Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) RAF Fairford - United Kingdom
14-15-16th of July 2017 - 266 pictures -


RIAT 2017 took place between 14th-17 July 2017. The show was a tribute to the 70th anniversary of the United States Air Force (USAF) and saw the return of USAF Thunderbirds for the first time in 10 years. The show featured a special flypast from the USAF that included a C130 Hercules, 3 F15 Strike Eagles, 2 F16 Fighting Falcons, a KC135 tanker and on the Sunday a special appearance from a B2 Stealth Bomber. There was also a display from the F-22 Raptor on the Sunday of the show. A Sea King Helicopter from the Belgian Air Component performed a search and rescue demo
The show also saw the Ukrainian Air Force SU-27 added as a last minute addition as well as the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster Bomber flying with 3 Spitfires & a Hurricane in a formation known as Thompson formation . Notable static displays included 2 F4 Phantoms from the Hellenic Air Force, while the Ukrainian Air Force sent a 2nd SU-27 & a Ilyushin Il-76 and the USAF provided many aircraft for static including a B1 Lancer, B52 Stratofortress and a U2 Spy plane.[Source Wikipedia]

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