Air Tattoo 2023 winners announced

RAF Eurofighter Typhoon display at RIAT 2023 (Image: Max Thrust Digital)
RAF Eurofighter Typhoon display at RIAT 2023 (Image: Max Thrust Digital)

As well as being an airshow visited by 150,000 people, the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) is a competition for participants and this year’s winners were recently announced at the event’s annual award ceremony.

Winners included the RAF Typhoon Display team which won The Steedman Display Sword (British participant with the most notable contribution to RIAT) and The Italian Air Force’s SIAI-Marchetti U-208A which was the overall winner of the concourse, The RUAG Trophy.

RAF Eurofighter Typhoon Display Team (Image: Max Thrust Digital)
RAF Eurofighter Typhoon Display Team, winner of The Steedman Display Sword (Image: Max Thrust Digital)

Full List of Winners of RIAT 2023

The RUAG Trophy (Awarded to the Overall Winner of the Concours d’Elegance)
SIAI-Marchetti U-208A – Italian Air Force

The Northrop Grumman Trophy (Awarded to the Runner-up of the Concours d’Elegance Competition)
Lockheed C-130H Hercules – Royal Jordanian Air Force.

The Boeing Trophy (Awarded to the Concours d’Elegance Best Civilian Aircraft)
Max Holste MH.1521 Broussard – Mr Jason Prior and Mr Phil Hall

The MOOG Trophy (Awarded to the Overall Winner of the Crew Challenge)NH90 Display Team – German Army.

The Lockheed Martin Trophy (Awarded for the Crew Challenge Runner-Up)
Team Tonka – TLG 51 & TLG 33 – German Air Force

The Bluescape Trophy (Awarded for the Crew Challenge Aircraft Recognition Competition)
Team Wings of Valhalla – Swedish Air Force.

The ‘Spirit of the Meet’ Trophy (Awarded to the participant embodying the spirit of the Air Tattoo)The Italian Air Force & Italian Historic Aircraft Group

The Paul Bowen Trophy (in memory of RIAT’s co-founder for the Best Solo Jet Demonstration)
SAAB Gripen E flown by André Brännström.

The Sir Douglas Bader Trophy (Best Individual Flying Display)
French Air Force Rafale Solo Display, flown by Capitaine Bertrand “Bubu” Butin.

Italian Search and Rescue Display (Image: Max Thrust Digital)
Italian Search and Rescue Display (Image: Max Thrust Digital)

The RAFCTE Trophy (Best Flying Demonstration by an Overseas Participant)
Italian Army A-129 Mangusta, with the crews from the 5th Aviation Regiment.

The Steedman Display Sword (British participant with the most notable contribution to RIAT)
RAF Typhoon Display flown by Flight Lieutenant Matt Brighty.

The As the Crow Flies Trophy (Best Overall Flying Demonstration, judged by FRIAT),
French Air Force Rafale Solo Display, flown by Capitaine Bertrand “Bubu” Butin.

The Best Livery Trophy (Best Special Paint Scheme, judged by FRIAT),“Eagle Star” livery Eurofighter Typhoon, Tactical Air Wing 73, German Air Force

The King Hussein Memorial Sword (Most Polished & Precise Flying Display)
Swedish Air Force SAAB SK.60 flown by Captain Nils Schylström.

About Nick Harding 1888 Articles
Nick is the senior reporter and editor at UK Aviation News as well as working freelance elsewhere. He has his finger firmly on the pulse on Aviation, not only in the UK but worldwide. Nick has been asked to speak in a professional capacity on LBC, Heart and other broadcast networks.

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