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A Guide to Aircraft Participation

Here you will find the popular 'Traffic Light' system reflecting the status of the communications between the Air Tattoo and various military aircraft operators and their potential participation. 

Below will be a list of all the air arms and operators that have been invited to attend the Air Tattoo.

Confirmed Confirmed

 Ongoing discussions


A flashing light means the information has been updated within the past week.

How do we invite participants to the show?

We work with the RAF to produce the list of countries we will invite to the event and then extend that invitation to the respective nations' Chief of Air Staff. We follow up those formal invitations with a series of visits to their embassies in London, meeting with each nation's Military and Defence Attachés to discuss plans for the forthcoming show.

Over the following months we receive official correspondence detailing whether nations are able to participate, if they will bring aircraft and whether those aircraft will be taking part in the flying display or whether they will be available for closer inspection within the RIAT static display. A range of national considerations dictate whether aircraft are made available for flying or static display at RIAT, the former driven by availability of a worked up and approved display for that particular aircraft type.

You can read more about the process in this guide.

“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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