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#5494 Swiss Air Force (PC-7 Team) - Pilatus PC-7 Turbo Trainer (A-916)

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Pilatus PC-7 Turbo Trainer (A-916) from the Swiss Air Force "PC-7 Team" at the RIAT 2018, RAF Fairford (United Kingdom)

The PC-7 Team is an aerobatics team of the Swiss Air Force. It derives its name from the airplane used, nine Pilatus PC-7 trainers.
All Pilots of the PC-7 Team are full-time military pilots and usually fly the F/A-18 Hornet.

The Pilatus PC-7 Turbo Trainer, equipped with a turboprop engine, is a two seated tandem low-wing monoplane with a retractable tricycle gear, designed for military and commercial training. Both cockpits are equipped with flight and navigation instruments that allow a sophisticated instrument flight training, also in combination with the integrated autopilot. The Swiss Air Force has 28 Pilatus PC-7 all of which went through a midlife update program during the years 2008 and 2009. The most noticeable modifications are a new painting in the Swiss colours red and white,
a modern glass cockpit, a GPS and an autopilot. These three last elements make the PC-7 fully civil IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) certified.

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.