The Royal International Air Tattoo is best known for its line-up of military aircraft from around the world, but it was a civil aircraft, which drew visitors eyes to the sky this year.
British Airways’ first Airbus A380 (G-XLEA) joined up in formation with the Royal Air Force’s aerobatic team, the Red Arrows for a unique formation. BA crews and the Reds had practiced the formation for the cameras over the English Channel earlier in the week whilst training at Manston airfield, Kent.
The ten aircraft, then rendezvoused in the skies near Fairford, carrying out two passes for the crowds before the crew of ‘Echo Alpha” returned to make a low-missed approach down Fairford’s 09 runway.
Unfortunately the British weather was less kind than it had been during the run up to the show, with overcast skies on the day. The sight will not be repeated on the Sunday. Instead, the Reds will be flying with the Airbus A400M Atlas.
The spectacular air-to-air images were taken by renowned aviation photographer, Jamie Hunter.