The latest participation news from the Royal International Air Tattoo is fairly disappointing. The much publicised appearance by the Romanian Air Force MiG-21 LanceR aircraft in both the flying and static displays have cancelled as has the Sri Lankan An-32B also due for the static display. Both have been due to operational and finacial reasons. Sadly in these days of weak finances for many countries, such news is to be expected.

On the plus side, it seems that the New Zealand B757 will be at RIAT despite having to cancel from earlier appearances at Biggin Hill and Waddington and of course, the show will still witness the amazing F-22A Raptor flying display from the USAF.