Suzi Perry and an RAF Typhoon to launch the Air Tattoo

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The RAF have the right formula one might say, to launch the Royal International Air Tattoo – pilots, planes and Suzi Perry!

At RAF Fairford a selection of aircraft, pilots, test pilots (old and new) and of course BBC F1 presenter and RAF Cosford born Suzi Perry were brought together to launch the RIAT air show.

First to arrive at the RIAT launch was FSDP pilot Sean Allerton in a PA-28

First to arrive at the RIAT launch was FSDP pilot Sean Allerton in a PA-28

First to arrive was Sean Allerton, an FSDP (Flying Scholarships for Disabled People) sponsored trainee pilot. Sean broke his neck in a motorcycle crash whilst serving with the RAF in Cyprus. To help raise funds and awareness for the charity by pushing himself in his wheelchair for 500 miles around airfields.

Wing Commander Richard Wells taxis the RAF Typhoon jet after arriving at RAF Fairford with Suzi Perry

The 2013 RAF Tucano Display Team - Flt. Lt Dave Kirby and Flt. Lt Andrew Fyvie-Rae

The 2013 RAF Tucano Display Team – Flt. Lt Dave Kirby and Flt. Lt Andrew Fyvie-Rae

The 2013 RAF Tucano Display Team, Flt. Lt Dave Kirby and Flt. Lt Andrew Fyvie-Rae arrived from RAF Linton-on-Ousse. To celebrate the 72nd squadron,this display aircraft is painted in the North Africa Spitfire livery. We did get to hear a little about their display routine for the Air Tattoo and their is certainly are a few impressive manoeuvres to watch out for.

Weight and balance Very important when flying

Weight and balance Very important when flying

Test pilots, past and present, soon followed in an Agusta Westland A109 helicopter. from the Empire Test Pilots’ School at Boscombe Down.

Suzi Perry and Typhoon pilot Wing Commander Richard Wells spot the PlaneTalking Crew as tthey taxi in

Suzi Perry and Typhoon pilot Wing Commander Richard Wells spot the PlaneTalking Crew as tthey taxi in

Only 10 minutes late, Suzi Perry and Wing Commander Richard Wells arrived from RAF Coningsby in a Typhoon, multi role combat aircraft. Having successfully landed the jet the day before, on the simulator, Suzi was able to experience the real thing, including looping the loop on the flight to RAF Fairford.

Wing Commander Richard Wells taxis the RAF Typhoon jet after arriving at RAF Fairford with Suzi Perry

 Wing Commander Richard Wells taxis the RAF Typhoon jet after arriving at RAF Fairford with Suzi Perry

Suzi Perry and Wing Commander Richard Wells climb down from the Typhoon jet

 Suzi Perry and Wing Commander Richard Wells climb down from the Typhoon jet

 

Suzi Perry not bored of re-telling the Typhoon flight experience to the TV crews

Suzi Perry not bored of re-telling the Typhoon flight experience to the TV crews

What would you do when you just climbed out of an RAF Typhoon?

What would you do when you just climbed out of an RAF Typhoon?

Suzi Perry and RAF Typhoon pilot Wing Commander Richard Wells

Suzi Perry and RAF Typhoon pilot Wing Commander Richard Wells

Suzi Perry and RAF Typhoon pilot Wing Commander Richard Wells

 

Typhoon jet pilot Suzi Perry

 

Support Armed Forces Day with Suzi Perry and Typhoon pilot Wing Commander Richard Wells

Support Armed Forces Day with Suzi Perry and Typhoon pilot Wing Commander Richard Wells

interviews continue at the RIAT launch

Interviews continue at the RIAT launch

Smile!

Smile!

FSDP pilot Sean Allerton with Suzy Perry and the RAF pilots and test pilots

FSDP pilot Sean Allerton with Suzy Perry and the RAF pilots and test pilots

Blake Samson does a fly past in front of the RAF Typhoon at Air Tattoo launch

Blake Samson does a fly past in front of the RAF Typhoon at Air Tattoo launch

Blake Samson can also loop the loop

Blake Samson can also loop the loop

The International Royal Air Tattoo takes place on the 20-21st July – we’ll hopefully see you there!

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