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Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) 2022 - Fairford Airshow

RIAT 2022 Airshow

RAF Typhoon FGR4 at the Royal International Air Tattoo, RAF Fairford.

The Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) is a very large military 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, making it an ideal venue for such a large Airshow.

Friday will be the preview day with a 4 hour flying display whilst Saturday and Sunday will both be full show days with over seven hours of thrilling flying displays each day.

RIAT 2022 Dates:

15-17 July - Royal International Air Tattoo 2022

Royal International Air Tattoo 2022 Themes

RIAT 2022 will be celebrating the 'United States Air Force's 75th Anniversary' in spectacular style. In addition, the operational theme for next year will be 'Training the Next Generation Air Force'.
RIAT 2022 Participating Aircraft:

(F)=Flying Display, (S)=Static Display

Austrian Air Force
Eurofighter EF2000 (x2) (F)
Lockheed C-130K Hercules (F)

Belgian Air Component
F-16 Demo Team (F)
2x F-16AM Fighting Falcon (S)

Brazilian Air Force
Embraer KC-390 Millennium (S)

Airbus Helicopters H175M (S)
Airbus A330-743L BelugaXL - Saturday (F)
Agusta A109 - QinetiQ (S)
Agusta AW109SP (S)
Alpi Aviation Pioneer 200 x2 (S)
American General AG-5B Tiger (S)
Asso Aerei x3 (S)
Auster AOP6 (S)
Auster AOP9 (S)
BAC Jet Provost T5 (S)
Beechcraft AT-6 Wolverine (S)
Bell Sioux AH1 (S)
Boeing 727-2S2F - 2Excel (S)
Bombardier Global Express (ISR) (S)
British Aerospace Avro RJ100 (S)
B-17G Flying Fortress 'Sally B' (S)
Canadair CL-13B Sabre (S)
Cessna 172RG Cutlass (S)
Cessna Grand Caravan EX (S)
Cessna O-1 Bird Dog (S)
Cessna O-2 Skymaster (S)
Cessna TP.103 Citation (S)
Cirrus SR22T (S)
Comco Ikarus C42 (S)
De Havilland DH.89 Dragon Rapide (Visitor)
Douglas A-4N Skyhawk (S)
Embraer EMB-314 Super Tucano (S)
Embraer ERJ-145 (S)
Evektor EV-97 Eurostarv (S)
Extra 300LP x4 - The Blades (F)
Fuji FA-200 Aero Subaru (S)
Hawker Hunter T72 HHA (S)
Ikarus C42 x3 (S)
Ikarus C42B (S)
Leonardo AW189 (S)
Leonardo AW149 - Friday (F)
Leonardo AW139 - QinetiQ (S)
Max Holste MH.1521 Broussard (S)
Max Holste MH.1521 Broussard (S)
North American P-51D Mustang 'Frances Dell' (S)
North American P-51D Mustang - Rolls Royce (S)
P-47D Thunderbolt (S)
Pilatus PC-24 (S)
Pilatus PC-7 MKX (S)
Piper L-4H Grasshopper(S)
Piper PA-18 Super Cub (S)
Piper PA-28 Archer II (S)
Piper PA-28 Cherokee (S)
Piper PA-31 Navajo - 2Excel (S)
Pipistrel Velis Electro (x2) (S)
Reims-Cessna F152 (S)
Reims-Cessna FR172H (S)
Robinson R44 (S)
SAAB J-32B Lansen (S)
SAAB Sk35C Draken (S)
SAAB Sk37E Viggen (S)
Scottish Aviation Bulldog T1 (S)
Sikorsky S-92A (S)
Slingsby T67M-260 Firefly (S)
Spitfire Mk.XVIE - Suffolk Spitfire Ltd (S)
Spitfire MK.XIX - Rolls Royce - Friday (F)
Tecnam P2002JF Sierra (S)
Tecnam P2008JC (S)
Tecnam P-92 Echo (S)
Trago Mills SAH-1 (S)
Westland Gazelle HT2 (S)
Westland Gazelle HT3 (S)
Westland Gazelle HT3 (S)
Westland Sea King HAR3 (S)
Westland Wessex HU5 (S)

Czech Republic Air Force
Aero Vodochody L-159A ALCA (S)
Mil Mi-171 Hip (F)
Mil Mi-24 Hind (F)
PZL W-3 Sokol (F)

Estonian Air Force
PZL M28 Skytruck (S)

Finnish Air Force
CASA C-295M (S)
British Aerospace Hawk Mk.51 (F)

French Air Force
Pilatus PC-21 (x2) (F)

French Navy
Embraer Xingu (S)

German Air Force
Airbus A340 (S)
Airbus A400M (S)
Airbus Helicopters H145M LUH SOF (S)
Eurofighter EF2000 (S)
Panavia Tornado IDS (x2) (S)
Sikorsky CH-53G (S)

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

German Navy
Lockheed P-3C Orion (S)
Westland Sea Lynx Mk.88A (S)

Hellenic Air Force
Lockheed Martin F-16C Fighting Falcon - Zeus Demo (F)

Hungarian Air Force
Airbus A319-112 (S)
Mil Mi-24P Hind (F)
SAAB JAS-39C Gripen (F)

Irish Air Corps
Silver Swallows Display Team - PC-9 x4 (F)

Italian Air Force
Freece Tricolori (F)
Aermacchi T-339A (S)
Aermacchi T-346A Master (S)
AMX A-11B Ghibli (S)
Eurofighter F-2000A Typhoon (F)
Leonardo C-27J Spartan (F)
Leonardo T-346A Master (F)
Piaggio P.180AM Avanti (S)

Japan Air Self Defense Force
Kawasaki C-2 (S)

Kuwait Air Force
Eurofighter Typhoon (S)

Lithuanian Air Force
Airbus Helicopters AS365 Dauphin (S)
Leonardo C-27J Spartan (S)

Boeing E-3A Sentry - Friday (F)

Portuguese Air Force
Socata TB30 Epsilon (x2) (S)

Qatar Emiri Air Force
BAE Systems Hawk Mk.167 (S)

Republic of Korea Air Force
KAI T-50B Golden Eagle (x8) (F)

Romanian Air Force
Antonov An-30 Clank (S)

Royal Air Force of Oman
CASA C-295MP Persuader (S)

Royal Bahraini Air Force
Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules (S)

Royal Air Force
Airbus Atlas C1 (S)
Airbus Helicopters Puma HC2 x2 (S)
Boeing Poseidon MRA1 (S)
Boeing Poseidon MRA1 (F)
Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 (1 Sqn) (S)
Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 (12 Sqn) (S)
Lockheed Hercules C5 (S)
Lockheed-Martin F-35B Lightning II (F)
Airbus Helicopters Juno HT1 (x2) (S)
Airbus Helicopters Jupiter HT1 (S)
BAE Systems Hawk T2 (x2) (S)
Beechcraft Texan T1 (S)
Boeing Chinook HC6A (F)
Embraer Phenom T1 (S)
Grob Prefect T1 (x2) (S)
Grob Tutor T1 (x2)(S)
Grob Viking T1 (S)
Red Arrows (F)
RAF Typhoon (F)
RAF Chinook (F)
Red Arrows (F)
BBMF Lancaster, Spitfire & Hurricane (F)

Royal Navy
Beechcraft Avenger T1 (S)
Leonardo Merlin HM2 (S)
Leonardo Wildcat AH1 (S)
Leonardo Wildcat HMA2 (S)

Royal Canadian Air Force
Airbus CC-150T Polaris (S)
Lockheed Martin CC-130J Hercules (S)

Royal Danish Air Force
Baby Blue Display Team - T-17 Supporter x6 (F)

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

Royal Netherlands Air Force
General Dynamics F-16AM Fighting Falcon x2 (S)
NH90 NFH (S)

Slovakian Air Force
Leonardo C-27J Spartan (S)

Slovenian Air Force
Pilatus PC-9M (F)
Pilatus PC-9M (S)

Spanish Air Force
CASA C-295M (S)
McDonnell Douglas EF18A+ Hornet (F)
McDonnell Douglas EF-18B Hornet (S)

Swedish Air Force
Lockheed TP.84 Hercules (S)
SAAB JAS-39C Gripen (F)
SAAB JAS-39C Gripen (S)

Strategic Airlift Capability (SAC)
Boeing C-17A Globemaster III (S)

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

United States Air Force
Boeing E-4B (S)
Bell Boeing CV-22B Osprey (F)
Bell Boeing CV-22B Osprey (S)
Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker (S)
Lockheed Martin MC-130J Commando II (S)
Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II (S)
McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle 492nd (S)
McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle 494th (S)
Lockheed Martin F-16CM Fighting Falcon (S)
Boeing KC-46A Pegasus (S)
Lockheed U-2S (S)

US Navy
Boeing P-8A Poseidon (S)

On Friday 15th July, the RAF Red Arrows will fly with the RAF's new Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft to open the RIAT flying display and on Sunday 17th July, we'll see a unique pairing of the RAF Red Arrows alongside the ROKAF Black Eagles!

Red Arrows Display Schedule:

Thursday 14 July 2022 - 4.23pm (Flypast).
Friday 15 July 2022 - 11.02am (Flypast) & 11.08am (Display).
Saturday 16 July 2022 - 10.41am (Flypast) & 10.47am (Display).
Sunday 17 July 2022 - 10.41am (Flypast) & 10.51am (Display).

More details of the Red Arrows and a route map can be found on the Red Arrows Schedule Page.

RIAT 2019 Review:
RIAT 2019 Review & Photos.

RIAT 2022 Tickets:

Tickets can be purchased on the official website at

Please note that tickets will not be available at the gate.


RIAT Accommodation:

Park and View
Park and view is available to watch the aircraft arrivals on Wednesday 13th July & Thursday 14th July 2022 as well as aircraft departures on Monday 18th July 2022. Park and view is open from 7.30am to 5.30pm on arrivals days (13th & 14th) and 7.30am to 4.30pm on departures day (Monday 18th July 2022).

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 & View East).

Park and View Prices:
Wednesday 13th July 2022 - £17
Thursday 14th July 2022 - £17
Monday 18th July 2022 - £22

Under-18s go free but require a ticket so please order the quantity required.

In-advance tickets for Wednesday, Thursday and Monday are now available to book online, but there will be more tickets available on the gate on a first come, first served basis.

Park and View Tickets:

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

RIAT Future Dates:

Fri 14, Sat 15, Sun 16 July 2023
Fri 19, Sat 20, Sun 21 July 2024
Fri 18, Sat 19, Sun 20 July 2025

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Black Eagles.

Red Arrows.

RAF Typhoon.


RAF F-35B Lightning II.


Royal Jordanian Falcons.



RIAT Information & Links

About RIAT:
RIAT History
RIAT Dates
RIAT Themes
RIAT Participating Aircraft

Google Map
County: Gloucestershire
Satnav Postcode: GL7 4EG
Showground Map

Travel Information:
AA Route Finder
RAC Route Finder
How to get there
National Rail
National Express

Premier Inn
Official Campsite
Camping - Kempsford Camping
Camping - Totterdown Hill
Camping - Townsend Farm
Camping - Fairford F.C. Camping

Weather Forecast:
General UK weather forecast
Local weather Met Office
Local weather BBC

RIAT Photographs & Reviews:
Review RIAT 2019 (Fairford)
Review RIAT 2018 (Fairford)
Review RIAT 2017 (Fairford)
Review RIAT 2016 (Fairford)
Review RIAT 2015 (Fairford)
Review RIAT 2014 (Fairford)
Review RIAT 2013 (Fairford)
Photos RIAT 2013 (Fairford)
Review RIAT 2012 (Fairford)
Photos RIAT 2012 (Fairford)
Review RIAT 2011 (Fairford)
Review RIAT 2010 (Fairford)
Photos RIAT 2010 (Fairford)
Review RIAT 2009 (Fairford)
Photos RIAT 2008 (Fairford)
Photos RIAT 2007 (Fairford)
Photos RIAT 2006 (Fairford)
Photos RIAT 2005 (Fairford)
Photos RIAT 2004 (Fairford)
Photos RIAT 2003 (Fairford)
Photos RIAT 2002 (Fairford)
Photos RIAT 2001 (Cottesmore)
Photos RIAT 2000 (Cottesmore)
Photos RIAT 1999 (Fairford)
Photos RIAT 1998 (Fairford)
Photos RIAT 1997 (Fairford)
Photos RIAT 1996 (Fairford)
Photos IAT 1995 (Fairford)
Photos IAT 1994 (Fairford)
Photos IAT 1993 (Fairford)
Photos IAT '70s (Greenham Common)

Scanner Frequencies / Live Radio:
RIAT Scanner Frequencies
Air Tattoo Live - 87.7 MHz

Checklist RIAT 2019
Checklist RIAT 2017
Checklist RIAT 2016
Checklist RIAT 2015
Checklist RIAT 2011
Checklist RIAT 2010
Checklist RIAT 2008
Checklist RIAT 2007
Checklist RIAT 2003
Checklist RIAT 2002
Checklist RIAT 2001
Checklist RIAT 2000

Trophy Winners:
2021 Cancelled (Covid 19)
2020 Cancelled (Covid 19)
Trophy Winners 2019
Trophy Winners 2018
Trophy Winners 2017
Trophy Winners 2016
Trophy Winners 2015
Trophy Winners 2014
Trophy Winners 2013
Trophy Winners 2012
Trophy Winners 2011
Trophy Winners 2010
Trophy Winners 2009
2008 Cancelled (Flooding)
Trophy Winners 2007
Trophy Winners 2006
Trophy Winners 2005
Trophy Winners 2004
Trophy Winners 2003
Trophy Winners 2002
Trophy Winners 2001
Trophy Winners 2000

Website & Links:
Official RIAT Website
Official RIAT Facebook
Official RIAT Twitter
Official RIAT FAQ
RAF Fairford

UK Airshows (England):
Shuttleworth Airshows
Duxford Airshows
Flying Legends Airshow
Royal International Air Tattoo
Farnborough International Airshow
RAF Cosford Airshow
Royal Navy International Air Day
Abingdon Air & Country Show
Midlands Air Festival
Little Gransden Airshow
Airbourne (Eastbourne) Airshow
Southport Airshow
Clacton Airshow
Bournemouth Air Festival
Sunderland Airshow
Weston Air Festival
Blackpool Airshow
English Riviera Airshow
Teignmouth Airshow
Teesside Airshow
Headcorn Battle of Britain
Old Buckenham Airshow
East Kirkby Airshow
UK Airshows (Wales):
Wales National Air Show
Rhyl Air Show
UK Airshows (Scotland):
Scotland's National Airshow (East Fortune)
UK Airshows (Northern Ireland):
Northern Ireland International Airshow
UK Airshows (Channel Islands):
Jersey International Air Display
Guernsey Air Display
Flypasts/Events 2022:
Queen's Platinum Jubilee Flypast 2022

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 celebrated one hundred years of the Royal Air Force and had a full three days of airshows, with over 7 hours of flying on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

RIAT 2020 was cancelled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and RIAT 2021 cancelled due to the ongoing uncertainties regarding COVID.
Frecce Tricolori.