Royal International Air Tattoo 2006

The Royal International Air Tattoo held at RAF Fairford is always among the biggest airshows in the world. This years highlights in the flying programme were the F/A-18F Super Hornet, MiG-29OVT 'Fulcrum' and MV-22 Osprey. With its two-dimensional thrust-vectoring exhausts the MiG-29OVT easily gave the most impressive display of the weekend. Although impressive, the Super Hornet display, programmed just behind the Russian pilot defeating aerodynamic laws, was a bit pale.

Also an English Electric Canberra PR9 took to the skies. This aircraft was officially retired less then two weeks later. All the way from Pakistan came a C-130 Hercules which was decorated with a painting on its tail in remembrance of the food and supply droppings after the 2005 Kashmir earthquake. Other C-130s came from the United States, the United Kingdom, Jordan and Brazil. The Royal Australian Air Force send a Boeing 707 across the globe and Malaysia contributed a turboprop-powered CN-235-220M maritime patrol aircraft.


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