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Looking back at 2016

Aircraft are the stars of the Air Tattoo and here you'll find all the information about the aircraft and operators invited to participate. 

More than 230 aircraft, from 37 air arms in 24 countries participated in the 2016 Air Tattoo with 55 Official Military Delegations also in attendance. History was made on Friday 8 July when Lockheed Martin's F-35B Lightning II, the world's most advanced fighter jet, performed its first ever international display. On the same day, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the show with Prince George on his first ever public engagement. Further Royal visitors to the show were HRH Prince Michael of Kent and HRH Prince Feisal of Jordan. 

Other highlights include displays by the F-22 'Raptor', a Polish MiG-29, an RAF Typhoon and Chinook, a French Rafale and the Turkish Air Force F-16 'Solo Turk'. Flypasts included a unique formation of the Red Arrows, an F-35B and two RAF Typhoons giving a glimpse of the future of the UK's defence capability. There were also some notable first and lasts, with the Croatian Air Force displaying for the first time in the UK with their display team Wings of Storm and the last ever display by the French Air Force 'Ramex Delta' Mirage 2000D duo. Among the highlights on the ground was a march past by 750 air cadets, marking the Air Cadet Organisation's 75th anniversary. 

Our Frequently Asked Questions page provides further information about aircraft at the Air Tattoo. Find out more about the process for inviting participants.

In this section....

  • Confirmed Aircraft 2016
    The list of the exciting aircraft that were confirmed for the flying or static display at the 2016 Air Tattoo
  • Aircraft in the Spotlight
    Find out more about the aircraft that were confirmed for the 2016 Air Tattoo as we go into detail about the aircraft types, nations and history

“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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