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    2007 Royal International Air Tattoo - RAF Fairford, UK

    Made my bi-annual visit to the world's biggest military airshow last week and as always it didn't disappoint. The weather although not the greatest held off for the most part as we lucked out with a week of partly to mostly cloudy skies with a few showers. If the show was held this past weekend it would have been called off due to the airfierld and town flooding. The cancelation of the Pakistani P-3, Spanish Harriers and the Vulcan were a bit of a let down. But, as always the airaft on final always outshine the ones thast never cross the threashold.

    With over 300 aircraft attending this will be a long thread with many posts. I'll try and go in date order with some Wednesday arrivals to start...


    USAF T-43A Gator


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    Italian AF Tornado IDS's






    German Army BO-105


    Netherlands AF Apache


    Royal Jordanian Falcons Extra 300's


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    Re: 2007 Royal International Air Tattoo - RAF Fairford, UK

    Mors...Great Stuff. It's nice to see something new, and those NF-5's are HOT!

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    Re: 2007 Royal International Air Tattoo - RAF Fairford, UK

    I'll have to do the Thursday arrivals post in a few stages due to the large number of shots. I think I actually took more than Fred, but then again if he was there. UK aircraft types to start...

    RAF Puma's


    RAF Hawk


    RAF Dominie


    RAF Typhoons








    RAF Tornado GR4




    RAF Chinook


    RAF Sea KIng


    Royal Navy Hawk


    Royal Navy Jetstream T2


    Royal Navy Sea Lynx


    QinetiQ (UK) Alpha Jet


    QinetiQ (UK) Jaguar T2




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    Re: 2007 Royal International Air Tattoo - RAF Fairford, UK

    Outstanding stuff Rob. I was wondering when we'd see some pics.
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    Re: 2007 Royal International Air Tattoo - RAF Fairford, UK

    Some hardware from the Americas...

    Brazilian R-99


    Brazilian C-130




    Canadian CT-142 Gonzo


    USAF F-16's




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    USAF MH-53 Pave Low


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    Re: 2007 Royal International Air Tattoo - RAF Fairford, UK

    very nice! i'm really hoping to hit up some shows in the UK soon, i'm getting a little tired of seeing the same american hardware at every show i go to....
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    Re: 2007 Royal International Air Tattoo - RAF Fairford, UK

    Quote Originally Posted by cancidas
    very nice! i'm really hoping to hit up some shows in the UK soon, i'm getting a little tired of seeing the same american hardware at every show i go to....
    You'll be booking a one way from JFK to LHR aftewr my next few posts in this thread!

    While The Royal International Air Tattoo is not what it use to be in the 90's when it regularly pushed or exceeded the 500 aircraft envelope it really has no equal anywhere in the world. Sure we have Oshkosh with it's herd of civil and experimental aircraft and then there's Sun N' Fun with it's gaggle of aircraft that's more of the same. Try and find a show with over 300 aircraft, most of them from military air arms. It doesn't exist anywhere in North America or the planet for that matter. Air Force 50 at Nellis AFB back in 1997 was the only airshow that ever came close and that was a one shot deal not an annual event.

    Now on with some more Thursday arrivals...

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    German Army CH-53 Super Stallion


    French Navy Super Etendard


    French Navy Falcon 10


    French Air Force Mirage 2000D






    French Air Force Aplha Jets




    Royal Netherlands Air Force F-16


    Royal Danish Navy Sea Lynx


    Spanish Air Force CASA CN-295


    Spanish Air Force Team Aguila CASA 101 Aviojets




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    Italian Air Force C-27 Spartan


    Italian Air Force C-130J Hercules


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    Re: 2007 Royal International Air Tattoo - RAF Fairford, UK

    Quote Originally Posted by MORS-AB-ALTO
    Quote Originally Posted by cancidas
    very nice! i'm really hoping to hit up some shows in the UK soon, i'm getting a little tired of seeing the same american hardware at every show i go to....
    You'll be booking a one way from JFK to LHR aftewr my next few posts in this thread!

    While The Royal International Air Tattoo is not what it use to be in the 90's when it regularly pushed or exceeded the 500 aircraft envelope it really has no equal anywhere in the world. Sure we have Oshkosh with it's herd of civil and experimental aircraft and then there's Sun N' Fun with it's gaggle of aircraft that's more of the same. Try and find a show with over 300 aircraft, most of them from military air arms. It doesn't exist anywhere in North America or the planet for that matter. Air Force 50 at Nellis AFB back in 1997 was the only airshow that ever came close and that was a one shot deal not an annual event.

    Now on with some more Thursday arrivals...

    Pilatus PC-21
    ah the pilatus! to think of the trouble i could get into with that airplane!!! too bad the -21 isn't sold on the civilian market. and very well said, and i will be booking a trip there next year! do you know when it's scheduled?
    it is mathematically impossible for either hummingbirds, or helicopters to fly. fortunately, neither are aware of this.

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    Re: 2007 Royal International Air Tattoo - RAF Fairford, UK

    It's scheduled for the 13th and 14th of July 2008. The following week is the Farnborough Airshow which for those of you unfamiliar with it is a trade show attended by most aircraft manufacturers with prototypes of new aircraft.

    I'm working on getting a group together to combine the two events along with visits to LHR and MAN as well as other airports. If anyone is interested, I'll post details in the travel planning forum once I have them (provided Phil doesn't have a problem with me doing that.)

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    Re: 2007 Royal International Air Tattoo - RAF Fairford, UK

    Quote Originally Posted by markg
    I'm working on getting a group together to combine the two events along with visits to LHR and MAN as well as other airports. If anyone is interested, I'll post details in the travel planning forum once I have them (provided Phil doesn't have a problem with me doing that.)
    Although not really into the commercial scene MAN is the best airport for spotting I've ever scene. I visited their picnic area a few years back and if the wind is right you'll get some great shots. LHR is much like JFK, but surrounded by land with a better variety. Farnborough is one of the few places you can see something like an A-340 thrown around as if it were an F-16. Although I've never attended from what I've heard the display line was moved WAY out there a few years back. The good thing with Farnborough running close to RIAT is that the Air Tattoo have managed to draw a few star acts to Fairford. Case in point the thrust vectoring Mig-29 OVT last year. Also, don't forget the best warbird airshow in Europe Flying Legends at Duxford Airfield the week before RIAT.
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    Re: 2007 Royal International Air Tattoo - RAF Fairford, UK

    I've saved some of the best for my last Thursday arrivals post...

    Indian Air Force Hawk


    Indian Air Force IL-78 Midas




    Indian Air Force Sukhoi Su-30MKI's








    Finnish Air Force Hornets




    Czech air Force Mi-8 Hip


    Czech Air Force An-26 Cline


    Czech Air Force L-159


    Estonian Air Force Le-410


    Hungarian Air Force An-26 Cline


    Hungarian Air Force Saab JAS-39 Gripen






    Hellenic Air Force C-130




    Hellenic Air Force (T)A-7 Corsair II's










    US Navy E-4B Mercury


    Beagle Auster 6A Tugmaster


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    Re: 2007 Royal International Air Tattoo - RAF Fairford, UK

    Oh WOW! I am loving the Typhoons & Gripens, aside from WW III what do you think it would take to see them in the USA?

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    Re: 2007 Royal International Air Tattoo - RAF Fairford, UK

    Good stuff Rob!!! I was waiting to see when and where your shots were going to turn up :D
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