DynCorp International was honored to participate in the 2012 Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT), July 6-8, hosted by the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Enterprises. RIAT is the world’s largest military air show held at the Royal Air Force (RAF) in Fairford, Gloucestershire, U.K. This year, RIAT joined national and international celebrations marking Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee – commemorating her 60-year reign.
RIAT special guests included: His Royal Highness (HRH) the Duke of Gloucester; HRH Lieutenant General Prince Feisal bin Hussein of Jordan, Patron of the Air Tattoo’s Flying Scholarships for Disabled People; Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton; Gen Norton A. Schwartz, Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Force; the Right Honourable Philip Hammond, Secretary of State for Defence; and General Sung Il Hwan, Korea’s Chief of Air Staff. DI’s hospitality booth hosted nearly 100 VIP visitors during the three-day event.
“The atmosphere provided at RIAT created an excellent opportunity to interact one-on-one with our customers and guests. Guests didn’t need an invitation and that provided a comfortable and more flexible schedule for those we hosted,” said Cliff Cagle, vice president, Advanced Programs, DynCorp International.
Air Tattoo chief executive Tim Prince commented, “This has been a challenging year, but the great British public, and our overseas visitors, have supported us as they always do. We warmly welcomed our new visitors from Japan, South Korea and Colombia, who have helped the Air Tattoo maintain its reputation as one of the greatest international military air shows, and we continue to be grateful for the fantastic support from the RAF and the United States Air Force, who continue to see the benefits the Air Tattoo brings in terms of defence diplomacy.”
Despite inclement weather, more than 130,000 visitors attended the air show.
About the Royal International Air Tattoo
Held annually each July at RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire, the Royal International Air Tattoo, the world’s largest military airshow, has gained the well-earned reputation as one of the UK’s top outdoor events.