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Air Tattoo pulls huge crowds to Fairford

The Vulcan and Red Arrows in clear skies over Fairford Credit: Royal Int. Air Tattoo

A bumper crowd of almost 150,000 people were treated to a spectacular display of aviation from across the globe during the three-day Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire.

Highlights included a massed flypast of vintage warplanes to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. The Vulcan XH558 made its final Air Tattoo appearances before it retires at the end of this year. The delta-winged Cold War bomber performed dramatic solo displays followed by joint flypasts with the RAF Red Arrows on Saturday and Sunday.

The Red Arrows flank the Vulcan above the crowds Credit: Royal Int Air Tattoo

The airshow also hosted the international debut of the Japanese Kawasaki P-1 maritime patrol aircraft, which performed in the flying display. Five aerobatic display teams performed spectacular routines with the Patrouille de France, Patrulla Aguila from Spain, the Swiss PC-7 Team and the Royal Jordanian Falcons joining the Red Arrows in thrilling the crowds.

In total 232 aircraft from 27 air arms representing 22 countries took part in the Air Tattoo.

“As well as providing one of the world’s greatest aviation spectacles, the Air Tattoo plays an important role in support of UK defence diplomacy. The 2015 airshow once again provided a relaxed yet dynamic meeting place where senior industry figures and military chiefs could come together to celebrate the best of aviation."

– Andy Armstrong, Air Tattoo Chief Exec

The Royal International Air Tattoo in stats and pictures

There are:

people visiting over 3 days
Jodie Kidd speaks to a pilot ahead of the Battle of Britain memorial flight Credit: ITV News
traffic signs to get to site
meals for volunteers
Jodie Kidd poses by a plane Credit: ITV News
At least the number of roadside cones used
At least structures put up on site
the money pumped into local economies in Wiltshire and Gloucestershire


Special tribute to Battle of Britain takes place at Fairford

The world's biggest military air tattoo is underway at RAF Fairford, attracting huge crowds from around the world.

Aerial displays will take place all weekend, but today a very special tribute was made to mark 75 years since the Battle of Britain.

We've been sent some footage of the special moment.

Fifty thousand attend Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford

More than 50,000 people have been at RAF Fairford for the second day of the Royal International Air Tattoo.

Among the many flying displays were the Red Arrows - who are celebrating their 50th anniversary.

The event opened for the first time on a Friday this year, which allowed fans to get up close and meet the pilots and engineers.

Andy Armstrong, Chief Executive of RAF Charitable Trust Enterprises, says its been a great success:


Prince Charles celebrates 50 years of the Red Arrows at RAF Fairford

Prince Charles was there to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Red Arrows Credit: ITV News

The world's largest military airshow is underway in Gloucestershire. It's the first time that the Royal International Air Tattoo has opened on a Friday.

The Prince of Wales has joined celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of the Red Arrows display team.

But there's disappointment that an American fighter jet, which was due to make its international show debut, has been grounded for safety reasons.

Thousands head to Royal International Air Tattoo

Thousands of people have made the trip to RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire today for the world's biggest military airshow. Prince Charles is there too.

This year the International Air Tattoo is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Red Arrows. It's the first time the event has opened to the public on a Friday.

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