USAF an­niver­sary show a spec­ta­cle

Cotswold Life - - COTSWOLD SOCIETY -

A se­ries of spec­tac­u­lar fly­pasts and jaw-drop­ping dis­plays en­sured the USAF’S 70th an­niver­sary was cel­e­brated in style at a sold out Air Tat­too at RAF Fair­ford.

The air­show, which took place over three days, at­tracted a record crowd of 160,000 peo­ple who en­joyed thrilling fly­ing demon­stra­tions by some of the world’s lead­ing pi­lots.

Among the aerial high­lights were the USAF Thun­der­birds, com­pris­ing six F-16 Fight­ing Fal­cons whose high­ly­chore­ographed pre-flight rou­tines were as en­ter­tain­ing as their fly­ing dis­play.

Join­ing the Thun­der­birds to cel­e­brate the USAF an­niver­sary were vin­tage Amer­i­can war­birds in­clud­ing a B-17 and P-51D Mus­tang, a state-of-the-art F-22 Rap­tor and a dra­matic fly­past by a num­ber of UK and Euro­pean based USAF air­craft.

On the Sun­day, vis­i­tors were treated to a sur­prise fly­past by a stealthy B-2 Spirit bomber that was tak­ing part in an epic 23-hour transat­lantic “Global Power” train­ing flight from White­man Air Force Base in Mis­souri.

Cotswold Life en­ter­tained clients and con­tacts in a spe­cial en­clo­sure at the event.

Spe­cial guests in­cluded HRH the Duke of Glouces­ter, the Sec­re­tary of State for De­fence Sir Michael Fal­lon, the Chan­cel­lor of the Ex­che­quer Philip Hammond and the US Am­bas­sador to the UK Lewis Lukens.

Pi­lots watch­ing the skies at RAF Fair­ford

Air­craft big and small were on dis­play at the Air Tat­too

Alex Holmes and Karen Smith

Mal­colm Be­van and Deb­bie Ch­esworth

Sam But­ler and Robin Salmon

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