Here we list breaking news and our popular 'Traffic Light' system that reflects the status of communications between the Air Tattoo and military and civilian aircraft operators regarding their potential participation.
Below is a list of ALL the air arms and operators that were invited to attend the 2016 Air Tattoo.
An amber light appeared when we entered into discussions about potential participation. When we received written confirmation from a country's air arm or civilian operator a green light appeared. When a light flashed it meant there was additional information or another confirmation from that country. Countries or air arms that did not participate are listed below under a red button. Further information here.
An insight into the process of inviting aircraft to the Air Tattoo can be found here.
- The Army Air Corps brings an Apache to the static display.
- A Belgian Air Force F-16AM from 31 Squadron joins the static line up.
- The Boutlbee Academy will be flying a Spitfire TR.9 in the display.
- Aircraft manufacturer Britten-Norman brings an Islander and Defender to the static display.
- The RAF Chinook Display Team return with their ever-popular flying routine.
- The ever popular Japanese Air Self Defense Force return with a Boeing KC-767J tanker/transport.
- BAE Systems return with a very popular and dynamic display from their Typhoon
- The Irish Air Corps brings one of its two CN235-100 Maritime Patrol Aircraft to the static display.
- Making the long journey from New Zealand is a 757 from No. 40 Squadron, RNZAF.
- The US Navy makes a return appearance with the F/A-18 Super Hornet in the flying display and a P-8 Poseidon in the static aircraft line up.
- Poland's Navy will bring an Antonov AN-28B1R Bryza to the static display.
- The Royal Australian Air Force makes a return after 10 years with a KC-30A tanker/transport.
- QinetiQ supplies an Agusta A109E and Alpha Jet for the static display.
- We can now confirm that P-51D 'Miss Helen' will be taking to the skies as part of the F-22 / F-35A Heritage Flypast.
- French Aerobatic champion Aude Lemordant will display her Extra 330SC. Breitling Wingwalkers return with a three-ship formation display and a single aircraft in the static line-up.
- No. 72 Squadon, RAF, will provide a Shorts Tucano for the static display line up.
- In addition to the static, the Spanish Air Force will also provide a Eurofighter EF2000 for the flying display.
- Airbus show off their tactical transporter, the A400M in the flying display.
- Lakenheath sends a pair of F-15Cs for the static park from the 48th Fighter Wing / 493rd Fighter Squadron and an F-15E from the 492nd Fighter Squadron.
- The USAF Special Operations Command provides a static MC-130J Commando II courtesy of 67 SOS.
- The French Air Force bring two Alpha Jet E trainers to the static line up.
- Carlo Ferrari returns with his Beech 18S
- Two trainers from the RAF Flying Clubs' Association and Halton Flying Club in the form of Tecnam's P2002 and P2008 will appear in the static park.
- The unique Piaggio R166C returns to the static display.
- Tony de Bruyn's OV-10B Bronco and SC-7 Skyvan make a welcome appearance in the static park.
- The BAE Systems Collection features in a special static showcase by the aerospace giant and comprise a Scottish Aviation Bulldog T.1, DHC-1 Chipmunk, Blackburn B2, DH-60 Cirrus Moth, Bristol Scout, Sea Hurricane 1B and Avro Anson C.19.
- The RAF static line up receives a big boost; Squirrel HT.1, A330 Voyager, Hawk T.1, Hawk T.2, A400M Atlas C.1, C-130J Hercules C.5, Tornado GR.4 x 2, Typhoon FGR.4 x 2.
- The Slovakian Air Force will be sending an L410 Turbolet for the static park.
- Poland increases its presence with a flying display by a MiG-29A from 1. ELT.
- A rare return for the Slovakian Air Force with a flying display from a MiG-29AS with another example on static display.
- Socata TB20 Trinidad will take part in the static line up, provided by Bruno Stocker.
- The RAF Halton Microlight Club will be displaying its EV-97 Eurostar and C42B Ikarus trainers in the RAF Charitable Trust area.
- Gulfstream will be sending a G550 to take part in the static line up.
- A Hunter F.58A from Hawker Hunter Aviation will also be taking part in the static display.
- The Dutch Helicopter Command will be showcasing the AH-64D Apache in the flying display, from 301 'Redskins' Squadron.
- Poland makes a welcome return with Team Orlik, flying seven PZL-130TC-2 aircraft, and an F-16C from the Tiger Demo Team.
- US Army Europe will provide an AH-64D for the static aircraft line up.
- Seven de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunks will attend RIAT 2016 for a special static display marking the type's 70th anniversary. Leading the pack will be oldest airworthy survivor G-AKDN, itself 70 years old this year; it has been shipped to the UK from Canada by owner David Gillespie for the celebrations. For more details, visit the news page.
- A Royal Canadian Air Force Lockheed CP-140 Aurora is confirmed for the static display.
- An Alenia C-27J Spartan of the Lithuanian Air Force will form part of the RIAT 2016 static park.
- A newly purchased Royal Air Force of Oman C295M will be visiting the RIAT static line up from Al Musana air base.
- The Pakistan Air Force is returning to RIAT after ten years with a C-130E Hercules from 6 Sqn.
- USAFE will send a KC-135R Stratotanker from 100th Air Refuelling Wing based at RAF Mildenhall.
- The RAF Mildenhall-based 352nd Special Operations Wing is returning to the Air Tattoo with an aerial demonstration of the Bell-Boeing CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor. A second aircraft will appear in the static display.
- It has been confirmed that a P-51D Mustang will take part in the USAF Heritage Flight formation at RIAT 2016 alongside an F-22A Raptor and F-35A Lightning II. The identity of the Mustang in question and its operator are still to be confirmed.
- Flying in the display on the Friday of RIAT 2016 only will be the ex-Royal Air Force of Oman BAC Strikemaster Mk82A operated from Hawarden by North Wales Military Aviation Services, and flown by Mark Petrie.
- An increasingly rare sight at airshows due to operational commitments, an RAF C-130J Hercules will appear in the RIAT 2016 static park. Brize Norton-based No 47 Squadron is providing the aircraft, which will wear special markings to celebrate the unit's centenary this year.
- RIAT 2016's official celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Air Training Corps will include a gathering of six gliders and motorgliders operated by the Air Cadets through the ages. Exhibited at the eastern end of the showground will be historic Slingsby Kirby Cadet, Grasshopper, Sedbergh and Venture, and modern Grob Viking and Vigilant types.
- The United States Marine Corps is to boost its Air Tattoo presence by sending a KC-130J Hercules tanker to perform in the flying display on Friday and conduct a simulated aerial refuelling with one of the F-35B Lightning IIs.
- The Turkish Air Force will send its spectacular Soloturk team flying the F-16C Fighting Falcon to participate our flying display. It is the third nation to send an F-16 demonstration to this year's show after Belgium and Greece.
- The Belgian Air Component's spectacular F-16A MLU Fighting Falcon display, piloted by Cdt Tom 'Gizmo' De Moortel in his second season, is set to be one of the highlights in our flying display this summer. Belgium is also providing two contrasting aircraft for the static park: a C-130H Hercules transport and, for the first time at the Air Tattoo, an L-21B Super Cub used as a glider tug by the country's Air Cadets - one of four such aircraft flown by the Belgian Air Component.
- We welcome back great friends of the show in the form of the Royal Jordanian Falcons, the national aerobatic team of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, with its four Extra EA300L high-performance aerobatic aircraft. The team has appeared regularly at the Air Tattoo since 1979, when it first attended with a pair of Pitts Specials. Its attendance helps perpetuate the long-lasting link between Jordan and the show, one highlighted by the fact of His Royal Highness Prince Feisal being Patron of the Air Tattoo's Flying Scholarships for Disabled People.
- Welcome support comes once again from the Hungarian Air Force which will be sending a JAS 39 Gripen fighter for static display and, probably now nearing the end of its service life, an Antonov An-26 turboprop transport.
- Adding a touch of nostalgia to our static park will be the Jet Provost T5 operated by Jet Aerobatics from East Midlands Airport.
- The RAF has added another aircraft to our static display in the form of a Grob Tutor trainer from the Southampton University Air Squadron at Boscombe Down.
- In 2015 we welcomed Qatar as the 55th nation to take part in the Air Tattoo since it began in 1971, this year we are looking forward to greeting our 56th nation - Croatia.
- The Croatian Air Force's aerobatic display team Krila Oluje (Wings of Storm) will make its long-awaited and much anticipated UK display debut when the team's six Pilatus PC-9M turboprop trainers take to the skies at the Air Tattoo. In support, and appearing on static display, will be a Mil Mi-171Sh transport helicopter.
LATEST UPDATE: 14/04/16
- Germany's three military air arms are between them providing no fewer than 13 aircraft for the 2016 Air Tattoo. The air force, the Luftwaffe, is scheduled to bring an in-service Airbus A400M for the first time, joined in the static display by its predecessor, a Transall C-160D, plus an Airbus A310 Multi-Role Tanker-Transport, four Eurofighter EF2000s (one from each Luftwaffe wing operating the type) and a Panavia Tornado. The German Army reprises its award-winning MBB Bo 105P helicopter display from last year, and sends a second example for the static park. Also on static display are three German Navy aircraft - a Lockheed P-3C Orion, a Dornier 228, and an Airbus EC135 training helicopter.
- Textron Aviation will again bring a number of interesting special missions aircraft from its product range to the Air Tattoo this year. For the third year running, the Textron AirLand Scorpion tactical jet is due to appear, accompanied by a Beechcraft AT-6B Wolverine light attack aircraft, a Beechcraft King Air 350 special missions platform, and a Cessna 208 Caravan special missions aircraft. All will be part of the showcase section of the RIAT 2016 static display.
LATEST UPDATE: 07/04/16
- A rare visitor to the RIAT static park will be a Dassault Falcon DA20 ECM from 717 Squadron, Royal Norwegian Air Force. It is one of three such electronic countermeasures, calibration and VIP transport aircraft stationed with the unit at Gardermoen.
- Excellent support is being provided to the RIAT 2016 flying display by the Italian Air Force. The hugely popular Frecce Tricolori aerobatic team, flying Aermacchi AT-339A (MB339 PAN) jet trainers returns, as does the solo Eurofighter F-2000A Typhoon display from the Reparto Sperimentale Volo flight test centre; the latter unit also provides an AgustaWestland HH-101A Caesar combat search and rescue helicopter for its British flying display debut. Another Italian Typhoon will be on show in the static park.
- For the second year running, RIAT will welcome the French Air Force's exciting Ramex Delta tactical demonstration team of two Mirage 2000Ns from Escadron de Chasse 2/4 'Lafayette' at Istres. Joining them on the programme will be the return of the air arm's solo Dassault Rafale C display, a multiple Air Tattoo award-winner on past occasions.
- The Spanish Air Force has now confirmed that the previously notified Eurofighter EF2000 will be on static display at RIAT 2016.
- We're pleased to welcome back our friends and staunch RIAT supporters from the Royal Jordanian Air Force, who will be sending a C-130H Hercules for static display.
- We are continuing to work closely with representatives from the RAF, US Marine Corps and US Air Force and can confirm that it is the intention for RIAT 2016 to feature two USMC F-35Bs and one RAF F-35B. In addition, we're working with the USAF on plans to feature the Heritage Flight formation flypast on all three Air Tattoo days. The ambition is for this to comprise an F-35A, F-22 and a maximum of two historic airframes. More details to follow.
- We are aware that many Air Tattoo visitors will be keen to see the F-35 Lightning II on the ground as well as in the air. We continue to work toward securing the appearance of at least one F-35 into the southside operational area, when possible, during periods over the three-day airshow.
- Always a great supporter of the Air Tattoo, the Royal Netherlands Air Force looks set to return in force in 2016 with a quartet of heavies for the static display including a CH-47 Chinook helicopter, a C-130 Hercules and one of two Douglas KDC-10 tanker jets. They will also be joined by a Dornier 228 of the Netherlands Coastguard.
- In addition to the Swedish Air Force JAS39C Gripen in the flying display, we can confirm there will also be an example of the twin-seat JAS 39D variant on static display.
- The Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy has confirmed that its helicopter display team, the Black Cats, will be appearing at the Air Tattoo for the first time in seven years. The Black Cats have undergone a major change since the team's last RIAT appearance. Back then, it flew two Westland Lynx HMA8 helicopters from 702 Naval Air Squadron. Reflecting the major changes in the Navy's maritime helicopter community, it is now equipped with a pair of Wildcat HMA2s, pilots and aircraft being drawn from 825 Naval Air Squadron. The team is based at Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton in Somerset. It puts on a precise display of rotary-wing flying, demonstrating something of the versatility of this potent new machine.
- Also being provided by the Navy are single examples of the Hawk T.1 and King Air Avenger, both for static display, from 736 and 750 Naval Air Squadrons respectively.
- The Air Tattoo's flying display programme was boosted further this week with news that the Swedish Air Force is sending its solo Saab JAS 39 Gripen to Fairford this summer. The aircraft, which last appeared at RIAT in 2014, is expected to come from F 7 Wing at Såtenäs.
- The US Air Force has confirmed with us that it will be sending two F-35A Lightning II aircraft from the 56th Fighter Wing based at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. These will join two F-35B vertical take-off and landing aircraft from the US Marine Corps, whose participation was announced last month.
- The Spanish Air Force has confirmed that a Eurofighter EF2000 will participate in RIAT 2016. We are seeking confirmation on whether the aircraft will be in the flying display or in the static park.
- The Royal Air Force has confirmed that the Red Arrows aerobatic team, the solo Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4, the Beech King Air (making a welcome return to the circuit in 2016 after a three-year absence), and the Lancaster, Hurricane and Spitfire of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will all participate in the RIAT 2016 flying display. Other RAF involvement is still in discussion.
- One of the undoubted highlights of the Air Tattoo's 2016 Flying Display has been revealed, in the shape of the US Air Force F-22A Raptor Demo Team. Maj Daniel 'FFits' Dickinson from the 1st Fighter Wing at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia will put on a stunning demonstration of the thrust-vectoring, stealthy, multi-role fighter. The last time the Raptor flew at the Air Tattoo, or any other British public display, was in 2010.
- Greece's Hellenic Air Force is planning to send its largest contingent of aircraft to the Royal International Air Tattoo for more than a decade. The air arm is sending two McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantoms for static display while Demo Team Zeus, flying the Lockheed Martin F-16 Block 52+ Fighting Falcon, will make a welcome return to the flying display after making its UK display debut at the Air Tattoo in 2015.
- Switzerland's national aerobatic display team the Patrouille Suisse have confirmed participation in this summer's Air Tattoo. Their displays at the show will be the team's only appearance in the UK this year!
- We have also been able to confirm that the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, the Joint Strike Fighter, will make its much-anticipated international display debut this summer at the 2016 Air Tattoo. More details to follow.
- Today we are announcing the full list of nations that have been invited to attend the 2016 Air Tattoo, this includes three new nations; the Angolan Air Force, the Mozambique Air Force and the Republic of Korea Navy. For the full update please read our latest news from the Head of Aircraft Operations, Tom Gibbons.