Algeria this year becomes the 51st nation to have participated in the Royal International Air Tattoo since the event’s launch back in 1971.

The north African nation’s air force has sent one of its Lockheed Martin C-130Hs to participate in the UK show's static display on 18-19 July, with aircraft 7T-WHE (below) drawn from its 2nd tactical transport and logistic squadron.

 C-130H Algeria - Craig Hoyle

 C-130H Algeria 2 - Craig Hoyle

Both images © Craig Hoyle/Flight International

The Algerian air force has an active fleet of 17 C-130Hs introduced between 1981 and 1990, including eight stretched-fuselage -30 examples, according to Flight’s MiliCAS database.

Its wider airlift inventory also includes a combined 32 Airbus Military C-295s, Beech 1900Ds and King Airs and Ilyushin Il-76MDs, MiliCAS says.

Algeria also becomes the third African nation to have participated in RIAT over the event’s history, with its contribution following earlier visits by aircraft from the air forces of Morocco and South Africa.