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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Fast Jets

Hellenic Air Force TA-7H Corsair II

Hellenic Air Force TA-7H Corsair IIHellenic Air Force TA-7H Corsair II

An extremely rare appearance by a Hellenic Air Force TA-7C Corsair II

USAFE Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle

USAFE Boeing F-15E Strike EagleUSAFE Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle

A more regular RIAT visitor, USAFE 48th FW Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle's based at RAF Lakenheath

Romanian Air Force Mikoyan MiG-21

Another rare visitor, one of the four Romanian Air Force MiG-21 Lancer-C's that attended

Polish Air Force SU-22M-4 Fitter-K

A 'Tiger striped' Sukhoi SU-22UM-3K Fitter-K of the Polish Air Force

RAF 11 Sqn Tornado F3 RAF 111 Squadron Tornado F3RAF 2 Squadron Tornado GR4RAF 14 Squadron Tornado GR4

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.

German Luftwaffe F-4F Phantom

German Air Force F-4F PhantomGerman Air Force F-4F Phantom

Hellenic Air Force RF-4E Phantom

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.

French Navy Super Etendard

A French Navy Super Etendard M complete with the famous Exocet missile

Royal Navy Hawk T1'sRAF Jaguar GR3 x 2

Royal Navy Hawk T1's and RAF Jaguar GR3A's

Royal Netherlands Air Force F-16AM's

Royal Netherlands Air Force F-16AM's

Royal Danish Air Force F-16A MLUUSAFE Fairchild A-10A Thunderbolt IIGerman Luftwaffe Tornado ECR

Royal Danish Air Force F-16A MLU, USAFE A-10A Thunderbolt II and German Luftwaffe Tornado IDS

Royal Navy Sea Harrier FA2'sRoyal Navy Sea Harrier FA2 and T8N

Royal Navy Sea Harrier FA2's and a T8N of 801 NAS

Heavies

Royal Jordanian Air Force C-130H Hercules

RNLAF C-130H-30 HerculesUS Marines KC-130 Hercules

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.

Luftwaffe Airbus A310RAF TriStar K1

Former airliners in a military role, a German Luftwaffe Airbus A310-304 and an RAF TriStar K1

Romanian Air Force Antonov AN-26Romanian Air Force Antonov AN-26

A rare visit from a Romanian Air Force Antonov AN-26

Italian Air Force Aeritalia G222Italian Air Force Aeritalia G222

Italian Air Force Alenia G222

French Air Force C-160G Gabriel French Air Force C-160G Gabriel

French Air Force C-160G Gabriel, the intelligence gathering version of the Transall transport aircraft and its first visit to a UK airshow

USAF Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker

A Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker from the 916 ARW USAF Reserve with special Tiger markings

Choppers

RAF Merlin HC3German Army BO-105Royal Navy Lynx HMA8

RAF EH-101 Merlin HC3, German Army Eurocopter BO 105P and Royal Navy Lynx HMA8

Danish Lynx and FennecRoyal Danish Navy Lynx Mk60BRoyal Danish Army AS350C2 Fennec

Royal Danish Navy Lynx Mk60B and Royal Danish Air Force AS550C2 Fennec

Italian Air Force AS-61R PelicanItalian Air Force AS-61R PelicanItalian Coast Guard AB412 Grifone

Italian Air Force AS-61R Pelican and Italian Customs Service AB412HP Grifone

German Army Sikorsky CH-53GGerman Army Sikorsky CH-53G Sea Stallion

German Army Sikorsky CH-53G Sea Stallion

Royal Navy EH-101 Merlin HM1Royal Navy EH-101 Merlin HM1

Royal Navy EH-101 Merlin HM1

RAF Puma HC1US Army UH-60A Blackhawk

A 'tiger striped' RAF Puma HC1 and a US Army UH-60A Blackhawk

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