The Royal International Air Tattoo


Vulcan to the Sky Trust


Red Arrows


Patrouille Suisse


Breitling Jet Team


Huey Team

Huey Team

Breitling/Super Constellation Flyers Association

Breitling/Super Constellation Flyers Association

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The Royal International Air Tattoo organization managed to put together in 2012 one of the best line-ups of aircraft in recent years. Aircraft at the static display included the amazing B-2 Spirit, returning to Fairford for the first time since 1999, the C-5 Galaxy, one of the largest aircraft in the world, and an exciting mix of rare and new aircraft from across the globe.

Despite happening during one of the wettest weekends in the summer, the event took place almost entirely without rain. Back in 2008, it was the storm conditions that ultimately led to the cancellation of the airshow for the first time. The car parking could not cope with the amount of water that came down 2 days before the event.

Attracting most of the attention was the USAF Global Strike Command B-2A Spirit from Whiteman AFB. The aircraft arrived after an eleven hour trip to mark the first static appearance of the aircraft at the Tattoo since 1999. At the opposite end of the static display a Boeing KC-767J tanker from the Japanese Air Self Defence Force, marked the first time a Japanese military aircraft had appeared in public in the UK.

The flying display, which lasted eight hours on each day, showed some of the best acrobatic teams in the world. The display included the Royal Air Force Red Arrows, the Patrouille Suisse, the Al Fursan from the United Arab Emirates, and making their first western appearance, the Black Eagles, the acrobatic team from South Korea flying eight KAI T-50B Golden Eagles. The Avro Vulcan XH558 made its first display of the year following the replacement of 2 of its engines.

The Royal Air Force naturally took centre stage to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee by performing the "EIIR" formation of 27 Hawk aircraft.




RAF Fairford Airbase

United Kingdom - July 2012

United Kingdom






Aircraft


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The aircraft in this table can be ordered by Name, Year First Flight, Origin, Operator, Type and Role by clicking the arrow at the top of the corresponding column.

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Name

Year
First
Flight

Origin

Flag

Operator

Type

Role

Northrop Grumman B-2A Spirit

page 1

1989

United States

United States Air Force

Aircraft

Bomber

Avro Vulcan B.2

page 1

1952

United Kingdom

Vulcan to the Sky Trust

Aircraft

Bomber

Bell Boeing MV-22B Osprey

page 1

1989

United States

United States Marine Corps

Tilt Rotor

Military Transport

Korean Aerospace Industries T-50B Golden Eagle

page 1

2002

Korea, Republic of

Black Eagles Demonstration Team

Aircraft

Trainer

BAE Systems Hawk T1

page 1

1974

United Kingdom

Royal Air Force

Aircraft

Trainer

BAE Systems Hawk T1A

page 1

1974

United Kingdom

Royal Air Force

Aircraft

Trainer

BAE Systems Hawk T2

page 1

1974

United Kingdom

Royal Air Force

Aircraft

Trainer

Northrop F-5E Tiger II

page 1

1972

United States

Patrouille Suisse

Aircraft

Fighter

BAE Hawk T1

page 1

1974

United Kingdom

RAF Red Arrows

Aircraft

Trainer

Aero L-39C Albatros

page 1

1968

Czech Republic

Breitling Jet Team

Aircraft

Trainer

Lockheed C-130H Hercules

page 1

1954

United States

Belgian Air Component

Aircraft

Military Transport

Lockheed C-130HM Hercules

page 1

1954

United States

Brazilian Air Force

Aircraft

Military Transport

Lockheed C-130H Hercules

page 1

1954

United States

Colombian Air Force

Aircraft

Military Transport

Lockheed C-130J-30 Super Hercules

page 1

1954

United States

Royal Danish Air Force

Aircraft

Military Transport

Lockheed C-130H Hercules

page 1

1954

United States

Royal Jordanian Air Force

Aircraft

Military Transport

Lockheed C-130J Super Hercules

page 1

1954

United States

Royal Norwegian Air Force

Aircraft

Military Transport

Lockheed C-130H Hercules

page 1

1954

United States

United Arab Emirates Air Force

Aircraft

Military Transport

Lockheed C-130H2 Hercules

page 1

1954

United States

United States Air Force

Aircraft

Military Transport

Lockheed C-130P Hercules

page 1

1954

United States

United States Air Force

Aircraft

Military Transport

Lockheed Hercules C4

page 1

1954

United States

Royal Air Force

Aircraft

Military Transport

BAe Hawk T1A

page 1

1974

United Kingdom

Royal Air Force

Aircraft

Trainer

Aermacchi MB-339NAT

page 1

1976

Italy

Al Fursan

Aircraft

Trainer

General Dynamics F-16A MLU Falcon

page 1

1974

United States

Belgian Air Component

Aircraft

Fighter

General Dynamics F-16AM Falcon

page 1

1974

United States

Royal Netherlands Air Force

Aircraft

Fighter

General Dynamics F-16BM Falcon

page 1

1974

United States

Royal Norwegian Air Force

Aircraft

Fighter

Airbus A400M Atlas

page 1

2009

France

Germany

Spain

United Kingdom




Airbus Military

Aircraft

Military Transport

McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle

page 1

1986

United States

United States Air Force

Aircraft

Fighter

Lockheed C-5B Galaxy

page 1

1968

United States

United States Air Force

Aircraft

Military Transport

Mikoyan MiG-29A Fulcrum

page 1

1977

Russian Federation

Polish Air Force

Aircraft

Fighter

Mikoyan MiG-29UBS Fulcrum

page 1

1977

Russian Federation

Slovak Air Force

Aircraft

Fighter

McDonnell Douglas F-4F Phantom II

page 1

1958

United States

German Air Force

Aircraft

Reconnaissance

Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet

page 1

1995

United States

United States Navy

Aircraft

Multi Role (military)

General Dynamics F-16A MLU Falcon

page 1

1974

United States

Belgian Air Component

Aircraft

Fighter

General Dynamics F-16AM Falcon

page 1

1974

United States

F-16 Solo Display (Netherlands)

Aircraft

Fighter

Merlin HC3

page 1

1987

Italy

United Kingdom


Royal Air Force

Helicopter

Military Transport

Merlin HM1

page 1

1987

Italy

United Kingdom


Royal Navy

Helicopter

Anti Submarine

Eurocopter AS332M-1 Super Puma

page 1

1978

France

Germany

Spain

United Kingdom




Swiss Air Force

Helicopter

Military Transport

Mil Mi-14PL

page 1

1969

Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

Polish Navy

Helicopter

Anti Submarine

Westland Sea King HC4

page 1

1969

United States

Royal Navy

Helicopter

Military Transport

Westland Sea King Mk41

page 1

1969

Germany

German Navy

Helicopter

Search and Rescue

Westland Sea King HAR3A

page 1

1969

United Kingdom

Royal Air Force

Helicopter

Search and Rescue

Sikorsky HH-60G Pave Hawk

page 1

1974

United States

United States Air Force

Helicopter

Search and Rescue

Bell UH-1H Iroquois

page 1

1956

United States

Huey Team

Helicopter

Military Transport

Dassault-Breguet Super √Čtendard

page 1

1978

France

French Navy

Aircraft

Fighter

Panavia Tornado

page 1

1974

Germany

Italy

United Kingdom



German Air Force

Aircraft

Reconnaissance

Panavia Tornado GR.4A

page 1

1974

Germany

Italy

United Kingdom



Royal Air Force

Aircraft

Ground Attack

Boeing C-17A Globemaster III

page 1

1991

United States

United States Air Force

Aircraft

Military Transport

Boeing B-52H Stratofortress

page 1

1952

United States

United States Air Force

Aircraft

Bomber

Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker

page 1

1956

United States

United States Air Force

Aircraft

Aerial Refuelling

Boeing RC-135V/W Rivet Joint

page 1

1956

United States

United States Air Force

Aircraft

Reconnaissance

Boeing-Stearman A75N-1

page 1

1934

United States

Breitling Wingwalkers

Aircraft

Trainer

Airbus A310-304 Multi Role Transport Tanker

page 1

2003

France

Germany

Spain

United Kingdom




German Air Force

Aircraft

Aerial Refuelling

Bombardier CL604 Challenger

page 1

1978

Canada

Royal Danish Air Force

Aircraft

Military Transport

Saab JAS 39C Gripen

page 1

1988

Sweden

Saab Group

Aircraft

Fighter

Boeing 757-236SF

page 1

1982

United States

DHL Air UK

Aircraft

Cargo Transport

Boeing KC-767J

page 1

2005

United States

Japan Air Self-Defense Force

Aircraft

Aerial Refuelling

Boeing KC-767A

page 1

2005

United States

Italian Air Force

Aircraft

Aerial Refuelling

Sea Harrier FA2

page 1

1967

United Kingdom

Royal Navy

Aircraft

Fighter

Antonov An-26

page 1

1969

Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

Hungarian Air Force

Aircraft

Military Transport

Yakovlev Yak-130

page 1

1996

Russian Federation

Irkut Corporation

Aircraft

Trainer

Transall C-160D

page 1

1963

France

Germany


German Air Force

Aircraft

Military Transport

Dassault Rafale C

page 1

1986

France

French Air Force

Aircraft

Fighter

Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4

page 1

1994

Germany

Italy

United Kingdom

Spain




Royal Air Force

Aircraft

Multi Role (military)

Vickers VC10 K3

page 1

1962

United Kingdom

Royal Air Force

Aircraft

Aerial Refuelling

EADS CASA C-295M

page 1

1998

France

Germany

Spain

United Kingdom




Polish Air Force

Aircraft

Military Transport

Lockheed P-3C Orion

page 1

1959

United States

German Navy

Aircraft

Maritime Patrol

Short Tucano T1

page 1

1986

United Kingdom

Brazil


Royal Air Force

Aircraft

Trainer

PZL M28B Bryza 1R

page 1

1993

Poland

Polish Navy

Aircraft

Military Transport

Saab 2000 Swordfish MPA

page 1

1992

Sweden

Saab Group

Aircraft

Maritime Patrol

LET L-410UVP-T Turbolet

page 1

1969

Czech Republic

Slovak Air Force

Aircraft

Military Transport

Beechcraft B200GT Super King Air

page 1

1972

United States

Royal Air Force

Aircraft

Military Transport

Gulfstream IV

page 1

1985

United States

Royal Air Force of Oman

Aircraft

Ultralight

Breguet Atlantique ATL2

page 1

1961

France

French Navy

Aircraft

Maritime Patrol

Douglas DC-3C Dakota

page 1

1935

United States

Breitling/Super Constellation Flyers Association

Aircraft

Airliner

Dornier Do 228-212LM

page 1

1981

Germany

German Air Force

Aircraft

Maritime Patrol

Lockheed L-1011 TriStar KC1

page 1

1970

United States

Royal Air Force

Aircraft

Aerial Refuelling

AgustaWestland A109BA

page 1

1971

Italy

United Kingdom


A109 Display Team

Helicopter

Ground Attack