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Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) 2018 - Fairford Airshow

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RIAT - Fairford Airshow.

RIAT History
The first Air Tattoo was held at North Weald, Essex in 1971. North Weald was then still owned by the Ministry of Defence and it was was inactive so it had to be re-activated for the event. North Weald also hosted the Air Tattoo in 1972 but in 1973 the M11 motorway was being built close to North Weald's main runway so a new location was found for the Air Tattoo at RAF Greenham Common. Greenham Common hosted more aircraft and 2 days were allocated for the event. It was very successful and was hosted there in 1974 also.

In 1975 with the loss of the Director of the IAT, the withdrawal of a major sponsor, and an international fuel crisis there wasn't an Air Tattoo. However a proposal was put to the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund which decided to support future Air Tattoos at Greenham Common. In 1976 the show became the International Air Tattoo (IAT). The 1977 IAT was the last of the annual International Air Tattoos, as it was then held every other year.

The International Air Tattoos in 1979, 1981, and 1983 became bigger and better but the 1983 IAT was the last to be held at Greenham Common due to the build up of cruise missile facilities and the reduced area for a large airshow. In 1985, RAF Fairford was chosen as the venue to host the Air Tattoo. The static display stretched for nearly 2 miles and was the longest single line-up ever presented in the UK. Fairford hosted the event biennially until 1993 and annually since then.

In recognition of its unique status, the current title of 'Royal International Air Tattoo' was granted by Her Majesty The Queen in 1996.

During 2000 and 2001 the Royal International Air Tattoo was held at RAF Cottesmore, Rutland because RAF Fairford was having its runways resurfaced. RIAT returned back to RAF Fairford in 2002.

Day-specific tickets were introduced for the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford in 2008 because RIAT 2007 saw many more people attending on Saturday rather than Sunday because the weather was forecast was much better for Saturday. This resulted in traffic chaos and long queues on Saturday. It is thought that issuing day-specific tickets (Saturday or Sunday) which will have to be bought in advance (there will be no on-the-day tickets) will solve the problems of RIAT 2007. It is still possible to purchase a ticket which covers both saturday and Sunday but at a higher price.

The Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford in 2008 was cancelled both days (Saturday and Sunday) due to a sustained period of heavy rainfall resulting in waterlogged conditions in the public carparks and also the airfield. Unfortunately in 2008 the United States Air Force Air Combat Command's F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team had made the first trans-Atlantic flight to participate in the show. However, the F-22 Raptor appeared and displayed at RIAT 2010.

RIAT 2012 saw the debut of the excellent Black Eagles aerobatic team from South Korea.

RIAT 2014 was the first time in its history that the show has been open to the public on a Friday and included a flying display. The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter was to make its anticipated European debut in 2014 but the type was grounded in the U.S. due to an F-35 engine failure so couldn't attend the Royal International Air Tattoo.

RIAT 2016 included the international display debut of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II. Six F-35 Lightning II were flown over to RAF Fairford in June 2016 to take part in the show. The six F-35s included three USAF F-35A Lightning II (conventional take off and landing variant), two USMC F-35B Lightning II (short-take off and vertical-landing (STOVL) variant), and an RAF F-35B Lightning II. The F-22A Raptor also made a welcome return.

RIAT 2018 will have a full three days of airshows with over 7 hours of flying on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in 2018. It will celebrate one hundred years of the Royal Air Force!

RIAT Frequencies:
Radar - 125.550, 123.550
Approach - 134.550
Tower - 124.800
Ground - 121.175

Royal Air Force Massed Flypast:
RIAT plans a memorable RAF100 flypast on Friday, July 13th 2018.

Though still to be confirmed, among the aircraft expected to take part will be RAF Typhoons, Tornado GR4s, an A400M Atlas, the Red Arrows, plus Puma and Chinook helicopters. It is hoped that one of only two airworthy Lancaster bombers in the world will to lead the BBMF formation of Spitfires and Hurricanes.

Whilst the massed flypast is scheduled to take place on the Friday only, the Royal Air Force is hoping to stage special RAF100 themed set-pieces during the weekend's eight-hour flying display.

More information can be found here.

Red Arrows Display Schedule:

To be confirmed.

BBMF Display Schedule:

To be confirmed.

RIAT 2018 Airshow
RAF F-35B Lightning II at the Royal International Air Tattoo, RAF Fairford.

The Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) is a very large Air show containing hundreds of modern military aircraft in the static line-up and air display from many different countries around the world.

This Airshow is usually held at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire which is a large base used infrequently by USAF deployments which makes it an ideal venue for such a large Airshow.

RIAT will have a full three days of airshows with over 7 hours of flying on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in 2018. You can also view the aircraft on arrival days and departure day.

RIAT 2018 Dates:

13-15 July - Royal International Air Tattoo 2018

Royal International Air Tattoo 2018:

RIAT 2018 Themes:

The 2018 Air Tattoo will be a different event to that which you know - as we come together to celebrate one hundred years of the Royal Air Force!

RAF100 at the Air Tattoo, a special one off event, is expected to include flying from the world famous Red Arrows and Britain's newest aircraft, the F-35B Lightning! Friday will be a day not to miss in 2018. This special, full show day, will include a mass RAF flypast, a Royal Review of aircraft plus a lot more!

13-15 July 2018 - Royal International Air Tattoo

Participating aircraft:
(F)=Flying Display, (S)=Static Display

Royal Australian Air Force
E-7A Wedgetail (S)

Belgian Air Component
A109BA (F)
ERJ-135/145LR (S)
F-16MLU (F)

A400M (F)
Auster Mk.5 (S)
AW189 (S)
Bo105 Flying Bulls (S)
Broussard (S)
Bulldog T.1 (S)
Cessna 152 (S)
Chipmunk x3 (S)
EuroFox (S)
EV-97 Microlight (S)
G450/550/650 (S)
Great War Display Team (F)
Hawker Hunter Mk.58 (S)
Hunter Mk.58 (S)
Jet Provost Mk.5 (S)
Jet Provost T.3 (S)
Jet Provost T.3A (S)
KC-390 (S)
M-346 Master (S)
Meteor (S)
Miles Magister (S)
P-51D Mustang - Heritage Flight (F)
PA-28 Cherokee (S)
S6 Coyote (S)
Sting S4 (S)
Sycamore Flying Bulls (S)
Tecnam P2008 x2 (S)
Tecnam Sierra (S)
Vampire FB.52 - NAFHS (F)
Vampire T.55 - NAFHS (F)
Westland Whirlwind (S)
Royal Jordanian Falcons (F)

Czech Republic Air Force
JAS-39 Gripen (F)
L-159 ALCA (F)

Estonian Air Force
An-2 (S)

Finnish Air Force
F-18C Hornet (F)

Finnish Army Aviation
NH90 TTH (F)
NH90 TTH (S)

French Air Force
Mirage 2000D (F)
Rafale C (F)
Alpha Jet E x2 (S)

French Army Air Corps
Puma x2 (S)

French Navy
Rafale M x2 (Tactical Demo) (F)

German Air Force
A400M (S)
C-160D (S)
EF2000 (S)
Tornado IDS TLG-33 (S)
Tornado IDS TLG-51 (S)

German Navy
EC-135 (S)

Hellenic Air Force
F-16C - Team Zeus (F)

Italian Air Force
A-200A Tornado (S)
Frecce Tricolori (F)
C-27J Spartan (F)
C-27J Spartan (S)
F-2000 Typhoon (F)
F-2000 Typhoon (S)
HH-101A (S)
HH-139A (S)
T-346A (F)

Lithuanian Air Force
C-27J Spartan (S)

C-17 Globemaster III (S)

Royal Air Force of Oman
C-130J Hercules (S)

Polish Air Force
F-16C (F)
SU-22 Fitter (S)

Romanian Air Force
MiG-21 LanceR-C (F)
C-27J Spartan (S)

Slovak Air Force
C-27J Spartan (S)

Royal Air Force
C-17A (S)
Chinook HC.4 (F)
Puma HC.2 (S)
Red Arrows (F)
F-35B Lightning II (F)
RAF Tutor - Saturday (F)
RAF Typhoon (F)
BBMF Lancaster, Spitfires, Hurricanes & Dakota (F)
Royal Air Force Massed Flypast (Details here) (F)

Royal Navy
Avenger T.1 (S)
Hawk T.1 (S)
Merlin HC.3 (S)
Merlin HM.2 (S)
Sea King ASaC.7 (S)
Wildcat HMA.2 (S)

Army Air Corps
Defender 4000 (S)
Gazelle AH.1 (S)
Wildcat AH.1 (S)

Royal Canadian Air Force
CC-130 Hercules (S)
CC-177 Globemaster (S)
CF-18 Hornet Demonstration Team (F)
CH-146 Griffon (S)
CP-140 Aurora (S)

Spanish Air Force
Patrulla Aguila (F)

Swedish Air Force
JAS-39C Gripen (F)
JAS-39C Gripen (S)

Swiss Air Force
F/A-18C Hornet (F)
PC-7 Team (F)

Turkish Air Force
F-16 Falcon (SOLOTURK) (F)

USAF Air Combat Command
F-35A Heritage Flight - F-35A & Mustang (F)

USAF Air Combat Reserve Command
C-17 Globemaster (S)
KC-10 Extender (S)

RIAT will have a full three days of airshows with over 7 hours of flying on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in 2018.

RIAT 2018 has been chosen by the Royal Air Force to be the official international celebration of RAF100. This will be a unique airshow with a large numbers of participants which means that there may be a different flying programme on each of the three days.

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RIAT 2018 Tickets:
Friday, Saturday or Sunday:
Super Earlybird Price - limited availability - £45
Earlybird Price - limited availability - £50
Standard Price - £55
Free admission for under 18s.

Please check with official RIAT website for ticket prices and booking.

Showground Attractions:
Not only do visitors to the Air Tattoo experience amazing aviation in the skies, there is also a whole host of entertainment on the ground. There is something for everyone at the 2018 show, from static aircraft located throughout the showground to interactive activities and the most advanced technologies that are demonstrated in the Techno Zone, visitors can also take a trip back in time to the 1940s in the Vintage Village.

Techno Zone - The Techno Zone has aviation at its heart and is where the STEM subjects; science, technology, engineering and maths, are brought to life and showcased with cutting edge exhibits and interactive activities designed to engage and inspire future engineers. More information about the Techno Zone at the 2018 Air Tattoo will be available soon.

RAF Village - The Royal International Air Tattoo's RAF Village is a showcase for the 21st Century Royal Air Force. Celebrating its 100th year, the RAF will be out in force to showcase everything from air transport operations, medical service and RAF sport.

Vintage Village - Inside the themed marquee will be packed a programme of wonderful entertainment, including professional singers, dancing, and DJ. The style is, of course, a mix of wartime favourites and tunes from a bygone era, spiced with some foot stomping jumping and jiving.

Autodrome - Where Top Gear meets Top Gun and petrol heads with a penchant for two and four wheels get a real treat. The Autodrome will join us again in 2018 and offer an array of automobile eye candy.

Activity Zone The Activity Zone offers a great variety of family entertainment. Watch some fun-filled demonstrations and participate in a whole host of interesting 'have a go' attractions.

There are three Service Stations which contain catering, marquee with seating, visitor information, free WiFi, cash points, picnic benches/seating, and toilets. There will also be plenty of trade stands as usual at RIAT 2018.

Park and View 2018
Park and view is available to watch the aircraft arrivals on Tuesday 10th July, Wednesday 11th July & Thursday 12th July as well as aircraft departures on Monday 16th July 2018.

There are two Park & View Enclosures, one situated at the East and one at the West end of the airfield. Both locations are signposted by yellow AA signs on the roads leading to the airfield. In the main, aircraft land and depart from the East end of the runway but this is dependent on the prevailing wind direction.

Car parks open at 6am with free parking. There are also toilets, catering, disabled parking, and a stepladder enclosure.

Park and View Prices (Price/Price with Swindon Shuttle) Tuesday 10 July - £10/£16
Wednesday 11 & Thursday 12 July - £15/£21
Monday 16 July - £20/£26
Free admission for under 18s.

Park and View Opening Times:

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday - 7.30am to 5.30pm
Monday - 7.30am to 4.30pm

Please check with official RIAT website for Park and View Ticket booking.

RIAT Press Releases / Future Dates

2018 Airshow breaks.

RIAT Future Dates:

Fri 19, Sat 20, Sun 21 July 2019
Fri 17, Sat 18, Sun 19 July 2020
Fri 16, Sat 17, Sun 18 July 2021
Fri 15, Sat 16, Sun 17 July 2022

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Press Releases and News for RIAT 2018:

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