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The Airshow

The World's Greatest Airshow

Returns next summer - 19-21 July 2019

Few events can rival the intensity, drama and spectacle on offer at the world's greatest airshow. The Air Tattoo, one of the UK's premier outdoor events, was held in 2018 on 13-15 July to mark a very special occasion, the centenary of the Royal Air Force. As well as commemorating the past achievements, we also celebrated the present and helped to inspire the future of the RAF.

A record crowd of 185,000 people enjoyed a feast of flying at the 2018 Air Tattoo, marking the Royal Air Force's Centenary at RAF Fairford.

In total, 302 aircraft, from 43 air arms representing 30 nations attended the airshow, of which 121 took part in the flying display.

Among the flying display highlights were a number of unique flypasts. A special tribute to the legendary 617 'Dambusters' Squadron saw the iconic Lancaster bomber from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight fly in formation with the squadron's current aircraft, the Tornado, and the RAF's new state-of-the-art F-35B Lightning II. Another flypast featured nine RAF Typhoons in formation, as part of centenary celebrations.

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Future dates:
2019 - 19, 20, 21 July
2020 - 17, 18, 19 July
2021 - 16, 17, 18 July
2022 - 15, 16, 17 July

On behalf of the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust, beneficiary of the Royal International Air Tattoo, we look forward to extending a warm welcome to all visitors.

In this section....

  • Aircraft at the Show
    The full list of invited countries, aircraft updates and the flying and static aircraft that will attend the 2018 Air Tattoo
  • Visiting the Show
    All the information that you need to get the most out of the Air Tattoo.
  • Commercial Opportunities
    Aerospace and defence industry networking, sponsorship, corporate hospitality as well as trade and exhibition space   
  • Part of the Team
    The Air Tattoo 'family' is made up of a small team of permanent staff, 1500 volunteers, visiting aircrew and local supporters

“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

“Probably the most complete air show Iíve ever been to!”

Al Worden, Apollo 15 Astronaut

“This is THE best airshow!”

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut

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