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Saturday 18 July

Sunday 19 July



  • Four hours (11am-3pm) of FREE aviation action on 18 and 19 July
  • Exclusive behind the scenes footage of military aviation
  • Virtual Displays from Europe's top flight simulator pilots
  • Video clips from Air Forces from around the world




The Virtual Air Tattoo was a free to view live-streamed event on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 July, with a four hours of live, unique, video content aired on each day. Hundreds of thousands of Air Tattoo fans and new audiences enjoyed a weekend of virtual flying displays, interviews and never seen before footage, showcase military aviation in a way viewers have not be able to access elsewhere, as the Royal International Air Tattoo has done for nearly 50 years.

Virtual Air Tattoo was aimed at giving viewers a flavour of the real event we had planned for 2020. The broadcast focused on flying display action, using footage from previous Air Tattoo displays and a unique twist with the inclusion of true 'virtual' displays flown on flight simulation programmes by skilled gamers from across Europe, including RAF eSports who followed the broadcast with a special tri-service Formula 1 tournament on their Twitch channel. It also gave a 'behind the scenes' view of military aviation with content from the Royal Air Force, International Air Arms and our Aerospace Industry Partners.

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Working with PlanesTV, the programme was hosted from a live studio by aviation experts and Air Tattoo commentators, Ben Dunnell and Mark Manwarring, as well as special guests. Viewers were encouraged to ask questions via social media, making the Virtual Air Tattoo a truly interactive experience.

Before the event, CEO, Paul Atherton, commented, "We still want to give the Air Tattoo experience to our visitors, participants & sponsors and this we can do through an online broadcast over what would have been the show weekend. This is our thank you for all their support, loyalty and goodwill during this difficult time."


Don't miss the Virtual Air Tattoo, watch back now. Click the relevant links below:

Saturday 18 July

Sunday 19 July


“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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