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Make sure you're up-to-date with all the exciting news and chatter regarding plans for the 2018 Air Tattoo.

Here you will find breaking news and the popular 'Traffic Light' system reflecting the status of the communications between the Air Tattoo and various military aircraft operators and their potential participation. It works like this:

Below will be a list of all the air arms and operators that have been invited to attend the 2018 Air Tattoo.

An amber light will appear alongside the country when we enter into discussions about their potential participation. When we receive written confirmation from a country's air arm or civilian operator a green light will appear. When a light flashes it means there is additional information or another confirmation from that country. Countries that have declined their invitation will be listed below under a red button. For further information click here.

For an insight into the process of inviting aircraft to the Air Tattoo click here.

The latest update on our discussions with countries and their air arms concerning aircraft participation is below. For previous updates please scroll further down the page.

LATEST UPDATE: 15/03/2018

  • Four RAF aircraft spanning the 1930s, 40s and 50s are confirmed for the static display at RIAT 2018. An Auster Mk.5 observation aircraft and three trainers; the Miles Magister and two Jet Provost T.3 jet trainers, will help tell the tale of the pre and post-War RAF.

Air Arm Current Status  
Royal Canadian Air Force Confirmed Confirmed
Civilian Confirmed Confirmed
Czech Republic Air Force Confirmed Confirmed
Finnish Army Aviation Confirmed Confirmed
Hellenic Air Force Confirmed Confirmed
Spanish Air Force Confirmed Confirmed
Swiss Air Force Confirmed Confirmed
US Air Force Confirmed Confirmed
Albanian Air Force Invited  
Algerian Air Force Invited  
Angolan Air Force Invited  
Argentine Air Force Invited  
Argentine Navy Invited  
Royal Australian Air Force Invited  
Royal Australian Army Invited  
Royal Australian Navy Invited  
Austrian Air Force Invited  
Azerbaijani Air Force Invited  
Bangladesh Air Force Invited  
Barbados Defence Force Invited  
Belgian Air Component Invited  
Bolivian Air Force Invited  
Armed Forces of Bosnia-Herzegovina Invited  
Brazilian Air Force Invited  
Brazilian Navy Invited  
Royal Brunei Air Force Invited  
Bulgarian Air Force Invited  
Chilean Air Force Invited  
Chilean Navy Invited  
Colombian Air Force Invited  
Croatian Air Force Invited  
Royal Danish Air Force Invited  
Ecuadorian Air Force Invited  
Egyptian Air Force Invited  
Estonian Air Force Invited  
Estonian Police and Border Guard Invited  
Finnish Air Force Invited  
French Air Force Invited  
French Army Air Corps Invited  
French Navy Invited  
German Air Force Invited  
German Army Aviation Invited  
German Navy Invited  
Ghana Air Force Invited  
Hellenic Army Invited  
Hellenic Navy Invited  
Royal Jordanian Air Force Invited  
Hungarian Air Force Invited  
Indian Air Force Invited  
Indian Navy Invited  
Indonesian Air Force Invited  
Iraqi Air Force Invited  
Irish Air Corps Invited  
Israeli Air Force Invited  
Italian Air Force Invited  
Italian Army Invited  
Italian Coastguard Invited  
Italian Navy Invited  
Jamaican Air Force Invited  
Japan Air Self Defense Force Invited  
Japan Maritime Self Defence Force Invited  
Kazakhstan Air Force Invited  
Kenyan Air Force Invited  
Royal Bahraini Air Force Invited  
Royal Saudi Air Force Invited  
Republic of Korea Navy Invited  
Kuwait Air Force Invited  
Latvian Air Force Invited  
Lebanese Air Force Invited  
Lithuanian Air Force Invited  
Macedonia Air Force Invited  
Malawian Defence Force Invited  
Royal Malaysian Air Force Invited  
Armed Forces of Malta Invited  
Mexican Air Force Invited  
Montenegrin Air Force Invited  
Royal Moroccan Air Force Invited  
Namibian Air Force Invited  
NATO Invited  
NATO AEWC Force Invited  
NATO Heavy Airlift Wing Invited  
Royal New Zealand Air Force Invited  
Nigerian Air Force Invited  
Royal Norwegian Air Force Invited  
Royal Air Force of Oman Invited  
Pakistan Air Force Invited  
Pakistan Navy Invited  
Chinese Peoples Liberation Army Air Force Invited  
Chinese Peoples Liberation Army Naval Air Force Invited  
Peruvian Air Force Invited  
Phillippine Air Force Invited  
Polish Air Force Invited  
Polish Land Forces Invited  
Polish Navy Invited  
Portuguese Air Force Invited  
Portuguese Navy Invited  
Air Force of the Republic of Belarus Invited  
Republic of Singapore Air Force Invited  
Romanian Air Force Invited  
Serbian Air Force Invited  
Slovak Air Force Invited  
Slovenian Air Force Invited  
South African Air Force Invited  
Republic of Korea Air Force Invited  
Spanish Army Invited  
Spanish Navy Invited  
Sri Lanka Air Force Invited  
Qatar Emiri Air Force Invited  
Swedish Air Force Invited  
Royal Thai Air Force Invited  
Netherlands Coastguard Invited  
Royal Netherlands Air Force Invited  
Royal Netherlands Navy Invited  
Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force Invited  
Tunisian Air Force Invited  
Turkish Air Force Invited  
Turkish Army Invited  
Turkish Coastguard Invited  
Turkish Navy Invited  
UAE Air Force Defence Invited  
Ukrainian Air Force Invited  
Army Air Corps Invited  
QinetiQ Invited  
Royal Air Force Invited  
Royal Navy Invited  
US Air Combat Command Invited  
US Air Education Training Command Invited  
US Air Force Global Strike Command Invited  
US Air Force Reserve Command Invited  
US Air Force Special Operations Command Invited  
US Air Forces Europe Invited  
US Air Mobility Command Invited  
US Air National Guard Invited  
US Army Invited  
US Army Europe Invited  
US Coast Guard Invited  
US Marine Corps Invited  
US Navy Invited  
Uruguayan Air Force Invited  
Vietnam Peoples Air Force Invited  
Zambian Air Force Invited  

UPDATE: 08/03/2018

  • We are delighted to confirm that the F-35 Heritage Flight Team will take part in the Air Tattoo flying display. This special 'then and now' formation will be the American P-51D Mustang, teamed up with the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II.

UPDATE: 01/03/2018

  • The Spanish national aerobatic team, Patrulla Aguila, have confirmed their attendance at RIAT 2018 with their seven CASA C-101 jet trainers.
  • This week members of the team are at the European Airshow Council Convention in Antwerp, as well as an International Military Air Show Coordinators (IMASC) event.

LATEST UPDATE: 22/02/2018

  • RIAT 2018 welcomes back the Hellenic Air Force, with its F-16 demo team 'Zeus' performing in the flying display. Formed in 2009-10, the Greek air arm's solo Fighting Falcon demonstration uses the Block 52+ variant of the F-16C, equipped with distinctive conformal fuel tanks. Aircraft and pilot Maj Georgios Papadakis are provided by 115 Combat Wing at Souda on the island of Crete.
  • Last Saturday we welcomed over 100 Air Tattoo volunteers for the first 2018 Progress Meeting. Between everyone in the room there were over 1,300 RIATs worth of experience.

UPDATE: 15/02/2018

  • The Czech Air Force has confirmed that both their JAS-39 Gripen and L-159 ALCA will be performing solo displays at the 2018 Air Tattoo. Today a team from Douglas Bader House travelled to the British Air Displays Association symposium.

UPDATE: 08/02/2018

  • The Finnish Army will be sending two NH90 TTH helicopters to the 2018 Air Tattoo - one taking to the skies and a second on static display!
  • Our CE and Head of Air Ops were recently in contact with USAFE HQ to explore support for RIAT 2018.
  • Next week a number of the RAFCTE team will be attending the British Air Display Association (BADA) pre-season symposium.

UPDATE: 25/01/2018

  • The Great War Display Team will demonstrate aerial combat from the First World War; a vital component in the story of RAF100. The exact number of the team's aircraft that will take part is yet to be confirmed and we will update to reflect this once we have the information.

UPDATE: 18/01/2018

  • The Royal Canadian Air Force makes further additions to their support for the 2018 Air Tattoo with three heavy aircraft for the static display; CC-130 Hercules, CC-177 Globemaster and the CP-140 Aurora.

UPDATE: 11/01/2018

  • Two Cold War classic jets will join the flying display at RIAT 2018 from the civilian operated Norwegian Air Force Historical Squadron! A Vampire T.55 and Vampire FB.52 will take us back to the early jet-age years and will be specially painted in RAF colours to celebrate RAF100.


UPDATE: 11/01/2018

  • The Swiss Air Force has confirmed not one, but two flying participants in RIAT 2018! The hugely popular PC-7 Team with their nine Pilatus turboprop trainers will be flying as well as the amazing Swiss Hornet Display Team showing off the F-18C.


UPDATE: 04/01/2018

  • We can now provide an update regarding those nations that have been invited to the Air Tattoo this year. View the full list of invited nations below.


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