USAF anniversary show a spectacle
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