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Thousands enjoy Royal International Air Tattoo

Thousands of people attended the first day of the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford. Photo: ITV West

Thousands of people have been attending the 41st Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire.

It's the largest event yet with over two hundred planes, exhibitions and flight displays. Crowds of between 80,000 and 100,000 attend each day.

The legendary Vulcan bomber over the Fairford skies today. Credit: ITV West

Organisers had been worried the weather would put a dampner on things, but despite a little drizzle, the weather held off.

Last night it was wet, but today the sun's shining.

Flying displays going on and everybody's having a good time.

– Tim Prince, Chief Executive, Royal International Air Tattoo
A B-2 Spirit Stealth bomber wowed the Fairford crowds. Credit: ITV West

One of the highlights this year is the appearance of a United States Air Force (USAF) B-2 Spirit Stealth bomber.

The B-2 flew in to Fairford on Friday evening - a ten hour flight from its base in Whiteman, Missouri.

The USAF has twenty Stealth bombers. Each one is named after a US state. The one appearing at the event is named the Spirit of New York.

It is the first B-2 to appear in a static display at Fairford since 1999.

Ear protection is a must have accessory at the Royal International Air Tattoo! Credit: ITV West

The first Air Tattoo was held in 1971 at North Weald airfield in Essex with just over 100 aircraft taking part.

From these small beginnings the show became the International Air Tattoo in 1976, and the current Royal International Air Tattoo title was adopted in 1996.

From 1973 to 1983 the Air Tattoo was held at Greenham Common before moving to RAF Fairford in 1985.

You can watch Tanya Mercer's full report on Saturday's events here: