The Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) won the best static display after the Lockheed C-130H Hercules aircraft passed several tests at the UK-based Royal International Air Tattoo airshow.
Commenting on the win, RJAF Commander Brigadier Mohamed Hiasat said that it reflects top-grade preparations and professionalism, thanking the personnel who took part in the preparations, Petra news agency reported.
The Royal International Air Tattoo features a showcase of modern military aviation and provides unique engagement opportunities for the world’s air forces to meet annually at RAF Fairford. To date, 56 nations from across the world have participated in the three-day-long airshow.
RJAF on Friday opened its pavilion at the annual Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT), the world’s largest military air show, which was held at Royal Air Force Fairford in Gloucestershire, UK, for three days.
Air Transport Wing Commander, Colonel Pilot Emad Bazadough, said RJAF is participating in three events; a Royal Falcons show, static display by the C130 aircraft and a photo exhibition of the activities and performances of the Jordanian Armed Forces- Arab Army, as well as photos of Jordan’s tourist and cultural status.
Bazadog said that more than 56 bands from various world nations will carry out performances by various types of aircraft in the static display, as they compete for best air show and best display by participating aircraft.
For his part, air show coordinator, Col. Pilot Raed Khalidi, said the RJAF celebrates this year the 50th anniversary of the entry into service of the C-130 Hercules transport aircraft, which had recently been upgraded to a C130/R2R, and is considered one of the most efficient in the world as it suites various conditions.
He noted that the first edition of the Air Tattoo International was launched in 1973, and that in 1983, His Majesty the late King Hussein bin Talal was named as Air Tattoo Patron for the duration of his life, in addition to the top award of the King Hussein Memorial Sword.
Air Tattoo holds the Guinness World Record for the largest military airshow.
Meanwhile, members of the Kuwait Air Force had reflected their professionalism and dedication while participating in the Royal International Air Tattoo, said a Kuwaiti official on Sunday.
Speaking to Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) and Kuwait Television (KTV), Head of the Kuwaiti military office in London Brigadier Naif Al-Askar indicated that Kuwaiti pilots were amongst 56 teams taking part in the airshow.
The Kuwaiti Air Force is keen on developing its capabilities and combat readiness during such events, he affirmed.
On his part, Commander of the Seventh Squadron Colonel Issa Al-Rashidi revealed that this was the second Kuwaiti participation in the airshow, adding that the first was in 1993.
The Kuwaiti Air Force pilots were using the latest version of Eurofighter equipped with the most advanced systems of aviation and combat.
The Royal International Air Tattoo is usually held in July each year and attracts over 15,000 spectators.