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Evening all,

 

Thought I'd begin my coverage of RIAT with a selection of images from the two arrival days. Wednesday proved a frustrating affair with the switch to RWY 09, resulting in hazy approach shots, but the quality of trade up to that point more than made up for it. Thursday saw the usual West end frustrations, but again, it was a case of quality over quantity, though we were all incredibly grateful to ATC bringing the Flanker up our way after the initial communication difficulties!

 

35890268185_1a27f59efb_o.jpgRockwell B-1B Lancer 85-0060/EL US Air Force RAF Fairford 12/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35759032211_bdde26c350_o.jpgLockheed U-2S 80-1067 US Air Force RAF Fairford 12/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35759030901_d655c158ce_o.jpgPanavia Tornado IDS CSX 7041 Italian Air Force RAF Fairford 12/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35735059642_122e665517_o.jpgBoeing B-52H Stratofortress 60-0022/LA US Air Force RAF Fairford 12/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35064606654_34467ee355_o.jpgMcDonnell Douglas EF-18M Hornet C15-14/15-01 Spanish Air Force RAF Fairford 12/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35904759835_d6c94bc752_o.jpgMcDonnell Douglas F-4E AUP Phantom II 01508 Hellenic Air Force RAF Fairford 12/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35640244730_26a8ff9d68_o.jpgLockheed C-130E Hercules 153 Pakistan Air Force RAF Fairford 12/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35858533602_10c4c7af03_o.jpgAero L-159 ALCA 6053 Czech Air Force RAF Fairford 12/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35189990004_0141fa533d_o.jpgDassault Mirage 2000D 602/3-XJ Armee de L'Air RAF Fairford 12/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35896780391_973938179b_o.jpgDassault Rafale C 133/4-GL Armee de L'Air RAF Fairford 12/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

36030711325_5d7bd27c83_o.jpgRockwell B-1B Lancer 85-0060/EL US Air Force RAF Fairford 12/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35859370352_cac58e0c14_o.jpgPanavia Tornado IDS CSX 7041 Italian Air Force RAF Fairford 12/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35624128190_55d518fb5f_o.jpgSaab JAS-39C Gripen 39244 Czech Air Force RAF Fairford 12/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35624126910_d2f41e0d58_o.jpgAero L-159 ALCA 6060 Czech Air Force RAF Fairford 12/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35173867894_46f84ae4de_o.jpgLockheed Martin F-16CM Fighting Falcon 'The Thunderbirds' US Air Force RAF Fairford 12/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35517536580_8288201c65_o.jpgSukhoi Su-27UBM1 Flanker 71 BLUE Ukrainian Air Force RAF Fairford 13/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35221928183_ea1db09a6c_o.jpgLockheed Martin F-22A Raptor 09-4180/FF US Air Force RAF Fairford 13/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35898359261_6bab0681a5_o.jpgWestland Sea King Mk 41 89+70 German Navy RAF Fairford 13/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35990455236_52241b5b66_o.jpgNHI NH90 TTH NH-214 Finnish Army RAF Fairford 13/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35989820576_ea234cbe00_o.jpgBoeing CH-147F Chinook 304 Royal Canadian Air Force RAF Fairford 13/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35641928240_e829f6de6e_o.jpgIlyushin Il-76MD Candid 78820 Ukrainian Air Force RAF Fairford 13/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35641927320_8ebc3848cc_o.jpgPanavia Tornado GR4 ZG750/128 Royal Air Force RAF Fairford 13/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35864810266_aec675d616_o.jpgSukhoi Su-27UBM1 Flanker 71 BLUE Ukrainian Air Force RAF Fairford 13/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35861691372_3e365431ae_o.jpgLockheed Martin F-16CM Fighting Falcon 90-0813/SP US Air Force RAF Fairford 13/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35861689812_ec2023dc2f_o.jpgGeneral Dynamics F-16AM Fighting Falcon FA-132 Belgian Air Component RAF Fairford 13/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35193205954_d90a5371f6_o.jpgTransall C-160D 51+01 German Air Force RAF Fairford 13/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35199399624_bd5eb87e50_o.jpgLockheed Martin F-22A Raptor 09-4180/FF US Air Force RAF Fairford 13/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

36039155925_87897bebdc_o.jpgBoeing CH-147F Chinook 304 Royal Canadian Air Force RAF Fairford 13/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35199397334_be9a665e17_o.jpgPanavia Tornado ECR 46+54 German Air Force RAF Fairford 13/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35065548854_9b1fc43f89_o.jpgSukhoi Su-27UBM1 Flanker 71 BLUE Ukrainian Air Force RAF Fairford 13/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

Will update with the showdays in due course, the backlog is pretty substantial!

 

Thanks for looking, comments welcomed

 

Shaun

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Very nice mate

 

Martin

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Some stunning pictures, I for one am grateful to you for posting them. I really must get more organised and get to RIAT again one year

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Looks like you had the perfect position and made the most of it. First class shots and looking forward to seeing some more.

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Thanks chaps, much appreciated :)

 

Moving on with my coverage, here's a selection from the Friday and Saturday. I thoroughly enjoyed the Friday, a nice and relaxed day out with some excellent flying, and in sunshine! Saturday was a more frustrating affair given the poor weather, and whilst it's understandable to lose displays due to the low cloud, I can;t help feel the Raptor should have at least got up to do its own weather check. I'm sure there's a valid reason why it didn't/couldn't get airborne, but there was a lot of people left disappointed to see one of the star items turn back off the runway... Regardless, a terrific day of flying, with the Flanker the star item, and another ridiculous demo from the ever incredible Rafale, but special mention must go to the Czech Gripen and Tornado for displaying in horrendous conditions.
 

35115450383_87c63de940_o.jpgDassault Mirage 2000D 652/3-XN Armee de L'Air RAF Fairford 14/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35115449213_8613894a70_o.jpgLockheed Martin F-22A Raptor 09-4180/FF US Air Force RAF Fairford 14/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35084864054_2d0979ac9c_o.jpgLockheed Martin F-22A Raptor 09-4180/FF US Air Force RAF Fairford 14/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35888663106_c04cbd5970_o.jpgDassault Mirage 2000D 652/3-XN Armee de L'Air RAF Fairford 14/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35888662336_3213bb0208_o.jpgMcDonnell Douglas F-15C Eagle 86-0174/LN US Air Force RAF Fairford 04/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35888661466_62a3b41609_o.jpgLockheed Martin F-16CM Fighting Falcon 96-0083/SP US Air Force RAF Fairford 14/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

36050619805_1fb4da25e2_o.jpgBritish Aerospace Hawk T1A 'The Red Arrows' Royal Air Force RAF Fairford 14/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35210799684_8a9b66a168_o.jpgBell-Boeing CV-22B Osprey 12-0061 US Air Force RAF Fairford 14/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

36008738046_f35fe3bf31_o.jpgAvro Lancaster BI PA474 Royal Air Force RAF Fairford 14/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35880670882_81f39e3da8_o.jpgBritish Aerospace Hawk T1A 'The Red Arrows' Royal Air Force RAF Fairford 14/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35662457700_c95d0fb95f_o.jpgLockheed Martin F-16C Fighting Falcon 'The Thunderbirds' US Air Force RAF Fairford 14/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35662456690_d46a60bee9_o.jpgLockheed Martin F-22A Raptor 09-4180/FF US Air Force RAF Fairford 14/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35881715512_6807eae2fb_o.jpgAirbus A400M Atlas EC-404 RAF Fairford 14/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35881715112_a59ca2c161_o.jpgEurofighter Typhoon FGR4 ZK352/BV Royal Air Force RAF Fairford 14/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35881714802_ff2d970a57_o.jpgBoeing KC-135R Stratotanker 58-0118/D US Air Force RAF Fairford 14/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35597445040_f89b74b759_o.jpgDassault Mirage 2000D 652/3-XN Armee de L'Air RAF Fairford 15/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35597443580_bb7cec949b_o.jpgDassault Rafale C 133/4-GL Armee de L'AirRAF Fairford 15/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35986517635_65d5b29fd8_o.jpgSukhoi Su-27P1M Flanker 58 BLUE Ukrainian Air Force RAF Fairford 15/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35250329443_7f746b1c76_o.jpgAirbus A400M Atlas EC-404 RAF Fairford 15/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35888010512_73211daa1e_o.jpgLockheed Martin F-16C Fighting Falcon 'The Thunderbirds' US Air Force RAF Fairford 15/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35925704811_4058d640bb_o.jpgPanavia Tornado IDS CSX 7041 Italian Air Force RAF Fairford 15/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35888541682_587983c2c1_o.jpgSukhoi Su-27P1M Flanker 58 BLUE Ukrainian Air Force RAF Fairford 15/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35926086711_9eec5a556d_o.jpgLeonardo T-346A Master MM55220/61-16 Italian Air Force RAF Fairford 15/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35888540462_aabb6e6b30_o.jpgDassault Rafale C 133/4-GL Armee de L'AirRAF Fairford 15/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35676028780_e41802232a_o.jpgDassault Mirage 2000D 618/3-XC Armee de L'Air RAF Fairford 15/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35895223582_df69414536_o.jpgSukhoi Su-27P1M Flanker 58 BLUE Ukrainian Air Force RAF Fairford 15/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35895222232_5797722060_o.jpgSaab JAS-39C Gripen 39215 Swedish Air Force RAF Fairford 15/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35677715060_69fefd55a7_o.jpgDassault Mirage 2000D 652/3-XN Armee de L'Air RAF Fairford 15/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

36067228825_75dc5c5bc5_o.jpgBell-Boeing CV-22B Osprey 12-0058 US Air Force RAF Fairford 15/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35227475584_51ca341993_o.jpgLockheed Martin F-16C Fighting Falcon 'The Thunderbirds' US Air Force RAF Fairford 15/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

Sunday and Monday will follow in due course...

 

Thanks for looking, comments welcomed

 

Shaun

Edited by Seamus

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Rounding off my set, here's a selection from the Sunday and Monday. I think Sunday was just about the best flying display I've attended since the glory days of the late 90s, just terrific variety and quality throughout, not the least the Flanker, which gave me my moment of the year as it launched into the air in some delicious light, whilst special mention must go to the Spanish Hornet, which was absolutely mental! Monday was a terrific day, seeing everything off for another year in glorious sunshine, with the Eagle drivers taking the award for deaprtures of the day, wonderful stuff!

 

35945880226_fd2761a12b_o.jpgSukhoi Su-27P1M Flanker 58 BLUE Ukrainian Air Force RAF Fairford 16/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35816813592_31388c19f1_o.jpgSukhoi Su-27P1M Flanker 58 BLUE Ukrainian Air Force RAF Fairford 16/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35992410105_d461052c5c_o.jpgNorthrop Grumman B-2A Spirit 'Spirit of Pennsylvania' 93-1087/WM RAF Fairford 16/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35992409635_0a767d54e5_o.jpgMcDonnell Douglas EF-18M Hornet C15-39/15-26 Spanish Air Force RAF Fairford 16/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35201713523_04cdd92eab_o.jpgWestland WAH-64D Apache AH1 ZJ230 Army Air Corps RAF Fairford 16/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35201711003_ed8479f4a5_o.jpgLockheed Martin F-22A Raptor 09-4180/FF US Air Force RAF Fairford 16/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35172815824_5b75b38e9e_o.jpgMcDonnell Douglas EF-18M Hornet C15-39/15-26 Spanish Air Force RAF Fairford 16/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

36083851245_5ce512900f_o.jpgLockheed Martin F-22A Raptor 09-4180/FF US Air Force RAF Fairford 16/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

36043751196_4f7c1dd432_o.jpgDassault Mirage 2000D 652/3-XN Armee de L'Air RAF Fairford 16/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35275274753_bd2f876e0e_o.jpgSukhoi Su-27P1M Flanker 58 BLUE Ukrainian Air Force RAF Fairford 16/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35276572133_29ce028f57_o.jpgWestland Sea King Mk 48 RS-02Belgian Air Component RAF Fairford 16/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35952300551_4e3fc500f1_o.jpgBritish Aerospace Hawk Mk 51 'The Midnight Hawks' Finnish Air Force RAF Fairford 16/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35245021484_ef82803935_o.jpgLockheed Martin F-22A Raptor 09-4180/FF US Air Force RAF Fairford 16/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35969946161_0316d60a8f_o.jpgNorthrop Grumman B-2A Spirit 'Spirit of Pennsylvania' 93-1087/WM RAF Fairford 16/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35262739534_b98093c73f_o.jpgSukhoi Su-27P1M Flanker 58 BLUE Ukrainian Air Force RAF Fairford 16/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35157469044_085c67f818_o.jpgMcDonnell Douglas F-15C Eagle 86-0156/LN US Air Force RAF Fairford 17/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35157467704_305ed2fdf3_o.jpgMcDonnell Douglas F-4E AUP Phantom II 01618 Hellenic Air Force RAF Fairford 17/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35186722533_312c2d6429_o.jpgSukhoi Su-27UBM1 Flanker 71 BLUE Ukrainian Air Force RAF Fairford 17/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35877583451_9e95cec37c_o.jpgDassault Rafale C 133/4-GL Armee de L'Air RAF Fairford 17/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35840158552_08bbf0f18e_o.jpgPanavia Tornado IDS CSX 7041 Italian Air Force RAF Fairford 17/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35171207014_cfcacf1627_o.jpgSukhoi Su-27UBM1 Flanker 71 BLUE Ukrainian Air Force RAF Fairford 17/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35945035582_f016e0d361_o.jpgBoeing CC-177 Globemaster III 177703 Royal Canadian Air Force RAF Fairford 17/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

mg][/url]Lockheed U-2S 80-1073 US Air Force RAF Fairford 17/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35273906364_1a6af2ed9e_o.jpgGeneral Dynamics F-16AM Fighting Falcon J-511 Royal Netherlands Air Force RAF Fairford 17/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35982093561_6cdeb9ab4a_o.jpgBoeing E-7A Wedgetail A30-006 Royal Australian Air Force RAF Fairford 17/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

36073803286_df345d8024_o.jpgIlyushin Il-76MD Candid 78820 Ukrainian Air Force RAF Fairford 17/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

36073797976_5729d6472e_o.jpgLockheed Martin C-130J Hercules (Shimshon) 667 Israeli Air Force RAF Fairford 17/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35727219220_d0bb036e90_o.jpgDassault Dornier Alpha Jet E E42/705-TA Armee de L'Air RAF Fairford 17/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35727213580_4058eec42d_o.jpgMcDonnell Douglas F-4E AUP Phantom II 01508 Hellenic Air Force RAF Fairford 17/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35727207680_aaf7176eca_o.jpgWestland Lynx Mk 88 83+25 German Navy RAF Fairford 17/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35332729263_a30d80d5e8_o.jpgGeneral Dynamics F-16AM Fighting Falcon FA-70 Belgian Air Component RAF Fairford 17/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

36140171475_f7768af210_o.jpgBoeing KC-767J 87-3601 Japanese Air Self Defence Force RAF Fairford 17/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35747922180_35450a6a08_o.jpgPanavia Tornado ECR 46+54 German Air Force RAF Fairford 17/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

36100455376_0433c9a1f2_o.jpgGeneral Dynamics F-16AM Fighting Falcon FA-123 Belgian Air Component RAF Fairford 17/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

36100453776_b88b6f945a_o.jpgEurofighter Typhoon S 30+26 German Air Force RAF Fairford 17/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35333682263_d90d880890_o.jpgBoeing CH-147F Chinook 147304 Royal Canadian Air Force RAF Fairford 17/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35973898122_3b47deb566_o.jpgLockheed Martin F-16CM Fighting Falcon 91-0412/SP US Air Force RAF Fairford 17/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

36142220475_394074b996_o.jpgMcDonnell Douglas F-15C Eagle 84-0027/LN US Air Force RAF Fairford 17/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

36109190836_233ce67ecb_o.jpgTransall C-160D 51+01 German Air Force RAF Fairford 17/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

35308541714_0a258c591b_o.jpgLockheed Martin F-16C Fighting Falcon 'The Thunderbirds' US Air Force RAF Fairford 17/07/17 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

Thanks for looking, I appreciate that's pretty extensive coverage, but it's always hard to whittle down six days worth of shots, especially when there are so many highlights. As ever, comments welcomed.

 

Cheers,

 

Shaun

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What a stunning set of pictures - I've enjoyed every single one. Thanks for posting !!!!

 

Lothar

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Shaun

 

each one better than the last.  The backdrop to the Apache is perfect.   Stunning and many many thanks for sharing them all.  

 

John

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Brilliant pictures thanks very much for posting. Love the flanker shots and yeah the Apache flame shot is awesome. I have just shown my fiancée the photos and informed her we are going next year...she agreed!

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You are a seriously talented photographer. Thanks for sharing them.

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Brilliant pictures and looked like a great show, gutted I couldn't make it this year due to work.

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Yep. Wot they said. Terrific stuff. Many thanks.

 

BTW, have you guys seen this?

 

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Stunned by all those lovely pics. I think I'll let you take mine for me in future;)

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Thanks very much for the additional comments chaps, I'm glad they were of interest :)

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Stunning photos, The rear seater in the Flanker seems to have a better view than the pilot, not many two seaters you can say that about

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That "Bone"is special Pete,thank you for posting. Seamus,a brilliant collection almost makes me want to build something modern! At the moment I have Britannia's coming off the line.

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Beautiful work, superb shots

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