Boeing 747-436 (G-BYGC) from British Airways (BOAC livery) in formation with RAF "Red Arrows" at the RIAT 2019, RAF Fairford (United Kingdom)
In celebration of its 100-year birthday (1919 - 2019), British Airways (BA) painted a Boeing 747 in the much-admired design of its predecessor British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC). The Boeing 747 is a wide body, four-engine jet manufactured by Boeing. It was first introduced into British Airways service in 1974 as the Boeing 747-100 variant, when BA inherited aircraft from the British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC). Its distinctive upper deck shape has earned it the nickname "Jumbo Jet". British Airways is the world's largest operator of the Boeing 747 with 34 in service. The Boeing 747-400 is a proven performer with high reliability and incorporates major aerodynamic improvements over earlier 747 models, including the addition of winglets to reduce drag, new avionics, and a new flight deck. The Boeing 747 fits into today's infrastructure, serving more than 210 airports around the world and is also the world's fastest commercial jetliner. This particular 747 (MSN 25823) was delivered straight from the Boeing factory in January 1999. The plane is powered by four Rolls-Royce RB211-524H engines and configured with a four class layout:
14 seats in First Class, 86 in Business Class, 30 in Premium Economy, and 145 in Economy Class.
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.