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Red Arrows to take to the West's skies once more

You'll need to keep your eyes peeled again this summer as the Red Arrows return to the West once more.

The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team will take to the skies above RAF Fairford in typically thrilling fashion on all three days of the airshow.

Last year a bumper crowd of almost 150,000 people were treated to a spectacular displays from across the globe during the three-day Royal International Air Tattoo at the airfield in Gloucestershire.

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

Other highlights this year include the twin-turboprop Beech King Air, used by the RAF for advanced multi-engine pilot training.

Adding a touch of nostalgia favourites such as the Lancaster, Hurricane and Spitfire from the RAF's Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will also take to the sky.

Eager fans will also have the opportunity to meet the Red Arrows in the RAF Village, as well as being able to speak to a number of RAF personnel.

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

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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:

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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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.

Bikes, jet planes and fine weather hopes for Fairford

It was two wheels versus two wings at the preview of this years Royal International Air Tattoo at Fairford, as a mountain bike stunt rider performed in front of a supersonic jet.

The organisers say they are keeping their fingers crossed for good weather as the last couple of years have been blighted by rain. Ken Goodwin reports on what the show has in store.

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