Airshow Dispatches S01E01: The Royal International Air Tattoo

A bumper-length 90 minute special kick-starts our all new Airshow Dispatches series, bringing you the very best of the Royal International Air Tattoo 2018. RIAT 2018 was one of the best European airshows in recent years, marking the centenary of the Royal Air Force, and performances representing the RAF’s past, present and future appear throughout the programme. Most notably, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight staged a unique, one-off seven-ship display, the Great War Display Team re-enacted early air battles, the USAF Heritage Flight performed with a Spitfire for the first time, and modern RAF display teams all took to the skies.

International air arms supported the show, too: the US Air Force displayed the F-35A in the UK for the first time, the ever-popular Ukrainian Air Force Su-27P1M Flanker returned to the show, the thunderous Couteau Delta drew unanimous praise and the Canadian CF-18 Demo Team made a rare trip across the Atlantic. They joined RIAT regulars such as the Turkish and Belgian F-16 solo displays, Swiss F-18 Hornet, Airbus A400M and Czech Gripen.

Several major aerobatic teams also feature, including the Red Arrows, Frecce Tricolori, PC-7 Team and Patrulla Aguila.

With our cameras on-site for the entire week, we’ll also glance at some of the most memorable moments from the arrival days, including the display practice of the French Navy’s ALT-2, which was recalled on operational duties before the airshow began.

TimeDisplay
00:03Switzerland PC-7 Team
00:07Switzerland F-18C Hornet
00:10Finland F-18C Hornet
00:12Canada CF-188A Hornet
00:15United Kingdom Great War Display Team
00:16France Atlantique II
00:19France x2 Rafale M
00:21France Rafale C
00:23Switzerland Couteau Delta
00:26Spain Patrulla Aguila
00:32United Kingdom Battle of Britain Memorial Flight
00:38United States US Air Force Heritage Flight
00:41United States F-35A Lightning II
00:42United States B-2A Spirit & x2 F-15C Eagle
00:43United States CV-22B Osprey
00:45Czech Republic JAS-39C Gripen
00:46Sweden JAS-39C Gripen
00:48Norway Vampire T.55 & Vampire FB.52
00:49Greece “Zeus” F-16C Fighting Falcon
00:50Poland “Tiger” F-16C Fighting Falcon
00:51Turkey “SoloTurk” F-16C Fighting Falcon
00:54Belgium “Dark Falcon” F-16AM Fighting Falcon
00:58United Kingdom Red Arrows
01:06Belgium A-109BA
01:07Finland NH90 TTH
01:08Slovenia PC-9M Swift
01:09Jordan Royal Jordanian Falcons
01:13United Kingdom Typhoon FGR.4
01:14United Kingdom Chinook HC.6
01:15Spain Airbus A400M
01:16Ukraine Su-27P Flanker
01:20Italy T-346A Master
01:20Italy F-2000A Typhoon
01:21Italy C-27J Spartan
01:22Italy Frecce Tricolori
01:27United Kingdom x9 Typhoon FGR.4
01:28United Kingdom Lancaster, F-35B & Tornado GR.4
01:29United Kingdom F-35B Lightning

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