RIAT 2012 RAF Fairford
ONE OF the best in recent
years: that was the verdict after a star-studded line-up lived up to
expectations at the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford in
Despite the inclement weather, over
130,000 visitors attended during the show period, and their resilience was
rewarded with some truly spectacular flying, with the Black Eagles aerobatic
display team from South Korea getting everyone talking with a breath-taking
Organisers were delighted to
provide a classic Air Tattoo line-up, made possible by: debut visits from the
air arms of Japan, Colombia and South Korea; five other aerobatic display teams,
including crowd favourites The Red Arrows, plus the first Air Tattoo appearance
of Al Fursan (The Knights from the United Arab Emirates); and iconic aircraft
such as the USAF B-2 Spirit stealth bomber, the ever-popular Avro Vulcan, and
the Bell-Boeing Osprey MV-22.
A total of 39 air arms from 25
nations were represented at the event, bringing in 268 aircraft and 10 hot-air
balloons. And 43 senior military representatives attended the Air Chiefs'
Conference which preceded the airshow.
The pictures you see here are all
made on the Sunday (sorry only went one day) and only shots from the display, no static pictures here.