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Make sure you're up-to-date with all the exciting news and chatter regarding plans for the 2017 Air Tattoo.

Here you will find breaking news and the popular 'Traffic Light' system reflecting the status of the communications between the Air Tattoo and various military aircraft operators and their potential participation. It works like this:

Below will be a list of all the air arms and operators that have been invited to attend the 2017 Air Tattoo.

An amber light will appear alongside the country when we enter into discussions about their potential participation. When we receive written confirmation from a country's air arm or civilian operator a green light will appear. When a light flashes it means there is additional information or another confirmation from that country. Countries that have declined their invitation will be listed below under a red button. For further information click here.

For an insight into the process of inviting aircraft to the Air Tattoo click here.

The latest update on our discussions with countries and their air arms concerning aircraft participation is below. For previous updates please scroll further down the page.


  • Exciting news today as the Ukrainian Air Force confirms an Su-27 Flanker flying display at RIAT 2017! The aircraft will be joined by an Su-27 and IL-76 on static display.


  • B-17 Sally B confirms for the flying display helping to celebrate 70 years of the United States Air Force
  • Two RNLAF F-16s take up position in the static display and the Army Air Corp's Historic Aircraft Flight Beaver and Scout also join the line-up.
  • The BAE Systems collection is supplemented by a Gladiator 1 and deHavilland DH-9. 

UPDATE: 04/07/17

  • The USAFE confirms a special 70th anniversary flypast on all three days! Featuring C-130J, KC-135, F-15C, F-15E and F-16C!

UPDATE: 29/06/17

  • A rare civilian static item is confirmed this week in the shape of an A-4N Skyhawk! Discovery Air Defence will be supplying an example from its fleet of jets for the static line up on Saturday and Sunday. Elsewhere confirmations come from a Piaggio R166C, deHavilland Chipmunk and Hawker Hunter from HHA based at RAF Scampton.
  • The USAF Heritage Flight is updated with the announcement that P-51B 'Berlin Express' will now be taking part in the display alongside the USAF F-22! The aircraft is currently on its journey from Texas to the UK! See our Facebook page for a link to track the progress. Previously mentioned P-51D 'Frenesi' will no longer be flying the Heritage Flight.
  • The Belgian Air Component confirms an additional static F-16AM Fighting Falcon for static display.
  • The RAF adds more weight to the static park with another A400M Atlas C.1 and a second Tornado GR.4.

UPDATE: 28/06/17

  • The United States Air Force today confirmed that a U-2 'Dragon Lady' will be taking part in the static display line up on Saturday and Sunday, adding more metal to the already great support from the USAF.

UPDATE: 22/06/17

  • American fighters old and new will come together in the skies over RIAT 2017 next month to help celebrate the US Air Force's 70th anniversary, during a USAF Heritage Flight display. This will see the present-day F-22A Raptor flown by Maj Dan 'Rock' Dickinson of the 1st Fighter Wing at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, accompanying P-51D Mustang Frenesi operated by Comanche Fighters of Houston, Texas, and piloted by Dan Friedkin.
  • The Irish Air Force confirms a PC-9M turboprop trainer and an EC-135P helicopter.
  • The Pakistan Air Force makes a welcome return with a C-130E Hercules.
  • A range of helicopters announce for the static display; Army Air Corps Apache, Royal Navy Merlin HM.2, German Navy Sea King replaces the P-3C Orion which has cancelled, and the future of the RAF's rotary training will be making its RIAT debut; the Airbus Helicopters H135 Juno and H145 Jupiter.
  • A large list of static civilian items confirm, including a modified Bombardier Global 6000, a rare Fouga Magister as well as Textron's Scorpion and Grand Caravan.

UPDATE: 18/06/17

  • The US Air Force 70th anniversary celebration at RIAT 2017 has been bolstered by news that six more aircraft from the USAF's European-based forces will join the show's static display. These will number two F-15C Eagles, an F-15E Strike Eagle and HH-60G Pave Hawk from the 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath, a KC-135R Stratotanker from RAF Mildenhall's 100th Air Refueling Wing, and a C-21A on the strength of the 86th Airlift Wing at Ramstein, Germany.

UPDATE: 15/06/17

  • The Royal Air Force has confirmed 12 more aircraft for the RIAT 2017 static display. From nearby Brize Norton will come Atlas C1 and C-17A Globemaster III transports from Nos 70 and 99 Squadrons respectively; No 12 Squadron at Marham contributes a single Tornado GR.4, and Nos 1 and 6 Squadrons at Lossiemouth a Typhoon FGR.4 each; while the training fleet's participation will be boosted by a No IV (Reserve) Squadron Hawk T.2, a Hawk T.1 from 100 Squadron and a No 45 (Reserve) Squadron King Air B200/350. Two RAF helicopters have also been added to the static display, a Griffin HT.1 from 60 (R) Squadron and a Squirrel HT.1 from the Central Flying School.
  • A wide variety of civilian aircraft also confirm; Mark Petrie's Strikemaster, Gulfstream's G550, a DA-42 Twin Star and two Ikarus C42as.

UPDATE: 08/06/17

  • A small aircraft with a big story will be on static display in the Techno Zone at this summer's Air Tattoo. The RANS S6 Coyote is one of six aircraft that were built by schools under the Boeing / RAeS Build-A-Plane initiative. G-GWFT was bought by The Georgia Williams Trust in November 2016 following its construction by pupils at Ercall Wood Technical College in Shropshire.
  • Two flying clubs based at RAF Halton will be sending a total of three training aircraft, for static display at RIAT. RAF Halton Microlight Club will be represented by an EV-97 Eurostar SL and an EV-97 Team Eurostar whilst RAF Halton Aeroplane Club will bring its Tecnam P2002-JF Sierra training aircraft. All three aircraft were purchased thanks to grants provided by the RAF Charitable Trust.
  • Having made its Air Tattoo and UK airshow debut two years ago, the Qatar Emiri Air Force returns to RIAT in 2017 with a C-130J-30 Hercules in the static display. Based at Al Udeid Air Base, this is one of four such aircraft in the air arm's inventory, the fleet having been delivered in 2011-12.
  • RIAT 2017 will welcome back the Hungarian Air Force with a JAS 39 Gripen fighter from the 'Puma' squadron of the 59th Tactical Fighter Wing at Kecskemét. The aircraft will be on static display.
  • A static contribution will come from the Polish Navy with a return visit by a PZL-Mielec M28 Bryza 1R. The example of the twin-turboprop maritime surveillance aircraft attending RIAT 2017 will come from the 44th Naval Base at Siemirowice.
  • The Lithuanian Air Force is sending a C-27J Spartan twin-turboprop tactical airlifter from its Transport Squadron to RIAT 2017, only the type's second Air Tattoo appearance in the hands of the Baltic state.

UPDATE: 01/06/17

  • A very welcome Royal Canadian Air Force contingent is set to attend RIAT 2017. A Boeing CC-177 Globemaster III airlifter from 429 Transport Squadron at Canadian Forces Base Trenton, Ontario will fly in for static display - bringing a Boeing CH-147F Chinook helicopter operated by 450 Tactical Helicopter Squadron at Petawawa, Ontario in its hold, also for the static park. This will be the first time either type has attended a British airshow in Canadian service.
  • A variety of civilian types have confirmed their attendance at RIAT 2017. Britten-Norman confirm a BN-2T Defender; Bulldog T.1; Extra E-400; Tony de Bruyn's OV-10B Bronco and Shorts Skyvan; and Jet Aerobatics' Jet Provost Mk.5.

UPDATE: 28/05/17

  • A surprise announcement for the Bank Holiday! The Turkish F-16 Demo 'SoloTurk' confirms its attendance!

UPDATE: 26/05/17

  • We're pleased to announce that the Japanese will be returning to Air Tattoo 2017! The JASDF confirmed the attendance of a KC-767J for the static aircraft line up. We look forward to welcoming the crew back to RIAT!

UPDATE: 25/05/17

  • The Americans confirm more aircraft for RIAT 2017! We can confirm two CV-22B Ospreys from RAF Midenhall, one static and one flying; two static F-16Cs from 480 Fighter Squadron; a static C-17A from 701 Airlift Squadron; an MC-130J again from Mildenhall and finally the US Navy confirms a P-8A Poseidon for the static park.

UPDATE: 18/05/17

  • The ever-impressive A400M display from Airbus Defence and Space returns to the skies above Fairford this July, demonstrating the power and agility of this 21st Century transporter. Another Airbus Defence and Space product joins the static park in the form of a Royal Air Force Voyager Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT). The Royal Danish Air Force confirms their Challanger 604 and the Slovenian Air Force will bring a Let L.410 to supplement the already announced PC-9.

UPDATE: 11/05/17

  • For only the second time in the UK, the Finnish Army will be showcasing an NH90 TTH (Tactical Transport Helicopter) at RIAT 2017. The previous occasion was at the Air Tattoo four years ago.
  • The RAF Chinook display team is back by popular demand with their gravity defying helicopter display.

UPDATE: 04/05/17

  • This summer will see the return of the colourful and popular Royal Jordanian Falcons to the Air Tattoo flying display plus a C-130H from the Royal Jordanian Air Force for the static park.

UPDATE: 03/05/17

  • The USAF heavy bombers return! The iconic B-52 and B-1 will be joining the Air Tattoo this year to celebrate 70 years of the USAF.

UPDATE: 30/04/17

  • An exciting addition to RIAT 2017 is the debut appearance at the show of a Royal Australian Air Force Boeing E-7A Wedgetail airborne early warning and control aircraft. One of six in service with No 2 Squadron at RAAF Base Williamtown, New South Wales, the distinctive Boeing 737-700 derivative will join the Air Tattoo static display.
  • In a further boost to the static park German brings their example of the A400M and NATO will be supplying an E-3A Sentry AWACS.

UPDATE: 27/04/17

  • Additional confirmation! We are delighted to announce the British debut of the French Air Force's new Couteau Delta tactical demonstration team of two Dassault Mirage 2000D strike aircraft as one of the stars of the 2017 flying display. The air arm will also display the Rafale C as a solo act, and is providing two Alpha Jet E trainers for the static park.
  • Today features a massive update of static and flying aircraft! The update includes a varied mix of civilian types; Hangar 11's P-40 and P-51D both flying, Jet Aerobatics' Jet Provost Mk5 on static and for the first time at the Air Tattoo, Affinity Flying Services Grob 120TP, T-6C Texan and Phenom 100; all part of the new RAF flying training contract, boosting the static display. Elsewhere, the Dutch return with statics; the KDC-10 tanker, C-130H and Dornier Do-228 and Slovenia brings back its PC-9M into the flying display. The British contingent receives a big boost with Army Air Corps Apache in the flying display, Defender 4000 and Wildcat on static; RAF Viking, Vigilant, Puma and Tucano in the static park; and last, but no least, the Royal Navy confirms a Merlin HC3/3A, Wildcat HMA.2, Sea King ASaC.7, Hawk T.1 and Avenger T.1...
  • A trio of aircraft will be coming to RIAT 2017 from the Royal Netherlands Air Force, all for static display. They comprise a C-130 Hercules airlifter, a KDC-10 tanker/transport, and a Dornier 228 used by the country's coastguard.
  • An historic element to the celebration of the US Air Force's 70th anniversary at RIAT 2017 will be provided by Peter Teichman's Hangar 11 Collection at North Weald, Essex. Its P-40M Kittyhawk and P-51D Mustang will perform displays to recall the wartime US Army Air Force.
  • Three of the newest UK military aircraft types will be showcased in the RIAT 2017 static display. Elbit Systems, a partner in the Affinity Flying Training Services consortium, will exhibit the Grob Prefect (the RAF's name for the G120TP), Beechcraft Texan (the T-6C derivative of the Texan II) and Embraer Phenom (the Phenom 100 variant) in RAF colours for the first time. These machines are being provided to the UK Ministry of Defence's Military Flying Training System, or MFTS, programme by Affinity.

UPDATE: 20/04/17

  • The Austrian Air Force has confirmed it will be sending two Saab 105Ö jet trainers to the Air Tattoo in July. One will take part in the flying display whilst the other will be available for closer inspection in the static park.

UPDATE: 16/04/17

  • The Air Tattoo's flying programme has been boosted this week with confirmation that the Swedish Air Force's solo Saab JAS 39C Gripen display will be returning to the Air Tattoo in July, with a 'D' variant available for closer inspection in the static park.

UPDATE: 13/04/17

  • The German Air Force, or Luftwaffe, has announced it is sending a Transall C-160D, two Eurofighter EF2000s and a Panavia Tornado all for static display at the Air Tattoo.
  • Italy confirms a trio of outstanding flying display items from the modern M-346 Master jet trainer, the amazingly manoeuvrable C-27J Spartan and the iconic Tornado fighter.

UPDATE: 06/04/17

  • The Hellenic Air Force McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantom will return to this summer's Air Tattoo as a static display.
  • The Finnish Air Force is sending its aerobatic team, the Midnight Hawks, to display at RIAT 2017. It will be their first appearance at the show since debuting back in 2004. Four BAE Hawk Mk51s make up the formation with a fifth coming as a spare.

UPDATE: 30/03/17

  • Czech Air Force confirms to attend the 2017 Air Tattoo with a JAS-39 Gripen and two L-159 ALCA's for the flying display and a further L-159 ALCA for the static display.

UPDATE: 24/03/17

  • The Spanish Air Force returns with a display from the EF-18AM Hornet.

UPDATE: 23/03/17

  • The Belgian Air Component's spectacular F-16AM Fighting Falcon display will feature again at RIAT 2017, piloted by Cdt Tom 'Gizmo' De Moortel in his third and last season as the demo pilot. Joining it in the flying programme will be another Belgian contribution, a search and rescue demonstration by a soon-to-be-retired Sea King Mk48. A single F-16 and C-130H Hercules transport are set to join the static park.

UPDATE: 16/03/17

  • The RAF has confirmed aircraft to take place in the flying display. They are the Typhoon FGR.4, BBMF Lancaster and four Spitfires, and the Red Arrows.

UPDATE: 09/03/17

  • This week we can confirm that the United States Air Force will be returning to this summer's Air Tattoo with the F-22 Raptor.

UPDATE: 23/02/17

  • The Swiss Air Force makes a welcome return with the popular Patrouille Suisse display team flying the F-5E Tiger II.

UPDATE: 16/02/17

  • The German Navy confirm three aircraft types for the Air Tattoo, the Lockheed P-3C Orion, Eurocopter EC135 and the Westland Sea Lynx.

UPDATE: 9/12/16

  • Today we received confirmation that the USAF Thunderbirds will be making a special journey to fly at the Air Tattoo 2017! Based at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, the Thunderbirds are the United States Air Force Demonstration Team, first activated in June 1953. They will be joining us at the Air Tattoo 2017 to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the USAF.

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Jeremy Clarkson, Television Presenter

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Jenson Button, Formula 1 Racing Driver

“Probably the most complete air show Iíve ever been to!”

Al Worden, Apollo 15 Astronaut

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Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut

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