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The 2017 Air Tattoo marked the 70th anniversary of the US Air Force and celebrated the 21st Century Partnerships that exist throughout the defence and aviation community. One way this was demonstrated was 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. 

The Thunderbirds demonstration team joined us to mark the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the USAF, they flew all the way from the United States just for the Air Tattoo weekend! Before this, the teams last display at RAF Fairford  was 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 that you will join us again next year for the 2018 show, taking place on the 13-15 July 2018, details to be announced. 

In this section....

  • Showground Attractions
    From hands-on technology to vintage stalls; there was fun for everyone to experience at the 2017 Air Tattoo
  • Planning your Visit
    All the information you need to get the most out of your day, including travel, accommodation and general hints and tips
  • Photo & Video Galleries
    Here you will find our video and photography archive from the current show through to previous years - relive that moment!
  • Looking Back
    Relive the memories or see what you missed. Our looking back section features aircraft and news from previous airshows  
  • Latest News
    Read the full story! Take a look at all the latest updates and announcements from the Air Tattoo in our news area

“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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