The Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT), held at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, is the world’s largest airshow and hosts many air forces from around the world. A record 185,000 people attended this year’s event which, being the RAF's 100th year, was dubbed 'The international celebration of RAF100'...
This year saw memorable displays from some of the worlds most talented pilots, including a scaled down version of the iconic flypast which graced London’s skies on 10 July. The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight performed several times throughout the weekend, as did the new F-35B Lightning II.
The Air Tattoo also offered a whole host of static aircraft to gaze upon and in some cases, explore. The RAF village was filled with squadrons and sporting associations eager to interact with passers-by. This included demonstrations from RAF Mountain Rescue, RAF Snowboard instructors teaching tricks and STEM activities within the TechnoZone to name just a few.
A Royal Review took place, where the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier hosted HRH The Duke of Kent.
As always at RIAT, the iconic Red Arrows wowed the audience with their electric aerobatic displays. This year they stole the show with a fitting tribute to RAF100. The finale was a complex manoeuvre involving all aircraft drawing the number 100 in the skies and underlining it with the iconic red, white and blue colours of the British flag.
The Lancaster, Tornado GR4 and F-35B Lightning II partook in a historic 617 Squadron flypast highlighting the key message from this year’s campaign: To COMMEMORATE our past, CELEBRATE our present and INSPIRE future generations.
This year is a very special year for the RAF and we would just like to say a huge thank you to all those who attended and made RIAT 2018 unforgettable. It was a fantastic event and another fitting tribute to 100 years of the Royal Air Force.