RIAT 2023 - Americas

17/07/2023

Canada

Lockheed Martin CC-130J Hercules 130612 - 436 Squadron - 8 Wing - Canadian Forces Base Trenton

USA

Bell-Boeing CV-22B Osprey 11-0058 - 7th Special Operations Squadron - 352nd Special Operations Wing - RAF Mildenhall

Bell-Boeing CV-22B Osprey 11-0061 - 7th Special Operations Squadron - 352nd Special Operations Wing - RAF Mildenhall

Boeing B-52H Stratofortress 61-0004 'El Lobo'- 20th Bomb Squadron 'Buccaneers' - 2nd Bomb Wing - Barksdale Air Force Base

Boeing B-52H Stratofortress 61-0029 'Destination Unknown' SURGE22 - 93rd Bomb Squadron 'Indian Outlaws' - 307th Bomb Wing - Barksdale Air Force Base

Boeing C-17A Globemaster III 99-0169 - 701st Airlift Squadron - 315th/437th Airlift Wing - Joint Base Charleston

Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker 60-0333 'High Life' - 351st Air Refuelling Squadron - 100th Air Refuelling Wing 'Bloody Hundreth' - RAF Mildenhall

Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker 60-0335 'NKAWTG BIGGASBIRD'- 351st Air Refuelling Squadron - 100th Air Refuelling Wing 'Bloody Hundreth' - RAF Mildenhall

General Dynamics F-16CJ Fighting Falcon 90-0813 - 480th Fighter Squadron 'Warhawks' - 52nd Fighter Wing - Spangdahlem Air Force Base

General Dynamics F-16CJ Fighting Falcon 91-0343 - 480th Fighter Squadron 'Warhawks' - 52nd Fighter Wing - Spangdahlem Air Force Base

Gulfstream C-37A - 99-0402 SAM262 - 99th Airlift Squadron - 89th Airlift Wing - Joint Base Andrews

Learjet C-21A 84-0085 - 76th Airlift Squadron - 86th Airlift Wing - Ramstein Air Force Base

Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II 19-5484 - 495th Fighter Squadron 'Valkyries' - 48th Fighter Wing - RAF Lakenheath

Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II 19-5493 - 493rd Fighter Squadron 'Grim Reapers' - 48th Fighter Wing - RAF Lakenheath

Lockheed Martin MC-130J Commando II 08-6205 LIVID41 - 67th Special Operations Squadron - 352nd Special Operations Wing - RAF Mildenhall

Lockheed Martin MC-130J Commando II 09-5713 - 67th Special Operations Squadron - 352nd Special Operations Wing - RAF Mildenhall

Lockheed Martin MC-130J Commando II 13-5776 STRIX58 - 67th Special Operations Squadron - 352nd Special Operations Wing - RAF Mildenhall

Lockheed Martin WC-130J Hercules 96-5300 - 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron 'Hurricane Hunters' - 403rd Wing - Keesler Air Force Base

Lockheed Skunkworks U-2S Dragon Lady 80-1079 BLACK01 - 99th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron - RAF Fairford

While not directly related to RIAT, this aircraft certainly deserved mention in this blog. One of RAF Fairford's two resident U-2 Dragon Ladies launched at 07:14 on what was RIAT departures day, Monday, July 17th. I recall standing in the early morning queue to get into Park and View West and hearing the unmistakable howl of Dragon, pleased at the fact I might get a chance to be on base when it returns. That being said, I would've been completely understanding if we were asked to leave the enclosure while the jet returned. With closing time nearing and the jet nearing its temporary home base, RIAT volunteers walked around informing everyone that while they would let us stay on the base for its arrival, we had to have our bags packed and ready to leave as they planned to close the enclosure once the jet had parked. I must admit, I was initially surprised to see it come so far down the runway, but I wasn't going to complain at such an opportunity to shoot this beauty!

The other based aircraft was positioned on static display across the show weekend.

Lockheed Skunkworks U-2S Dragon Lady 80-1096 - 99th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron - RAF Fairford

McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle 92-0364 - 494th Fighter Squadron 'Panthers' - 48th Fighter Wing - RAF Lakenheath

McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle 97-0222 - 492nd Fighter Squadron 'Bolars/Madhatters' - 48th Fighter Wing - RAF Lakenheath