At present I’m in Wiltshire, UK, very near Fairford airbase, home of the annual Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT). Today was a lovely blue sky day (rare to see here in the UK) so to make the most of it we took a picnic into water meadows behind the airbase and relaxed to watch the amazing flying displays. You might well ask why I’m posting this info on my Greek based site. The answer is that one of the first displays was by the Hellenic Air Force with their F-16 named Zeus. Click on the photo below to go to the RIAT website.
Despite all the well documented financial troubles Greece met its commitment to the airshow and gave an excellent demonstration of how their aviation skills add to the security of Europe. I’ve not heard this factor discussed in all the negotiations about Greek debt, and I think perhaps the EU should ensure that this important strategic ally can afford to continue its role maintaining security of its own and EU airspace.
The other highlight for me was the Red Arrows, such a fantastic display, and the last time I saw them was in Crete. As well as their amazing display they made a flypast with the last Vulcan, an iconic plane that retires at the end of this season. Click on the photo below for a full report from Western Daily Press.
RIAT 2015 https://youtu.be/w2182emmXYU