The US Air Force sent 11 aircraft and over 100 airmen to participate in the Royal International Air Tattoo at Royal Air Force Base Fairford, United UK, 15-17 July 2022.

The event allowed the Air Force and US Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces in Africa integrate and dialogue with hundreds of airmen from 31 nations, and approximately 200,000 visitors during the three-day military air show.

air force secretary Frank Kendall; United States Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. CQ Brown, Jr.; US space force Head of Space Operationss General John W. “Jay” Raymond; and USAFE-AFAF Commander General James Hecker were also able to engage many counterparts from around the world.

“I had the opportunity to speak with several of our allies here, as they are all grouped together in one area here at RIAT“, Hecker said. “We must continue to work together to ensure that our systems are designed to share information. As allies and partners, we must be able to operate from a common operating picture. .

“My highest priority is to continue to develop our partnerships across Europe and Africa,” Hecker continued. “Here in Europe, the F-35 is poised to be the backbone of the air forces of many allied nations and this offers great opportunities for integration in the defense of our common values.”

A American F-35 Lightning II of the 48th Fighter Wing RAF Lakenheath was on display while a British F-35 performed in front of the crowd, highlighting the importance of the F-35s for interoperability in Europe. Currently, there are about 120 F-35s in Europe in six countries. By the 2030s, there are expected to be over 600 F-35s integrated from more than 10 countries across the continent, including two full US F-35 squadrons at RAF Lakenheath.

“It’s great to be able to fly the F-35 alongside us.r partners,” said U.S. Air Force Maj. David Bown, an F-35 instructor pilot with the 495th Fighter Squadron. “I had the opportunity to fly Norwegian, British, Italian and Dutch F-35s. As more and more F-35s arrive in theater, we will have a very integrated air combat capability in Europe. »

The Royal Air Force also highlighted and celebrated the efforts of the USAF 75th anniversary this year with a showcase of US Air Force fighter aircraft including the F-35, two F-16 Fighting FalconAnd one F-15E Strike Eagle from bases across Europe. USAFE also celebrates its 80th anniversary this year, reminiscent of the beginning of USAFE’s predecessor Eighth Air Force in 1942 in the UK

Also standing out at the air show was a E-4B National Airborne Operations Center, which provides highly survivable command, control, and communications enabling U.S. military leaders to direct military action in a crisis. Its presence at the RIAT marks the first air meeting abroad in which the E-4B takes part.

Also participating were two American tankers, a KC-135 Stratotanker and one KC-46 Pegasusas well as two special operations aircraft, the CV-22 Osprey and the MC-130J Commando II. Finally, the Lady Dragon U-2 was on display highlighting its longevity.