In mid-July, The Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) 2023 was held at RAF Fairford airbase, England.
This air festival is one of the largest in the world, and was attended by two McDonnell Douglas EAV-8B+ Harrier II fighters from the 9th Squadron of the Spanish Navy Aircraft Flotilla, specifically the VA.1B-6 (01-916) and VA.1B-25 (01-914), both based in Rota (Cádiz). These aircraft traveled to RAF Fairford along with a Cessna Citation executive transport aircraft from 4 Squadron.
The Spanish Harrier IIs have generated great excitement at RIAT 2023, since the British Harrier IIs, which had many fans in that country, were withdrawn from service in 2010. Exhibits of the Spanish Harrier II received applause and have starred in many videos on Youtube, including his joint flight with an RAF F-35B. As a sign of the interest generated by the Spanish Navy fighters, an American YouTube channel, Epicaviation47, has just published a complete video, of more than 21 minutes and in 4K quality, with the best of the Spanish Harrier II at the RIAT 2023:
The video includes very good shots of one of the Spanish Harrier IIs on the ground, warming up its engines and taxiing around the RAF Fairford apron, as well as high-speed takeoffs and landings and maneuvers.
The compilation also includes some images of the joint flight with the F-35B, the ZM154, belonging to 207 Squadron of the British Royal Air Force.
The video also includes several of the stationary flights made by the Spanish Harrier IIs during their participation in this air festival.
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