RIAT Update 02-MAY-2024

Gepubliceerd op 2 mei 2024 om 13:00

Starting this week's aircraft update with a huge contribution to the 'Viper Line' from the Royal Netherlands Air Force. As this will be the last time we'll see their F-16AM Fighting Falcons at RIAT (as they're retiring from service later this year), we're very pleased that they'll be sending four jets for static display, which is a fantastic contribution to our celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the F-16. In addition, from the Netherlands, their NH90 NATO Frigate Helicopter will also be returning for static display.

This week we can also unveil the first of the Royal Canadian Air Force aircraft coming for static display; a CC-295 Kingfisher! This is the first time we've seen this aircraft coming to RIAT and with it's bright yellow colour scheme, it'll be hard to miss. Next week we should be able to add the rest of the Canadian contributions to RIAT to the website and give you more detail on the planned theme ground display marking their Centennial.

Final confirmation for this week comes from the Slovak Air Force, who'll be sending one of their C-27J Spartan transport aircraft for static display, joining the NATO 75th Anniversary line-up.

4x Royal Netherlands Air Force - General Dynamics F-16AM Fighting Falcon | STATIC

© Giovanni van Erven

The Royal Netherlands Air Force will be sending no less than four of their F-16s from 312 Squadron at Volkel AB, their final F-16 unit for static display as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the type. This will be their final appearance from the RNLAF who retire their F-16s later this year.

Royal Netherlands Air Force - Airbus NH90-NFH | STATIC

© Giovanni van Erven

860 Squadron from De Kooy will be providing one of their NH90 NFHs for static display at this year’s Air Tattoo as part of our NATO 75th celebrations.

Slovak Air Force - Leonardo C-27J Spartan | STATIC

© Giovanni van Erven

As part of the celebration of 75 years of NATO, Slovakia is sending one of their C-27J for static display at this year’s Air Tattoo. Their C-27s last appeared at RIAT in 2022.

Royal Canadian Air Force - Airbus CC-295W Kingfisher | STATIC

© David Andrade | Jetphotos

We are very pleased to announce that the RCAF will be sending a single CC-295 Kingfisher for static display as part the celebration of their 100th anniversary. This will be the first time one of these gloss yellow painted aircraft has appeared at RIAT.

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