Qatar will make it;s UK airshow debut this weekend when it takes part in RIAT 2015 at RAF Fairford in the Cotswolds.
The Qatar Emiri Air Force has sent for the shows static display a C-130J-30 Hercules transport aircraft, one of the four such aircraft delivered to the small but strategically and economically-important Arab State by manufacturer Lockheed Martin in 2011-12. Qatar thus became the first Middle Eastern customer for the C-130J model.
Based at Al Udeid Air Base in Doha, the countries capital, the C-130J-30s the stretched version of the so called super hercules and the Four Boeing c-17A globemaster IIIs have provided Qatar with a much improved air transport capability, for use on both military airlift and humanitarian taskings.
The Qatari aircraft brings to 55, the number of nations that have taken part in the airshow since it first staged in 1971.
Air Tattoo chief Exec Andy Armstrong said. “Our thanks go to the Qatari Emiri Air Force for agreeing to participate in this years Air Tattoo. I’m particularly pleased that new nations continue to be added to the long list of those that have supported the event in previous years”