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#5281 Spanish Air Force (Patrulla Águila) - CASA C-101EB Aviojet

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CASA C-101EB Aviojet from the Spanish Air Force "Patrulla Águila" at the RIAT 2018, RAF Fairford (United Kingdom)

Spain's national aerobatic team Patrulla Águila (Spanish for "Eagle Patrol") was formed by the Spanish Air Force Academy at San Javier near Murcia in 1985, giving its first performance with five aircraft on 4 June that year. Then as now, the team was equipped with the Spanish-built CASA C-101 Aviojet, a single-engined jet trainer first flown in 1977, of which Spain is the biggest operator. Soon the Águila expanded to a six-ship, making their first British appearance at the 1987 International Air Tattoo. Appearances at the Air Tattoo have been regular ever since. Today the Aguila is a seven-ship formation, its 'signature' manoeuvre being, when weather conditions permit, a spectacular formation landing involving all seven aircraft.

The CASA C-101 Aviojet is a low-wing single engine jet-powered advanced trainer and light attack aircraft. It remains in service in the Spanish Air Force and some other countries; it is also flown by the Patrulla Águila aerobatics team. It was designed to replace the already outdated Hispano Saeta. Spanish aircraft maker CASA began work on the C-101 in 1975. Germany's MBB and the USA's Northrop helped with the development, and the first four prototypes flew in June 1977. The design followed that of other jet trainers such as the BAE Hawk and the Alpha Jet, but was less aerodynamically sophisticated, with an unswept wing, and it had limited weapons capabilit. An initial Spanish Air Force order for 88 machines was placed, a dedicated trainer version designated C-101EB-01 by CASA and E.25 Mirlo (Blackbird) by the Spanish Air Force.
The first aircraft entered service on 17 March 1980.

The Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) is the world's largest military air show, held annually over the third weekend in July,
usually at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, England in support of The Royal Air Force Charitable Trust.
The show typically attracts a total of 150.000 to 160.000 spectators over the weekend.
The 2018 Air Tattoo will reflect the 100th anniversary of the RAF with a commemoration
and celebration of a century of service to the United Kingdom and its allies.

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