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GALLERY: Day 1 of Royal International Air Tattoo

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 Red Arrows mark their 50th anniversary in tight formation over the Gloucestershire airfield Credit: ITV News/Ken Goodwin
The Red Arrow Hawks lined up with military precision at RAF Fairford - the birthplace of the aeronautic display team Credit: ITV News/Ken Goodwin
A royal visitor for the airshow - Prince Charles providing a photo opportunity for the plane spotters Credit: ITV News/Ken Goodwin
Painting the sky with red, white and blue. The nine jets are reduced to tiny crosses but their tinted trails are unmissable Credit: ITV News/Ken Goodwin

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