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Historic Vampires Join Celebration

Published: 18 Jan 2018   updated: 31 Jan 2018

Plans for the international celebration of the RAF's Centenary received a boost today as two civilian owned Vampire jet fighters join the flying display. 

The Cold War aircraft, from the Norwegian Air Force Historical Squadron, will be painted in special Royal Air Force livery for the 2018 season to mark the RAF's Centenary. The 1950s jets were some of the earliest production fighters in existence - both of these examples having been licence built in Switzerland.

The official international celebration of the RAF's Centenary will be held at the Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire on 13-15 July and will feature aircraft and pilots from around the world - as well as an estimated audience of 180,000 spectators. 

“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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