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Aircraft at the Show

Aircraft are the stars of the Air Tattoo and here you'll find all the information about the aircraft and operators invited to participate in the 2018 show and those that have officially confirmed their attendance. 

In 2017 246 aircraft, from 32 air arms in 26 countries participate with 63 Official Military Delegations also in attendance. On Sunday 16, visitors were treated to a surprise flypast by a stealth B-2 Spirit bomber, escorted by two F-15 fighters. 

Other flying display highlights included the French Air Force's Couteau Delta team flying two Mirage 2000D fighter aircraft; the Midnight Hawks, Finland's aerobatic display team who last performed at the Air Tattoo back in 2004, an RAF Typhoon demo flown by Flt Lt Ryan Lawton and a Russian-built Sukhoi Su-27 'Flanker' from the Ukrainian Air Force, which offered enthusiasts a rare opportunity to view this aircraft in British skies.

Highlights among the 115 aircraft in the static park included a US U-2 spy plane, a Boeing 737 Airborne Early Warning aircraft from the Royal Australian Air Force and a Royal Canadian Air Force Boeing CH-147F Chinook Helicopter which had been airlifted over in the back of a giant Boeing CC-177 Globemaster airlifter.

You can find the aircraft that attended the Air Tattoo in 2017 and previous years in our Looking Back section.

Our Frequently Asked Questions page provides further information about aircraft at the Air Tattoo. Find out more about the process for inviting participants

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“It was an epic spectacle, as magical as anything you've ever seen in the West End, and as loud as anything you've ever heard at Knebworth.”

Jeremy Clarkson, Television Presenter

“All the thrills, excitement and noise of a Grand Prix, but in the air!”

Jenson Button, Formula 1 Racing Driver

“This is the best airshow!”

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut

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