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RIAT 2019 - AIR TATTOO SET TO BE OUT OF THIS WORLD

Organisers of the Royal International Air Tattoo are promising visitors to next summer's airshow that it will be out of this world.

Special Super Earlybird tickets for the event, which takes place at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire on July 19-21 2019, have just gone on sale and, as well as featuring the world's most exciting aircraft, the 2019 airshow will turn its spotlight into space.

The airshow's theme Air & Space: inspiring the Next Generation Air Force follows an announcement earlier this year that the Royal Air Force will be taking command and control of the UK's military space operations, reflecting the importance of space in ensuring successful military operations around the world.

Andy Armstrong, Chief Executive of RAF Charitable Trust Enterprises, which organises the event, said that whilst the past 100 years saw military operations take place in the sky the next century would see activities increasingly stretching beyond the Earth's atmosphere.

He said: "As well as welcoming air arms from around the world, we plan to demonstrate, through engaging and interactive displays, how space technology is being developed and how it is being used to help counter threats to our everyday lives.

"Our focus on space will be particularly poignant as the 2019 airshow will take place on exactly the same day, 50 years ago that the first Moon landing took place - on July 20 1969."

Super Earlybird admission tickets for next summer's airshow have gone on sale priced £47. This represents a saving of almost 20 per cent on the cost of a full-priced standard admission ticket.

The Royal International Air Tattoo is staged annually in support of the RAF Charitable Trust. To find out more about what's on offer each day, book tickets and explore the various enclosure options, visit www.airtattoo.com