Few events can rival the intensity, drama and spectacle on offer at the world’s greatest airshow. The Air Tattoo, one of the UK’s premier outdoor events, returned this summer with an extravaganza of entertainment for all the family. Alongside the thrilling flying action, visitors were treated to non-stop entertainment on the ground – so whether a wide-eyed first timer for a seasoned airshow veteran, the experience was breathtaking.
With over 250+ aircraft participating each year, upwards of 130,000 visitors and support from the Royal Air Force and some of the world’s leading aerospace companies, the Royal International Air Tattoo has been acknowledged as not only the world’s largest military airshow but also one of the UK’s premier outdoor events for the whole family!
The Royal International Air Tattoo will be staged at RAF Fairford over the weekend of 20 and 21 July 2013 and will be THE aviation event of the year! During a thrilling flying display people will see fast jets, giant transporters, historic aircraft, and much, much more. There will be a chance to meet the crews, get close to the aircraft and enjoy a feast of first class entertainment including the critically acclaimed TRI@RIAT, an interactive showcase designed especially for youngsters.
Add to this FREE entry for accompanied under-16s and FREE parking, it’s clear that the Royal International Air Tattoo, held in support of the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust, offers unbeatable value for money.
RIAT 2013 THEMES
Following the star studded line-up at the Royal International Air Tattoo in 2012 the aim is for a repeat performance in 2013, so what better theme than a ‘Celebration of Aviation Excellence’.
What other airshow in the UK, or Europe or even the rest of the world, had a total of 39 air arms from 25 nations bringing in 268 aircraft and 10 hot-air balloons to their event? The Air Tattoo also had debut visits from the air arms of Japan, Colombia and South Korea as well as 6 individual aerobatic display teams.
For 2013 the variety and quality of the aircraft attending is paramount so our visitors get to experience interesting aircraft on the ground, and exciting and spectacular flying in the sky. Planning for unique flypasts and formations is underway and we are looking to again attract the specially painted aircraft that add that extra colour and vitality to the Air Tattoo.
We aim to maintain the Air Tattoo’s reputation as one of the greatest international military airshows, celebrating aviation excellence, where the aircraft, pilots and aircrew are definitely the stars of the show!
Operational Theme – SkyGuardian
Every minute of every day throughout the year, civilian and military aircraft around the world are ready to take to the air to respond to those in need and provide rapid assistance or protection from a very wide range of potential or actual dangers.
From border and coastal patrols, airborne interception to rapid medical assistance and evacuation, police services and firefighting, the Air Tattoo’s operational theme SkyGuardian will highlight the important role these aircraft play in safeguarding life, land and liberty around the globe.
Civil and military operators of fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters, who perform airborne reconnaissance, information-gathering, interception, search and rescue and diverse humanitarian tasks –– among many others –– are invited to demonstrate their capabilities and those of their aircraft and to share their knowledge and experience with fellow aviators.
Whether performing a role demonstration as part of the Air Tattoo’s seven-hour flying display, or engaging one-to-one with visitors in the static park, SkyGuardian seeks to reflect both the high profile public-facing activities and the less well-known operations conducted by air arms and civilian agencies in the fulfilment of their current international, national and local commitments.
SkyGuardian will also look widely across the development of ‘eyes in the sky’ and the aircraft, helicopters, UAVs, drones, airships and balloons involved in recent times and will look forward to the enhanced technology now being introduced.
RIAT 2013 and SkyGuardian will demonstrate to its many visitors from air arms, industry and commerce, national and local government, emergency services and the general public from around the world how aircraft are providing an often unseen vital service to them 24/7.