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Royal International Air Tattoo
Royal International Air Tattoo

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The Air Tattoo and the local community
Royal International Air Tattoo
Royal International Air Tattoo
Royal International Air Tattoo

The Royal International Air Tattoo is staged by the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Enterprises (RAFCTE), the trading arm of the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust (RAFCT).

Since it was established in 2005,millions in grants have been handed out to a variety of groups whose projects meet the Trust's objectives.

Listed below are just a few of the ways in which the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Enterprises (RAFCTE), organiser of the Air Tattoo, is benefitting your local community:

The Air Tattoo sponsored the Lechlade Music Festival, which was due to take place in 2020

  • The Air Tattoo sponsors Lechlade Music Festival
  • Supports Fairford and District Choral Society

Last year we spent more than £1.5 million in Gloucestershire Wiltshire and Oxfordshire setting up the airshow. When accommodation, food, fuel and other sundries are added, it is estimated that millions more is generated in the surrounding counties, with the service and tourism industries receiving the biggest boost.

The Air Tattoo provides a number of employment opportunities. The majority of RAFCTE's 31 permanent staff live in Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, with at least nine coming from the immediate area. A further 29 staff members are employed on temporary contracts.

Local homeowners turn spare rooms into B&B accommodation while homes with drives 'rent out' private parking spaces.

As in previous years, a limited number of complimentary Air Tattoo tickets are regularly made available to schools, charities and organisations in the area - on a rotational basis - to help them raise money.

We sponsor the Outstanding Business Student of the Year Award for students at Farmor's School as part of the Fairford and Lechlade Business Club Awards.

In December 2021, the Air Tattoo donated two boxes of food to the Cirencester Food Bank.

As a thank-you to local residents for their support, the Air Tattoo offers half-price tickets to July?s airshow available for Friday 15 and Sunday 17 July. Residents living within specific postcodes close to RAF Fairford are eligible for up to 2 tickets per residential household subject to availability. To find out if you are eligible, view the list of qualifying postcodes here.

In the Community

At the Air Tattoo, we believe it is important to do as much as possible to minimise the impact of the airshow on people living in our local communities. We are hugely grateful to all the parish, town, district and county council representatives who help us try and achieve this. In particular, we would wish to thank Kempsford Parish Council for its ongoing help and support as we recognise that residents living in the parish are routinely most affected by our activities each year.

Indeed, in February 2022, we held face-to-face meetings with councillors from both Fairford Town Council and Kempsford Parish Council and we look forward to welcoming other parish, town, district and county councillors ? in addition to other interested parties ? at our Local Representatives' Briefing in May. This event not only allows us to outline our plans for the forthcoming Air Tattoo but also gives us the oppportunity to reinforce, after an absence of three years, the excellent relations we enjoy with our neighbours. In addition to this, we also produce a Residents' Newsletter providing a wide range of information about the forthcoming airshow as well as contact details in case local residents require assistance during the event.

If you have a community matter relating to the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Enterprises, or any of its activities, please email moc/etcfar//srettamytinummoc


RAF Fairford opens for departures at 0830 local time.

No display flying is due to take place. Crews will follow pre-briefed departure procedures that are intended to avoid low flying over farms, villages and areas of known livestock concentration in the vicinity of RAF Fairford.

Final departure is scheduled for 1600 local time.

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