#5158 Royal Air Force - British Aerospace BAe 146 CC2 (ZE700)
British Aerospace BAe 146 CC2 (ZE700) from the Royal Air Force at the RIAT 2018, RAF Fairford (United Kingdom)
Wearing special "RAF 100" marking on the tail in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the RAF
The British Aerospace 146 (also known as BAe 146) is a short haul airliner and a regional airliner that was manufactured in the United Kingdom
by British Aerospace, later part of BAE Systems. Production ran from 1983 until 2002. Manufacture of an improved version known as the
Avro RJ (Regional Jet) began in 1992. The BAe 146/Avro RJ is a high-wing cantilever monoplane with a T-tail. It has four turbofan engines mounted on pylons underneath the wings, and has retractable tricycle landing gear. The aircraft has very quiet operation, and has been marketed under the name "Whisperjet". The BAe 146 comes in -100, -200 and -300 models. The equivalent Avro RJ versions are designated RJ70, RJ85, and RJ100.
With 387 aircraft produced, the BAe 146/Avro RJ is the most successful British civil jet programme. The BAe 146 was introduced into Royal Air Force service in 1986. Exclusively operated out of RAF Northolt by 32 (The Royal) Squadron, the BAe 146 is primarily tasked in the Command Support Air Transport (CSAT) role. Two 146 variants are operational, the VIP-configured CC2 and the Quick Change (QC) C3, which can be rapidly converted between passenger and cargo configurations. The CC2's primary role is the transport of senior government ministers and Ministry of Defence (MoD) personnel and, most famously, senior members of the Royal Family, although this work represents by far the minority of 32 Sqn's tasking.
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.
- Matthijs van Wageningen
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- Saturday 14 July 2018
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