RIAT’s winners: pictures
The annual Royal International Air Tattoo awards have been announced.
The Fleet Air Arm's impressive 'Balbo' flypast finds a break in the weather during Sunday's rain-affected airshow. Key - Gary Parsons
July 20: The annual Royal International Air Tattoo awards have been announced, recognising the achievements of both pilots and ground crews around the world from this year’s event at RAF Fairford.
This year the top award, the King Hussein Memorial Sword for the Best Overall Flying Demonstration went to the Fleet Air Arm for its ‘Balbo’ flypast consisting of a mixture of rotary and fixed-wing aircraft, all converging at show centre at the precise moment. The sword was presented by HRH Prince Feisal of Jordan and received by Lt Rich Liddle and Sub Lt J D Edwards, 845 Squadron. Lt Liddle said “It’s fantastic - we’re very proud to win this award, especially in the year when we’re celebrating 100 years of naval aviation.”
For the second year running, The Paul Bowen Trophy for the Best Jet Demonstration was won by Captain Thomas ‘Pipo’ Peier flying the F-18C Hornet from Fliegerstaffel 18, Swiss Air Force. It’s the third year in a row that the Swiss Air Force has taken this award. “I never thought I’d win this again,” said ‘Pipo’, “especially as this is my last international meeting. After this I’ll be stepping back and training someone else to take on the display pilot role, so it’s great to take the trophy home for a second time.”
The Sir Douglas Bader Trophy for the Best Individual Flying Display went to Captain Cedric Ruet, flying the Dassault Rafale from Escadron de Chasse 1/7, French Air Force. “This is the first year the Rafale has been to the Air Tattoo, and I hope to be back next year”, he said. Captain Ruet also won the FRIAT Award (the As the Crow Flies Trophy), decided by the votes of FRIAT (Friends of the Royal International Air Tattoo) members.
The Lockheed Martin Cannestra Trophy for the Best Flying Demonstration by an overseas participant went to Major Mohammad Quol, leader of the Royal Jordanian Falcons. “We’re all very happy!” he exclaimed.
The Steedman Display Sword for the Best Flying Demonstration by a UK participant was awarded to Sqn Ldr Scott Loughran, flying the Typhoon from 29(R) Squadron, RAF. Air Chief Marshal Sir John Cheshire presented the sword to Scott who said “It’s always great to get recognition for what we do, so I’m really pleased.”
The Best Livery award went to Lt Daniel Jordao and crew of 2/10 Aviation Group, Brazilian Air Force, with their colourful Casa C295M and the award for the Best Flying Helmet went to Major Brian ‘Bubba’ Zoll, who flies a C-130H with the 317th Airlift Group at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. ‘Bubba’ said “I started hand-painting my helmet three weeks ago, and was convinced that I’d be competing against professional painters, so I’m delighted to win.”
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