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The RAF Experience provides a unique opportunity for you to meet over 200 RAF personnel who are keen to share with you their day-to-day roles and experiences. The RAF provides an exciting career opportunity with over 60 different jobs on offer, many of which you can find out more about. You can also discover the wide range of sporting opportunities available in the RAF.

In 2018 you could visit a new Operation Virtual Reality Experience; taking you through a 24-hour period of life in the RAF including a take-off in the F-35B Lightning II, overseeing a humanitarian aid parachute drop in an A400M Atlas, and an aircraft intercept in a Typhoon fighter jet. 

Red Arrows Meet & Greet 2019

  • Friday - 1630 - 1730
  • Saturday - 0920 - 1020
  • Sunday - 1000-1100


The Red Arrows pilots will be in the RAF Experience area during these times, spread out in front of the ground adjacent to the team's red and white marquees. Visitors will be able to mingle around the aircrew in this zone and there will be no formal line-up of the pilots, or standard queues to meet all-of-them in one go. RIAT requests people are patient and show respect to those around them. This set-up will revert to a queuing system if bad weather forces the pilots inside the tent to carry out the meet-and-greet. Times and availability are subject to change.


Customer Testimonials 


  • "A true credit to the RAF, very informative and engaging."
  • "Every part of it was excellent. All the personnel on duty were fun, approachable, helpful and informative. Nothing was too much trouble and I would have thought this would all have been an excellent recruiting tool."
  • "The RAF crews on duty were great and their interaction with the public was exceptional. I witnessed a group of Help the Heroes supporters ask a pilot what he flew and if they could have a photograph with him. Both he and his co-pilot then promptly said "Come with us" and they walked a long way back to their Tornado, took them under the barrier and grouped them all together for a great few shots with them all and the aircraft. Sheer class."



“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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