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The Monitoring Monthly RIAT2006 Guide

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elcome to the Monitoring Monthly RIAT 2006 preview. This important event is an ideal opportunity to see some of the world’s finest aircraft both flying and in static display. The atmosphere at the weekend event is second to none. For radio enthusiasts the show provides some unique chances to hear some rare communications and see close up, some of the hardware you might hear. Monitoring Monthly will be on-site for the duration of the show and we are delighted to bring you this insight to the event. If you are visiting RIAT 2006 then be sure to visit our stand. We hope to see you there.

A Brief History Of The Air Tattoo ●

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The first ‘Air Tattoo’ was organised by Paul Bowen and Tim Prince at North Weald airfield on 31 May 1971 to raise money for the RAF Association and is now the world’s largest military airshow. From 1976 until January 2005, the Air Tattoo was staged by the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund Enterprises in support of the RAF Benevolent Fund. By 1976, when Air Marshal Sir Denis Crowley Milling was Controller of the RAF Benevolent Fund, the Air Tattoo was already becoming a major airshow. Sir Denis invited his war-time Battle of Britain leader Group Captain Sir Douglas Bader to be president of what was now to be called ‘International Air Tattoo’. Over the next six years until his death in October 1982, Sir Douglas worked to establish the Tattoo as the largest of its kind in the world. (Sir Denis, then Vice Patron of RIAT, died in December 1996). Between 1973 to 1984 the International Air Tattoo was held at RAF Greenham Common near Newbury before moving to RAF Fairford. In 1990 and 1992, the airshow was staged at the top secret research airfield - A & AEE Boscombe Down in Wiltshire. The Gloucestershire base has become the event’s permanent home, apart from 2000 and 2001 when runway repairs were carried out. The Tattoo was awarded Royal Status in July 1996, the year of its Silver Jubilee airshow. In 1971 six overseas air forces took part in the Tattoo, with around 80 aircraft on display. By contrast, in 2003 more than 500 aircraft represented more than 40 British and international air arms. In May 2004, Air Tattoo co-founder Paul Bowen died after a short illness. His friend and co-founder Tim Prince succeeded him as Tattoo Director. In autumn 2004, following a governance review by the RAF Benevolent Fund (RAFBF) it was decided that its RAFBF Development Trust, under whose umbrella the Tattoo took place, should become a stand-alone charity. It did this in January 2005, changing its name to The Royal Air Force Charitable Trust (RAFCT). Today, the Royal International Air Tattoo is staged by the Trust’s trading company - The Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Enterprises - and is widely considered to be among the greatest airshows in the world, attracting over 150,000 attendees each year. RIAT’s remit is to inspire ‘airmindedness’ in young people, promote the excellence of the Royal Air Force and raise money for, and awareness of, Royal Air Force Charitable Trust. Each year RAFCT distributes funds to support the work of a wide range of RAF charities.

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Rapid Global Effect

● A packed RAF C-17 Load Bay.

● Earthquake relief flight lands.

● Pakistan's C-130.

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The ability of international Air Arms to react quickly and effectively to a range of operations around the globe will be highlighted at this summer’s Royal International Air Tattoo. From the Asian Tsunami, Pakistan earthquake and Hurricane Rita to operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, Air Arms often find themselves at the forefront of any mission and must be prepared to sustain an effective presence for long (and sometimes indefinite) periods. One example of this capability - called Rapid Global Effect - occurred last August during the dramatic rescue of seven Russian sailors. It began when their submarine became trapped in fishing nets off the far east Russian coast and was unable to return to the surface. With time running out, the UK offered to help and an RAF C-17 crew, led by Sqn Ldr Keith Hewitt from RAF Brize Norton, airlifted a specialist Royal Navy team and rescue submersible to the Kamchatka peninsula. With the stricken sailors fast running out of oxygen, the team, aided by the US Air Force, were able to launch Scorpio 45, a remotely operated vehicle, and cut free the submarine, rescuing the men. The speed with which this operation took place, the teamwork between the different participants and the mission’s ultimate success illustrated perfectly the effectiveness of the Armed Forces in general - and airpower in particular - in the 21st century. The Air Tattoo will not only have the Scorpio rescue sub on display but visitors will be able to see it being operated and watch original underwater footage taken by Scorpio of last summer’s rescue. Also a Pakistan aircraft that helped rescue victims of last year’s devastating earthquake in the country will fly to the UK this summer as a gesture of thanks for the support it received from the international community. The C-130 Hercules, kitted out to demonstrate its medical evacuation role, will appear at the Royal International Air Tattoo and visitors will be invited to board the aircraft and meet the crew. It is believed to be the first time a military aircraft from Pakistan has appeared at an airshow in the UK and will bring to 50 the number of countries that have taken part in the Air Tattoo since it was first held in 1971. They felt the airshow’s ‘Rapid Global Effect’ theme encompassed the range of support delivered during the international relief operation. A Pakistan Air Force representive said, “We are grateful to all the nations who helped us so much during last year’s earthquake and in particular the Royal Air Force and the US Air Force who worked with us shoulder to shoulder in the relief operations. The Royal International Air Tattoo and its Rapid Global Effect theme gives us the ideal opportunity express our thanks”. Air Tattoo Director Tim Prince said the Pakistan Air Force’s gesture was unprecedented. “For the Pakistan Air Force to want to say ‘thank you’ in this way indicates the impact the Royal Air Force, the US Air Force and others around the world had in relieving the suffering in their country last year. “I am delighted they will be joining us. Not only is the Air Tattoo a celebration of aviation but it prides itself on bringing nations together to exchange ideas and forge friendships and I am sure they will make many friends during their visit - that Pakistan should become the 50th nation to join us is simply the icing on the cake.”

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THEMES RAPID GLOBAL EFFECT

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he ability of international air arms to react quickly and decisively to events around the globe will be the focus of this year’s Royal International Air Tattoo. Called Rapid Global Effect, the operational theme will show how some of the world’s largest and most flexible aircraft - such as the USAF’s C5 Galaxy and the RAF’s C-17 Globemaster III - combine with smaller aircraft, often helicopters, to get people and resources where they need to be, fast! From natural disasters like the 2004 Asian tsunami and the recent earthquake in Pakistan, to the dramatic rescue of trapped Russian submariners in August 2005, the capability of air arms to deal decisively and quickly will form a thrilling backdrop to this year’s airshow.

ARMY AVIATION

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hrough a number of exciting aerial and ground-based displays from around the world, the Royal International Air Tattoo will give much deserved recognition to Army aviation and reflect the important role it plays in the Armed Forces’ ability to deliver Rapid Global Effect.

Highlights: ● See history in the making as the futuristic V-22 Osprey tiltrotor makes its sensational UK flying display debut. ● Five international aerobatics display teams including the legendary Red Arrows. ● Bid farewell to the historic Canberra as it makes its final bow before retiring after more than 50 years’ loyal service with the Royal Air Force.

MiG-29s, the thunderous F/A-18A Hornet and the awesome JAS-39C Gripen.

● Historic aircraft including Spitfires, Hurricanes, the Lancaster and Dakota.

● Electrifying fast jet displays including the state-of-the-art Eurofighter Typhoon,

● Heavyweight action featuring the giant C-5B Galaxy, C-17 Globemaster III, B-1B Lancer and the C-130 Hercules.

● See the legendary US Navy Seals’ Leapfrog Parachute Display Team on their first ever visit to the UK.

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TRI@RIAT

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atching the action in the air will be one of the Air Tattoo’s most ambitious - and most exciting attractions ever - Tri@RIAT. Companies such as Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems, Northrop Grumman, EADS and Boeing have joined forces with RAF Recruiting, the RAF Sports Board, the Royal Aeronautical Society and the West of England Aerospace Forum to deliver an exciting range of exhibitions, displays and inter-active activities designed to inspire the next generation of pilots and aerospace engineers. Targeted specifically at young people, there will be the chance to experience racing karts, a battling robots arena, Formula 1 cars plus everyone will also have the opportunity to become a Guinness World Record breaker. And a special Tri@RIAT arena will feature entertainment throughout the day including hair-raising stunt car driving, daredevil skateboarders, sports demonstrations, a quad bike demo plus music courtesy of the Air Training Corps Band.

CLARE TEAL ADDS SOME JAZZ PIZZAZ

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ne of the jazz world’s brightest stars will be joining the BBC Big Band for two special concerts at this year’s Air Tattoo. Jazz singer Clare Teal, who won ‘Best Vocalist’ at the British Jazz Awards last year, will be performing on both Saturday and Sunday evening. As well as singing, Clare is the new full-time presenter of the popular BBC Radio 2 show Big Band Special on Monday evenings. Her appearances at the Air Tattoo are part of a mammoth nine-month, 50-date UK tour to promote the release of her second Sony album, due out in September.

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TOP Here’s a look at what we consider to be the five most interesting of the aircraft to be fly displaying at RIAT 2006

AIRCRAFT IN FLYING DISPLAY

● Spanish Eurofighter.

The V-22 Osprey - Bell/Boeing Performing its first display at an airshow in the UK, the V-22 Osprey represents the future of rapid aerial military transport. Looking like a cross between a helicopter and a fixed wing aeroplane, the V-22’s rotor blades can tilt mid-air enabling it to take off vertically like a helicopter and then reconfigure to fly like a normal aircraft. Not only does this allow it to reach speeds twice as fast as a helicopter but it also enables it to carry heavier payloads and fly at higher altitudes. The aircraft, which is currently being introduced into the US military, is a joint venture between aircraft manufacturers Bell and Boeing and its appearance at the Air Tattoo represents a major coup for the organisers.

demonstration of the Typhoon’s speed, power and agility has already won the hearts of aircraft enthusiasts around the world, a Spanish Eurofighter has never displayed in the UK before. With both the RAF and Spanish versions taking part in the Air Tattoo display this summer, it will be a fascinating opportunity to compare and contrast flying styles.

Eurofighter 2000 - Spanish Air Force Another aircraft making its UK display debut will be a Eurofighter 2000 from the Spanish Air Force. The delta wing Eurofighter Typhoon was developed by four nations: the UK, Spain, Germany and Italy and is a close air fighter aircraft with surface attack capability. Whilst the UK has opted to call its aircraft the ‘Typhoon’, the Spanish prefer ‘Eurofighter’. And whilst the RAF’s ● Osprey.

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F/A-18F Super Hornet - US Navy/Boeing In 2004, a US Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet piloted by Boeing test pilot Ricardo Traven took to the skies above RAF Fairford and performed a spectacular and high-energy routine that is still talked about today. In fact, so impressive was the display that it scooped a recordbreaking number of RIAT awards for Ricardo and his team. Ricardo has agreed to return to the Air Tattoo and all eyes will be on him and his aircraft to see if they can replicate their success in July. ● F/A 18F Super Hornet.

MiG-29OVT - MiG Don’t be deceived. Whilst the MiG-29 is no stranger to the Air Tattoo - indeed, two examples will be on display this summer from the Slovak Air Force - the big difference here are the letters OVT. They refer to the state-of-the-art vectored thrust capability fitted to these new generation Russian fighters. The MiG-29 has already attained legendary status but, with vectored thrust, it now has a level of manoeuvrability to match its awesome power. Thanks to its moving thrust nozzles, the aircraft is capable of hanging in the air like a helicopter and attacking an enemy from any angle. It has never been seen in the UK and, judging by the level of anticipation that exists in aviation circles, it is likely to be a long time before its dramatic debut is forgotten. ● MiG-29OVT.

The Canberra PR9 - Royal Air Force History will be made in July when an RAF Canberra PR9 makes its final public display before retiring after 55 years of service with the RAF. The aircraft will come from 39 (1 PRU) Squadron based at RAF Marham, in Norfolk, which is due to disband only weeks after the Air Tattoo. Although the Canberra began life in 1951 as a light bomber, its potential as a high altitude reconnaissance aircraft was soon realised and it is in this role that it will be best remembered. The definitive Canberra reconnaissance version, the PR9, first flew in 1955 and since then it has carried out vital reconnaissance missions during many of the 20th century’s greatest conflicts. The Canberra saw action in Malaya against terrorists in 1955 and again in the Suez crisis of 1956. It photographed Russian shipping movements during the Cuban missile crisis and flew reconnaissance missions during the war in Kosovo and during current operations in the Middle East. Its immense capability saw it set more than 20 world records including, in 1957, an altitude record of 70,310ft and such is its versatility that NASA still retains two modified Canberras for high altitude research. The Canberra is widely regarded as one of the world’s longest serving operational military aeroplanes and its retirement from the Royal Air Force will bring to an end one of the greatest chapters in the distinguished history of RAF operational aircraft. ● Canberra by Action Air Images.

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AEROBATIC DISPLAY TEAMS The Red Arrows

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cknowledged as one of the world’s premier aerobatic teams, The Red Arrows are the public face of the Royal Air Force and exist to demonstrate the professional excellence of the RAF and promote recruitment. The Red Arrows, who currently fly nine BAE Systems Hawk aircraft, are all volunteers. To be eligible to apply for the team, pilots must have completed at least one operational tour on a front line fast jet and have a minimum of 1500 flying hours. Team leader for the second season is former Jaguar pilot, Squadron Leader Dickie Patounas. In 1997, aged 27, he became one of the youngest pilots ever to join the Red Arrows. The Red Arrows, who have performed almost 4000 displays in 50 countries, have made the ‘Diamond Nine’ formation famous across the world.

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ormed in 1964, the Patrouille Suisse is the national aerobatics team of Switzerland. Sleek and graceful, the six F-5E Tiger IIs create a dynamic display - and an eyecatching one - thanks to the aircrafts’ bright colour schemes incorporating the red and white of the Swiss national flag. The pilots - all volunteers from various frontline squadrons - are famed worldwide for performing precise formations at high speed. Led by Capt Daniel Siegenthaler or ‘Sigi’, the 34-year-old has served in the Swiss Air Force since 1993 and has been a member of the Patrouille Suisse since 1997. He has a total of 2400 flying hours on aircraft including the F/A-18 Hornet, the F-5 tiger, the Hawk and the PC-7. This is their only UK appearance in 2006.

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rriving in the Cotswolds immediately following a flypast along the Champs-Elysees to mark Bastille Day on July 14, the eight sleek Alpha Jets of the Patrouille de France are set to bring French panache to RIAT 2006. The Patrouille de France are known as ‘The Cavaliers of The Sky,’ and act as excellent ambassadors for French aviation. Formed in 1953, the Patrouille de France is the first military aerobatics team and is renown for breathtaking routines such as the ‘apollo bend’ and perfectly executed solo splits. Then flying Fouga CM170 Magisters, La Patrouille de France appeared at the first Tattoo at North Weald in 1971, thrilling spectators with a slow roll in mirror formation. Team leader for the second year is 32-year-old Major Bertrand Nivard, a Mirage F1 pilot with 2100 flight hours.

Royal Jordanian Falcons

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he Royal Jordanian Falcons are the aerobatic demonstration team of the Royal Jordanian Airline and the official national aerobatic team of Jordan. The team was formed on the orders of King Hussein of Jordan (a keen supporter of the Air Tattoo) on November 7, 1978 in order to be ambassadors for Jordan and to demonstrate Jordan’s aviation expertise. Originally a team of 3 Pitts S-2A Specials, the team changed to four fast and nimble Walter Extra EA300Ss in 1992. The Falcons are unique in that while the pilots are drawn from the Royal Jordanian Air Force, the team is sponsored by the national airline, which owns the aircraft. The team’s headquarters are at Amman International Airport. This is their only UK appearance in 2006.

La Patrulla Aguila

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n July 4, 1981, five Casa C-101 aircraft from the Spanish aerobatic demonstration team Patrulla Aguila took to the skies above the Spanish Air Force Academy in San Javier, Murcia for the first time to perform their first training flight. Less than two weeks later, on July 14, they flew their first public display. In 1986 they received their 6th plane and in 1989 their number was swelled to seven. Unlike other display teams, Aguila is not a full-time display team with the pilots practising in their spare time. The team, which is the only international display team to feature yellow smoke, is renowned for its tight formations and very impressive formation landing. This is their only UK appearance in 2006.

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WHO’S THERE? RIAT 2006 PARTICIPATION LIST (AS OF 19 MAY) The aircraft that have committed to attending this year’s Tattoo are listed here for your convenience. F signifies Flying Display, S signifies Flying Display SP signifies Support Aircraft, V is a Visitor UK MILITARY

SQUADRON

Army Air Corps Lynx AH7, Gazelle AH1 x4 The Blue Eagles Misc. Army Historic Aircraft Flight Joint Helicopter Command Chinook HC1 18(B) Squadron Chinook HC1 18(B) Squadron Merlin HC3 28(AC) Squadron Puma HC1 33 Squadron Puma HC1 230 Squadron Sea King HC4 846 NAS Sea King HC4 848 NAS Royal Air Force Canberra PR9 39 (1PRU) Squadron Dakota BBMF E-3D Sentry AEW1 8/23 Squadron Harrier GR7 x2 20(R) Squadron Hawk T1 100 Squadron Hawk T1 x11 The Red Arrows Hawk T1 x2 208(R) Squadron Hurricane BBMF Lancaster BI BBMF Sea King HAR3A 203(R) Squadron Sentinel R1 5(AC) Squadron Spitfire BBMF Tornado GR4 x2 XV(R) Squadron Typhoon F2 x2 29(R) Squadron Royal Navy Hawk T1 x5 FRADU ‘The Black Seahawks’ Lynx HAS3 815 NAS Lynx HAS3/HMA8 x2 ‘The Black Cats’ 702 NAS Lynx HMA8 815 NAS Merlin HM1 814 NAS Merlin HM1 814 NAS Sea King ASAC7 849 NAS US MILITARY

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US Air Combat Command B-1B Lancer 28 BS, 7 BW B-1B Lancer 28 BS, 7 BW B-52H Stratofortress 11 BS, 2 BW B-52H Stratofortress 11 BS, 2 BW F-15C Eagle x2 West Coast Demo Team US Air Education & Training Command C-130J Hercules 314 AW T-43A Gator 562 FTS US Air Forces Europe F-15C Eagle 493 FS, 48 FW F-15E Strike Eagle 48 FW F-16CJ 52 FW

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THEME Army Aviation Army Aviation

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KC-135R 100 ARW RGE O/A-10A Thunderbolt 81 FS, 52 FW US Air Mobility Command KC-10A Extender 60 AMW RGE US Army Europe C-12U B Co, 1-214 AVN REGT Army Aviation UC-35 B Co, 1-214 AVN REGT Army Aviation US Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey VMX-22 (Bell Helicopter Textron) F MV-22B Osprey VMX-22 (Bell Helicopter Textron) S US Navy ‘Leapfrogs’ US Navy Parachute Team E-6B Mercury VQ-4 F/A-18F Super Hornet Boeing USAF Special Operations Command MC-130H Combat Talon II 7 SOS, 352 SOG MC-130P Combat Shadow 67 SOS, 352 SOG MH-53M Pave Low III 21 SOS, 352 SOG

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Brazilian Air Force KC-137 Czech Air Force An-26 JAS-39C Gripen L159 ALCA L159 ALCA Mi-171 Mi-24V ‘Hind’ Danish Air Force CL604 Challenger EH-101 French Air Force Alpha Jet x10 C-160 Transall French Army Air Corps AS532 Cougar F406 Caravan TBM 700 German Air Force A310 C-160 Transall Tornado ECR Tornado IDS UH-1D German Army Aviation Bo-105 x2 CH-53G German Navy BR1150 Atlantic Hellenic Air Force A-7E/H CL-415 Italian Navy AV-8B Harrier x2 EH101 ASW x2 Pakistan Air Force C-130B Hercules Polish Navy

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Esk 721 Esk 722

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M-28 B-1/R Portuguese Air Force Alpha Jet x2

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Royal Air Force of Oman C-130H Hercules 16 Squadron Royal Australian Air Force B707-338 33 Squadron Royal Danish Navy Super Lynx 90 SHT Royal Jordanian Air Force C-130H Hercules Air Lift Wing Royal Netherlands Air Force CH-47 Chinook 298 Squadron F-16 x2 306 Squadron F-16 x2 TBC Fokker 50 334 Squadron PC-7 131 EMVO Squadron Slovak Air Force An-26 1 Dopravna Roj (SDoLt) MiG-29 ‘Fulcrum’ 1 Stihacia Letka MiG-29 ‘Fulcrum’ 1 Stihacia Letka Spanish Air Force CASA 101 x7 Patrulla Aguila CN235 Ala 35 EF2000 Ala 11 Swedish Air Force JAS 39C Gripen F7 Wing JAS 39C Gripen F7 Wing Swiss Air Force F-5E Tiger II x7 Patrouille Suisse F/A-18A Hornet Fliegerstaffel 11 Turkish Air Force F-4E Phantom x2 172 Filo CIVILIANS & VISITORS Civilian A310 Extra 300 x4 Falcon 20 Falcon 20 x2 Gulfstream 450 KDC-10 M311 M346 MD902 Explorer SP MiG-29OVT PC-12 PC-21 PC-21 x2 Commercial Visitor ATR-42 Saab 340 Day Visitor PA-28 Warrior PA-28 Warrior x2 Robinson R44

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FedEx RGE Royal Jordanian Falcons FR Aviation FR Aviation Gulfstream Global AirTanker Services RGE Aermacchi/Finmeccanica Aermacchi/Finmeccanica Wiltshire Police Air Support Unit

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MiG Pilatus Pilatus Pilatus

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Danish Air Transport Dauair AG

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Nick Breach BAE SYSTEMS Flying Club Alan Smith

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his year’s RIAT will see Pakistan become the 50th nation to participate in the Air Tattoo since it first started in 1971. In this section we provide up-to-date information about all of the airforces from those countries who have taken part.

Country Air Force Name Aircraft Main Front Line Aircraft Total Mil Budget - $Billions % Of GDP Personnel

Abu Dhabi (UAE)

Country Air Force Name Aircraft Main Front Line Aircraft Total Mil Budget - $Billions % Of GDP Personnel

Argentina FAA Fuerza Aerea Argentina 230 A-4AR Fightinghawk 4 1.3 n/a

Country Air Force Name Aircraft Main Front Line Aircraft Total Mil Budget - $Billions % Of GDP Personnel

Australia RAAF Royal Australian Air Force 320 F/A-18 Hornet 18 2.7 n/a

Country Air Force Name Luftstreitkräfte Aircraft Main Front Line Aircraft Total Mil Budget - $Billions % Of GDP Personnel

Austria KdoLuSK Österreichische

Country Air Force Name Aerienne Belge Aircraft Main Front Line Aircraft Total Mil Budget - $Billions % Of GDP Personnel

Belgium BLu Belgische Luchtmacht, Force

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Air Defence Force 350 Mirage 2 3.1 n/a

150 Saab Draken, F-5E Tiger 1.5 0.9 n/a

Main Front Line Aircraft Total Mil Budget - $Billions % Of GDP Personnel

Mirage, F-5 Tiger 10 1.3 50000

Country Air Force Name Sili Aircraft Main Front Line Aircraft Total Mil Budget - $Billions % Of GDP Personnel

Bulgaria BVVS Bulgarski Voenno Vzdushni

Country Air Force Name Command Aircraft Main Front Line Aircraft Total Mil Budget - $Billions % Of GDP Personnel

Canada CFAC Canadian Forces Air

Country Air Force Name Aircraft Main Front Line Aircraft Total Mil Budget - $Billions % Of GDP Personnel

Chile FACh Fuerza Aérea de Chile 120 Mirage 4 3.5 12800

185 MiG-29, MiG-21 0.36 2.6 n/a

400 CF-18A/B 10 1.1 n/a

Country Czech Republic Air Force Name Air Component of Joint Forces of the Czech Republic Army, Letecka Slozka Spolecnych Sil Armady Ceske Republiky Aircraft 170 Main Front Line Aircraft Aero L-159A Total Mil Budget - $Billions 2 % Of GDP 1.8 Personnel n/a Denmark RDAF Royal Danish Air Force,

280 F-16 4 1.3 n/a

Country Air Force Name Flyvevaabnet Aircraft Main Front Line Aircraft Total Mil Budget - $Billions % Of GDP Personnel

Brazil FAB Forca Aerea Brasilieira 700

Country Air Force Name Aircraft

Estonia

150 F-16AM 3 1.5 n/a

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Antonov An-2 0.16 2 n/a

Country Air Force Name Aircraft Main Front Line Aircraft Total Mil Budget - $Billions % Of GDP Personnel

Finland

Country Air Force Name Aircraft Main Front Line Aircraft Total Mil Budget - $Billions % Of GDP Personnel

France

Country Air Force Name Aircraft Main Front Line Aircraft Total Mil Budget - $Billions % Of GDP Personnel

Germany

Country Air Force Name Aircraft Main Front Line Aircraft Total Mil Budget - $Billions % Of GDP Personnel

Greece EPA Ellinikos Polemiki Aeroporia 640 F16, Mirage 6 4.3

Country Air Force Name Csapatai, Magyar Légiero Aircraft Main Front Line Aircraft Total Mil Budget - $Billions % Of GDP Personnel

Hungary MHRC Magyar Honvédség Repülö

Country Air Force Name Aircraft Main Front Line Aircraft Total Mil Budget - $Billions % Of GDP Personnel

India IAF Bharatiya Vayu Sena 1470 Mig-21, Sukhoi 30 19 2.5 n/a

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Suomen Ilmavoimat 169 F-18C/D Hornet 2 2 2974

Air Army, Armée de l’Air 1100 Mirage 45 2.6 n/a

Luftwaffe 700 F4, Tornado, Eurofighter 35 1.5 n/a

150 MiG-29 1 1.8 n/a

Country Air Force Name hÉireann Aircraft Main Front Line Aircraft Total Mil Budget - $Billions % Of GDP Personnel

Ireland IAC Irish Air Corps - Aer Chór na 34 SIAI Marchetti SF 260 WE 0.7 0.9 n/a

Country Israel Air Force IDF, AF Name Israel Defence Force - Air Force, Tsvah Haganah Le Israeli - Hey’l Ha’avir Aircraft 1200 Main Front Line Aircraft F-15I, F-16I Total Mil Budget - $Billions 10 % Of GDP 7.7 Personnel 32000 Country Air Force Name Aircraft Main Front Line Aircraft Total Mil Budget - $Billions % Of GDP Personnel Country Air Force Name Al Quwwat al-Jawwiya Almalakiya Aircraft Main Front Line Aircraft Total Mil Budget - $Billions % Of GDP Personnel

Italy AMI Aeronautica Militare Italiana 700 Tornado, Eurofighter 28 1.8 n/a Jordan RJAF Royal Jordanian Air Force, al-Urduniya 150 MiG-29 1.4 11.4 n/a

Country Air Force Name Quwwat al-Jawwiya al-Kuwaitiya Aircraft Main Front Line Aircraft Total Mil Budget - $Billions % Of GDP Personnel

Kuwait KAF Kuwait Air Force, al-

Country Air Force Name Aircraft Main Front Line Aircraft Total Mil Budget - $Billions % Of GDP Personnel

Latvia

110 F/A-18 C/D Hornet 3 4.2 3000

Latvijas Gaisaspeki 23 Antonov An-2 Colt 0.09 1.2 247

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PARTICIPATING NATIONS Country Air Force Name Aircraft Main Front Line Aircraft Albatross Total Mil Budget - $Billions % Of GDP Personnel

Lithuania

Country Air Force Name Warning Force Aircraft Main Front Line Aircraft Total Mil Budget - $Billions % Of GDP Personnel

Luxembourg (NATO)

Country Air Force Name Malaysia, Aircraft Main Front Line Aircraft Total Mil Budget - $Billions % Of GDP Personnel

Malaysia TUDM Tentera Udara Diraja

Karines Oro Pajegos 24 Aero L-39C, L-39ZA 0.23 1.9 n/a

NATO Airborne Early 20 Boeing E-3A Sentry 0.23 0.9 n/a

250 F/A-18D, Mig-29 2 2

Country Malta Air Force AFM Air Squadron Name Armed Forces of Malta No.2 (Composite) Regiment Air Squadron Aircraft 12 Main Front Line Aircraft Alouette III Total Mil Budget - $Billions 0.04 % Of GDP 1 Personnel n/a Country Air Force Name Force Aerienne Royale Marocaine, Jawiya Aircraft Main Front Line Aircraft Total Mil Budget - $Billions % Of GDP Personnel

Morocco RMAF Royal Moroccan Air Force, Alkowat al Malakiya al 110 F-5, Mirage 2.3 5 n/a

Country Air Force Name Koninklijke Luchtmacht Aircraft Main Front Line Aircraft Total Mil Budget - $Billions % Of GDP Personnel

Netherlands KLu Royal Netherlands Air Force,

Country Air Force Name

New Zealand RNZAF Royal New Zealand Air

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225 F-16AM 9 1.6 n/a

Force Aircraft Main Front Line Aircraft Total Mil Budget - $Billions % Of GDP Personnel Country Air Force Name Kongelige Norske Luftforsvaret Aircraft Main Front Line Aircraft Total Mil Budget - $Billions % Of GDP Personnel

50 P-3K Orion 1 1 n/a Norway RNoAF Royal Norwegiam Air Force, 130 F-16AM 4 1.9 n/a

Country Oman Air Force RAFO Name Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO), al-Quwwat al-Jawwiya al-Sultanat Oman Aircraft 100 Main Front Line Aircraft Jaguar, F-16 Total Mil Budget - $Billions 0.25 % Of GDP 11.4 Personnel 4500 Country Air Force Name Aircraft Main Front Line Aircraft Total Mil Budget - $Billions % Of GDP Personnel

Pakistan PAF Pakistan Fiza’ya 500 Mirage 3.8 4.9 n/a

Country Air Force Name Aircraft Main Front Line Aircraft Total Mil Budget - $Billions % Of GDP Personnel

Poland PSP Polsjie Sily Powietrzne 400 Su-22, F-16, MiG-29 3.5 1.7 n/a

Country Air Force Name Aircraft Main Front Line Aircraft Total Mil Budget - $Billions % Of GDP Personnel

Portugal FAP Forca Aerea Portuguesa 200 F-16 3.5 2.3 n/a

Country Air Force Name Aircraft Main Front Line Aircraft Total Mil Budget - $Billions % Of GDP Personnel

Romania FAR Fortele Aeriene Romane 390 MiG-21 1 2.5 n/a

Country

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Air Force Name Aircraft Main Front Line Aircraft Total Mil Budget - $Billions % Of GDP Personnel

VVS Voyenno Vozdushniye Sili 3000 MiG-31, Su-27 ? ? n/a

Country Air Force Name Aircraft Main Front Line Aircraft Total Mil Budget - $Billions % Of GDP Personnel

Saudi Arabia RSAF Royal Saudi Air Force 165 Mirage, F-16 18 10 n/a

Country Slovakia Air Force Sil - ASR-VVS Name Slovakian Armed ForcesCombat Air Force, Armady Slovenskej Republiky Velitelstvo Vzdusnych Sil Aircraft 70 Main Front Line Aircraft Sil - ASR-VVS Total Mil Budget - $Billions 0.4 % Of GDP 1.9 Personnel n/a Country Air Force Name Army, Vojaöko Letalstvo In Zracna Aircraft Main Front Line Aircraft Total Mil Budget - $Billions % Of GDP Personnel

Slovenia VL ZO SV Air Force of the Slovenian Obramba Slovenske Vojske 75 Bell 412EP 0.4 1.7 n/a

Country Air Force Name Aircraft Main Front Line Aircraft Oryx Total Mil Budget - $Billions % Of GDP Personnel

South Africa SAAF South African Air Force 250 Cheetah, Impala, SH-330

Country Air Force Name Aircraft Main Front Line Aircraft Total Mil Budget - $Billions % Of GDP Personnel

Spain EdA Ejercito del Aire 625 F-18, Mirage, Eurofighter 10 1.2 n/a

Country Air Force Name Aircraft Main Front Line Aircraft Total Mil Budget - $Billions % Of GDP

Sweden

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Flygvapnet 330 JAS 39A/C Gripen 5 1.5

Personnel

n/a

Country Switzerland Air Force Name Schweizer Luftwaffe, Forces Aériennes Suisses, Forze Aeree Svizzere Aircraft 275 Main Front Line Aircraft F-5E/F Tiger, F/A-18 Hornet Total Mil Budget - $Billions 2.5 % Of GDP 1 Personnel Country Air Force Name Aircraft Main Front Line Aircraft Total Mil Budget - $Billions % Of GDP Personnel

Turkey TuAF Türk Hava Kuvvetleri 540 F16 C/D 12 5.3 n/a

Country Air Force Name Aircraft Main Front Line Aircraft Eurofighter Total Mil Budget - $Billions % Of GDP Personnel

UK RAF Royal Air Force 1350 Tornado, Harrier, Jaguar,

Country Air Force Name Ukrayiny Aircraft Main Front Line Aircraft Total Mil Budget - $Billions % Of GDP Personnel

Ukraine

Country Air Force Name Aircraft Main Front Line Aircraft Total Mil Budget - $Billions % Of GDP Personnel

USA USAF United States Air Force 5500 F-16, F-15 518 4 350000

Country Air Force Name Aircraft Main Front Line Aircraft Total Mil Budget - $Billions % Of GDP Personnel

Venezuela

43 2.4 49000

Viys’kovo-Povitriani Syly 1300 MiG-29 0.6 1.4 n/a

Fuerza Aérea Venezolana 300 F-16 Halcón 1.6 1.2 n/a

Please note that the figure given for Aircraft is approximate and may include transport, trainers, stored and similar.

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TOP Here’s the MM choice of the five most interesting static displays at this year’s event.

AIRCRAFT ON STATIC DISPLAY

JAS-39C Gripen - 211 TLt, Czech Air Force Making a triumphant return to the Air Tattoo will be the Czech Air Force, bringing with them a JAS-39C Gripen. Since first flying in 1988, the JAS-39 Gripen has more than proved itself. The small, single-engined jet with delta wings and canards is renowned for its easy handling and high reliability. In 2001, the Czechs selected the JAS-39C/D Gripen as their future fighter and

● JAS-39C Gripen - 211 TLt.

last year replaced the last of their MiG-21s with the aircraft. Although the Swedish Air Force brought a JAS-39 Gripen to RAF Fairford in 2003, this will be the first time a Czech version has appeared in the UK. ‘JAS’ refers to the aircraft’s combined roles of Jakt (fighter), Attack (attack) and Spaning (reconnaissance) in one airframe whilst ‘Gripen’ means ‘Griffin’.

CL-415 - 383 MEEA, Hellenic Air Force The Hellenic Air Force (HAF) will be making a welcome return to this summer’s Royal International Air Tattoo bringing with them two aircraft: one, an aircraft that’s rarely seen on these shores – a CL-415 amphibious water bomber. The CL-415 is a proven fire-fighting aircraft that is the turboprop-powered upgraded version of the CL-215. Whilst the CL-415 can be seen in action in Greece every summer it rarely visits the UK. Based at Elefsis Airport, near Athens, the CL-415, from 383 MEEA, has a range of 2000km and can carry up to five tonnes of water. ● CL-415 - 383 MEEA

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Typhoon - 3 Sqn, Royal Air Force This aircraft deserves to be on the list for novelty value alone. The state-of-the-art Typhoon is no stranger to the Air Tattoo, indeed, there will be a Spanish version in the flying display along with one from 29 (R) Sqn, Royal Air Force. The difference between these two and the RAF Typhoon on static display is that the latter comes from the newly formed 3 Sqn, based at RAF Coningsby, in Lincolnshire On 31 March this year the squadron became the first operational front-line squadron to be equipped with the Typhoon. Up until now, all the others we have seen have come from 29 (R) Sqn, the Typhoon operational conversion unit (OCU) based at BAE Systems’ Warton airfield or from 17 Sqn, Operational Evaluation Unit, based at RAF Coningsby. ● Typhoon.

B707-338 - 33 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force As one of the loudest and most imposing aircraft to take part in the Air Tattoo this year, the RAAF B707-338 is unlikely to make anything other than a big impact this summer. This long-range transport aircraft will be taking part in the Rapid Global Effect theme and will join a number of other large transport aircraft that carry out such a vital support role in operations around the globe. Travelling from 33 Sqn’s base at RAAF Richmond in New South Wales, it will come as no surprise to learn that it will have travelled the furthest to take part. See it for the last time before the fleet is retired in 2007. Australian crews are renowned for their friendliness and their participation offers a rare opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of operations on the opposite side of the globe. ● B707-338.

EH101 - Royal Danish Air Force This will be the first opportunity to see Denmark’s recently acquired all-weather EH101s, which will be used in Search and Rescue and medium transport roles. This rugged new helicopter has a large cabin area for the movement of troops or emergency personnel and the evacuation of civilians. It can also accommodate 30 seated or 45 standing fully-equipped combat troops. The cabin could also house a medical team and 16 stretchers. In its transport role, it can carry large quantities of equipment and relief cargo either internally or externally. One of the key roles that the Danish multirole EH101 will conduct will be the deployment of the Danish International Brigade in support of humanitarian operations. The large cabin area of EH101 is optimised for the movement of such material. ● EH101.

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RIAT FREQUENCIES

AND RADIOS The organisers of RIAT are very secretive about the frequencies that will be in use at the forthcoming event. To assist those of you who attend or those who are in range of RAF Fairford and associated traffic here’s a collection of formerly used frequencies. For those new to the monitoring experience, we have also included a mini guide to radios that are suitable for the event. This is by no means an exhaustive list but represents a broad selection of what’s available.

RAF Fairford Frequencies by Pat Carty

RAF Fairford (Non Display) Base Frequencies MHz 119.0000 119.1500 122.1000 124.2750 127.2500 133.7500 134.3000 234.2500 257.7500 264.7750 297.8000 311.8250 338.2250 342.4050 376.6250 379.4750 389.5750

Use Approach (Brize Radar) Tower Approach (Brize Radar) Zone (Brize Radar) Approach (Brize Radar) Zone (Brize Radar) Zone (Brize Radar) Ground Weather Zone (Brize Radar) Approach (Brize Radar) Zone (Brize Radar) Tower Approach (Brize Radar) Approach (Brize Radar) Operations Zone (Brize Radar)

Band v.h.f. v.h.f. v.h.f. v.h.f. v.h.f. v.h.f. v.h.f. v.h.f. (mil) v.h.f. (mil) v.h.f. (mil) v.h.f. (mil) u.h.f. (mil) u.h.f. (mil) u.h.f. (mil) u.h.f. (mil) u.h.f. (mil) u.h.f. (mil)

Radios For RIAT

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Previous Fairford UHF Frequencies MHz 406.6250 406.6750 406.8750 407.4750 407.7250 409.0250 409.8750 430.6000 430.7250 430.7750 430.8500 431.2500 431.4250 432.3000 432.6500 432.9000 432.9500 435.6250 435.7500 444.1000 444.1370 444.2000 444.2500 444.5000 444.5250 444.5870 444.6120 444.6370 449.4500 449.7370 449.8000 455.5000 455.6370 455.6420 455.7500 455.7550 455.7800 461.0250 462.4000

Use Ground Services Ground Operations Control 424 Air Base Squadron Transient Alert Communications Control Ground Ground Fuelling Control 424 Air Base Squadron Fire section Control Transport Ground Operations Ground (Charlie) Car park Medic Control Ground Ground Medic ‘Delta 1’ Ground Ground Ground Follow Me (Leader 1-6) Ground Fuelling Ground Movers Airfield Operations - ‘Tasker’ Ground Engineers Movements Fuel Greenman/Redman/Rebel Airfield Operations - ‘Whitecap’ Medical

Previous European Display Team Frequencies MHz 120.8000 123.2500 123.4500 130.0000 130.3000 130.5000 130.5000 130.7250 135.1750 135.9250 135.9500 135.9750 136.1750 136.9750 141.8250 142.4750 143.1000 242.6500 242.8500 243.4500 243.8500 252.5000 255.1000 300.0250 307.8000 337.9750 380.2000 380.2000 382.8000 387.0000 387.0000 387.1000 388.0750 440.4500 445.3375 456.4625 462.9250 464.2500 464.5500

Band u.h.f. u.h.f. u.h.f. u.h.f. u.h.f. u.h.f. u.h.f. u.h.f. u.h.f. u.h.f. u.h.f. u.h.f. u.h.f. u.h.f. u.h.f. u.h.f. u.h.f. u.h.f. u.h.f. u.h.f. u.h.f. u.h.f. u.h.f. u.h.f. u.h.f. u.h.f. u.h.f. u.h.f. u.h.f. u.h.f. u.h.f. u.h.f. u.h.f. u.h.f. u.h.f. u.h.f. u.h.f. u.h.f. u.h.f.

Use Battle Of Britain Memorial Flight Battle Of Britain Memorial Flight Alpine Aerobatics PA and Air-to-Ground Team Khalifa Aquilla Spanish Display Team Aquilla Spanish Display Team Aquilla Spanish Display Team Belgian Air Force Swallows Halcones Chilean Air Force Team Green March Back-Up Blue Eagles VHF1 Team Primary Green March Moroccan Team Halcones Chilean Air Force Team Blue Eagles VHF1 Patrouile De Francais Back-Up Dutch F-16 Back-Up Patrouile De Francais Main Team Patrouile De Francais Synchro Pair Patrouile De Francais Synchro Pair Back-Up Red Arrows Patrouile De Francais Team Transport Aquilla Spanish Display Team Falcons RAF Parachute Team Dz A-G French Jaguar Pair Frecce Tricolori Italian Team Aquilla Spanish Team Blue Eagles Army Air Corps Historic Flight Blue Eagles French Jaguar Pair French Mirage Pair French Jaguar Pair Patrouile Suisse NfFM Frecce Tricolori Commentator Falcons Throat Microphones A-G Jordanian Falcons Ground Crew Red Devils Ground Support Red Devils Drop Zone A-Ground Red Devils Drop Zone A-Ground

Band v.h.f. v.h.f. v.h.f. v.h.f. v.h.f. v.h.f. v.h.f. v.h.f. v.h.f. v.h.f. v.h.f. v.h.f. v.h.f. v.h.f. v.h.f. v.h.f. v.h.f. v.h.f. (mil) v.h.f. (mil) v.h.f. (mil) v.h.f. (mil) v.h.f. (mil) v.h.f. (mil) u.h.f. (mil) u.h.f. (mil) u.h.f. (mil) u.h.f. (mil) u.h.f. (mil) u.h.f. (mil) u.h.f. (mil) u.h.f. (mil) u.h.f. (mil) u.h.f. (mil) u.h.f. u.h.f. u.h.f. u.h.f. u.h.f. u.h.f.

Mini guide to suitable radios AOR AR8200 Bands

W x H x D (mm) Batteries Weight (Inc. Batts) Guide Price Frequency Entry MM Rating

Icom R20 v.h.f. 108 - 137MHz v.h.f. (mil) 230 300MHz u.h.f. (mil) 300 406MHz u.h.f. 406 - 470MHz 61 x 143 x 39mm 4 x AA 340g £360 Keypad 8

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WxHxD Batteries Weight (Inc. Batts) Guide Price Frequency Entry MM Rating

Yupiteru MVT7100 v.h.f. 108 - 137MHz v.h.f. (mil) 230 300MHz u.h.f. (mil) 300 406MHz u.h.f. 406 - 470MHz 60 x 142 x 35mm Li-ion pack / 3 x AA 320g £300 Keypad 7

Bands

W x H x D (mm) Batteries Weight (Inc. Batts) Guide Price Frequency Entry MM Rating

v.h.f. 108 - 137MHz v.h.f. (mil) 230 300MHz u.h.f. (mil) 300 406MHz u.h.f. 406 - 470MHz 64 x 1550 x 39 4 x AA 380g £200 Keypad 6

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Mini guide to suitable radios Yaesu VR120D Bands

W x H x D (mm) Batteries Weight (Inc. Batts) Guide Price Frequency Entry MM Rating

Previous European Display Team Frequencies

v.h.f. 108 - 137MHz v.h.f. (mil) 230 300MHz u.h.f. (mil) 300 406MHz u.h.f. 406 - 470MHz 59 x 85 x 28 2 x AA 200g £120 No Keypad 5

Icom R5 Bands

WxHxD Batteries Weight (Inc. Batts) Guide Price Frequency Entry MM Rating

v.h.f. 108 - 137MHz v.h.f. (mil) 230 `300MHz u.h.f. (mil) 300 406MHz u.h.f. 406 - 470MHz 58 x 86 x 27 2 x AA 235g £150 No Keypad 5

Alinco DJ-X3

Use

MHz

Alpine Aerobatics PA and Air-to-Ground

123.4500

Band v.h.f.

Aquilla Spanish Display Team

130.3000

v.h.f.

Aquilla Spanish Display Team

130.5000

v.h.f.

Aquilla Spanish Display Team

130.5000

v.h.f.

Aquilla Spanish Display Team

252.5000

v.h.f. (mil)

Aquilla Spanish Team

337.9750

u.h.f. (mil)

Army Air Corps Historic Flight

380.2000

u.h.f. (mil)

Battle Of Britain Memorial Flight

120.8000

v.h.f.

Battle Of Britain Memorial Flight

123.2500

v.h.f.

Belgian Air Force Swallows

130.7250

v.h.f.

Blue Eagles

380.2000

u.h.f. (mil)

Blue Eagles

382.8000

u.h.f. (mil)

Blue Eagles VHF1

136.9750

v.h.f.

Blue Eagles VHF1 Team Primary

135.9500

v.h.f.

Dutch F-16 Back-Up

142.4750

v.h.f.

Falcons RAF Parachute Team Dz A-G

255.1000

v.h.f. (mil)

Falcons Throat Microphones A-G

445.3375

u.h.f.

Frecce Tricolori Italian Team

307.8000

u.h.f. (mil)

French Jaguar Pair

300.0250

u.h.f. (mil)

French Jaguar Pair

387.0000

u.h.f. (mil)

French Jaguar Pair

387.1000

u.h.f. (mil)

French Mirage Pair

387.0000

u.h.f. (mil)

Green March Back-Up

135.9250

v.h.f.

Green March Moroccan Team

135.9750

v.h.f.

Halcones Chilean Air Force Team

135.1750

v.h.f.

Halcones Chilean Air Force Team

136.1750

v.h.f.

Jordanian Falcons Ground Crew

456.4625

u.h.f.

Uniden UBC72XLT

NfFM Frecce Tricolori Commentator

440.4500

u.h.f.

Bands

Patrouile De Francais Back-Up

141.8250

v.h.f.

Patrouile De Francais Main Team

143.1000

v.h.f.

Patrouile De Francais Synchro Pair

242.6500

v.h.f. (mil)

Patrouile De Francais Synchro Pair Back-Up 242.8500

v.h.f. (mil)

Bands

W x H x D (mm) Batteries Weight (Inc. Batts) Price Frequency Entry MM Rating

W x H x D (mm) Batteries Weight (Inc. Batts) Price Frequency Entry MM Rating

v.h.f. 108 - 137MHz v.h.f. (mil) 230 300MHz u.h.f. (mil) 300 406MHz u.h.f. 406 - 470MHz 56 x 102 x 23 3 x AA 105g £130 No Keypad 5 v.h.f. 108 - 137MHz u.h.f. 406 - 470MHz 68 x 115 x 32 2 x AA 215g £85 Keypad 4

Maycom AR108 Bands WxHxD Batteries Weight (Inc. Batts) Guide Price Frequency Entry MM Rating

v.h.f. 108 - 137MHz 58 x 85 x 27mm 2 x AA 150g £70 No Keypad 3

Uniden UBC30XLT Bands WxHxD Batteries Weight (Inc. Batts) Guide Price Frequency Entry MM Rating

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v.h.f. 108 - 137MHz 50 x 105 x 27 3 x AA 175 £55 No keypad 2

Patrouile De Francais Team Transport

243.8500

v.h.f. (mil)

Patrouile Suisse

388.0750

u.h.f. (mil)

Red Arrows

243.4500

v.h.f. (mil)

Red Devils Drop Zone A-Ground

464.2500

u.h.f.

Red Devils Drop Zone A-Ground

464.5500

u.h.f.

Red Devils Ground Support

462.9250

u.h.f.

Team Khalifa

130.0000

v.h.f.

Steepletone SAB11

Steepletone SAB9

Bands WxHxD Batteries Weight (Inc. Batts) Guide Price Frequency Entry MM Rating

Bands WxHxD Batteries Weight (Inc. Batts) Guide Price Frequency Entry MM Rating

v.h.f. 108 - 137MHz 75 x 135 x 30 3 x AA 300 £25 analogue tuning 1

v.h.f. 108 - 137MHz 102 x 210 x 54 4 x AA 300 £28 analogue 1

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TRAFFIC ROUTES TO RIAT 2006 Please note that all times referred to here are BST. The main routes for use on Saturday 15th July and Sunday 16th July are:

RED ROUTE

Brings traffic from the northeast via Oxford, Burford and Lechlade along the A40 and A417, through Whelford to the Red Car Parks.

GREEN ROUTE

Traffic on the A417 dual carriageway will exit near Cirencester at the Burford Road roundabout briefly on to the A429 before rejoining the A417 after the Cherry Tree Lane crossroads. Vehicles will be directed through Meysey Hampton to the ‘Green’ Car Parks on the edge of Marston Meysey. The Exit Route will be reverse of Entry.

BLUE ROUTE

BROWN ROUTE As a ‘pressure relief’ for the A419(T) east of Swindon, traffic from the West, SouthWest and Bristol direction can be directed off the M4 at Junction 17, north towards Malmesbury and then north-east through the Cotswold Water Park and the Spine Road junction before turning south again to rejoin the Blue route at the C124. Exit will be signed via Blue route.

Bringing traffic from the M4 Junction 15 and the South along the A419(T), exiting onto the C124 Overbridge signposted Fairford, and along the C124 towards Kempsford. Vehicles will be directed to the ‘Blue’ Car Parks along Top Road. The Exit Route will be reverse of Entry.

‘RAIL & RIDE’ BUS SERVICE AND OTHER COACH OPERATORS Thamesdown Buses will operate a dedicated bus service from Swindon Bus Station/Railway Station to RIAT on both Public Days. The last shuttle bus is scheduled to depart RIAT at 2000hrs.

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SHOWGROUND ATTRACTIONS Hundreds of interesting trade stands and exhibitor sites will provide ample opportunity to shop for interesting and unusual gifts. Other attractions include a craft fair, fairground, flight simulators and a crèche. New for 2006 is a special left luggage facility called The Drop Zone, a large Food Hall serving a wide range of local and exotic dishes and a Crew Café where you can enjoy refreshments whilst meeting some of the Air Tattoo’s Top Gun pilots. ■ Free showground shuttle buses will once again operate throughout the day – offering visitors a quick and easy way to explore all the attractions from one end of the showground to the other.

FLYING OPERATIONS AND AIRFIELD Wednesday 12th July Aircraft arrivals/rehearsals

Saturday/Sunday 15th –16th July 0900 - 2000hrs

Thursday 13th July Aircraft arrivals/rehearsals

0800 - 2030hrs

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Monday 17th July

Friday 14th July Aircraft arrivals/rehearsals

Gates open to public Flying Operations Flying Display Public Entry Ceases Open Air Evening Concert Site cleared

0800 - 2030hrs

Aircraft departures

0830 - 1730hrs

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RIAT 2006 ADMISSIONS AND FACILITIES AIRSHOW ENTRY Adult (in advance) Adult (on the day) Children (under 16) Car Parking

£30.95 £36 FREE FREE for ticket holders

Admission tickets available from:

Ticketline 0870 758 1918 Direct from Website www.airtattoo.com Tourist Information Centres (Cirencester, Swindon, Cheltenham, Gloucester) Robert Dyas

Selected branches of the Post Office Nationwide Building Society Barclays Bank The Royal International Air Tattoo offices from 0930 to 1630 Monday to Friday A full list of local RIAT ticket outlets is listed at www.airtattoo.com

ON-THE-DAY

Pay booths at each entry point will be manned all day on Saturday 15 July and Sunday 16 July. Visitors will only be permitted to enter RIAT 2006 on production of a valid admission ticket. There will be no entry or re-entry after 1700 on public days.

PARK & VIEW ENCLOSURE Park and view the aircraft arriving from Wednesday, 12th July to Friday, 14th July – and watch them take off for home on Monday 17th July. Advance tickets: Wednesday – Friday £11 per adult per day, £16 on the day. Monday advance tickets: £16 per adult per day, £21 on the day. The specially designated viewing enclosures at the eastern and western ends of the runway at RAF Fairford assist in keeping the public roads free. The Police will be on duty to ensure that aviation fans who want to see RIAT aircraft arrive and depart do not obstruct public roads.

Park & View Times Wednesday 12th July Thursday 13th July Friday 14th July Monday 17th July

0730 - 2000 0700 - 2030 0700 - 2030 0700 - 1700

Aviation Club, Public Grandstand, Jubilee Garden, Park and View and Park & Ride tickets are available from: Ticketline Direct from website

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0870 758 1918 www.airtattoo.com

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FRIENDS OF THE ROYAL INTERNATIONAL AIR TATTOO (FRIAT) From Wednesday, 12th July to Friday 14th July, aviation enthusiasts belonging to FRIAT will have access to the special Park & View enclosures at the eastern and western ends of the runway at RAF Fairford. On Thursday, 13th July and Friday, 14th July, FRIAT members will park in the Blue Car Park before being escorted on foot to the enclosure. The same arrangement will be in place on Monday, 17th July. For more information about joining the Friends of The Royal International Air Tattoo, together with details of the six-day aviation package, call 01285 713456.

WINGS FM

Run by volunteers, Wings FM Radio is RIAT’s very own radio station. Starting around lunchtime on the Wednesday before the airshow, it broadcasts continuously until late afternoon on the Monday after the show has finished. The station broadcasts on 87.7MHz (subject to confirmation). You can contact Wings Radio for dedications, requests or news either by telephoning 01285 713300 ext 5140 or by texting on a mobile ‘phone to 07781 489999.

WINGS FM - live on-air times: Wednesday, 12th July:

1300 - 1800hrs

Thursday, 13th July:

1000 - 1800hrs

Friday, 14th July:

0800 - 2000hrs

Saturday, 15th July:

0600 - 2200hrs

Sunday, 16th July:

0600 - 2200hrs

Monday, 17th July:

0800 - 1600hrs

GIFT CATALOGUE

To request a free copy of the Air Tattoo Gift Collection catalogue, covering all RAFCTE activities for 2006, including the Royal Air Force in Concert winter tour, please telephone 0870 758 1940 or visit www.airtattooshop.com

2007

In 2007, the organisers hope to stage the Royal International Air Tattoo on Saturday, 14th July and Sunday, 15th July.

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TESTING TIMES Monitoring F1 Communications For Free

Shirley Ann Carty reports on a cheap way to see and monitor F1 racing cars at Silverstone together with some frequencies that she’s heard activity on. You too can enjoy Formula One Testing.

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fter waking up to a blue sky and the promise of good weather for the day, I set off for Silverstone race circuit and the second UK Formula One test session. It was in eager anticipation of my first sight, sound and smell, of the 2006 F1 racing car season. Additionally, I wanted to update myself on the 2006 individual F1 communications set-ups. On arrival at Silverstone, I pulled into an already full car park. But, I was greeted by an eerie silence! Maybe I had arrived too early? Undeterred, I made my way to Bridge Stand. The absence of the usual smell of bacon butties was beginning to worry me!

See For Free

Due to the high cost of race tickets, testing at Silverstone is the only chance F1 fans can get to see these powerful machines in

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action, at close hand and for free! Mind you, viewing can be limited during the early season sessions and facilities lacking. For that reason, I had to join some 500-race fans that were only allowed to scatter themselves around the Luffield and Bridge enclosures. After waiting for about an hour, I was treated to the sound of a car on the track - a solitary ‘Midland F1’. After it had completed one lap, it pitted. It was a good 30 minutes before the team ventured onto the track again and then only for a couple more laps. It was to be the start of a very disappointing test day for me. Finally, the new team Super Aguri using the old Arrows cars, but with a new coat of paint, ventured out in the afternoon for a few laps. Where were the rest of the F1 teams? Obviously they had preferred the surroundings and hospitality of testing in Barcelona! But, it did give those present the opportunity of monitoring the following frequencies, which were in use:

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Midland F1 146.3375 453.3000

Giorgio Mondini, Markus Winkelhock, Tiago Monteiro Engineers

Super Aguri 456.3875 456.9875 456.8625 456.9875

461.8875 Takuma Sato 462.4875 Yuji Ide Engineers Honda engineers

Silverstone 167.9750 172.7750 169.1000 453.9250 453.9750 456.4625 462.3625

Marshals Marshals Paddock staff 460.425: Security 460.475: Race Control Photographers and camera crews Silverstone Management

Radios During the 2006 pre race test sessions, Honda looked like they were using BAR radios. Midland F1 used Jordan’s u.h.f.-v.h.f. Vertex radios. Scuderia Torro Rosso had MRTC v.h.f. radios and I would guess the same frequencies used by Minardi in 2005. BMW Sauber seemed to have inherited the Sauber radio set up and Super Aguri was seen with Motorola radios and headsets! The Bahrain Grand Prix started the actual 2006 race series, but I was unable to attend and witness champion Fernando Alonso, the sport’s youngest champion, win after a wheel-to-wheel duel with Michael Schumacher and after failing to set a qualifying time due to suspension failure. I also missed seeing Kimi Raikkonen storm through the field from the back of the grid to finish a creditable third. However, now the season has started,

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hopefully the next testing session at Silverstone will be more rewarding, more teams in attendance and with luck, have bacon butty wagons in attendance!

You Too Can Enjoy

So, if you want to see and hear the superb roar of a F1 car in action and the comms side of the business, put the following dates in your diary. But, please check the Silverstone web site for any changes before you go:

13 - 15 June 19 - 21 September 11 - 12 October

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TICKET

COMPETITION Over £1000 of Tickets to be won!

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ow would you like to visit this year’s Royal International Air Tattoo? Well thanks to the generousity of the RAFCTE and Monitoring Monthly you could. Enter our prize draw and you could be the lucky winner of one of the 15 pairs of tickets for the stunning events of the weekend of 15-16 July. Hurry though, as you’ll need to get your entry in quickly so that the winners can be drawn on Monday 10 July. The winners will be notified by telephone or E-mail so that we can verify that they will be able to attend. The 15 winners will then have their tickets sent by Royal Mail Special Delivery to ensure that they arrive in time. Everyone is welcome to come and visit the Monitoring Monthly stand at RIAT 2006. Join us to see... Earth-trembling fast jets, eastern European rarities, classic warbirds, UK debutantes and four international aerobatics display teams - including the legendary Red Arrows - will share the world’s largest stage at the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire on July 15-16. More than 150,000 spectators are expected to head for the

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Cotswolds this summer to view more than 300 aircraft and enjoy an eight-hour flying display at one of the world’s leading international airshows.

Highlights Among the highlights will be the first UK flying display of the V22 Osprey tiltrotor and the state-of-the-art Spanish Eurofighter. A cross between a helicopter and a fixed wing aeroplane, the V-22 Osprey represents the future of rapid aerial military transport. Its rotor blades can tilt mid-air enabling it to take off vertically like a helicopter and then reconfigure to fly like a normal aircraft. Not only does this allow it to reach speeds twice as fast as a helicopter but it also enables it to carry heavier payloads and fly at higher altitudes. The eastern Europeans will be represented by the Czech, Greek and Slovak air forces who will bring with them a variety of rarely seen aircraft including the delta-winged JAS-39 Gripen and the CL-415 turboprop fire-fighter. Joining them will be many of the world’s giant transport aircraft, who are expected to make an appearance as part of the airshow’s operational theme Rapid Global Effect. Heavyweights such as the C-130 Hercules, An-26 and CN-235 will demonstrate the capability of international air arms to reach around the globe more quickly and effectively than ever before in response to a variety of humanitarian, peace-keeping and military operations.

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And there will be no shortage of international aerobatics teams performing dramatic aerial displays, with the Spanish Patrulla Aguila, the Patrouille Suisse and the Jordanian Falcons joining the Reds at the world’s most exciting military airshow. The evocative sight of classic warbirds will add further spice to the flying display with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster B1, Hurricane, Dakota and Spitfire giving an historical perspective to the day. Considerably faster will be jets from the Cold War era to the present, including an RAF Eurofighter Typhoon, a Swiss F/A-18A Hornet, a Greek A-7E and a Russian-built MiG-29, who will demonstrate their breath-taking power and versatility.

Ambitious & Exciting Matching the action in the air will be one of the Air Tattoo’s most ambitious – and most exciting attractions - Tri@RIAT. Targeted specifically at youngsters, there will be the chance to experience

karting demonstrations, stunt car driving, a battling robots arena and a display of Formula 1 cars plus much, much more. Everyone will also have the opportunity to become a Guinness World Record breaker! On both days, the flying display will be followed by a free, outdoor concert featuring one of the jazz world’s brightest stars – Clare Teal. Performing alongside the BBC Big Band, Clare will be singing classic jazz numbers such as Cheek To Cheek and I Just Wanna Make Love To You. The Air Tattoo is held annually in support of the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust, a charity set up in 2005 to support the wider RAF family. As well as seeking to develop a spirit of airmindedness in youngsters, it also aims to promote excellence within the Royal Air Force. The Trust is chaired by Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Knight and has raised £150,000 in its first year for a variety of groups and charities including the RAF Benevolent Fund, RAFA and the Air Cadets.

MONITORING MONTHLY RIAT 2006 TICKET COMPETITION To enter the MM RIAT ticket draw you must solve the word search puzzle. In the grid below, all of the the following words appear except for one. Find which one is missing and write your answer on the entry form and send it to us without delay. Good luck! RAPID HERCULES GLOBEMASTER ARMY GLOBAL SKY AIRFIELD SPEED AVIATION TORNADO APACHE ANTANOV EFFECT

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