WELCOME TO RIAT 2017 FAIRFORD AIR BASE
This year is a special year for the Royal International Air Tattoo due to celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the United States Air Force and the 75th Anniversary of the Royal Air Force Regiment.
As you wander around the packed showground you really appreciate the level of craftmanship and level of power as and when required to protect our country under armed threat.
Meet The Raptor
The F-22 Raptor defines air dominance. The 5th Generation F-22’s unique combination of stealth, speed, agility, and situational awareness, combined with lethal long-range air-to-air and air-to-ground weaponry, makes it the best air dominance fighter in the world.
Demonstrated Operational Maturity
The Collier Award-winning F-22 Raptor has delivered on its promise to provide unprecedented air dominance. The F-22 has demonstrated precision attack capabilities, defeating both air- and ground-based threats with unparalleled lethality and survivability.
The F-22’s ability to collect and share tactical information with friendly assets enables U.S. and allied forces to engage targets with unmatched battlespace awareness. The Raptor makes other coalition aircraft more survivable.
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE AIR DEMONSTRATION SQUADRON
it’s been 10 years since the Thunderbirds have been to Fairford for the RIAT Show and they come back with a fighting force to contend with 6 F-16’s.
The thunderbirds display alternates between manoeuvres performed by the diamond, and those performed by the solos. They have a total of 8 different formation’s The Diomond, Delta, Stinger, Arrowhead, Line-Abreast, Trail, Echelon and the five card.
They get as close as 18inches in some of the air to air displays and it’s a great display performed by the crew.