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The Royal International Air Tattoo is staged by the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Enterprises (RAFCTE), the trading arm of the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust (RAFCT).

Since it was established in 2005, RAFCT has awarded around £3.5 million in grants that seek to promote the Royal Air Force, support its people now and into the future and encourage air-mindedness among the young.

Listed below are just a few of the ways in which the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Enterprises (RAFCTE), organiser of the Air Tattoo, is benefitting your local community:

  • In November 2015, the Air Tattoo donated £450 towards the cost of repairing the organ in St Mary's Church, Fairford.
  • The Air Tattoo loaned radio equipment to support Fairford's Fireworks Display in 2015. 
  • The Air Tattoo sponsors Lechlade Festival and supports Fairford and District Choral Society.
  • Last year (2015) we spent more than £778,000 in Gloucestershire, £614,000 in Oxfordshire and £549,000 in Wiltshire setting up the airshow. When accommodation, food, fuel and other sundries are added, it is estimated that millions more is generated in the surrounding counties, with the service and tourism industries receiving the biggest boost.
  • Last year, the Lechlade and District Lions' Club, the Rotary Club of Cirencester and Quedgeley Wanderers Football Club received donations totalling £10,770 for the support they gave to RIAT 2015. 
  • Powells School, Bibury School and Eastcombe School received prizes totalling £900 as a result of taking part in the Junior Engineer Competition 2015 at the Air Tattoo, which was sponsored by the RAF Charitable Trust. 
  • We have sponsored two ground boards at Fairford Town Football Club and the club continue to display the Air Tattoo Logo on their away kit. 
  • Local homeowners turn spare rooms into B&B accommodation while homes with drives 'rent out' private parking spaces. 
  • As in previous years, a limited number of complimentary Air Tattoo tickets are regularly made available to schools, charities and organisations in the area - on a rotational basis - to help them raise money. Among those to benefit last year were Friends of Farmor's School, Fairford; Latton Parish Council; Ampney Crucis School; Little Lambs Baby & Toddler Group, Fairford; Quenington Church Fete; Fairford Pre-School; Fairford Primary School; Meysey Hampton School; Kempsford Pre-School; Meysey Hampton Ball; Hatherop Primary School; Friends of Ashton Keynes School. 
  • We sponsor the Outstanding Business Student of the Year Award for students at Farmor's School as part of the Fairford and Lechlade Business Club Awards. This year's winners were Clare Bartoszewska, Holly Brogden, Emily Fey, Josh Hooker, Rebecca Noles, Alice Wilder and Li Yang, pictured here with the Air Tattoo's Head of Marketing and Chair of Fairford and Lechlade Business Club, Helen Webb.
  • The Air Tattoo's external catering contractor Tapenade employs up to 60 temporary staff from the local area.

In the Community

Each year, the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Enterprises produces a Residents' Newsletter for people living in communities surrounding - or close to - RAF Fairford. It provides a wide range of information about the forthcoming airshow as well as contact details in case local residents require assistance over the airshow period.

We also host a Local Representatives' Briefing, traditionally in May, to outline our plans for the Air Tattoo to parish, town, district and county councillors as well as other interested parties.

If you have a community matter relating to the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Enterprises, or any of its activities, please email moc/etcfar//srettamytinummoc

In this section....

“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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