Each year, the Royal International Air Tattoo air show in Gloucestershire, England welcomes military aircraft from around the globe to put on a display in front of over 160,000 spectators. This year, the United States Air Force stole the show by bringing an F-22 Raptor, the most advanced fighter in the world.
As you can imagine, the acrobatic display was spectacular. Just watch the video and see for yourself.
The F-22’s thrust vectoring engines mean that it is capable of maneuvers that no other fighter jet can perform. Combine that with the fact that it can reach supersonic speeds without needing to use its afterburner, as well as its advanced stealth design, makes it the most feared aircraft in the sky today.
The 2017 Royal International Air Tattoo (or RIAT) celebrated the USAF’s 70th anniversary and 21 USAF aircraft were present at the air show, including the USAF Thunderbirds and a surprise flyover by a B-2 Spirit stealth bomber that was taking part in a 23-hour training flight from Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri.
In total, 246 aircraft from 26 nations around the world were present at RIAT. In 2003, RIAT set a Guinness World Record for world’s largest military airshow ever with 535 aircraft in attendance.