|RIAT 2005 - A Naval Perspective|
16-17 July 2005
Nick Newns Reports for Navies on this annual event......Additional information and pictures from Nigel Sadler..
|The weekend of the 16th-17th July saw RAF Fairford, Gloucester host the Royal International Air Tattoo the world’s largest airshow, an event organised by Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Enterprises and was blessed with glorious weather which helped attract a crowd in the region of 160,000 people over the 2 day event and raise much needed fund for the charity. An event of this size is always going to attract some Naval participation from around the world even if the events themes where not naval related and this year was no exception with aircraft coming from naval forces around the world ranging from Poland to the United States|
|Stars of The Show...|
Surveillance was RIAT's main theme for 2005 and was supported by European and NATO forces with the French Aéronavale providing a Falcon 50M from 24 Flotille and an Atlantique from 23 Flotille while the German Marineflieger sent a Dornier Do 228 from MFG-3. From further a field the Polish Navy sent one of it's M28B-1TD Bryza from 28e.IMW while the largest naval aircraft at RIAT where supplied by the United States in the form of a Coast Guard HC-130J Hercules APO Elizabeth City, Marine Corps KC-130T Hercules from VMGR-452 and a E-6B Mercury from VQ-4. Also part of the event a NATO Tiger meet where again the French Aéronavale provided aircraft in the form of Super Etendard's from 11 Flotille, along with the subtle tiger striped Royal Navy Merlin HM1 from 814NAS.
Remaining highlights of the static display where a couple of AV-8B Harriers sent from the Italian Marina Militare and a Super Lynx Mk90b from the Danish Navy. While drawing a lot of attention from the crowds was a mock up of the future of naval aviation the F-35 Joint Strike fighter which was presented with a mock up of the revolutionary Pratt & Witney engine for the JSF project.
A vast majority of the paying public don't just come to RIAT just to look at the vast array of static aircraft, it's the 8 hour flying display that is the main draw to many who make the annual pilgrimage to RAF Fairford and this years naval element of the flying display was represented by aircraft from the Royal Navy, FRA and FRADU. The "Black Cats" display team flying HMA.8/HAS.3 Lynx flew their award winning routine, while two FRA Falcons and four FRADU Sea Hawks flew some unique and exciting formation passes before performing a role demonstration. With two FRADU Hawks on each wing of a FRA Falcon (which is packed with electronic hardware that would jam warship radars and systems) the two FRADU Hawks dropped from the formation and flew an attack profile representing a missile launch from the FRA Falcon.
With the Royal Navy's Sea Harrier operational carrier in its final year 801NAS have been flying at displays through the UK this summer, and it would be the last time they would appear at RIAT before being retired early next year. The display saw four Sea Harriers FA2's performing several close formation fly-past before flying in to a hover in front of the crowd with the centre two Sea Harriers bowing to the crowd.
|S-181||Super Lynx Mk.90B||RDN SHT||14/07/2005||DNY 181||18/07/2005||DNY 181||RDAF||DENMARK||S|
|16||Atlantique||23 F||13/07/2005||FNY 5626||18/07/2005||FNY 5626||FN||FRANCE||S|
|30||Falcon 50M||24 F||14/07/2005||FNY 5017||18/07/2005||FNY 5017||FN||FRANCE||S|
|4||Super Etendard||11 F||14/07/2005||FNY 5181||18/07/2005||FNY 5181||FN||FRANCE||S|
|47||Super Etendard||11 F||14/07/2005||FNY 5181||18/07/2005||FNY 5181||FN||FRANCE||S|
|57+02||Do.228||MFG.3||13/07/2005||GN 4796||18/07/2005||GN 4796||GN||GERMANY||S|
|MM7224||1-19||AV-8B+||1 GRUPAER||14/07/2005||I 5033||18/07/2005||Wolf 01||MMI||ITALY||S|
|MM55033||1-02||TAV-8B||1 GRUPAER||14/07/2005||I 5033||18/07/2005||Wolf 01||MMI||ITALY||S|
|1114||M-28B-1R||28.elMW||13/07/2005||PNY 585||18/07/2005||PNY 582||PN||POLAND||S|
|ZD990||721||Harrier T.8||801 Sqdn (899 mks)||15/07/2005||Venom 4||18/07/2005||Venom 4||FAA||UK||S|
|XX170||Hawk T.1||FRADU||14/07/2005||Seahawk 1-4||18/07/2005||Black Seahawks||FAA||UK||F|
|XX173||Hawk T.1||FRADU||14/07/2005||Seahawk 1-4||18/07/2005||Black Seahawks||FAA||UK||F|
|XX238||Hawk T.1||FRADU||14/07/2005||Seahawk 1-4||18/07/2005||Black Seahawks||FAA||UK||F|
|XX178||Hawk T.1W||FRADU||14/07/2005||Seahawk 1-4||18/07/2005||Black Seahawks||FAA||UK||F|
|XX487||CU-568||Jetstream T.2||750 Sqdn||14/07/2005||Mercury||18/07/2005||Mercury 5||FAA||UK||S|
|ZA110||CU-563||Jetstream T.2||750 Sqdn||14/07/2005||Mercury||18/07/2005||Mercury||FAA||UK||F|
|ZD250||630||Lynx HAS.3S||702 Sqdn||15/07/2005||Blacks||18/07/2005||Blacks||FAA||UK||F|
|ZD565||307||Lynx HMA.8||815 Sqdn||14/07/2005||NVY 444||18/07/2005||?||FAA||UK||S|
|XZ729||417||Lynx HMA.8DSP||815 Sqdn||15/07/2005||Blacks||18/07/2005||Blacks||FAA||UK||F|
|ZH860||269||Merlin HM.1||814 Sqdn||13/07/2005||NVY Tiger 1||18/07/2005||NVY Tiger 1||FAA||UK||S|
|ZJ722||Mirach 100/5||792 Sqdn||By Road||FAA||UK||S|
|ZE690||L-003||Sea Harrier F/A.2||801 Sqdn||15/07/2005||Venom 6||18/07/2005||Venom 6||FAA||UK||S|
|ZH796||L-001||Sea Harrier F/A.2||801 Sqdn||15/07/2005||Venom 1||18/07/2005||Venom 1||FAA||UK||F|
|ZH798||L-002||Sea Harrier F/A.2||801 Sqdn||15/07/2005||Vemon 5||18/07/2005||Venom 2||FAA||UK||F|
|ZH804||L-007||Sea Harrier F/A.2||801 Sqdn||15/07/2005||Venom 3||20/07/2005||Spider 01||FAA||UK||F|
|ZH813||L-006||Sea Harrier F/A.2||801 Sqdn||15/07/2005||Venom 2||18/07/2005||Venom 3||FAA||UK||F|
|XV707||184||Sea King ASaC.7||849 Sqdn||14/07/2005||NVY 180||18/07/2005||Cyclops 84||FAA||UK||S|
|ZF123||WW||Sea King HC.4||848 Sqdn||14/07/2005||NVY WW||18/07/2005||NVY WW||FAA||UK||S|
|2005||HC-130J||USCG Elizabeth City||13/07/2005||CG 2005||18/07/2005||CG 2005||USCG||USA||S|
|164597||NY||KC-130T||VMGR-452||13/07/2005||Yanky 97||18/07/2005||Yanky 97||USMC||USA||S|
|164406||E-6B||VQ-4||13/07/2005||Shado 01||18/07/2005||Shado 01||USN||USA||S|
Thanks to Michelle Eccles and the rest of the RIAT Media Team
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