View Full Version : 2012 Royal International Air Tattoo - RAF Fairford, UK

07-17-2013, 11:03 PM
With the 2013 edition of RIAT just out of the gates I figured what better time to bring you a daily review of 6 days of aviation bliss in the UK....albeit a year late!

My boat to cross the pond..
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Breakfast over Belfast. I haven't flown First Class often, especially internationally, but NOBODY does it like BA!
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My ride for the muddy week ahead courtesy of a fee upgrade at Avis!
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Wednesday July 4, 2012 - Overcast and misty weather transitioned to partly sunny skies during the almost 2 hour ride from LHR to Gloucestershire. Unfortunately the clouds starting rolling back in as I arrived midday. Of course as I parked the car and started my trek to the viewing enclosure a pair of Polish MiG-29A's were already on final.
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Belgian Air Component Falcon 20
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UAE Air Force L-382G Hercules
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Italian Air Force P.180 Avanti
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NATO E-3A Sentry
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Hawker Beechcraft T-6C Texan II
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Luftwaffe Transall C-160D
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Hunting/BAC Jet Provost T3A
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Czech Air Force CN-295M
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07-18-2013, 09:44 AM
I was cursing you a year ago when you showed me the pics and I'm cursing you again! Great stuff Rob!

07-18-2013, 10:31 AM
VC-10 *droooooooooooooooollllllll

07-18-2013, 11:57 AM
I have GOT to go there one year :)

07-18-2013, 12:16 PM
Oh man that VC-10 and Sentry is sweet!

07-19-2013, 01:39 AM
If you guys liked the Wednesday arrival shots you're going to love the next 5 days!

Thursday July 5, 2012 - Other than Monday's departures, historically Thursday is the busiest day for movements at RIAT. The pace starts to quicken as display aircraft practicing their routines compete with arrivals now starting to noticeably fill up the nearly 2 mile long static park. Today would be the best weather of the week with beatiful light that at times gave way to passing showers. With the FRIAT Enclosure now open along the flightline it would also be the first time I realized just how bad the wettest month ever in the UK affected the airfield. On with the show....

Started the day at 6:00am in "The Queue" with the early birds looking to secure prime real estate inside the Eastern Park & View enclosure.
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Luftwaffe Tornado IDS
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Royal Navy Merlin HM1
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Marineflieger Do-228MR
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Gloster Meteor T7
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Hungarian Air Force An-26
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Swiss Air Force Beech 1900
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Army Air Corps Apache AH1
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Royal Norwegian Air Force F-16A/BM's
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Swiss Air Force AS332M Super Puma
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Patrouille Suisse F-5 Tiger II
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Airbus A400M 'Atlas'
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JASDF Boeing KC-767J
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French Army Air Corps TBM 700
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Polish Navy PZL M-28B Bryza
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RAF Hawk T2
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Hawker Hunter T7A
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Belgian Air Compoment F-16AM
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Hungarian Air Force JAS-39D Gripen
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Royal Danish Air Force CL-604 Challenger
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Polish Mig-29A returning from a SMOKIN' display!
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