RIAT 2006 Index

Part One : The Show

Part Two: Rapid Global Effect

Part Three: Fairford Fusion

Part Four: The Flying Display




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The operational theme theme for this years was Rapid Global Effect, an insight into how a military force deploys itself so rapidly into the theatre of operations so rapidly in support of humanitarian crisis or the fight against terrorism. Paul Johnson/Flightline UK reports. All Photography copyright of Author or as stated.

Ther Rapid Global Effect theme attracted a number of aircraft from throughout the world from the familiar to the not so familiar. The furtherest travelled was the Boeing 707 from the Royal Austrailian Air Force while the Malaysian Air Force CN235 was another rare visitor from the far east. Denmark debuted it's new Search and Rescue EH101 helicopters which were built at Westland's plant at Yeovil.

The crew celebrate their awards with the Director of the Royal International Air Tattoo, Tim Prince - Photo courtesy of the Royal International Air Tattoo Press Office

However, the aircraft that really stole the show was the Pakistan Air Force L382B Hercules. This aircraft is unique as it's the last of the "civilian" versions of the Hercules serving with 6sqn of the Pakistan Air Force. It arrived at Fairford adorned with special markings celebrating the massive effort by the several nations Air Forces alongside the Pakistan to provide humanitarian aid to the victims of the Pakistan earthquake last year. Such was the effort and the spirit of the members of the Pakistan Air Force at the Tattoo that they took away the Tattoo’s prestigious Concours d’Elegance competition, lifting the Page Aerospace Trophy as well as the BAE Systems’ Trophy for winning the Spirit of the Meet competition. The crew were also presented with an engraved bowl for having the Best Livery at this year’s Air Tattoo. It was presented by Air Tattoo director Tim Prince.

“This is a wonderful result and we are elated that the Tattoo judges acknowledged what we wanted to present,” said Wg Cdr Haseeb Gul, who commanded a 19-strong team of aircrew and medical personnel in the medical evacuation configured aircraft.

Another rare participant was the UK Open Skies Andover C1(PR) based at Boscombe Down while the civilian side was well represented by the FedEx Airbus A310. One dissappointment was that the US Special Forces participants had to leave before the show got underway. The MH-53M left Friday night while one of the MC-130s left the static on Saturday night.



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