Ready for RIAT?

It’s Royal International Air Tattoo time, folks, and for once the weather forecast is showing that we’re in for a scorcher for the duration of the show. That’s good news for those of us who got a soaking at RAF Fairford in 2012, and probably every year before it in living memory.

The effects of sequestration mean we’re probably not going to see any US military kit on show at all, but as the following video from the RIAT team shows from Wednesday (the first arrivals day), there’s still going to be plenty there to keep us entertained.
Highlights will include the Avro Vulcan, flypasts involving the Red Arrows with British Airways’ new A380 and the Airbus Military A400M (on the public days on Saturday and Sunday, respectively), and the usual mix of F-16s, Gripens, MiG-29s, Rafales and Typhoons. The latest list of expected players is available here.
I’ll be toughing it out in the tented corporate village and trying not to get too pink while walking along the static line from tomorrow morning, to bring you the news about the best of what’s on display. I’ll be filing articles on Flightglobal’s defence channel, and you can also keep track of events by following me on Twitter – @FlightAcesHigh


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