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The World's Greatest Airshow is 50!

50th Anniversary Show is on 16-18 July 2021 at RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire

Since it was first staged at North Weald Aerodrome in 1971, the Royal International Air Tattoo has grown to become the greatest military airshow in the world. We'd love you to join us next summer as we mark our 50th anniversary with a spectacular celebration of aviation reflecting this very special occasion. 

Please be assured that throughout the build-up to the 2021 airshow, and on the day, we shall adhere to all advice issued by the Government relating to COVID-19 and the organisation of large, public outdoor events to ensure the Royal International Air Tattoo 2021 is both safe and hugely successful.

As a token of our gratitude for your on-going support - and to make sure as many people as possible can join us next summer - we have decided to hold our 2020 admission ticket prices for 2021. Additionally, we are also continuing to offer all under-18s free entry (with a paying adult), underlining our commitment to inspire young people through aviation and by bringing the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) curriculum to life. You can purchase your tickets HERE

Why we are the World's Greatest Airshow 

When it comes to deciding where to demonstrate their aircraft's capabilities and the professionalism of their aircrew, many of the world's Air Arms put the Royal International Air Tattoo at the top of their list.

In 2018, 245 exciting aircraft from 39 air arms representing 25 nations from around the globe touched down at RAF Fairford for the Air Tattoo, making it the best place to view an incredible range of military fixed wing and rotary aircraft.

For a taste of the sort of aircraft you might expect to see in 2021, view our extensive participation lists from previous Air Tattoos HERE




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Future dates:

2021 - 16, 17, 18 July
2022 - 15, 16, 17 July
2023 - 14, 15, 16 July
2024 - 19, 20, 21 July
2025 - 18, 19, 20 July

On behalf of the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust, the 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 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, Former Formula 1 Racing Driver

“Probably the most complete air show I’ve ever been to!”

Al Worden, Apollo 15 Astronaut

“This is THE best airshow!”

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut

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