When crowds look to the skies at the 2016 Air Tattoo, many of the icons of the past and technology of today and tomorrow which they will see have been designed, developed and manufactured by our company.
 
We invite all those attending the 2016 Air Tattoo to visit the BAE Systems Collection to get up close and personal with a number of the aircraft of our past and present, and visit us in the Techno Zone to find out how we are investing in the next generation.
 
On display at the BAE Systems Collection will be:

Blackburn B-2

Blackburn B-2
 
A bi-plane training aircraft produced by Blackburn Aircraft in 1951, the B-2 was used by the RAF to train pilots during the Second World War.
 
It made its first flight in December 1931 and was bought by the RAF and the Air Ministry as well as having civilian uses.
 
Only 42 were ever built and the one on display at the Tattoo is the last remaining flying model, based at The Shuttleworth Collection at Old Warden, Bedfordshire.
 

DH60 Cirrus Moth

A product of de Havilland in the 1920s, The Moth was effectively the world's first affordable, practical and safe light aeroplane, making it the choice of flying clubs across the world.
 
It was used by the RAF to train its pilots and later exported across the globe with Australia, the Danish navy and Sweden among its customers, while Finland built 22 Moth trainers under licence.
 
The Moth on display at the Tattoo is the world's oldest Moth and is housed at The Shuttleworth Collection at Old Warden, Bedfordshire, where it is used in flying displays.
 

Avro Anson C19

Avro Anson 652
 
One of the most successful aircraft built by Avro, there were nearly 11,000 Anson’s manufactured including some built in Canada.
 
It served with the RAF, Royal Navy and Royal Canadian Air Force in a variety of roles initially for maritime reconnaissance and latterly as a trainer.
 
The Anson on display at the Tattoo is owned by BAE Systems and housed at The Shuttleworth Collection where it is still regularly flown.
 

Bristol Bulldog

The Bulldog was one of the early products of the Bristol Aeroplane Company, which merged with what is today BAE Systems in 1960.
 
It was one of the most famous aircraft used by the RAF between the wars despite not seeing active service, and was an export success with air forces in Australia, Japan and Finland among those to use the Bulldog.
 
Down the decades, the Bulldog has been a mainstay of the Air Cadets' training arm and today continues to introduce budding pilots to life in the skies.
 

de Havilland Chipmunk

De Havilland Chipmunk
 
The first creation of de Havilland Canada, the aircraft company set up to build training aircraft for Canadian airmen.
 
It initially built de Havilland designs until after the war when it began designing and building its own to be suited to the country's harsh environments, with the Chipmunk being its first creation.
 
For generations, the Chipmunk was the standard primary trainer for the RAF and is still a favourite amongst pilots today, including with the Air Cadets.
 

Bristol Scout

An aircraft with its roots back at the dawn of UK fighter design and manufacture in 1914, and saw service in the First World War.
 
It was originally purchased by the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service in a fast reconnaissance role, but was one of the first single-seaters to be used as fighter aircraft.
 
The Bristol Aeroplane Company, which is today part of BAE Systems, was the designer and manufacturer of the Scout.
 

Sea Hurricane

Hawker Sea Hurricane
 
A navalised version of the Hurricane, the most effective aircraft during the Battle of Britain conflict, which protected British ships from air attack during the Second World War.
 
Some 80 modifications were made to the Hurricane, designed by Hawker, to adapt it for life at sea.
It operated from vessels in a similar fashion to that planned for the F-35 Lightning II, which will be making its UK debut at this year's Tattoo.
 

Supermarine Seafire

The naval version of the Spitfire adapted for operation from aircraft carriers for the Royal Navy.
It followed the successful adaptation of the Sea Hurricane and continued in service after the Second World War.
 
More than 2,300 Seafires were built with customers including the Navies of the UK, France and Canada, as well as the Irish Air Corps.

RAF Fairford

Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
Royal Air Force Station
Fairford
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Gloucestershire
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