Display Teams - Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force Display Aircraft
The Royal Air Force display aircraft includes the Typhoon FGR4, Hawk T2, Tucano T1, Grob Tutor T1, and Chinook HC4. The RAF Falcons are the Royal Air Force's parachute display team. The RAF Voyager and RAF Atlas may perform flypasts at certain airshows and the RAF Tornado GR4, and RAF Puma may be seen on static display at air shows along with other RAF types.
The Red Arrows aerobatic display team and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight have their own pages.
RAF Typhoon FGR4
The Typhoon FGR4 provides the RAF with a highly capable and extremely agile multi-role combat aircraft, capable of being deployed in the full spectrum of air operations, including air policing, peace support and high intensity conflict.
RAF Typhoon FGR4 Display Pilot 2018:
Flight Lieutenant Jim Peterson
29 (R) Squadron at RAF Coningsby.
• RAF Typhoon Display Team Schedule 2018.
RAF Hawk T2
The Hawk T2 is a fully aerobatic, low wing, transonic, 2-seat training aircraft with mission avionics that are representative of front-line aircraft. It is used to train pilots for Tornado GR4, Typhoon FGR4 and F-35 Lighting II.
During the 2015 air show season the RAF displayed the Hawk T2 Role Demo team consisting of two Hawk T2 aircraft and pyrotechnics.
RAF Hawk T2 Display Pilots 2015:
Ninja 1 - Flt Lt Ben Polwin - IV(R) Sqn at RAF Valley.
Ninja 2 - Flt Lt Toby Keeley - IV(R) Sqn at RAF Valley.
(There will not be a Hawk T2 Role Demo in 2016)
RAF Tucano T1
Used to develop students in a full range of skills, including general aircraft handling, formation flying and low-level navigation.
RAF Tucano T1 Static Display Dates 2017:
• RAF Tucano T1 Display Dates 2017
RAF Tutor T1
Used for Elementary Flying Training by the 14 University Air Squadrons and 12 Air Experience Flights throughout the UK. The RAF Tutor Display will be back for the 2017 season.
RAF Tutor T1 Display Pilot 2018:
Flt Lt Andy Sell is the Tutor Display Pilot for the 2018 season.
• RAF Tutor Display Team Schedule 2018.
RAF F-35B Lightning II
RAF F-35B at RIAT 2016
The Lightning II will provide UK Defence with a 5th Generation (low observable, supersonic, enhanced data fusion), multi-role, all weather, day and night aircraft that will have the ability to operate from land bases as well as the Queen Elizabeth Class carriers, the first of which is due to accept Lightning II onto her deck in 2018.
The RAF F-35B Lightning II, flown by Squadron Leader Hugh Nichols, made its first UK display at the Royal International Air Tattoo in 2016.
RAF Puma HC2
The Puma HC2 is an upgraded version of the original Puma HC1. This upgrade brings the workhorse of the UK's medium battlefield helicopter fleet into the modern era. It has more powerful engines than the HC1 along with greater range and a modern digital cockpit, the Puma HC2 will be capable of operating in harsh environments, lifting troops, supplies and humanitarian aid to where it is needed.
RAF Sentinel R1
The Sentinel R1 is the RAF's only long-range wide area battlefield surveillance asset, providing critical intelligence and target tracking information to British and Coalition forces.
Royal Air Force Display Aircraft
The Chinook is an able and versatile support helicopter that can be armed with crew served weapons to provide self-defence, and can be operated from land or ship in such diverse environments as the Arctic, jungle and desert.
RAF Chinook Display crew 2018:
Display pilot (Captain) - Flt Lt Stu Kynaston
Co-pilot 1 - Flt Lt Matt Smyth
Co-pilot 2 - Flt Lt Andy Donovan
Crewman 1 - Sgt Gav Anderson
Crewman 2 - Sgt James Kennedy
Crewman 3 - Sgt Dave Cawood
• RAF Chinook Display Team Schedule 2018.
Widely recognised as the UK's premier military parachute display team, the Falcons, based at RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, display at venues all over Britain and Europe throughout the year.
The RAF Falcons utilise a variety of aircraft depending on availability and nature of the display and includes Hercules, Chinook, Puma and Dakota.
RAF Falcons Display Team 2018:
- Team Coach - Flight Sergeant David Worboys
- Sergeant Paul Smith
- Corporal Alex Williams
- Sergeant Mark O'Brien
- Sergeant Alastair Donald
- Sergeant John Veitch
- Corporal Daniel Cartwright
- Corporal Lee Coonan
- Corporal Dominic Hodge
• RAF Falcons Display Schedule 2018.
RAF Tornado GR4
The Tornado GR4 is a two-seat, all-weather, day/night attack and reconnaissance aircraft. It has been in service with the RAF for more than 30 years, but a combination of major upgrade programmes and numerous continual enhancements has kept the aircraft amongst the forefront of all attack aircraft.
The C-130 Hercules tactical transport aircraft is the workhorse of the RAF's Air Transport fleet and is based at RAF Brize Norton, in Oxfordshire. RAF Hercules include the C-130K version and the newer C-130J version which has improved engines, propellers, and a digital engine-control system which gives it an increased take-off thrust and better fuel efficiency. The C-130J also has a revised flight deck with modern glass-cockpit and head-up displays.
RAF Atlas (A400M)
The Airbus A400M, which is a collaborative venture involving the governments and industries of six European countries, will support the deployment of the Joint Rapid Reaction Force and will give the RAF a tactical and strategic-airlift aircraft capable of supporting all three services and be interoperable with other nations.
C-17A Globemaster III
The C-17 gives the RAF a long range strategic heavy-lift transport aircraft that offers the ability to project and sustain an effective force close to a potential area of operations for combat, peacekeeping or humanitarian missions worldwide.
Voyager is based on the modern A330-200 passenger aircraft and will provide the RAF with a step change in reliability and capability in both the Air-to-Air Refueling and Air Transport roles.
RAF RC-135W Rivet Joint 'Airseeker'
Photo - Wiki-Commons
The RC-135W Rivet Joint is a large, all-weather electronic surveillance aircraft based on the C-135 airframe. The RC-135W Rivet Joint is equipped with a variety of sensors, allowing its multi- disciplined crew to intercept and exploit emissions across the electromagnetic spectrum, providing both strategic and tactical level intelligence. The RAF has purchased three aircraft with the final delivery expected in 2017.
The RAF operates the E-3D Sentry aircraft in the airborne surveillance and command-and-control role. The Sentry's roles include air and sea surveillance, airborne command and control, and weapons control. The RAF operates six E-3D Sentry aircraft which are based at RAF Waddington.