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Fairford gets off to a flying start

The gates have opened at the Fairford Air Show in Gloucestershire.

Final preparations have been made for what is the Biggest Air Show in the UK. The much anticipated debut of the most advanced fighter jet in the world - the F 35 B Lightning - and displays from the Red Arrows will be the highlights.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are also expected to be attending the event.

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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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