FARNBOROUGH: Flight demos… also the Russians aren’t coming after all

The weather here at Farnborough is much improved today (still cloudy though) and there were some flight demos in the afternoon. The Eurofighter Typhoon, Saab JAS-39 Gripen and Boeing F/A-18 all flew, as did the MV-22 Osprey. There were others flying too.


You can watch live footage at this link:http://www.flightglobal.com/fg-club/air-show-live/ It’s shot from a camera on our deck here at the show. All you have to do is register.

F-18_001.jpgThis is the Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet at the show–this was uploaded by user Billypix 

So it looks like the Voice of Russia story about the Russian Federation Air Force attending Red Flag at Nellis was wrong–really wrong. And it seems Nellis public affairs dropped the ball in confirming the that the Russians were attending.

This is what they had sent me originally:

“Yes, The Russians will be participating in Red Flag 13-1.


Thanks for your interest in Nellis.


-Nellis Public Affairs”

 This is what the USAF headquarters sent me today:

The Voice of Russia reporting is a complete fabrication. The Russian Air Force (RFAF) was supposed to observe RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 12-2, 6-14 Jun 12 but RFAF observation was cancelled due to reciprocity issues.

Instead, a RFAF one-star general participated in the Executive Observer Program at RF-A 14-19 Jun 12. RFAF participation at RED FLAG-Nellis was never considered and no further RFAF observation/participation in RF is planned at this time.”




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