Royal International Air Tattoo 2012, RAF Fairford - 7th-8th July - Wednesday Arrivals

It may have started very grey and damp, but the first official day of arrivals for the Royal International Air Tattoo proved to a very enjoyable and something sunny afternoon in the Cotswolds. Compared to last year, it also seemed to be slightly busier with plenty of arrivals from some of the more exotic visitors.

The biggest head-turners of the afternoon were the pair of Polish MiG-29 Fulcrums wearing some special markings. Also wearing a spectacular scheme was a German Navy Sea King Mk41 which wore colours celebrating an association with the town of Kiel in Germany.
Other highlights included US Navy and German Navy P-3C Orions, a stunning and very sporty arrival by a NATO E-3A Sentry plus the USAF heavies including the C-5B Galaxy, C-17A Globemaster III and the traditional B-52H Stratofortress.
The far eastern arrivals also appeared with the Korean T-50s of the Black Eagles arriving one by one from RAF Waddington and Farnborough over the afternoon. Al Fursan arrived earlier with two of the team performing an area familiarisation while the rest of the team landed.
The weather was much better than forecast with some very warm sunny periods during most of the day, however a couple of heavy showers did cross Fairford towards the end of the day. Parking tomorrow is restricted to the Park and Views with FRIAT members being transported to the blue gate through RIAT's fleet of buses. Hopefully it will remain dry tomorrow!

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