F-22A Raptor fighter jet is star of Royal International Air Tattoo


More than 155,000 aviation fans turned up at RAF Fairford over the weekend for the 2010 Royal International Air Tattoo.

The world’s best pilots treated the spectators to an awesome display with the F-22A Raptor fighter jet getting the biggest cheer of the weekend.

Piloted by Major Dave Skalicky, it was the $137million aircraft’s first public outing in the UK.

In total, 246 aircraft from 30 air arms representing 17 nations took part in the world’s largest military air show which has been running since 1971.

Among the spectators at the Gloucestershire event were Sir David James and Top Gear presenter James May, himself a qualified pilot.

Air Tattoo Chief Executive Tim Prince said: “We were delighted to welcome large crowds on both days, and I’m very proud of the Air Tattoo team for putting on another world-class event.”

View our full gallery of the 2010 Royal International Air Tattoo


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