Daily RIAT 2006 News (13/07/2006)

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Thursday as expected was rather busy. The sad news broke early on that a Harrier GR9 on it's way to RIAT crashed near Oxford Airport. Thankfullt the pilot ejected safely. One the plus side however, there have been some truly exciting arrivals and rehearsals todays. Arrivals are expected to continue this evening. Stand out arrival and rehearsal of the day must by the MiG-29M which quite literally cartwheels around the sky. Also highly interesting thanks to the wierdness factor is the MV-22B Osprey which seems to be in a silver finish. While the display isn't overly spectacular, the sight of this strange and new form of rotary transport is certainly worth a look. Ricardo Traven also arrived with much vigour including buzzing the FRIAT tent and his display is just as spectacular as promised. The Pakistan Air Force C-130 finally made it and has some special artwork on the tail for the show. All's set now for a great Tattoo. Paul Johnson/Flightline UK.

Today's Arrivals (as of 1800L)

  • B-1B Lancer x 2 (USAF)
  • Citation (Swiss AF) - departed
  • Gazelle AH1 (AAC)
  • Vigiliant x 3 (RAF)
  • BN2T (BN Group)
  • F/A-18F Super Hornet (USN/Boeing)
  • Jaguar GR3 (RAF)
  • Hunter T7 (NWMAS)
  • Strikemaster x 3 (NWMAS)
  • Atlantique (German Navy)
  • F-16 x 2 (RNethAF)
  • C-160 Transall (German AF)
  • Tornado F3 (RAF)
  • CN235 (French AF)
  • Mirage 2000B x  2 (French AF)
  • Canberra PR9 x 2 (RAF)
  • F/A-18C Hornet x 2 (Swiss AF)
  • Patrouille Suisse
  • CH-53G (German Army)
  • MV-22B (USMC)  - Departed to Farnborough
  • C-17A (USAF)
  • F-16CJ (USAF)
  • F-16 x 2 (RNethAF) - for Flying Display
  • EF2000 Typhoon x 2 (Spanish AF)
  • Andover (Boscombe Down)
  • Blue Eagles
  • Yak-40 (Polish AF) - Departed
  • AA5 Tiger (Neville Duke) - Departed
  • Learjet 35 (Finnish AF)
  • Hawk T1 x 3 (RAF)
  • CN235 (Malaysian AF)
  • MiG-29M (MIG)
  • C-130H (Brazilian AF)
  • Patrulla Aguila
  • TBM700 (French Army)
  • F406 Caravan (French Army)
  • Sea King AsaC7 (RN)
  • CN235 (Spanish AF)
  • Gulfstream G450
  • LET 410 (Slovenian AF)
  • Nimrod MR2 (RAF)
  • PC-9M x 2 (Slovenian AF)
  • King Air 350 (NAC)
  • Jetstream T2 x 4 (RN)
  • Alpha Jet (Boscombe Down)
  • F-16 x 2 (RNethAF) - Yes..another 2!!!!
  • Fokker 50 x 2 (RNethAF) - 1 departed
  • UC-35 Citation (US Army)
  • Hawk 128 (BAE Systems)
  • M311 (Aermacchi)
  • Mi-24V (CzAF)
  • Mi-17 (CzAF)
  • PC-7 x 2 (RNethAF)
  • Tucano T1 (RAF)
  • Falcon 20 (FRA)
  • Falcon 50 (Portuguese AF) - Departed
  • Firefly x 3 (DEFTS)
  • Bo105 x 2 (German Army)
  • CH-47 (RNethAF)
  • CASA 295 (Spanish AF)
  • Jet Provost T3A
  • Tornado GR4 x 3 (RAF)
  • MC-130H (USAF)
  • MC-130P (USAF)
  • An-26 (CzAF)
  • Tornado ECR (German AF)
  • Hawk T1 x 5 (RN)
  • Chinook HC2 (RAF)
  • Tornado IDS (German AF)

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