Published on July 17th, 2022 | by Mark Dwyer0
Irish Air Corps PC-12 wins Concours d’ Elegance Award at RIAT 2022
The Irish Air Corps was well represented at this year’s Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) held at RAF Fairford which took place from 15th – 17th July. On Friday, for the first time in 25 years the Silver Swallows, this time made up of four Pilatus PC-9M’s, performed at RIAT. That evening, Pilatus PC-12 ‘280’ operated by 104 Squadron, won the Concours d’ Elegance award for best static display aircraft at the show.
The airshow welcomed 266 aircraft, and 1,500 crew members from across the globe in a celebration of aviation, science, and engineering. Paul Atherton, Chief Executive of the RAF Charitable Trust Enterprises, the organisers of RIAT, said: “I’ve been blown away by the support we have received for the long-awaited return of RIAT. Around 200,000 people have been here this weekend – visitors, volunteers, partners, and all those involved in the build. I’d like to personally thank every single one of them for helping RIAT to return with such success.”
Readers will be able to see the Silver Swallows and the PC-12 display at next Sunday’s Bray Air Display.