Royal International Air Tattoo 2009 - PREVIEW
 RAF Fairford, 18th-19th July 2009




The Royal International Air Tattoo is the largest military airshow in the world attracting 300+ aircraft from around the world each year. The show is organised by  Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Enterprises to raise money and awareness for the fund. Over the years the show has grown into much more than just another military airshow offering much more than just a flying display.

On the ground visitors find the largest static park of any UK show, a free open air evening concert from he RAF's bands, large scale exhibtions of the UK armed forces, fun fairs and a large trade fair. Each year, RIAT adopts several themes that are reflected in the flying and static displays. The flying display is also the longest and busiest of the year with around eight hours of flying each day which always includes a number of national display teams as well as military aircraft from home and abroad along with a selection of warbirds and aerobatic displays.


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RIAT is held at RAF Fairford, in Gloucestershire which is to the north of SwindonClick Here for Airshow Maps


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Show Themes

NATO 60th Anniversary

The Royal International Air Tattoo is proud to welcome the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation on the occasion of its 60th anniversary and will showcase a display of aircraft that represent no only the wide variety of tasks NATO performs, but also illustrate its past, present and future. From its inception, RIAT has been committed to shoeing the world's military and industry leaders, as well as the general public, the importance of the NATO Alliance. This special occasion will be marked by aircraft and aircrew from around the globe coming together to make a spectacular tribute to the core values of NATO: freedom, democracy and security. The Air Tattoo will chart the chronology of NATO's 60 year history, illustrating its political and military growth alongside its crisis management and peace keeping involvement in the Korean War, Cold War, Kosovo and the current War on Terror.  As part of this celebration, the Air Tattoo will host a number of NATO Tiger Squadrons, which embody the spirit of NATO, and bring unique colour and vigour to the show.

Sea Search 09

Maritime Patrol and Surveillance have fast become areas of critical importance to the global community. Whether it is protecting a nation's coastal waters or international shipping lanes, preventing illegal smuggling of narcotics or illegal immigration, searching for stricken vessels or rescuing people, the world of military aviation has a major role to play. Sea Search 09 will focus on the aircraft and people that undertake these highly specialised missions.

As modern warfare becomes increasingly more advanced, the information that a commander can learn about the battlefield before engaging an enemy is crucial. Modern surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft, including Unmanned Systems, are being developed and in some cases are in service performing Anti-Submarine Warfare, Anti-Surface-Unit Warfare, Intelligence and Communications Support and Search and Rescue missions. To source and retrieve ever more detailed information, the world's military are turning to increasingly advanced aircraft equipped with world leading reconnaissance systems.

The Royal International Air Tattoo is proud to be able to salute the role that the brave men and women fill in national and international operations


The Tri@RIAT attraction brings together a feast of entertaining and interactive activities that are specifically designed to inspire and excite youngsters. From engineering and robotics to sport and music, there's a wealth of opportunities for young people to expand their horizons through play.


Aircraft Participation
(Last Updated: 19/06/2009)

Military Participation

Civilian Participation


Royal Air Force

Red Arrows - BAE Systems Hawk T1 x 9 (F)

Eurofighter Typhoon F2/T1A (F) 29(R) Sqn Solo

Panavia Tornado F3 (S)

BAE Systems Hawk T1 (F) 208(R) Sqn Solo

Boeing Chinook HC2 (F)

Beechcraft King Air B200 (F) 45(R) Display

Beechcraft King Air B200 (S)

Shorts Tucano T1 x 2 (S)

Boeing C-17A Globemaster III (F)

Boeing C-17A Globemaster III (S)

Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW1 (S)

BAE Systems Nimrod MR2 (S)

Raytheon Sentinel R1 (S)

Lockheed Trister KC1/K2 (F)

BAE Systems VC-10 C1K (S)

Westland Merlin HC3 (S) 28(AC) Sqn

Westland Merlin HC3A (S) 78 Sqn

Westland Puma HC1 (S) 33 Sqn

Westland Puma HC1 (S) 230 Sqn

AgustaWestland A109E Power (S) 32(TR) Sqn

Westland Sea King HAR3A (SP)

Westland Sea King HAR3A (S)

Bell Griffin HT1 (S)

BAE Systems Hawk T1 (S)

BAE Systems Dominie T1 (S)

BAE Systems Hawk T2 (S)

Grob Viking T1 x 2 (S)

Eurocopter Squirrel HT1 (S)

Grob 109 Vigilant x 2 (S)

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight - Avro Lancaster B1 (F)

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight - Supermarine Spitfire (F)

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight - Hawker Hurricane IIc (F)


Royal Navy

Black Cats - Westland Lynx HAS3/HMA8 x 2 (F)

BAE Systems Hawk T1 x 2 (S)

Black Sea Hawks - BAE Systems Hawk T1 x 4 (F) & Dassault Falcon 20ECM x 2 (F)

Westland Merlin HM1 (F)

Royal Navy Historic Flight - De Havilland Chipmunk T10 (F)

BAE Systems Harrier GR9 x 2 (F)

BAE Systems Jetstream T2 x 4 (F)

BAE Systems Jetstream T2 (S)

Westland Lynx HMA8/HAS3 (F)

Westland Lynx HAS3/HMA8 (S)

Westland Merlim HM1 x 4 (F)

Westland Sea King ASaC7 (F/S)

Westland Sea KIng HU5 (F/S)

Westland Sea King HAS1 (S)

Westland Sea King HAS2 (S)

Westland Sea King HAS6C (S)

Westland Sea King HC4/HAS6C x 4 (F)

Eurocopter Squirrel HT1 (F)

Bell Griffin HT1 (F)

Slingsby Firefly x 4 (F)

Grob Tutor T1 x 3 (F)


Army Air Corps

Westland WAH-64D Apache AH1 (F) Blue Eagles

Westland Lynx AH7 (F) Blue Eagles

Westland WAH-64D Apache AH1 (S)

Westland Lynx AH7 (S)

Westland Lynx AH9 (S)

Britten Norman Islander AL1 (S)

Britten Norman Defender AL1 (S)


Martime and Coastguard Agency

Sikorsky S-92 (S)

AgustaWestland AW139 (S)


United States Air Force Air Combat Command

Rockwell B-1B Lancer (S)

Boeing B-52H Stratofortress (F)


United States Air Force Education and Training Command

Boeing T-43A Gator (S)

Beechcraft T-1A Jayhawk (S)


United States Air Force Reserve Command

Boeing B-52H Stratofortress (S)

Lockeed C-130H Hercules (S)

Boeing KC-10A Extender (S)


United States Air Force Special Operations Command

Lockheed MC-130E Comat Talon I (S)

Lockheed MC-130H Combat Talon II (S)

Lockheed MC-130P Combat Shadow (S)


United States Air Forces in Europe

Lockheed C-130E Hercules (S)

Boeing F-15C Eagle x 2 (S)

Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle x 2 (S)

Lockheed Martin F-16CG Fighting Falcon x 2 (S)

Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker (S)

Sikorsky HH-60H Pave Hawk (S)


United States Air Force Air Mobility Command

Boeing C-17A Globemaster III (F)

Boeing C-17A Globemaster III (S)


United States Air National Guard

Lockheed C-5A Galaxy (S)

Boeing E-8C J-STARS (S)


United States Navy

Lockheed P-3C Orion (S)


Algerian Air Force

Lockheed C-130H Hercules (S)


Canadian Armed Forces

Lockheed CC-130H Hercules (S)


|Finnish Air Force

Boeing F-18C Hornet (F)



French Air Force

Dassault Rafale B/C (F)

Eurocopter EC725R2 Caracal (S)

Dassault Mirage F1 (S)

Dassault Alpha Jet E (S)


French Army Air Corps



French Navy (Aeronavale)

Dassault Super Etendard x 2 (S)

Dassault Falcom 10MER (S)

Aerospatiale/Westland Lynx HAS4 (S)


German Air Force (Luftwaffe)

Eurofighter EF2000 x 2 (S)

Panavia Tornado IDS x 2 (S)

Transall C-160D (S)


German Army Air Corps

Sikorsky CH-53G Stallion (S)

MBB Bo105 (S)


Hellenic (Greek) Air Force

Boeing RF-4E Phantom II (S)


Hungarian Air Force

SAAB JAS-39C/D Gripen (F)

SAAB JAS-39C/D Gripen (S)

Antonov An-26 Curl (SP)


Irish Air Corps

EADS/CASA CN235M-100 (S)


Italian Air Force

Il Frecce Tricolori - Aermacchi MB339PAN x 10 (F)

Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules II (S)

Lockheed Martin F-16A Fighting Falcon x 4 (S)

Aermacchi MB339A (S)

Aermacchi MB339CD x 2 (S)

Alenia C-27J Spartan (F)


Netherlands Coast Guard

Dornier Do-228-212 (S)


North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO)

Boeing E-3A Sentry (S)

Boeing 707TCA (V)


Portuguese Air Force

Asas de Portugal - Dassault Alpha Jet A x 2 (F)

Lockheed C-130H Hercules (SP)


Royal Air Force of Oman

BAC 1-11 (S)


Royal Danish Air Force

Canandair CL604 Challenger (S)


Royal Danish Navy

Westland Lynx Mk90 (S)


Royal Jordanian Air Force/RJ Airlines

Royal Jordanian Falcons - Extra 300L x 4 (F)

Lockheed C-130H Hercules (S)


Royal Netherlands Air Force

Lockheed Martin F-16AM Fighting Falcon (F)

Lockheed Martin F-16AM/BM Fighting Falcon x 4 (S)

Fokker 50 (V)


Royal Netherlands Navy

Westland SH-14D Lynx (S)


Royal New Zealand Air Force

Boeing 757-200 (F)


Royal Norwegian Air Force

Lockheed Martin F-16AM/BM Fighting Falcon x 2 (S)


Slovenian Air Force

Let 410UVP (S)

PIlatus PC-9M Swift (F/S)


Spanish Air Force

Boeing EF-18A Hornet (F)



Swedish Air Force

SAAB JAS39C Gripen (F/S)


Swiss Air Force

Boeing F/A-18C Hornet (F)

PC-7 Team - Pilatus PC-7 x 9 (F)

Beech 1900D (SP)



Aermacchi (Italy)

Aermacchi M311 (S)

Aermacchi M346 (F)


BAE Systems (UK)

Mantis UAV (S)

BAE Systems Nimrod MRA4 (F)


Northrop Grumman (USA)

Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk


Pilatus (Switzerland)

Pilatus PC-21 (S)

Pilatus PC-21 (SP)

Pilatus PC-12 (S)


Classic Jets and Cold War Era Aircraft

Avro Vulcan B2 (F) VttS

BAC Jet Provost T3 (S) Heritage Aviation

BAC Jet Provost T5 (S) Heritage Aviation

De Havilland Sea Vixen FAW2 (F) DHA



Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina (S)

Supermarine Spitfire PRXIX (F) Rolls Royce

Supermarine Seafire XVII (F) Kennet Aviation



Team Guinot - Boeing Stearman x 3 (F)

Breitling Jet Team - Aero Vodochody L-39C Albatros x 7 (F) (TBC - BJT Website Listing)

Extra 400 (S) Bruno Stocker

Robinson R44 (S) Alan Smith

Piper PA28 Warrior (S) Brize Norton Flying Club

Piper PA28 Warrior x 2 (SP) BAE Systems Flying Club

Piper Aztec (V) Marshalls Aerospace

Cessna 172 (V) Marshalls Aerospace

Extra 200 (S) Cambridge AC

Cessna Citation (V) Marshalls Aerospace

Cessna C172E (SP)

Eurostar EV92 (S) RAF Halton Microlight Club

Gulfstream V (V) Lockheed Martin

Embraer Legacy 600 (V) Embraer


 AIRCRAFT  = New addition, (F) = Flying Display, (S) = Static Display, (F/S) = Aircraft type in flying and static displays, (SP) = Support Aircraft, (C) = Charter, (V) = Visitor, (TBC) = To Be Confirmed (SAT) - Saturday Only




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