Royal International Air Tattoo 2005 - RAF Fairford
Here are some of my photo's taken on 18th July 2005, the main departure day of RIAT 2005.
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An extremely rare appearance by a Hellenic Air Force TA-7C Corsair II
A more regular RIAT visitor, USAFE 48th FW Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle's based at RAF Lakenheath
Another rare visitor, one of the four Romanian Air Force MiG-21 Lancer-C's that attended
A 'Tiger striped' Sukhoi SU-22UM-3K Fitter-K of the Polish Air Force
It was good to see some RAF Tornado's with special markings. Pictured above are F3 ZE887 in 11 Sqn 90th Anniversary markings, ZG753 of 111 Sqn, a GR4 of 2 Sqn and another in 14 Sqn 90th Anniversary markings.
The Phantom is becoming increasingly rare and it will be sad when they are no longer around. For the moment, examples of the F-4F from the German Air Force are regular visitors to the Air Tattoo. Therefore, it was particularly pleasing to see the RF-4E of the Hellenic Air Force appear this year too.
A French Navy Super Etendard M complete with the famous Exocet missile
Royal Navy Hawk T1's and RAF Jaguar GR3A's
Royal Netherlands Air Force F-16AM's
Royal Danish Air Force F-16A MLU, USAFE A-10A Thunderbolt II and German Luftwaffe Tornado IDS
Royal Navy Sea Harrier FA2's and a T8N of 801 NAS
As usual there were many examples of the Lockheed Hercules present. Pictured above are a C-130H of the Royal Jordanian Air Force, a C-130H-30 of the Royal Netherlands Air Force and a KC-130T of the US Marines.
Former airliners in a military role, a German Luftwaffe Airbus A310-304 and an RAF TriStar K1
A rare visit from a Romanian Air Force Antonov AN-26
Italian Air Force Alenia G222
French Air Force C-160G Gabriel, the intelligence gathering version of the Transall transport aircraft and its first visit to a UK airshow
A Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker from the 916 ARW USAF Reserve with special Tiger markings
RAF EH-101 Merlin HC3, German Army Eurocopter BO 105P and Royal Navy Lynx HMA8
Royal Danish Navy Lynx Mk60B and Royal Danish Air Force AS550C2 Fennec
Italian Air Force AS-61R Pelican and Italian Customs Service AB412HP Grifone
German Army Sikorsky CH-53G Sea Stallion
Royal Navy EH-101 Merlin HM1
A 'tiger striped' RAF Puma HC1 and a US Army UH-60A Blackhawk
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