Here are the seven Saudi National Day specials.
Saudi National Day is celebrated on every Sept. 23 and commemorates the renaming of the Kingdom of Nejd and Hejaz to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by a royal decree from King Abdul Aziz Ibn Saud in 1932.
As explained last year, as part of the celebrations, the Royal Saudi Air Force takes part in airshows in cities across the country with the Saudi Hawks display team and combat aircraft, some of those wearing special liveries.
Seven Royal Saudi Air Force aircraft were prepared to celebrate the 89th Saudi National Day this year.
An F-15C belonging to the 13th Sqn; an F-15S from the 92nd Sqn; a Tornado from the 7th Sqn; a Eurofighter Typhoon from the 3rd Sqn; an MRTT belonging to the 24th Sqn; a C-130 belonging to the 4th Sqn and a King Air of the 50th Sqn were given a new National Day livery.
The aircraft took part in flypasts in Jeddah and Al Khobar, and will finally be in Riyadh on Monday. Along with the special colors, 12 F-15C/S jes of the 3rd Fighter Wing from King Abdul Aziz Air Base, forming the number (89) in a large formation as ‘٨٩’ -in Arabic- marking the 89th anniversary, are involved in the flyovers.
Our friend @MbKS15 has shared with us some previews of the special painted aircraft.
The celebrations come approximately one week after the unprecedented coordinate cruise missile and drone attacks on Saudi Arabian Aramco oil facilities near the cities of Abqaiq and Khurais in Saudi Arabia that shut down roughly half of the company’s production: even though the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen claimed responsibility for the strikes, the Trump administration almost immediately said Iran had launched the assault.