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#6301 Royal Jordanian Falcons - Extra EA-330LX (RJF01)

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Extra EA-330LX (RJF01) from the Royal Jordanian Falcons at the RIAT 2019, RAF Fairford (United Kingdom)

The Royal Jordanian Falcons is the national aerobatic demonstration team of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The team was formed on the orders of King Hussein of Jordan in 1976. The team used two and subsequently three Pitts S-2A Specials before changing to Walter Extra EA-300s in 1992. Later, in 2007, the team's fleet was upgraded, the older Extra EA-300s were replaced by EA-300Ls. The team displays with four aircraft and has a fifth as a backup. In 2018, the team switched to the Extra EX-330LX, replacing the older EX-300L trainer aircraft. The team was formerly based at Amman Civil Airport, but has since moved to Aqaba Airport, also known as King Hussein International Airport. The Falcons are unusual in that the team is a joint military-civil venture. The pilots are all Royal Jordanian Air Force personnel and are selected competitively from the top RJAF pilots,
to join the team for a 3–4 year posting. For the majority of the team's existence it has had five pilots and three to four engineers for each given season. The aircraft, however, are owned and maintained by Royal Jordanian Airlines. The Royal Jordanian Falcons aim to promote interest in Jordan and its culture and to advance international goodwill. The Royal Jordanian Falcons have displayed at air shows and events in
Europe, North America, Asia and North Africa.

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.

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