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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 Airshow
Fairford Airshow.

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 usually takes place over a weekend in July, and you can also view the aircraft on arrival days and departure day. There is also a shorter 4 hour display held on the Friday before the main weekend air displays.

RIAT 2016 Airshow:

08-10 July - Royal International Air Tattoo 2016

Royal International Air Tattoo 2016:

RIAT 2016 Themes:

The Next Generation: Inspiring Innovation

Visitors can expect to see cutting-edge aircraft technology on display both in the air and on the showground featuring fast jets, multi-engine transporters, helicopters and surveillance platforms as well as the world's greatest international aerobatic display teams.

In seeking to provide inspiration to the next generation and in keeping with its commitment to youth, Air Tattoo organisers are planning to stage official celebrations marking the 75th anniversary of the Air Cadet Organisation.

09-10 July - Royal International Air Tattoo weekend

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

Royal Australian Air Force
KC-30A (S)

Belgian Air Component
C-130H Hercules (S)
F-16A MLU Fighting Falcon (F)

Royal Canadian Air Force
CP-140 Aurora (S)

A400M (F)
Anson C.19 (S)
BAC Strikemaster MK82A (F)
Beech 18S (S)
Beechcraft King Air 350 SM - Textron Aviation (S)
Blackburn B-2 (S)
Breitling Wingwalkers (F/S)
Bristol Scout (S)
Bulldog T.1 (S)
C172N (S)
C42B Ikarus (S)
Cessna 208 Grand Caravan EX - Textron Aviation (S)
DH-60 Cirrus Moth (S)
DHC-1 Chipmunk (S)
DHC-1 Chipmunk (S)
DHC-1 Chipmunk (S)
DHC-1 Chipmunk (S)
DHC-1 Chipmunk (S)
DHC-1 Chipmunk (S)
DHC-1 Chipmunk (S)
DHC-1 Chipmunk (S)
EV-97 Eurostar (S)
Royal Jordanian Falcons (F)
Extra 330SC - Unlimited Aerobatic (F)
G550 (S)
Hunter F.58A (S)
Jet Provost T5 (S)
OV-10B Bronco (S)
P2002-JF Sierra (S)
P2008JC (S)
P-51D Mustang (F)
PA-28-180 (S)
Piaggio R166C (S)
SC-7 Skyvan (S)
Sea Hurricane 1B (S)
TB20 Trinidad (S)
Textron AirLand Scorpion - Textron Aviation (S)
Breitling Wingwalkers (F)
BAE Systems Typhoon (F)

Croatian Air Force
Mil Mi-171 (S)
Krila Oluje Display Team - PC-9M x 6 (F)

French Air Force
Alpha Jet E (S)
AMD Mirage 2000N - Ramex Delta (F)
Rafale C (F)

German Air Force
A400M (S)
Eurofighter EF2000/T - TLG-31 (S)
Eurofighter EF2000/T - TLG-33 (S)
Eurofighter EF2000/T - TLG-73 (S)
Eurofighter EF2000/T - TLG-74 (S)
Tornado PA200 IDS/ECR (S)
Transall C-160D (S)

German Army Aviation
Bolkow Bo105P (F)
Bolkow Bo105P (S)

German Navy
Do228 (LM) (S)
EC-135P2+ (S)
P-3C Orion (S)

Hellenic Air Force
Team Zeus - F-16 Demo (F)
F-4E Phantom x2 (S)

Irish Air Corps:
CN235-100MPA (S)

Italian Air Force:
Frecce Tricolori Aerobatic Team (F)
Typhoon F-2000 (F)
Typhoon F-2000 (S)

Japan Air Self Defense Force:
KC-767J (S)

Army Air Corps
AAC AH-64D Apache (F)

Royal Air Force
A330 Voyager (S)
A400M Atlas C.1 (S)
Squirrel HT.1 (S)
C-130J Hercules (S)
C-130J Hercules (S)
Grob Tutor (S)
Grob Venture T2 (S)
Grob Vigilant T.1 (S)
Grob Viking T.1 (S)
Red Arrows (F)
Hawk T.1 (S)
Hawk T.2 (S)
BBMF Hurricane (F)
King Air (S)
Kirkby Cadet (S)
Slingsby Grasshopper (S)
Slingsby Sedbergh (S)
BBMF Spitfire (F)
Tornado GR.4 (S)
Tornado GR.4 (S)
Tucano (S)
Typhoon FGR.4 (S)
Typhoon FGR.4 (S)
RAF Typhoon FGR4 (F)
F-35B Lightning II (F) TBC
RAF Chinook (F) TBC

Royal Navy
RN Black Cats (F)
Hawk T.1 (S)
King Air Avenger (S)

Lithuanian Air Force
C-27J Spartan (S)

Netherlands Coastguard
Dornier Do228 (S)

Royal Netherlands Air Force
CH-47 Chinook (S)
AH-64D Apache solo display (F)

Royal Air Force of Oman
C-295M (S)

Pakistan Air Force
C130E Hercules (S)

Polish Air Force
F-16 - F-16 Tiger Demo Team (F)
MiG-29A (F)
Team Orlik (F)

Polish Navy
An-28B1R Bryza (S)

Royal Jordanian Air Force
Royal Jordanian Falcons (F) TBC
C-130H Hercules (S)

Royal New Zealand Air Force:
Boeing 757-22QC(S)

Royal Norwegian Air Force:
Falcon DA20 ECM (S)

Spanish Air Force
Eurofighter EF2000 (F)
Eurofighter EF2000 (S)

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

Swiss Air Force
Patrouille Suisse (F)

Turkish Air Force
F-16 (SoloTurk)

United States Air Force
F-22A Raptor (F)
F-35A Lightning II (F)

US Air Force Special Operations Command
CV-22B Osprey (F)
CV-22B Osprey (S)
MC-130J Commando II (S)

US Air Forces Europe
F-15C Eagle 48FW/493FS (S)
F-15E Eagle 48FW/492FS (S)
KC-135R (S)

US Army Europe
AH-64D Apache (S)

United States Marines Corps
F-35B Lightning II (F)
KC-130J Hercules (F)

United States Navy
F/A-18 Super Hornet (F)
P-8 Poseidon (S)

A109 Power Elite (S)
Alpha Jet (S)

There are plans to feature a Heritage Flight formation flypast on all three Air Tattoo days. The ambition is for this to comprise an F-35A, F-22 and a maximum of two historic airframes (Mustang 'Miss Helen').

US Marine Corps Lockheed KC-130J Hercules aerial tanker to perform air-to-air refuelling demo as part of the F-35B's demonstration at the 2016 Air Tattoo!

Red Arrows, F-35B & 2 RAF Typhoons to perform a show stopping joint flypast on all three days at the 2016 Air Tattoo!

Local hotels for the Fairford Airshow
Local hotels for the Royal International Air Tattoo (weekend)

Friday 08th July - Friday at RIAT

Visit the Air Tattoo on Friday 8 July for exclusive 'pit area' access where aircraft that are taking part in the flying display, their crews and engineers are located (when not operational). This area is not accessible on Saturday and Sunday.

On Friday there is a four hour flying display from 11am until 3pm and either side of this there will be aircraft arrivals with the showground opening from 7.30am so you will have plenty of time to view the ground activities before settling down to enjoy the flying highlights.

This is your only opportunity to get a close-up view of aircraft that will be part of the flying display. However, there are only a limited number of tickets available.
See here for tickets.

Controlled 'Pit Area' access open before and after the flying display.
Four hour flying display from 11am to 3pm (pit area is closed during this time).
The East Showground and static aircraft in that area from 7.30am to 6pm.
Aircraft arrivals before and after the flying display.
RAF Village, Vintage Village, Techno Zone and Autodrome open.
Aviation Club, Cotswold Club and the Viewing Village Grandstand enclosures open.
A relaxed day as tickets numbers are limited.
See RIAT map for Friday.

Friday's Participating aircraft:
RAF Typhoon
F-35 Display
F-22 Display
Red Arrows Display
Red Arrows, F-35 and 2 x Typhoon Flypast
USAF F-35A, F-22 and Mustang Heritage Flight Flypast
USAF Osprey
Belgian F-16
Airbus Defence and Space A400M
Battle of Britain Memorial Flight - Spitfire and Hurricane
Dutch Apache
Turkish F-16
Royal Navy Black Cats
Civilian BAE Strikemaster (Friday only)
US Marine Corps Hercules and F-35B Refuelling Demonstration (Friday only)

Local hotels for the Fairford Airshow
Local hotels for the Royal International Air Tattoo (Friday)

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

RIAT Press Releases

Press Releases and News for RIAT 2016:

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