Yesterday I went to RIAT 2016. This is the worlds biggest military airshow in RAF Fairford, England where countries from around the world demonstrate their aircraft with 40 flying displays and 1.5 miles worth of static displays. Here are some snaps I took and thought I’d share (apologies for the bad angles, I’m no pro photographer and those guys got there at 6am for the best spots).
The A400M, or ‘Atlas’ to us Brits, this does an excellent display for a large prop aircraft:
RAF Red Arrows
The United States Air Force and Marines brought over a bunch of aircraft, including the V22 Osprey, F22 Raptor, F15 Eagle and the highlight acts, the F-35A & F-35B. The F-35’s made their debut flight outside of the US at RIAT and the first demonstration of the aircraft to the second biggest buyer of the type. Here the F-35A did a fly past with the F-22 Raptor:
A flypast of the Red Arrows, RAF Eurofighter Typhoon and the U.S. F-35B in typical British weather…
The F-35B hovering to the crowd:
Runway had to be cleaned up as the downblast caused more wind than expected…
and here she is parked up with 3 armed police officers guarding it for some reason:
Did anyone else attend?