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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 2015 a total of 247 aircraft from 19 nations took part and forty-three military chiefs were also represented. The highlights included a massed flypast of vintage warbirds to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and the ever-popular Vulcan XH558 made its final Air Tattoo appearances before it retired at the end of last year. The delta-winged Cold War bomber performed dramatic solo displays followed by joint flypasts with the RAF Red Arrows on Saturday and Sunday. 

We also hosted the international debut of the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force's Kawasaki P-1 maritime patrol aircraft, which performed in the flying display and attracted significant interest on the ground. Aviation fans welcomed the Qatar Emiri Air Force Lockheed C-130J Hercules, with the Gulf State becoming the 55th nation to appear at the show, and five aerobatic display teams performed spectacular routines with the Patrouille de France, Patrulla Aguila from Spain, the Swiss PC-7 Team and the Royal Jordanian Falcons joining the Red Arrows in thrilling the crowds.

The aircraft that attended the Air Tattoo in previous years, are in our Looking Back section of the website.

Our Frequently Asked Questions page provides further information about aircraft at the Air Tattoo. If you would like more detail on our process for inviting participants click HERE

In this section....

  • Confirmed Aircraft
    Here you'll find the list of the exciting aircraft confirmed for the flying or static display at the Air Tattoo
  • Latest Updates
    Make sure you're up-to-date with all the exciting news regarding aircraft, operators and the nations invited to the Air Tattoo
  • Aircraft in the Spotlight
    Find out more about the aircraft confirmed for the Air Tattoo as we go into detail about the aircraft types, nations and history

“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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