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 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.
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.
Final preparations are underway for the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire. Planes and pilots have arrived from all over the world, with tickets almost sold out.
This year marks the final appearance of the legendary bomber the Vulcan, which is being retired. Caron Bell reports.
The roar of B52 Stratofortress Bombers can be heard over Gloucestershire for the next fortnight.
The american planes, which were first used in the 1960s cold war era are at RAF Fairford as part of European military exercises.
The unit commander Brad Dyer says that their presence here is part of the partnership between the united kingdom and america.
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:
The Royal International Air Tattoo opened to the public for the first time today. Thousands were treated to the sights and sounds of the world's biggest military air show at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire.
There were two major draws today - the Red Arrows, who are celebrating their 50th anniversary, and the Prince of Wales - who was once a pilot himself.
Our Gloucestershire Correspondent Ken Goodwin was there - and captured a flavour of the event on his camera.
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 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.