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Make sure you're up-to-date with all the exciting news and chatter regarding plans for the 2018 Air Tattoo.

Here you will find breaking news and the popular 'Traffic Light' system reflecting the status of the communications between the Air Tattoo and various military aircraft operators and their potential participation. It works like this:

Below will be a list of all the air arms and operators that have been invited to attend the 2018 Air Tattoo.

An amber light will appear alongside the country when we enter into discussions about their potential participation. When we receive written confirmation from a country's air arm or civilian operator a green light will appear. When a light flashes it means there is additional information or another confirmation from that country. Countries that have declined their invitation will be listed below under a red button. For further information click here.

For an insight into the process of inviting aircraft to the Air Tattoo click here.

The latest update on our discussions with countries and their air arms concerning aircraft participation is below. For previous updates please scroll further down the page.

LATEST UPDATE: 06/07/2018

  • We are honoured to host the first visit to the Air Tattoo of a Japanese Air Self Defence Force Kawasaki C-2 transporter! This rare aircraft will be joining the static display at RIAT 2018 from our good friends in Japan.

Air Arm Current Status  
Royal Australian Air Force Confirmed Confirmed
Austrian Air Force Confirmed Confirmed
Belgian Air Component Confirmed Confirmed
Royal Canadian Air Force Confirmed Confirmed
Civilian Confirmed Confirmed
Czech Republic Air Force Confirmed Confirmed
Royal Danish Air Force Confirmed Confirmed
Estonian Air Force Confirmed Confirmed
Finnish Air Force Confirmed Confirmed
Finnish Army Aviation Confirmed Confirmed
French Air Force Confirmed Confirmed
French Navy Confirmed Confirmed
German Air Force Confirmed Confirmed
German Navy Confirmed Confirmed
Hellenic Air Force Confirmed Confirmed
Royal Jordanian Air Force Confirmed Confirmed
Irish Air Corps Confirmed Confirmed
Italian Air Force Confirmed Confirmed
Japan Air Self Defense Force Confirmed Confirmed
Lithuanian Air Force Confirmed Confirmed
Royal Norwegian Air Force Confirmed Confirmed
Royal Air Force of Oman Confirmed Confirmed
Pakistan Air Force Confirmed Confirmed
Polish Air Force Confirmed Confirmed
QinetiQ Confirmed Confirmed
Romanian Air Force Confirmed Confirmed
Slovak Air Force Confirmed Confirmed
Slovenian Air Force Confirmed Confirmed
Spanish Air Force Confirmed Confirmed
SAC Confirmed Confirmed
Swedish Air Force Confirmed Confirmed
Swiss Air Force Confirmed Confirmed
Netherlands Coastguard Confirmed Confirmed
Royal Netherlands Air Force Confirmed Confirmed
Turkish Air Force Confirmed Confirmed
Ukrainian Air Force Confirmed Confirmed
Army Air Corps Confirmed Confirmed
Royal Air Force Confirmed Confirmed
Royal Navy Confirmed Confirmed
US Air Force Confirmed Confirmed
US Air Force Global Strike Command Confirmed Confirmed
US Air Force Reserve Command Confirmed Confirmed
US Air Force Special Operations Command Confirmed Confirmed
US Air Forces Europe Confirmed Confirmed
US Navy Confirmed Confirmed
Albanian Air Force Invited  
Algerian Air Force Invited  
Angolan Air Force Invited  
Argentine Air Force Invited  
Argentine Navy Invited  
Royal Australian Army Invited  
Royal Australian Navy Invited  
Azerbaijani Air Force Invited  
Bangladesh Air Force Invited  
Barbados Defence Force Invited  
Bolivian Air Force Invited  
Armed Forces of Bosnia-Herzegovina Invited  
Brazilian Air Force Invited  
Brazilian Navy Invited  
Royal Brunei Air Force Invited  
Bulgarian Air Force Invited  
Chilean Air Force Invited  
Chilean Navy Invited  
Colombian Air Force Invited  
Croatian Air Force Invited  
Ecuadorian Air Force Invited  
Egyptian Air Force Invited  
Estonian Police and Border Guard Invited  
German Army Aviation Invited  
Ghana Air Force Invited  
Hellenic Navy Invited  
Hungarian Air Force Invited  
Indian Air Force Invited  
Indian Navy Invited  
Indonesian Air Force Invited  
Iraqi Air Force Invited  
Italian Army Invited  
Italian Coastguard Invited  
Italian Navy Invited  
Jamaican Air Force Invited  
Japan Maritime Self Defence Force Invited  
Kazakhstan Air Force Invited  
Kenyan Air Force Invited  
Royal Bahraini Air Force Invited  
Royal Saudi Air Force Invited  
Republic of Korea Navy Invited  
Kuwait Air Force Invited  
Latvian Air Force Invited  
Lebanese Air Force Invited  
Macedonia Air Force Invited  
Malawian Defence Force Invited  
Royal Malaysian Air Force Invited  
Armed Forces of Malta Invited  
Mexican Air Force Invited  
Montenegrin Air Force Invited  
Royal Moroccan Air Force Invited  
Namibian Air Force Invited  
NATO AEWC Force Invited  
NATO Heavy Airlift Wing Invited  
Nigerian Air Force Invited  
Pakistan Navy Invited  
Chinese Peoples Liberation Army Air Force Invited  
Chinese Peoples Liberation Army Naval Air Force Invited  
Phillippine Air Force Invited  
Polish Land Forces Invited  
Polish Navy Invited  
Portuguese Air Force Invited  
Portuguese Navy Invited  
Air Force of the Republic of Belarus Invited  
Republic of Singapore Air Force Invited  
Serbian Air Force Invited  
South African Air Force Invited  
Republic of Korea Air Force Invited  
Spanish Army Invited  
Sri Lanka Air Force Invited  
Qatar Emiri Air Force Invited  
Royal Netherlands Navy Invited  
Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force Invited  
Tunisian Air Force Invited  
Turkish Army Invited  
Turkish Coastguard Invited  
Turkish Navy Invited  
UAE Air Force Defence Invited  
QinetiQ Invited  
US Air Combat Command Invited  
US Air Education Training Command Invited  
US Air Mobility Command Invited  
US Air National Guard Invited  
US Army Invited  
US Army Europe Invited  
US Coast Guard Invited  
US Marine Corps Invited  
Uruguayan Air Force Invited  
Vietnam Peoples Air Force Invited  
Zambian Air Force Invited  
Not Participating Declined
French Army Air Corps, Hellenic Army, Israeli Air Force, Royal New Zealand Air Force, Peruvian Air Force, Spanish Navy, Royal Thai Air Force


  • More static confirmations this week! We've got a huge gathering of aircraft on the ground and can now add a Belgian Air Component F-16, Irish Air Corps CN235, Polish Air Force C-130E Hercules (the 11th Hercules to confirm!) and a PA-28 Cherokee from the Royal Air Force Flying Clubs Association. 

UPDATE: 28/06/2018

  • More static aircraft confirm today! QinetiQ will be sending a Grob 120TP and Airbus H125 just confirmed by the US Navy are both the P-8A Poseidon and the E-6B Mercury!


UPDATE: 22/06/2018

  • Hot off the press... we've had more confirmations today! Aircraft from the French Navy and the Royal Air Force will be joining us with an Embraer 121 'Xingu', a second A400M Atlas and BAE146 from 32 (TR) Sqn! It seems Friday is the new Thursday!

UPDATE: 15/06/2018

  • Following yesterday's update, we can confirm that the French Navy ATL2 is now in the flying display at RIAT 2018.

UPDATE: 14/06/2018

We've got a large update today of military and civilian static aircraft with a returning display from Slovenia.

  • Austria confirms a C-130K
  • Civilian aircraft include: Tecnam P2002, Ikarus C42 x2, Diamond DA20, Gnat T.1, OV-10B Bronco, SC-7 Skyvan, Hawker Fury, Royal Aircraft Factory Be-2, Avro Tutor, Spitfire Mk.Vc, Avro Anson, Pembroke C Mk.1, TB-20 Trinidad, RUAG Do-228
  • The French Navy have added to their contingent with an ATL2 (formerly known as the Atlantique 2)
  • The RAF adds a Hawk T.2 and Grob Prefect
  • The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan brings its regular C-130H
  • Slovenia Returns with the PC-9M Swift both flying and static, along with a static L410UVP
  • The USAF Reserve Command has confirmed an HC-130P/N from the 39th Rescue Squadron at Patrick Air Force Base, FL.

UPDATE: 11/06/2018

  • It's official The Ukrainian Air Force have confirmed their attendance at RIAT 2018 with an Su-27P flying display, accompanied by an Su-27UB and IL-76 on static! 

UPDATE: 07/06/18

  • Today we are pleased to confirm more aircraft from the United States Air Force!  Six aircraft including the F-15E Strike Eagle and the KC-135R Stratotanker will be on static display and the CV-22B Osprey will return to the skies at this year's Air Tattoo!

UPDATE: 05/06/18

  • We're very pleased to announce that the Pakistan Air Force will be joining us at this year's Air Tattoo with the Lockheed C-130E Hercules on static display.

UPDATE: 31/05/18

  • RAF aircraft from across the country will descend on the Air Tattoo for the official international celebration of RAF100! Today we confirm 23 more aircraft, from the smallest Grob Viking to the huge Voyager tanker/transporter! Highlights include the RC-135W, two Phenom 100 multi engine trainers as well as Tornados and Typhoons.

UPDATE: 29/05/18

  • Today we are pleased to confirm a large number of static aircraft from Denmark, the Netherlands and Norway.
  • The Royal Netherlands Air Force has confirmed the C-130H, F-16 AM/BM, CH-47D Chinook, Do-228 and an AH-64D Apache.
  • Also in attendance from the Royal Norwegian Air Force is the fantastic F-16.
  • The Royal Danish Air Force has confirmed that the F-16 Fighting Falcon and the C-130J will be on static display at this year's Air Tattoo.

UPDATE: 27/05/18

  • In a special Bank Holiday update we are very happy that the United States Air Force has confirmed the B-1 'Lancer' and the B-52 'Stratofortress' on static display for this year's Air Tattoo.

UPDATE: 24/05/18

  • Belgium confirms three aircraft today; the F-16 Demo Team, Agusta A109 helicopter demonstration and an Embraer ERJ on static display!
  • From civilian operators, Hawker Hunter Aviation confirm a second Hunter Mk.58 aircraft on static and the Boeing Centennial Wings Project will be in attendance with a SL-2000 ultralight.

UPDATE: 23/05/18
  • Today marks 50 days until the show and we are pleased to announce that Airbus Defence and Space will return to RIAT 2018 with their amazing A400M display!

UPDATE: 17/05/18

  • Today we are pleased to confirm nine separate static and flying acts from our great friends in Italy! In the air we will welcome the Frecce Tricolori display team, F-2000 Typhoon, T-346 jet trainer and the amazingly agile C-27J Spartan. Meanwhile the Italian Air Force will also be providing the Typhoon and C-27J on static display, along with a Tornado, HH-101 Caesar and HH-139 helicopters. Grazie Italia!

UPDATE: 10/05/18

  • The RAF Chinook returns to the flying display for RAF100 celebrations! A very rare appearance from an Estonian Air Force Antonov An-2 is confirmed for the static display.
  • A number of civilian aircraft also join the static display; Leonardo M-346 Master, Bristow Helicopters' AW189, a French Broussard utility aircraft, S6 Coyote, PA-28 and EuroFox.

  • The Army Air Corps increase their participation with a Gazelle and Defender in the static line up.

UPDATE: 03/05/2018

  • Germany confirms a large number of static aircraft for RAF100 celebrations! From the Luftwaffe: A400M, EF2000, two Tornado ECR/IDS and a C-160 Transall. An EC-135 will also return from the German Navy.


UPDATE: 27/04/2018

  • In a surprise update we can confirm that Romania's MiG-21 LanceR will return to the flying display to celebrate RAF100 at the Air Tattoo! Romania also confirms a C-27J Spartan on static display - the third example to join this year's line-up.

UPDATE: 27/04/2018

  • The Royal Navy has confirmed its static support for RIAT 2018. The Senior Service will be joining the RAF100 celebrations with a Hawk and Avenger fixed wing trainers plus Merlins (x2), Sea King and Wildcat helicopters!

UPDATE: 26/04/2018

  • France confirms its Couteau Delta tactical display (2x Mirage 2000D) plus the Rafale Solo Display! Not only that but two Alpha Jets and the French Army returns with two Pumas on static.
  • The RAF will also be sending a Puma helicopter and a C-17A Globemaster, with the Army Air Corps providing a Wildcat.
  • Civilian statics include a rare appearance of the Red Bull Flying Bulls; with a Bo105 and the Bristol Sycamore! RAF Halton Aeroplane Club also sends a Cessna 152 and Tecnam Sierra.

UPDATE: 19/04/2018

  • A Bonanza of flying and static aircraft have confirmed this week!
  • The RAF confirms the full BBMF fleet; Lancaster, Spitfire, Hurricane and Dakota, plus the Red Arrows, Typhoon Display Team and the Grob Tutor display!
  • Two helicopters added to the static display; a CH-146 Griffon from the Royal Canadian Air Force and a Civilian Westland Whirlwind.
  • Civilian static additions include the first visit of a KC-390 tanker/transport from Embraer, Jet Provost Mk.5, and RAF Flying Club's Association Tecnam trainers.

UPDATE: 17/04/2018

  • The French Navy has confirmed its Rafale tactical demonstration with two aircraft, a debut for the Air Tattoo!

UPDATE: 12/04/2018

  • Solo Turk confirms for the flying display; the Turkish F-16 makes a comeback after displaying at the 2017 Air Tattoo.
  • An E-7A Wedgetail from the Royal Australian Air Force will once again make the long journey to the Air Tattoo static display.
  • Two transport aircraft also confirm for the static line up; a Royal Air Force of Oman C-130J Hercules and Slovak Air Force C-27J Spartan.
  • The Air Arm Chiefs from 50 nations have now confirmed their attendance at the 2018 Air Tattoo. This time last year the number stood at 37.

LATEST UPDATE: 05/04/2018

  • The Finnish Air Force has confirmed its F-18C display will be taking part in RIAT 2018!
  • Two different types of RAF primary training aircraft will be joining the static display; three deHavilland Chipmunks and a Scottish Aviation Bulldog. All are now in civilian hands and kept flying by their owners. RAF Halton Microlight Club will also send two EV-97 aircraft.
  • Two Cold War jets will join the static line up; the Hawker Hunter (Hawker Hunter Aviation) and Gloster Meteor (Martin-Baker).
  • Gulfstream Aerospace confirms it will showcase an aircraft from its family of business jets.

UPDATE: 29/03/2018

  • Its 100 days to go until the 2018 Air Tattoo so we thought it best to celebrate with a surprise update! The Swedish JAS-39 Gripen display returns, along with an example on static and we've got more heavy metal in the form of a Lithuanian C-27J and a C-17 and KC-10 aircraft from the USAF.

UPDATE: 15/03/2018

  • Poland confirms its F-16C demo team in the flying display, returning after their last visit in 2016 as well as a Su-22 Fitter for the static display.
  • A First for the Air Tattoo; NATO's Heavy Airlift Wing will be sending a C-17 Globemaster from Papa Airbase.
  • The Royal Jordanian Falcons return with brand new 300LX aircraft!

  • Four RAF aircraft spanning the 1930s, 40s and 50s are confirmed for the static display at RIAT 2018. An Auster Mk.5 observation aircraft and three trainers; the Miles Magister and two Jet Provost T.3 jet trainers, will help tell the tale of the pre and post-War RAF.

UPDATE: 15/03/2018

  • Four RAF aircraft spanning the 1930s, 40s and 50s are confirmed for the static display at RIAT 2018. An Auster Mk.5 observation aircraft and three trainers; the Miles Magister and two Jet Provost T.3 jet trainers, will help tell the tale of the pre and post-War RAF.

UPDATE: 08/03/2018

  • We are delighted to confirm that the F-35 Heritage Flight Team will take part in the Air Tattoo flying display. This special 'then and now' formation will be the American P-51D Mustang, teamed up with the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II.

UPDATE: 01/03/2018

  • The Spanish national aerobatic team, Patrulla Aguila, have confirmed their attendance at RIAT 2018 with their seven CASA C-101 jet trainers.
  • This week members of the team are at the European Airshow Council Convention in Antwerp, as well as an International Military Air Show Coordinators (IMASC) event.

LATEST UPDATE: 22/02/2018

  • RIAT 2018 welcomes back the Hellenic Air Force, with its F-16 demo team 'Zeus' performing in the flying display. Formed in 2009-10, the Greek air arm's solo Fighting Falcon demonstration uses the Block 52+ variant of the F-16C, equipped with distinctive conformal fuel tanks. Aircraft and pilot Maj Georgios Papadakis are provided by 115 Combat Wing at Souda on the island of Crete.
  • Last Saturday we welcomed over 100 Air Tattoo volunteers for the first 2018 Progress Meeting. Between everyone in the room there were over 1,300 RIATs worth of experience.

UPDATE: 15/02/2018

  • The Czech Air Force has confirmed that both their JAS-39 Gripen and L-159 ALCA will be performing solo displays at the 2018 Air Tattoo. Today a team from Douglas Bader House travelled to the British Air Displays Association symposium.

UPDATE: 08/02/2018

  • The Finnish Army will be sending two NH90 TTH helicopters to the 2018 Air Tattoo - one taking to the skies and a second on static display!
  • Our CE and Head of Air Ops were recently in contact with USAFE HQ to explore support for RIAT 2018.
  • Next week a number of the RAFCTE team will be attending the British Air Display Association (BADA) pre-season symposium.

UPDATE: 25/01/2018

  • The Great War Display Team will demonstrate aerial combat from the First World War; a vital component in the story of RAF100. The exact number of the team's aircraft that will take part is yet to be confirmed and we will update to reflect this once we have the information.

UPDATE: 18/01/2018

  • The Royal Canadian Air Force makes further additions to their support for the 2018 Air Tattoo with three heavy aircraft for the static display; CC-130 Hercules, CC-177 Globemaster and the CP-140 Aurora.

UPDATE: 11/01/2018

  • Two Cold War classic jets will join the flying display at RIAT 2018 from the civilian operated Norwegian Air Force Historical Squadron! A Vampire T.55 and Vampire FB.52 will take us back to the early jet-age years and will be specially painted in RAF colours to celebrate RAF100.


UPDATE: 11/01/2018

  • The Swiss Air Force has confirmed not one, but two flying participants in RIAT 2018! The hugely popular PC-7 Team with their nine Pilatus turboprop trainers will be flying as well as the amazing Swiss Hornet Display Team showing off the F-18C.


UPDATE: 04/01/2018

  • We can now provide an update regarding those nations that have been invited to the Air Tattoo this year. View the full list of invited nations below.


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