Royal International Air Tattoo
Fairford
July 8, 2012
The view from the other side
Disillusioned by crowds and frustratingly poor access for photography this year I gave the 'Farmer's field' a try on the opposite side of Fairford's runway. Probably due to the dull weather I was far from happy with my images taken on the day. Behind a high fence with many of the passes over your head and shooting in to the sun is not ideal. Having said that your close proximity to the action some of the time is very exciting even if the images I got were not.
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Single-seat MiG-29G 'Fulcrum’ (111) of the Polish Air Force (Sily Powietrzne Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej) low pass in front of the grandstand.
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Left to right: MiG-29G 'Fulcrum' (111) of the Polish Air Force which was awarded the Lockheed Martin Cannestra Trophy for Best Overseas Flying Demonstration, which was flown by Capt Adrian Rojek and Capt Artur Kalko.
Rafale C (135 '113-GN') which won the Sir Douglas Bader Trophy for Best Individual Flying Demonstration flown by Captains Michael Brocard & Cedric Ruet from ETR 2/92 Aquitaine French Air Force. and RAF Lockheed Tristar KC1.
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Avro Vulcan B2 (XH558 / G-VLCN).
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The Vulcan Operating Company’s Avro Vulcan B2 (XH558/G-VLCN) should come back to RIAT just one more time before retirement.
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Yakovlev Yak-130 (White 01).
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Left to right: WAH-64D Apache AH.1 (ZJ167) of Army Air Corps and RAF Chinook HC.2 (ZA714 'AV') which took the Steedman Sword for the best British display.
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US Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey (8225 'EH 13') of VMM-264 US Marines.
The Display Teams
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Republic of Korea Air Force's Black Eagles display team of eight KAI T-50B Golden Eagles.
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KAI T-50B Golden Eagles from Republic of Korea Air Force's 239th Aerobatic Squadron display team the Black Eagles which deservedly won the King Hussein Memorial Sword for the best overall flying display and also the 'As The Crow Flies' by Friends of RIAT for Best Overall Flying Demonstration.
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KAI T-50B Golden Eagles from Republic of Korea Air Force’s display team the Black Eagles.
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Left to right: Hawk T.1 Red Arrow solo. Breitling Jet team. Aermacchi MB339NAT of Al Fursan from the United Arab Emirates. A flypast of 27 RAF and Royal Navy Hawk T.1/T.2s in a 'E II R' formation to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.