» Ma­jor Tim Peake takes to the skies with the Red Ar­rows

Gloucestershire Echo - - FRONT PAGE - Philip NOR­RIS philip.nor­[email protected]­plc.com

THE three-day Royal In­ter­na­tional Air Tat­too at­tracted around 170,000 vis­i­tors to RAF Fair­ford in Glouces­ter­shire.

While ap­palling weather meant some fly­ing dis­plays were can­celled on Fri­day, there were two clear days for aerial dis­plays.

The air­show, whose theme for 2019 was Air & Space: In­spir­ing the Next Gen­er­a­tion Air Force, at­tracted 170,000 vis­i­tors in­clud­ing British as­tro­naut Ma­jor Tim Peake who flew with the Red Ar­rows.

Speak­ing about his flight Maj Peake said: “It was truly in­cred­i­ble, I felt like I was liv­ing the dream.

“I have watched them since I was a young land and I feel like this has been a boy­hood dream ful­fil­ment.”

Maj Peake ded­i­cated most of his visit en­gag­ing with young peo­ple in the crit­i­cally ac­claimed Techno Zone.

In to­tal, 245 air­craft from 39 air arms rep­re­sent­ing 25 na­tions took part in the event, in­clud­ing the RAF Red Ar­rows, whose per­for­mance on Sun­day marked their fi­nal UK pub­lic dis­play this year be­fore they depart on their West­ern Hawk 19 tour of North Amer­ica.

Over the three days of the air­show, spec­tac­u­lar aerial set pieces were staged in­clud­ing a unique joint fly­past by the RAF Red Ar­rows and a spe­cially-painted British Air­ways Boe­ing 747 jumbo jet to mark the air­line’s cen­te­nary.

NATO’S 70th an­niver­sary was marked by a com­mem­o­ra­tive fly­past by air­craft from a num­ber of mem­ber na­tions in­clud­ing F-16s from Bel­gium, Den­mark, Nether­lands and Nor­way.

They were joined by three RAF Ty­phoons, F-15s from the US Air Force, a Ger­man Typhoon and a French KC-135. Air Tat­too Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Andy Armstrong said: “The past three days have been out of this world. “We’ve seen an in­cred­i­ble dis­play of air­craft from around the globe both in the air and on the ground as well as some mem­o­rable, unique joint fly­pasts.

“With the Air Tat­too tak­ing place on the 50th an­niver­sary of the first moon land­ing, we’ve also had the op­por­tu­nity to in­spire our thou­sands of young vis­i­tors who’ve been dis­cov­er­ing some of the ex­cit­ing ways space will play a part in their fu­ture.

“I’d like to thank our ti­tle spon­sor BAE Sys­tems for their con­tin­ued and val­ued sup­port.”

Ma­jor Tim Peake with the Red Ar­rows Pic­ture: An­drew Matthews/pa Wire

Pic­ture: Paul Ni­cholls

The Red Ar­rows in ac­tion

US Air force B-52 on show, and below, a Boe­ing Chi­nook HC4/6A

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