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Air Tattoo 50: The Story of the World's Greatest Airshow

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For the first time ever, the complete history of the Air Tattoo, from its birth in 1971 to the present day, has been captured in a beautifully illustrated book.

This 50th-anniversary publication is the definitive companion to the past half-century of the Royal International Air Tattoo. The book is a perfect mix of amazing photographs showing the finest line ups, displays, and flypasts, mixed with behind the scenes stories and some never-before-told tales.

Twenty-five years on from the last official book, this 300-page hardback masterpiece details the history of the Royal International Air Tattoo, decade by decade, show by show. Featuring personal memories, quotes, and more, it tells the story of how the world's greatest airshow came to be.

The book also includes a complete list of every flying display award winner, interviews with legendary display pilots from across the decades, and tales from others involved in bringing some of the most iconic aircraft to the Air Tattoo.

Insightful, fascinating, and at times humorous, Air Tattoo 50 - The Story of the World's Greatest Airshow (RRP £30+p&p), is being published to mark the airshow's 50th anniversary in 2021 and is available from the link below. As well as extensive coverage of the dazzling array of international aircraft that have taken part in the airshow, the book charts some of the challenges it has had to overcome, such as losing its home at RAF Greenham Common in 1983, the death of co-founder and creative force Paul Bowen in 2004, establishing a new parent charity, the RAF Charitable Trust in 2005, and the airshow cancellations in 2008 and 2020.

Air Tattoo co-founder and former Chief Executive Tim Prince said: "So many people from across the globe have been involved in the building of this remarkable gathering of international aviators and their aircraft into a highly respected and valued annual event.  This wonderful book gives an insight into this impressive Royal International Air Tattoo 'family' which, over some 50 years, has worked tirelessly to uphold its reputation as the best, whilst at times, with its motto of 'it can be done', overcoming some pretty daunting challenges."

This 300-page spectacular book is available now for just £30 (plus £6.99 P&P for UK orders).

Introducing The New Air Tattoo 50 Collection

We are all disappointed that the Air Tattoo can't take place this year, but we still want to celebrate our 50th Anniversary with you. We have been busy working behind the scenes and we're really excited to share with you the first items in our 'Air Tattoo 50 Collection'. 

The iconic logo on the front cover of the book will feature across the collection of T-Shirts, Polo Shirts, Hoodies, and Mugs. We have also upgraded our clothing range to premium organic cotton to make sure it's the best for our 50th Anniversary! We hope you like these items, and by purchasing from our 50 Collection or any of our merchandise, you are really helping support the Air Tattoo over the coming year.

“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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