Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) 2011
15-17 July 2011
July 26, 2011 - Boeing hosted chiefs of Air Forces, politicians and servicemen and women just returned from Afghanistan and Libya during the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) 2011 held July 15-17 at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire.
RIAT, the largest military air show in the world, attracts each year senior military leaders from Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and North and South America including the United States.
Boeing’s participation this year, led by United Kingdom subsidiary Boeing Defence UK, included senior leaders from Boeing Defense, Space & Security and its UK subsidiaries Jeppesen and Narus.
The British Army Air Corps Apache and Royal Air Force Chinook flying display teams were joined by the Royal Netherlands Air Force Apache display team in demonstrating the capability of their respective rotorcraft and amazing many onlookers who have never seen helicopters operate that way.
Static displays of Boeing aircraft from around the world included the UK’s 7th C-17, U.S. Air Force B-52, F-15 and KC-135 aircraft and the NATO E-3 Sentry.
This year’s air show also recognised the 50th anniversary of NATO Tiger Meets. Past and current participants met in celebration of 50 years of friendly competitiveness which included American, Canadian, German, NATO, Spanish, and Swiss squadrons who have flown Boeing aircraft such as the B-1B Lancer, B-2A Spirit, F-4D Phantom II, Phantom, and the F-100D Super Sabre.