Midnight Hawks” (5x BAe Systems Hawk T.1)
  • Royal Air Force Grob G.120TP
  • USAF¬†Gulfstream Aerospace C-37A (G-V-SP Gulfstream G550)
  • German Air Force (Luftwaffe) Eurofighter Typhoon EF2000
  • 2x Czech Republic Air Force Aero L-159 ALCA
  • Slovenian Air Force Pilatus PC-9M
  • Royal Canadian Air Force CC-177 Globemaster III
  • 2x US Air Combat Command Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor
  • 2x Spanish Air Force McDonnell Douglas EF-18M Hornet
  • De Havilland DHC-1 Chipmunk 21
  • Israeli Air Force Lockheed Martin KC-130H Hercules
  • 2x Austrian Air Force¬†Saab J 105 √Ė
  • German Air Force (Luftwaffe)¬†Eurofighter Typhoon¬†EF2000
  • Czech Republic Air Force Saab JAS-39C Gripen
  • 2x Belgian Air Component General Dynamics F-16A MLU Fighting Falcon
  • Royal Air Force Airbus A400M C.1 Atlas
  • Royal Canadian Air Force CH-47F Chinook
  • Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militaire) Panavia A-200A Tornado ECR
  • Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militaire) Alenia Aermacchi/Leonardo T-346
  • Finnish Army NHIndustries NH-90
  • Finnish Air Force EADS/CASA C-295
  • 2x Royal Air Force Grob G.115 Tutor
  • Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militaire) Alenia C-27J Spartan
  • German Navy Westland Sea King Mk.41
  • Swiss Air Force Beech 1900D
  • Royal Air Force¬†Aerospatiale AS.350BB Squirrel HT.1
  • 2x French Air Force (Arm√©e de l’Air) Dassault Rafale C
  • German Navy¬†Westland WG-13 Super Lynx Mk.88A
  • French Air Force (Arm√©e de l’Air) Couteau Delta tactical display team (3x Dassault Mirage 2000D)
  • QinetiQ AgustaWestland AW109
  • Polish Navy¬†PZL Mielec M28 Skytruck
  • Czech Republic Air Force Aero L-159 ALCA
  • 2x Hellenic Air Force McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantom
  • 2x USAF Europe Lockheed Martin F-16C Fighting Falcon
  • 2x Royal Netherlands Air Force General Dynamics F-16A MLU Fighting Falcon
  • Royal Air Force Panavia Tornado GR.4
  • Royal Navy AgustaWestland AW101 Merlin HM.2
  • Royal Air Force Shorts Tucano T.1
  • The Royal Jordanian Falcons aerobatic display team
  • Royal Air Force BAe Systems Hawk T.1
  • 2x USAF Europe McDonnell Douglas F-15C Eagle
  • USAF Europe McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle
  • QinetiQ (Empire Test Pilot’s Flying School)¬†British Aerospace BAe 146 RJ70
  • Slovenian Air Force Let L-410UVP-E
  • Japanese Air Self Defence Force Boeing KC-767J
  • German Air Force Transall C-160
  • Belgian Air Component General Dynamics F-16A MLU Fighting Falcon
  • Royal Navy Beechcraft B300/350 Avenger T.1
  • German Navy Airbus Helicopters/Eurocopter EC135
  • Spanish Air Force EADS/CASA C-295
  • Royal Australian Air Force Boeing E-7A Wedgetail
  • Royal Air Force aerobatic display team “The Red Arrows”
  • Bronco Demo Team (1x North American/Rockwell OV-10B Bronco, 1x Shorts SC.7 Skyvan)
  • 2x Royal Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon FGR.4
  • Royal Jordanian Air Force Lockheed Martin C-130H Hercules
  • Ukrainian Air Force Ilyushin IL-76MD
  • 1x Ukrainian Air Force Sukhoi Su-27P1M, 1x¬†Ukrainian Air Force Sukhoi Su-27B1M
  • Royal Air Force Bulldog T.1
  • Royal Air Force¬†Embraer 500 Phenom 100E
  • Royal Air Force¬†Beechcraft T-6C Texan II
  • Royal Netherlands Air Force (Koninklijke Luchtmacht) Lockheed Martin C-130H-30 Hercules
  • Turkish Air Force SOLOT√úRK display (2x Lockheed Martin F-16C Fighting Falcon)
  • Turkish Air Force Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker
  • Royal Air Force¬†Percival P-56 Provost T.1
  • Royal Air Force¬†BAC 84 Jet Provost T Mk.5
  • French Air Force¬†Fouga CM.170 Magister
  • Army Air Corps¬†Britten-Norman BN-2T-4S Defender 4000
  • German Air Force¬†Eurofighter EF2000(T) Typhoon
  • Strikemaster Display BAC 167 Strikemaster Mk.82A
  • Irish Air Corps Pilatus PC-9M
  • Royal Air Force BAe Systems¬†Hawk T.1A
  • 2x French Air Force (Arm√©e de l’Air) Dassault Dornier Alpha Jet
  • Beechcraft Model 18
  • USAF Lockheed U-2S Dragon Lady
  • Gulfstream Aerospace Gulfstream Aerospace G-V-SP Gulfstream G550
  • North American P-51D Mustang “Frenesi”
  • 2x Royal Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon FGR.4
  • US Air Combat Command aerobatic display team “The Thunderbirds” (4x Lockheed Martin F-16C Fighting Falcon)
  • Royal Air Force Beechcraft B200 King Air
  • Czech Republic Air Force EADS/CASA C-295
  • Textron AirLand Cessna E530 Scorpion

  • Army Air Corps¬†Pilatus Britten-Norman BN-2T Islander/ASTOR
  • German Air Force (Luftwaffe) Airbus A400M C.1 Atlas
  • Royal Air Force Airbus A400M C.1 Atlas
  • German Air Force (Luftwaffe) Panavia Tornado ECR
  • USAF Europe Sikorsky HH-60G Pave Hawk
  • US Air Combat Command aerobatic display team “The Thunderbirds”¬†(4x
  • Lockheed Martin F-16C Fighting Falcon)
  • 2x Royal Air Force Boeing CH-47 Chinook HC.4
  • USAF Lockheed U-2S Dragon Lady

Here are some videos from “Departures Day”

 

Tuesday, 18th July

As shown above, the main day for departures was Monday. However, a few aircraft, including the elusive USAF Boeing B-1B Lancer departed on Tuesday, around 2:00 PM.

Other than that, we hope you have enjoyed our live coverage of the Royal International Air Tattoo, spanning from the 12th to the 18th of July!

Thanks for checking out this post, and tune in next year for more! Bye for now!

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