The planning is well underway for next year’s Royal International Air Tattoo which will take place at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire on the 18 & 19 July. We are currently looking at a number of initiatives that we hope will minimise the risk of a repeat of this summer, when severe flooding led to the event being cancelled for the first time in its 38-year history.

Air Tattoo Director Tim Prince said plans for 2009 were on track and the feedback he has received following his team’s recent visit to more than 30 embassies in London gave cause for cautious optimism regarding the range of aircraft that could be expected to take part in July.

“The support we have received from the public, our sponsors, the Royal Air Force, the US Air Force and other international air arms has been overwhelming and I have been left in no doubt that the event continues to mean as much to each of them as it does to us and our parent charity.

He added: “Traditionally, we all get pretty excited during the build up to each airshow but I think the excitement and anticipation for next summer’s airshow will be something special. “

Next summer’s airshow will mark the 60th Anniversary of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), showcasing aircraft that represent the wide variety of tasks performed by the Alliance.

Maritime patrol and surveillance aircraft from around the world are also being invited to take part in Sea Search 09, the Air Tattoo’s operational theme.

Special Earlybird tickets for next summer’s Royal International Air Tattoo will go on sale in early December. The full range of ticket prices for next summer’s Airshow will be announced at the same time. Earlybird tickets will be available to purchase until February 28, 2009.