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Powerful aircraft from around the world impress at UK military airshow
Stunning aircraft from around the world were on display at the 2017 Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford, England.
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WAH 64D Apache

A Royal Air Force WAH-64D Apache helicopter demonstrates its combat capabilities for spectators during the 2017 Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) at RAF Fairford, England, United Kingdom, in July 2017.
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AMD Mirage 2000D

Held each year at RAF Fairford in England, RIAT invites air forces from around the world to join them for three days of air displays showcasing world class flying and aircraft. Two AMD Mirage 2000D aircraft, flown by the French Air Force.
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A P 51D Mustang

The event also raises money for the RAF Charitable Trust. This year the theme commemorated the 70th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force, with displays of past and present. A P-51D Mustang is displayed in front of F-22 Raptors. (U.S. Air Force)
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Spectators

Participants came from around the world to see the airshow and static display. 
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Stratofortress

The United States featured a formidable air power with a wide range of outstanding aircraft and pilot talent including USAF KC135 Tankers, F-15 Strike Eagles and F-16 Fighting Falcon. This is a U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress from the 52nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, was displayed.
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CV 22 Osprey

During the three day event, a CV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft from the 352nd Special Operations Wing at RAF Mildenhall, United Kingdom, performs.
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Thunderbirds

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds in their F-16s performed, showcasing American precision and top flying talent with extraordinary high speed passes, with a thunderous response from the crowds. Here they perform a maneuver.
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Red Arrows

The Royal Air Force Red Arrows aerial demonstration team perform a maneuver
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Multicolour

Exciting performances took place in the air and there were many opportunities to get up close to aircraft from around the world in the static displays on the ground.
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The Royal Air Force Red Arrows

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RAF Apache

A Royal Air Force Westland WAH-64D Apache helicopter demonstrates its combat capabilities.
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Apache

A Royal Air Force Westland WAH-64D Apache helicopter demonstrates its combat capabilities.
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Air Force B 2

It was a rare opportunity to see some American aircraft that seldom make appearances like the B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber. A U.S. Air Force B-2 Stealth Bomber and two F-15 Strike Eagle aircraft fly past spectators.
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F 22 Raptor

Participants had the chance to see other amazing American aircraft including the F-22 Raptor with its vectored thrust that drew astounded responses from the crowds.
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Two US Air Force Thunderbird F 16 aircraft

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An Avro Lancaster aircraft, flown by the Royal Air Force

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An Airbus A400M flies above RIAT 17

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Powerful aircraft from around the world impress at UK military airshow

Stunning aircraft from around the world were on display at the 2017 Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford, England.

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