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Discovering which new aircraft have been added to the Air Tattoo participation list is all part of the exciting build-up to the world's greatest airshow! So we've decided to make it even more tantalising.

Not only will we be revealing which aircraft have confirmed their participation each week but we shall also keep everyone regularly informed about those we're talking to as well as other bits of background news that we hope will add to your enjoyment of RIAT 2012.

Each Thursday at midday, the official Aircraft Participation List will be updated on the Air Tattoo website. There will be occasions when, for marketing/promotional purposes or when timing is a factor, confirmation of certain aircraft may be released on a day other than Thursday, however, we promise to keep these to a minimum.

In addition to the official Aircraft Participation List, will be trialling a new 'traffic light' feature to support the official list. This will name every country that has been invited to the Air Tattoo.

If we enter into discussions about possible participation - an amber light will appear alongside. When we receive written confirmation from a country's air arm or civilian operator that they plan to attend RIAT 2012, a green light will appear alongside.

Countries with green lights will go to the top of the list followed by those with amber lights. Countries that have declined their invitation will be listed below under a red button.

All green lights will be hyperlinked to information relating to the aircraft, air arm/civilian operator and whether it is flying, static or a visitor. Alongside the 'traffic light' feature will run a dedicated blog providing brief details behind each country's amber-light.

Tim Prince said: "We're very excited about this new initiative and I'm sure visitors to our website will enjoy viewing the extra information we'll be providing.

"The new 'traffic light' feature was inspired by a similar one we saw on the website of the Hungarian Airshow at Kecskemet in 2010. I believe it will give everyone a better understanding of the processes involved in attracting aircraft to the airshow.

"In the past, the only information we provided were updates on air arms that had accepted our invitations. However, in response to feedback we've received, we have decided to share not only all the names of the countries we invite but also details of those we are in discussions with.

"I hope this will give a taste of some of the excitement we feel when an air arm, air attaché or foreign military chief first replies to our invitation indicating possible aircraft participation. The 'highs' and 'lows' of air arms confirming or declining our invitations and the ensuing negotiations are all part of the roller-coaster ride we experience during the Air Tattoo build-up and we are happy to share the experience with you all."

December 15, 2011

“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

“This is the best airshow!”

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut

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