RIAT 2017, RAF Fairford, 15th July 2017 1


Wow! The last few days have been busy. I have had to whittle down 4000 odd photos to a more manageable amount. The reason I took so many pictures? I went to RIAT!

The Royal International Air Tattoo is the worlds largest military air show, and has been held annually since 1971. Running over 6 days (3 of which are the display days), the even usually attracts somewhere around 150,000 people over the course of the weekend. The show has somewhere around 250 military planes on display (both static and flying), and around 20 hours of organised flying display (not including other arrivals and departures).

I have always wanted to go to RIAT, but never had the chance. This year however, my lovely wife bought me tickets for my birthday, so down to Swindon we headed and got to the site bright and early (we did cheat and stay in a lovely Air BnB the night before).

The show is huge and stretches the full length of the site, I think it was something like a mile and a half from end to end. Packed to the rafters with planes, displays and stalls, the site was an aviation geek’s wet dream. Being an aviation geek and a photography nerd, I was in my element.

With so much going on, I took both cameras, one loaded for the static displays, one for the flying display, so to make things easier to digest I will separate the pictures up. The weather was a bit naff, so some of the shows were cut short, or cancelled completely earlier in the day. But as the weather improved, so did the photography results.

Firstly, the static displays.

Sukhoi SU-27 “Flanker”

Lockheed Martin F-16C “Fighting Falcon”

Boeing CC-177 “Globemaster III”

North American Rockwell OV-10 “Bronco”

Boeing 737 AEW&C “Wedgetail”

Now onto the flying display. This is the first time I have done a flying display of this scale, and with jets to boot, so I had to spend some time getting my range. As it turned out, I was happy with the results, so hopefully they are as pleasing for you as they are to me.

Saab JAS 39C “Gripen”

Boeing “Chinook” HC4

Red Arrows – BAE “Hawk” T1/T1A

Red Arrows – BAE “Hawk” T1/T1A

Red Arrows – BAE “Hawk” T1/T1A

Red Arrows – BAE “Hawk” T1/T1A

Red Arrows – BAE “Hawk” T1/T1A

Red Arrows – BAE “Hawk” T1/T1A

Bell Boeing CV-22B “Osprey”

BBMF Supermarine Spitfire

BBMF Avro Lancaster

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight

BBMF Supermarine “Spitfire”

BBMF Avro “Lancaster”

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight – Hawker “Hurricane” & Supermarine “Spitfires”

Airbus A400M

Airbus A400M

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress “Sally B”

Soloturk – Lockheed Martin F-16C “Fighting Falcon”

Soloturk – Lockheed Martin F-16C “Fighting Falcon”

Soloturk – Lockheed Martin F-16C “Fighting Falcon”

The Patrouille Suisse – Northrop F-5E “Tiger” IIs

Dassault “Rafale” C

Dassault “Rafale” C

Dassault “Rafale” C

Sukhoi SU-27 “Flanker”

Sukhoi SU-27 “Flanker”

Sukhoi SU-27 “Flanker”

AugustaWestland “Apache” AH1

AugustaWestland “Apache” AH1

As I said, the weather as against me, whilst it wasn’t raining all the time, it was a dull flat grey cloud, so not the easiest to get the idea of depth and speed etc, but hopefully I have achieved it here.

Normally at this point I would say “until next time”…… but a few days before…. we won VIP tickets for the Sunday. After some scrambling round to extend our Air Bnb, and the dog’s kennel, we committed to a second day at RIAT!!!!

There are more pictures in that report… 60 in fact. Keep an eye out for it.

Thanks for looking.


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