Royal International Air Tattoo Reaches New Heights
25 nations attend Royal Air Force most prominent air show
July 11, 2012 - Over 130,000 visitors attended the annual Royal International Air Tattoo 2012 at Royal Air Force Fairford in Gloucestershire the weekend of 6-8 July. A total of 39 air arms from 25 nations brought 268 aircraft to the show while 43 senior military representatives attended the Air Chiefs’ Conference preceding the show.
Boeing aircraft were well represented by the British Army Apache, the U.S. Air Force C-17 and KC-135 as well as the U.S. Marine Corps V-22 Osprey. One of the highlights of the show came from the UK’s Royal Air Force 18 Squadron based at RAF Odiham who were awarded “Best Flying Demonstration by a UK Participant” for their amazing Chinook flying display.
Boeing Defence UK hosted representatives from government, military, industry and media over the course of the three-day show. Senior Boeing executives from the U.S. were also in attendance as a prelude to the Farnborough International Airshow which began immediately afterward.
“The Royal International Air Tattoo is an opportunity for the public to show their appreciation for the men and women who fly military aircraft”, said Mike Kurth Boeing Defence UK Managing Director. “It’s also an opportunity for us to enjoy the spectacular displays of airmanship with our customers and other guests in a casual and informal setting”.
This year’s airshow featured two themes: Skylift, of which the Royal Air Force and U.S. Air Force C-17s were major fixtures, and the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth.
In honour of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, Boeing hosted its guests at tables named after great aviation milestones which occurred in 1952. They included the first supersonic Boeing Bomarc guided missile that was fired from Cape Canaveral, an Air-Force Douglas C-47 Skytrain which became the first aircraft to make a successful landing at the North Pole and the Douglas A3D (A-3) Skywarrior, the biggest and heaviest aircraft ever designed for routine use from an aircraft carrier.