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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:

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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.

RAF Fairford opens gates for RIAT

A British Army Apache helicopter displays at RAF Fairford, during last year's Royal International Air Tattoo. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Thousands are expected at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire for the world's biggest military air show.

The Royal International Air Tattoo opens to the public today. Prince Charles is expected to attend.

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Thousands flock to Fairford for Air Tattoo

The Met Office says heatwave warnings for the south west have now been downgraded - with forecasters confirming temperatures have cooled.

Just yesterday organisers of this year's Royal International Air Tattoo asked visitors to come prepared and brought in extra water to give to the crowds.

But instead of hot weather, their main concern was whether cloud would stop displays going ahead.

Laura Makin-Isherwood reports.

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