The Royal Air Force is excited to support this year's Royal International Air Tattoo after its two year, COVID-19 forced, hiatus.
On the ground, an RAF photographer captured a Hercules C-130J flown by 47 Squadron leaving RAF Brize Norton heading for the static park. Also departing the home of the RAF's air mobility fleet was the Atlas A400M, the centrepiece at the RAF Village for this year's Air Tattoo.
In the air, Pumas flown out of RAF Benson, Hawk T2’s from XXV (Fighter) Squadron, RAF Valley and the iconic 'Blackjack' display jet of the Typhoon Display Team were captured by Rich Cooper and Steve Comber of the Centre of Aviation Photography on their way into Fairford.
Alongside that, the RAF will be supporting the show with the likes of the Poseidon MRA1 multi-role maritime patrol aircraft, the Phenom T1 multi-engine training aircraft and the awe-inspiring F-35B Lightning 5th Generation Fighter that will be heading over from its home unit of RAF Marham as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations at this year's Tattoo.
It is not just RAF aircraft supporting RIAT, as Air Traffic Controllers at RAF Brize Norton underpin the controllers working out of the Fairford tower as they ensure all visiting aircraft land safely and on time. This was seen to great effect as a pair of United States Air Force F-16's earlier today required an emergency diversion, with the Brize Norton Air Traffic Control team happily able to accept the jets.
See the RAF Village at the Royal International Air Tattoo this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.