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Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) 2017 - 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 2017 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 2017 Airshow:

14-16 July - Royal International Air Tattoo 2017

Royal International Air Tattoo 2017:

RIAT 2017 Themes:

The 2017 Air Tattoo will mark the 70th anniversary of the US Air Force and will also celebrate the 21st Century Partnerships that exist throughout the defence and aviation community.

15-16 July 2017 - Royal International Air Tattoo weekend

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

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

Austrian Air Force
Saab 1050 (F)
Saab 1050 (S)

Belgian Air Component
C-130H Hercules (S)
F-16AM (F)
F-16AM (S)
Sea King Mk48 (F)

British Army
Defender 4000 (S)
WAH-64D Apache AH1 (F)
Wildcat AH.1 (S)

A400M (F)
Royal Jordanian Falcons (F)
Grob 120TP (S)
Jet Provost T.5 (S)
P-40 Kittyhawk - Hangar 11 (F)
P-51D Mustang - Hangar 11 (F)
Phenom 100 (S)
T-6C (S)
Breitling Jet Team (F) - TBC
Gazelle Squadron Display Team - Gazelle x4 (F) - TBC

Czech Air Force
Jas-39C Gripen (F)
L-159A Alca x2 (F)
L-159A Alca (S)

Royal Danish Force
CL-604 (S)

Finnish Air Force
Midnight Hawks Aerobatic Team (F)

Finnish Army Aviation
NH90 TTH (S)

French Air Force
Alpha Jet x2 (S)
Mirage 2000D x2 (Couteau Delta) (F)
Rafale (F)

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

German Navy
EC-135 (S)
P-3C Orion (S)
Sea Lynx (S)

Hellenic Air Force
F-4E Phantom (S)

Hungarian Air Force
Saab Gripen (F) - TBC

Italian Air Force
C-27J Spartan (F)
M-346 Master (F)
Tornado A-200 (F)

Japan Air Force
KC-767J (S)

Royal Jordanian Air Force
C-130H (S)

E-3A Sentry (S)

Royal Netherlands Air Force
C-130H-30 (S)
Do-228 (S)
KDC-10 (S)

Polish Navy
Antonov An-28B1R - TBC (S)

Royal Air Force
Red Arrows (F)
BBMF Lancaster and Spitfire x4 (F)
Chinook HC4 (F)
Puma HC.2 (S)
Tucano T.1 (S)
RAF Typhoon FGR.4 (F)
Vigilant T.1 (S)
Viking TX.1 (S)
Voyager KC2/3 (S)

Royal Navy
Hawk T.1 (S)
King Air / Avenger T.1 (S)
Merlin HC3/3A (S)
Sea King ASaC.7 (S)
Wildcat HMA.2 (S)

Slovenia Air Force
PC-9M (F)
PC-9M (S)
Let 410 (S)

Spanish Air Force
F/A-18 Hornet (F)

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

Swiss Air Force
Patrouille Suisse - 6x F-5E Tiger II (F)

Turkish Air Force
F-16C - SoloTurk - TBC (F)

US Air Combat Command
Thunderbirds - USAF Air Demonstration Squadron (F)

United States Air Force
Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor (F)
CV-22B Osprey (F)
CV-22B Osprey (S)
MC-130J (S)
Rockwell B-1B Lancer (S)
Boeing B-52H Stratofortress (S)

US Air Force Reserve Command
C-17A (S)

US Air Forces Europe
F-16C (S)

US Navy
P-8A Poseidon (S)

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

Friday 14th July - Friday at RIAT

On Friday there will be a four hour flying display. The showground will be open from 7.30am until 6.30pm with a flying display from 11am until 3pm. There will also be aircraft arrivals before and after the flying display. The RAF Village, Vintage Village, Techno Zone and Autodrome will be open on Friday.

Friday Showground Map at RIAT 2017.

Friday's Participating Schedule:

USAF Thunderbirds Air Demonstration Squadron

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.

Park and View (View the arrivals & departures):
RIAT have a Park and View area which is open on Wednesday & Thursday for the arrivals and Monday for the departures:

Wednesday 12 July: 7.30am - 7.30pm.
Thursday 13 July: 7.30am - 7.30pm.
Monday 17 July: 7.30am - 4.30pm.

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.

There's more info on Park and View on the official website FAQ.

RIAT Press Releases / Future Dates

Press Releases and News for RIAT 2017:

Royal International Air Tattoo
More US aircraft join Air Tattoo salute...

Royal International Air Tattoo
Air Tattoo welcomes USAF heavyweights...

Royal International Air Tattoo
The Clock's Ticking For Earlybirds...

Royal International Air Tattoo
Air Tattoo serves up Midnight feast...

Royal International Air Tattoo
RAF puts its full force behind Air Tattoo...

Royal International Air Tattoo
Welcome to the Hare Tattoo...

Royal International Air Tattoo
F-22 joins Air Tattoo's USAF 70th Salute...

Royal International Air Tattoo
Air Tattoo's 'super' offer is just the ticket...

Royal International Air Tattoo
Thunderbirds Are Go! Says Air Tattoo...

Royal International Air Tattoo

RIAT Future Dates:

Fri 14, Sat 15, Sun 16 July 2017
Fri 13, Sat 14, Sun 15 July 2018
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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