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RIAT 2010
 
RIAT 2010 - Arrivals
 
Tornado ECR - 46+48 - Jagdbombergeschwader 32 - German Air Force   Tornado IDS - 45+94 - Jagdbombergeschwader 33 - German Air Force   MC-130P Hercules - 66-0215 - 7 Special Operations Squadron - United States Air Forces in Europe   B-52H Stratofortress - 61-0002/LA - 20 Bomber Squadron - United States Air Force
 
AH-64D Apache - Q-22 - 301 Squadron - Royal Netherlands Air Force   AS532U2 Cougar - S-419 - 300 Squadron - Royal Netherlands Air Force   Lynx AH7 - ZD284 - 659 Squadron - Army Air Corps   CH-53G Super Stallion - 84+14 - Mittleres Transporthubschrauberregiment 15 - German Army
 
CH-53G Super Stallion - 84+14 - Mittleres Transporthubschrauberregiment 15 - German Army

RIAT 2010 - Pt. 1

Text by Mike Freer. Photography by Mike Freer, Stuart Freer, Remco Donselaar and Nico van Remmerden. Video by Jan Loederman.

The eagerly awaited Royal International Air Tattoo was staged over the weekend of July 17th and 18th and attracted a host of the world’s major Air Arms.

The main themes of this year’s show were the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain; Flying Training and the 150th anniversary of the Cadet Force.

In addition to the large gathering of Hurricanes & Spitfires on display both on the ground and in the air, the welcome appearance of the EADS Heritage Flight Messerschmitt Bf109G-4 along with a British privately owned Messerschmitt 108 Taifun, was a fitting tribute to the many Luftwaffe pilots who perished during the Battle of Britain.

A wide range of training aircraft was on view to illustrate this vital role. Ranging from a TG-10C Kestrel glider of the United States Air Force Academy (seen for the first time in Europe) through to the fast jet operational conversion role as provided by such aircraft as a rarely seen two seat version of the Sukhoi SU-22UM-3K of the Polish Air Force. The whole spectrum of training – from ab intio to operational conversion – was on view.

2010 marks the 150th anniversary of the Cadet Movement. The Cadet Corps was formed to bolster the country’s defence forces following heavy losses during the Crimean War. Today’s Cadet Forces have evolved into four separate entities comprising the Sea Cadet Corps, the Army Cadet Force, the Combined Cadet Force and the Air Training Corps. A number of Viking TX1 and Vigilant T1 gliders were on display to demonstrate the role undertaken in training the CCF and ATC.

Though reduced in numbers, compared to previous years, there was still a sizeable static aircraft display. Aircraft were provided by the Air Arms of the United Kingdom, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Jordan, NATO, the Netherlands, Oman, Norway, Poland, Sweden and the USA, along with a number of private operators. For the aviation cognoscenti there was a lack of the rarer types and special colour schemes but the walk was still the cause of aching feet at the end of the day.

 
C-130H Hercules - 501 - 16 Squadron - Royal Air Force of Oman   KC-135R Stratotanker - 63-7980 - 412 Test Wing - United States Air Force   KC-135R Stratotanker - 59-1482 - 91 Air Refueling Squadron - United States Air Force   AS532U2 Cougar - S-419 - 300 Squadron - Royal Netherlands Air Force
 
Tornado F3 - ZE341/GO - 111 Squadron - Royal Air Force   F-15C Eagle - 86-0174/LN - 493 Fighter Squadron - United States Air Forces in Europe   Harrier T12 - ZH657/105 - 800 Naval Air Squadron - Royal Navy - Fleet Air Arm   Jetstream T2 - XX486/567 - 750 Naval Air Squadron - Royal Navy - Fleet Air Arm
 
B-52H Stratofortress - 61-0002/LA - 20 Bomber Squadron - United States Air Force
 
RIAT 2010 - The Show
 
MC-130P Hercules - 66-0220 - 67 Special Operations Squadron - United States Air Forces in Europe   Let L13 Blanik - N435BA/AF - United States Air Force   Texan  - WEFLY! Team   Sukhoi Superjet 100 - 97005 - Russian Air Force
 
Tutor T1 - G-BYWL/WL - Central Flying School - Royal Air Force   Tutor T1 - G-BYWL/WL - Central Flying School - Royal Air Force   Tucano T1 - ZF317/QJ-F - Royal Air Force   Tucano T1 - ZF171/LZ-R - 207 (Reserve) Squadron - Royal Air Force
 
Hawk T1A - XX263 - 208 (Reserve) Squadron - Royal Air Force
 
Hawk T1A - XX263 - 208 (Reserve) Squadron - Royal Air Force   Hawk T1A - XX263 - 208 (Reserve) Squadron - Royal Air Force   EF2000 FGR4 Typhoon - ZJ916/QO-U - 3 Squadron - Royal Air Force   EF2000 FGR4 Typhoon - ZJ916/QO-U - 3 Squadron - Royal Air Force
 
Chinook HC2 - ZD574/DB - 18 Squadron - Royal Air Force   Chinook HC2 - ZD574/DB - 18 Squadron - Royal Air Force   Harrier GR9 - ZG858 - 4 (Reserve) Squadron - Royal Air Force   Harrier GR9 - ZG858 - 4 (Reserve) Squadron - Royal Air Force
 
Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk IIa - P7350 - Battle of Britain Memorial Flight - United Kingdom
 
Hawker Hurricane XIIa - G-HURI - Historic Aircraft Collection - United Kingdom   Hawk T2 - ZK032 - 19 (Reserve) Squadron - Royal Air Force   Hawker Hurricane I - G-HUPW - Minnmere Farm Partnership - United Kingdom   Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk IXc - MK356 - Battle of Britain Memorial Flight - United Kingdom
 
C-17A Globemaster III - 00-0172 - 58 Airlift Squadron - United States Air Force   C-17A Globemaster III - 00-0172 - 58 Airlift Squadron - United States Air Force   F/A-18F Hornet - 166923 - United States Navy   F/A-18F Super Hornet - 166923 - United States Navy
 

RIAT 2010 - Pt. 2

The seven hour air show covered the whole spectrum of military aviation from gliders to bombers and the latest technology in the shape of the amazing F-22A Raptor. 

One of the main themes of RIAT 2010 was Flying Training and the RAF was well represented in the flying display with a number of current types. Aerobatic displays were provided by Flt Lt Bill Ramsey in a Grob Tutor; Flt Lt Tom Saunders in a Hawk T1 of 208 (R) Squadron; Flt Lt Leon Crease and Flt Lt Dave Mason in a Super King Air of 45 (R) Squadron and a Tucano T1 of 72 (R) Squadron flown by Sqd Ldr Tom Bould – the later painted in a retro colour scheme representing Spitfire Squadrons that flew in the Battle of Britain.

A Typhoon T1 of 29(R) Squadron flown by Flt Lt Tim Clements gave an exhilarating display, coming a close second behind the Raptor and Flt Lt Steve Kenworth in a Harrier GR9 of 4 (R) Squadron proved, once again, just how manoeuvrable and versatile this aircraft is.

The Royal Air Force provided a role demonstration by two Tornado GR4 aircraft of XV (R) Squadron attacking a fictitious Taliban target with a Tornado F3 of 111 Squadron providing Close Air Support. In the midst of clouds of smoke and loud explosions, a Chinook HC2 of 18 Squadron swept in low and fast to deposit a number of vehicles and troops to mop up any enemy resistance.

A number of fast jet displays were provided by our European neighbours. The French Air Force displayed an Alphajet E of EAC 00.314 based at Tours. A Belgium Air Force F-16AM was in close competition with a similar type from the Royal Netherlands Air Force to see who could provide the most impressive flying display. Commandant Michel ‘Mitch’ Beulen of 349 Squadron based at Kline Brogel in Belgium walked away with the honour winning the award for the best overseas flying display. However, not to be outdone, the Dutch F-16AM of 322/323 Squadrons provided a unique display of flying skills by flying in close formation with an AH-64DN Apache helicopter of 301 Squadron based at Gilze Rijen. One disappointing aspect of the flying display was the ban on the use of flares being fired by the AH-64DN and the F-16AMs – an impressive feature at air shows on the continent. A JAS-39C Gripen of f7 Wing based at Satenas in Sweden represented the SAAB stable, while in the static display was the latest version in the form of the Gripen NG of the SAAB Flight Test Centre.

F-22A Raptor - 06-4126/AK - 525 Fighter Squadron - United States Air Force
 
F-22A Raptor - 06-4108/AK - 525 Fighter Squadron - United States Air Force   F-22A Raptor - 06-4126/AK - 525 Fighter Squadron - United States Air Force   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA110 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA110 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component
 
JAS 39C Gripen - 39204/204 - F7 - Swedish Air Force   JAS 39 Gripen - 39204/204 - F17 - Swedish Air Force   Airbus A400M - EC-402 - Airbus Military   Airbus A400M - EC-402 - Airbus Militairy
 

 
F-5E Tiger II - Unknown - Patrouille Suisse - Swiss Air Force   F-5E Tiger II - Unknown - Patrouille Suisse - Swiss Air Force   F-5E Tiger II - Patrouille Suisse - Swiss Air Force   F-5E Tiger II - Unknown - Patrouille Suisse - Swiss Air Force
 
Hawk T1A - XX322 - The Red Arrows - Royal Air Force   Hawk T1 - The Red Arrows - Royal Air Force   Hawk T1 - The Red Arrows - Royal Air Force   Hawk T1A - XX322 - The Red Arrows - Royal Air Force
 
Hawk T1 - XX322 - The Red Arrows - Royal Air Force
 
AH-64D Apache - Q-19 - 301 Squadron - Royal Netherlands Air Force   AH-64D Apache - Q-19 - 301 Squadron - Royal Netherlands Air Force   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - J-015 - 313 Squadron - Royal Netherlands Air Force   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - J-015 - F-16 Solo Display Team - Royal Netherlands Air Force
 
Alpha Jet E - Patrouille de France - French Air Force   Alpha Jet E - Patrouille de France - French Air Force   Alpha Jet E/8 - Patrouille de France - French Air Force   Alpha Jet E - Unknown/8 - Patrouille de France - French Air Force
 
Alpha Jet E - Patrouille de France - French Air Force
 
Avro Vulcan B2 - G-VLCN - Vulcan to the Sky Trust - United Kingdom   Avro Vulcan B2 - G-VLCN - Vulcan to the Sky Trust - United Kingdom   B-52H Stratofortress - 61-0039/MT - 69 Bomber Squadron - United States Air Force   B-52H Stratofortress - 61-0039/MT - 69 Bomber Squadron - United States Air Force
 
B757-2K2 - NZ7572 - 40 Squadron - Royal New Zealand Air Force   B757-2K2 - NZ7572 - 40 Squadron - Royal New Zealand Air Force   Avro Lancaster BII - PA474 - Battle of Britain Memorial Flight - United Kingdom   Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk IXc - MK356 - Battle of Britain Memorial Flight - United Kingdom
 
Tornado GR4 - ZA459/F - 15 (Reserve) Squadron - Royal Air Force
 
RIAT 2010 - Departures
 
Alpha Jet - ZJ646/46 - QinetiQ - Aircraft Test & Evaluation - Royal Air Force   F-16BM Fighting Falcon - 692 - 338 Skvadron - Norwegian Air Force   Hunter Flying Club - United Kingdom   Dominie T1 - XS733/J - 55 (Reserve) Squadron - Royal Air Force
 
JAS 39D Gripen - 39824/824 - F7 - Swedish Air Force   AS532 Cougar - 1190/DDA - 1 RHC - French Army   Tornado F3(T) - ZE163/HY - Royal Air Force   Tornado GR4 - ZA553/045 - 9 Squadron - Royal Air Force
 
Messerschmitt Bf-109G-4 - D-FWME - Messerschmitt Stiftung - Germany
 
A109 Hirundo - ZR322 - 32 (The Royal) Squadron - Royal Air Force   Su-22UM-3K Fitter - 308 - 40. elt - Polish Air Force   Tucano T1 - ZF317/QJ-F - Royal Air Force   MB339CD - MM55072/61-140 - 61° Stormo - Italian Air Force
 
F-4F Phantom II - 38+50 - Jagdgeschwader 71 - German Air Force   F-16CJ Fighting Falcon - 90-0360/SP - 23 Fighter Squadron - United States Air Forces in Europe   F-15E Eagle/Strike Eagle - 91-0301/LN - 492 Fighter Squadron - United States Air Forces in Europe   F-16CJ Fighting Falcon - 90-0361/SP - 23 Fighter Squadron - United States Air Forces in Europe
 
Typhoon FGR4  - ZJ916/QQ-U - 3 Squadron - Royal Air Force

RIAT 2010 - Pt. 3

Some of the larger aircraft in the flying display showed just how manoeuvrable they can be in the hands of skilled pilots. A Boeing 757-200 of 40 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force performed some stunning, fighter like, movements. The first UK public appearance of the Airbus A400M which had flown in previously from nearby RAF Brize Norton, no doubt gave the RAF a close look at the future transport aircraft that will be based there. Vulcan XH558 was, as usual,  a crowd stopper.

No show would be complete without its aerobatic teams and this year RIAT hosted five teams. The Red Arrows, Patrouille Suisse, Patrouille de France and Royal Jordanian Falcons along with a new Italian team – We Fly Team.

The main theme of this year’s event was the 70th anniversary of the Battle Britain of Britain and in addition to the World War Two participation mentioned earlier, there were a number of formations of modern types from countries that participated in the battle. The formations comprised Hawk T1/T2 and Tornado F3 from the UK; F-15C from the USA; F-16A from Belgium; Mirage 2000 from France and Boeing 757-200 from New Zealand. A formation display given by a Spitfire of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight alongside a Typhoon F2 of 29(R) Squadron provided a link between the wartime generation of fighters and those of today.

The United States Air Force is always a major contributor to RIAT and this year was no exception with aircraft provided by USAF Europe, Air Education &Training Command; Air Mobility Command; Global Strike Command; Air Force Reserve Command; Special Operations Command and the Air National Guard. An MC-130 Hercules of the 352nd SOG opened the flying display with a  parachute display. Also in the flying display was a C-17A of the 58th Airlift Squadron and a B-52H of the 69th Bomb Squadron. Undoubtedly, the “star” of this year’s RIAT was the F-22A Raptor flown by Major Dave ‘Zeke’ Skalicky assigned to the 1st Operations Group at Langley AFB in Virginia. The display was simply mesmerising. The aircraft is operated by the 525th Fighter Squadron.

The US Navy provided a P-3C Orion and an E-6B Mercury for static display along with an F/A-18F Hornet in the flying display.

All in all, an outstanding flying display and a fine tribute to the Battle of Britain.

 
F-16AM Fighting Falcon - J-876 - 322 Squadron - Royal Netherlands Air Force   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - J-014 - 313 Squadron - Royal Netherlands Air Force   C-130H Hercules - 344 - 3 Squadron - Royal Jordanian Air Force   Mirage 2000B - 528/115-KS - EC 02.005 - French Air Force
 
C-130H Hercules - 501 - 16 Squadron - Royal Air Force of Oman   MC-130P Hercules - 66-0215 - 67 Special Operations Squadron - United States Air Forces in Europe   F-15C Eagle - 86-0174/LN - 493 Fighter Squadron - United States Air Forces in Europe   JAS 39 Gripen NG - 39-7 - Swedish Air Force
 
F-16AM Fighting Falcon - J-876 - 322 Squadron - Royal Netherlands Air Force
 
Touchdown Conclusion
 

Considering the current economic and financial climate, the organisers, once again, provided an outstanding air show. Full credit to the 3000, or so, volunteers that make this event possible, in aid of the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust.

Approximately, 155,000 people attended the event over the two days and this year's RIAT attracted 246 aircraft from 30 air arms representing 17 nations.

VIP guests included HRH Lieutenant General Prince Feisal bin Hussein of Jordan; Defence Minister Gerald Howarth; Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton; Chief of Staff USAF General Norton Schwartz; the head of the Iraqi Air Force Lt General Anwar Hamad Amin; plus a delegation of senior military personnel from China.

Major David ‘Zeke’ Skalicky walked away with three awards for his scintillating display in the F-22A Raptor. He was awarded the King Hussein Sword for the best overall flying display; the Paul Bowen Trophy for the best jet demonstration and the FRIAT Trophy

Other awards went to Flt Lt Steve Kenworthy of 4(R) Squadron flying the Harrier GR9 who was awarded the Sir Douglas Bader Trophy for the best individual flying display; Commandant Michel ‘Mitch’ Beulen of 349 Squadron, Belgium Air Force, the Lockheed Martin Cannesta Trophy for the best overseas flying display; Flt Lt ‘Wally’ Walton and Sdr Ldr Duncan Mason for their Typhoon/Spitfire synchro pair display were awarded the Steedman Display Sword and finally the Best Livery Award went to Capt Torsein Eikens, Capt Pal-Frode Larsen and Lt Erland Stueland of 338 Skvadron/Royal Norwegian Air Force for their immaculate F-16AM.

Next year’s event (July 16th-17th) celebrates the 40th anniversary of RIAT along with a proposed Tiger Meet – truly, a mouth- watering prospect.

The author wishes to thank Laura Iles and Richard Arquati, Press & Publicity Officers, RAF Charitable Trust Enterprises.

 
Touchdown Rating - 4 out of 5
 
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