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Virtual Air Tattoo Launches

Published: 09 Jun 2020


Fans of the Royal International Air Tattoo have a treat in store this summer as the world's largest military airshow announces a weekend of virtual flying displays, interviews and never seen before footage.  The Virtual Air Tattoo is aimed at giving viewers a flavour of the real event planned for 2020.

The Virtual Air Tattoo will be a free to view live-streamed event on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 July, with a minimum of four hours of live, unique, video content aired on each day. It will showcase military aviation in a way viewers will not be able to access elsewhere, as the Royal International Air Tattoo has done for nearly 50 years. 

CEO, Paul Atherton, commented, "We still want to give the Air Tattoo experience to our visitors, participants & sponsors and this we can do through an online broadcast over what would have been the show weekend. This is our thank you for all their support, loyalty and goodwill during this difficult time." 

The broadcast will focus on flying display action, using footage from previous Air Tattoo displays and a unique twist with the inclusion of true 'virtual' displays flown on flight simulation programmes by skilled gamers from across Europe, including RAF eSports who will follow the broadcast with a special tournament. The Virtual Air Tattoo will also give a 'behind the scenes' view of military aviation with content from the Royal Air Force, International Air Arms and our Aerospace Industry Partners. 

Working with PlanesTV, the programme will be hosted from a live studio by aviation expert and Air Tattoo commentator, Ben Dunnell, as well as special guests, and viewers will be encouraged to ask questions via social media, making the Virtual Air Tattoo a truly interactive experience.

More details of content and participants will be published over the coming weeks.

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“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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