Article from the PLANEtalking website, 20 June 2013.
SUZI PERRY AND AN RAF TYPHOON TO LAUNCH AIR TATTOO
At RAF Fairford a selection of aircraft, pilots, test pilots (old and new) and of course BBC F1 presenter and RAF Cosford born Suzi Perry were brought together to launch the RIAT air show.
First to arrive was Sean Allerton, an FSDP (Flying Scholarships for Disabled People) sponsored trainee pilot. Sean broke his neck in a motorcycle crash whilst serving with the RAF in Cyprus. To help raise funds and awareness for the charity by pushing himself in his wheelchair for 500 miles around airfields.
Wing Commander Richard Wells taxis the RAF Typhoon jet after arriving at RAF Fairford with Suzi Perry
The 2013 RAF Tucano Display Team, Flt. Lt Dave Kirby and Flt. Lt Andrew Fyvie-Rae arrived from RAF Linton-on-Ousse. To celebrate the 72nd squadron, this display aircraft is painted in the North Africa Spitfire livery. We did get to hear a little about their display routine for the Air Tattoo and their is certainly are a few impressive manoeuvres to watch out for.
Only 10 minutes late, Suzi Perry and Wing Commander Richard Wells arrived from RAF Coningsby in a Typhoon, multi role combat aircraft. Having successfully landed the jet the day before, on the simulator, Suzi was able to experience the real thing, including looping the loop on the flight to RAF Fairford.
The International Royal Air Tattoo takes place on the 20-21st July – we’ll hopefully see you there!