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The Royal Air Force Charitable Trust's mission is:

  • to PROMOTE the Royal Air Force, to SUPPORT its people now and into the future and to ENCOURAGE air-mindedness and the aviation-related education of youth.

We do this by:

  • Staging the Royal International Air Tattoo, the Royal Air Force Concerts, and other similar activities
  • Giving financial grants to satisfy the Trust's objects
  • Funding scholarships and other awards

Read more about our recent work in our latest annual review or see a full list of our grants HERE.

How is money raised for the Trust?

The majority of our revenue is raised through the activities of the Trust's trading company, The Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Enterprises, who organise, amongst other things, the world famous Royal International Air Tattoo and a prestigious national tour by the bands of the Royal Air Force each year.

Donations can also be made direct to the Trust or by visiting our pages on Virgin Money Giving. Further information about donating can be found HERE.

For your peace of mind:


  • We do not cold call asking for donations.
  • We do not use any external data agencies to help us fundraise.
  • We do not engage in street fundraising (chugging) or house-to-house fundraising (signing people up for direct debits or regular donations in the street or on their doorstep).
  • We do not undertake street collections, although we do have collections at events managed by our trading companies.


For further information, please email: moc/tcfar//rotcerid-tsurt

The Royal Air Force Charitable Trust is a registered charity in England and Wales with Charity No 1176054 

“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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