The 2017 Air Tattoo will mark the 70th anniversary of the US Air Force and will also celebrate the 21st Century Partnerships that exist throughout the defence and aviation community. One way this is demonstrated is by the close relationship between the Air Tattoo, Royal Air Force and the US military, which enables us to stage this spectacular event at RAF Fairford each year.
Joining us to mark the occasion of the USAF 70th anniversary will be the Thunderbirds demonstration team, flying all the way from the United States just for the Air Tattoo weekend! The team last displayed at RAF Fairford in 2007 as part of the 60th anniversary celebrations.
Since 1973, the US Air Force has provided the Air Tattoo with a home, first at RAF Greenham Common, and then, in 1985, at RAF Fairford. Without such support, ranging from logistics to sending participating aircraft, it is unlikely the Air Tattoo would be the event it is today.
The past 70 years have seen the US Air Force play a key role in international coalitions and partnerships, most notably NATO, that have helped preserve peace and security around the world as well as delivering vital humanitarian aid.
We hope you will join us at RAF Fairford on 14-16 July 2017, as we turn the spotlight on the men, women, aircraft and accomplishments that have helped define the history of the US Air Force in its 70th anniversary year.