Royal International Air Tattoo 2008 - PREVIEW
 RAF Fairford, 12th-13th July 2008




The Royal International Air Tattoo is the largest military airshow in the world attracting 300+ aircraft from around the world each year. The show is organised by  Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Enterprises to raise money and awareness for the fund. Over the years the show has grown into much more than just another military airshow offering much more than just a flying display.

On the ground visitors find the largest static park of any UK show, a free open air evening concert from he RAF's bands, large scale exhibtions of the UK armed forces, fun fairs and a large trade fair. Each year, RIAT adopts several themes that are reflected in the flying and static displays. The flying display is also the longest and busiest of the year with around eight hours of flying each day which always includes a number of national display teams as well as military aircraft from home and abroad along with a selection of warbirds and aerobatic displays.


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Adult Advance Saturday


Adult Advance Sunday


Adult Advance (Either Day) £37.50 (Limited Availibility)
Adult On-The-Day


Child Advance


Child On-The-Day



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RIAT is held at RAF Fairford, in Gloucestershire which is to the north of SwindonClick Here for Airshow Maps


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90th Anniversary of The Royal Air Force    
Aircraft spanning the history of British military aviation will feature in a spectacular tribute marking the 90th anniversary of the Royal Air Force at RAF Fairford next summer. With a reputation for staging memorable anniversary celebrations, the Royal International Air Tattoo will look to create exciting set-pieces both in the air and on the ground that chart important milestones in the RAF’s long and illustrious history.

From the Great War and the Battle of Britain, through Korea and the Cold War to current operations in the Middle East, visitors will be able to chart the transition of one of the oldest independent air forces from fledgling service to one of the most potent air forces in the world.

And we’ll salute the crucial role the RAF has played in bringing much-needed humanitarian relief to some of the most desperate human tragedies that have unfolded during the past nine decades, including the Berlin Airlift of 1948-1949, the Ethiopian famine of 1984 and the Asian tsunami of 2004. Organisers also plan to offer a glimpse of the RAF’s future, in which aircraft such as the Nimrod MRA4, the Typhoon and the new A330-200 Future Strategic Tanker aircraft will provide the backbone of the UK’s air power capability.

Sky Tanker 
Air-to-air refuelling is one of the cornerstones of an international air arm’s global reach capability enabling it to engage further, faster and with more force than ever before. Airborne tankers such as the A310 MRTT, KC-10 Extender, KC-130 Hercules, Tristar and VC-10 have been fundamental to power projection and, along with transport fleets, have helped create sustainable and effective air bridges during some of the 20th century’s biggest conflicts including the Vietnam War, the Falklands War and Kosovo, as well as during current operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Today, more and more air forces are able to perform air-to-air refuelling, providing critical support for their own aircraft and also for their allies. Indeed, so important is it to operational success that NATO members have standardised air-to-air refuelling procedures to boost the effectiveness of their joint capabilities as well as to enhance the safety of the refuelling process. And with industry currently working closely with international air arms to provide a new generation of state-of-the-art aircraft ready to take ‘global reach’ into the 21st century, it seems appropriate that the Royal International Air Tattoo should turn the spotlight on this vital, yet often unseen, aspect of military air mobility.

The Tri@RIAT attraction brings together a feast of entertaining and interactive activities that are specifically designed to inspire and excite youngsters. From engineering and robotics to sport and music, there’s a wealth of opportunities for young people to expand their horizons through play.


Aircraft Participation
(Last Updated: 20/06/2008)

Military Participation

Civilian Participation

Royal Air Force
Red Arrows - BAE Systems Hawk T1 x 9 (F)
Boeing E-3D Sentry (F)  Role Demo
BAE Systems Hawk T1 x 2 (F)  Role Demo
Panavia Tornado F3 x 2 (F)  Role Demo
Panavia Tornado GR4 x 2 (F)  Role Demo
Battle of Britian Memorial Flight - Avro Lancaster B1 (F)
Battle of Britiain Memorial Flight - Supermarine Spitfire (F)
Battle of Britain Memorial Flight - Hawker Hurricane IIc (F)
Battle of Britian Memorial Flight - Douglas Dakota III (F)
Shorts Tucano T1 (F)
Grob Tutor T1 (F)
BAE Systems Hawk T1 (F) 208(R) Solo
Eurofighter Typhoon F2/T1A (F) 29(R) Solo
Grob Vigilant T1 x 3 (S)
Grob Viking T1 x 2 (S)

BAE Systems VC10 (F) (TBC) - Flypast Only

Lockheed Tristar KC1 (F) (TBC) - Flypast Only

Panavia Tornado GR4 (S) 41(R) Squadron
BAE Systems Harrier GR9 (S) 41(R) Squadron
Boeing Chinook HC2 (F)
Westland Merlin HC3 (S)
Westland Puma HC1 (S)
BAE Systems Dominie T1 (S)
Beech King Air B200 (F) 45(R) Solo
Lockheed Tristar KC1 (S)
Agusta A109E Power (S)
British Aerospace Harrier GR3 (S) Defence Movements School
Beech King Air B200 (S)
Boeing C-17A Globemaster III (S)
Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW1 (S)
Westland Sea King HAR3A (SP) Emergency Support
BAE Systems Harrier GR7 (S) 20(R) Squadron
Eurofighter Typhoon F2 (S) 3(F) Squadron
Eurofighter Typhoon F2 (S) XI(F) Squadron
Panavia Tornado GR4 (S) 14 Squadron
BAE Systems VC-10 C1K (S)
Raytheon Sentinal R1 (S)
Lockheed C-130K Hercules C3 (S)
Panavia Tornado GR4 (S) 13 Squadron
BAE Systems Hawk T1 (S) 19 Squadron
Panavia Tornado F3 (S) 43(F) Squadron
BAE Systems Nimrod MR2 (S)
Army Air Corps
Blue Eagles - Westland Lynx & Westland Gazelle (F)
Westland Lynx AH7 (S)
Westland Lynx AH9 (S)
Westland WAH-64D Apache AH1 (F)
De Havilland Canada Beaver AL1 (S) Historic Aircraft Flight
Aerospatiale Alouette II (S) Historic Aircraft Flight
Westland Gazelle AH1 (S)

Saunders Roe Skeeter (S) Historic Aircraft Flight

Eurocopter Squirrel HT1 (S)

Britten Norman Islander AL1 (V)

Royal Navy
BAE Systems Hawk T1 x 2 (S)
BAE Systems Hawk T1 x 4 (F)
Westland Sea King ASaC7 (S)
Westland Merlin HM1 (F)
Westland Merlin HM1 (S)
Westland Sea King HU5 (S)
BAE Systems Jetstream T2 (S)
Westland Lynx HMA8 (S)
United States Air Force Air Combat Command
Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor (F) USAF Demo Team
Rockwell B-1B Lancer (F/S)
Boeing B-52H Stratofortress (S)
Lockheed HC-130P Hercules (S)
United States Air Forces in Europe
Lockheed C-130E Hercules (S)
Lockheed Martin F-16CJ Fighting Falcon (S)
Boeing F-15C Eagle (S)
Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle (S)
Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker (S)
United States Air Force Reserve Command
Boeing KC-10A Extender (S)
Lockheed HC-130P Hercules (S)
Lockheed MC-130E Hercules (S)
Boeing B-52H Stratofortress (F)
Lockheed Martin CC-130J Hercules (S)
United States Air Force Air Mobility Command
Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules II (S)
Lockheed C-130H Hercules (S)
Boeing C-17A Globemaster III (S)
United States Air National Guard
Lockheed C-130H Hercules (S)
Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker (S)
Lockheed Martin EC-130J Command Solo II (S)
United States Air Force Special Operations Command
Lockheed MC-130H Combat Talon II (S)
Lockeed MC-130P Combat Shadow (S)
United States Air Force Education and Training Command
Boeing T-43A Gator (S)
Raytheon T-1A Jayhawk (S)
United States Navy
Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet (F) Boeing (1 x spare)
United States Marine Corps
Lockheed KC-130T Hercules (S)
Austrian Air Forces
Lockheed C-130K Hercules (S)
Belgian Air Component
Lockheed F-16AM Fighting Falcon (F) (SAT)
Lockheed F-16AM/BM Fighting Falcon (S)
SIAI Marchetti SF260M (S)
Lockheed C-130H Hercules (S)
Westland Sea King Mk48 (F)

Brazilian Air Force

Esquadrilha da Fumaça - EMBRAER T-27 Tucano x7 (F)
EADS/CASA C-105 (CN295M) Amazonas (S)
Lockheed C-130H Hercules (SP)


Canadian Armed Forces
Boeing CF-118 Hornet (F) CAF Demo Team

Lockheed CP-140 Aurora (S)


Chilean Air Force

Los Halcones - Walter Extra 300L x 5 (F)

Lockheed C-130H Hercules (SP)


Czech Air Force
SAAB JAS39C Gripen (F/S)
Mil Mi-24V Hind x 2 (F)
Aero Vodochody L-159B ALCA (S)
Mil Mi-171SH (S)
Antonov An-26 Curl (S)
French Air Force (L'armee de l'air)
Patrouille de France - Dassault Alpha Jet E x 8 (F) (SAT)
Dassault Mirage 2000 (S)
Transall C-130R (SP)

Dassault Mirage F1 (S)

Dassault Rafale B/C (S)

French Army Aviation
SOCATA TBM-700 x 2 (S)



French Navy (Aeronavale)

Dassault Falcon 50 Marine (S)

Aerospatiale N262F Fregate (S)


German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Bell UH-1D Iroquois (S)
Panavia Tornado RECCE (S)
Transall C-160D (S)
Airbus A310 (S)
Eurocopter AS532 Cougar (S)
German Army Air Corps
Sikorsky CH-53G Stallion (S)
Eurocopter/MBB Bo-105P1 (S)
German Navy
Westland Sea King Mk41 (S)
Hellenic Air Force
Boeing RF-4E Phantom II (S)
Hungarian Air Force
Mikoyan MiG-29A Fulcrum (S)
SAAB JAS39C Gripen (S)
Antonov An-26 Curl (S)
Indian Air Force
Sarang Helicopter Display Team - HAL Dhruv x 4 (F)
Irish Air Corps
EADS/CASA CN235M Persuader (S)
Italian Air Corps
Lockheed Martin KC-130J Hercules II (S)
Panavia Tornado IDS (S)
AMX International Centaur x 2 (S)

Aermacchi MB339CD x 2 (S)

Dassault Falcon 900 (V)

Pakistan Navy
Lockheed P-3C Orion (S)
Portuguese Air Force
Asas de Portugal - Dassault Alpha Jet A x 2 (F)
Lockheed C-130H Hercules (S)
Dassault Alpha Jet A (S)
Royal Air Force of Oman
BAC 1-11 (S)
Royal Danish Air Force
Lockheed Martin F-16AM/BM Fighting Falcon x 2 (S)
Canadair CL604 Challenger (V)
Royal Danish Navy
Westland Lynx Mk90 (S)
Royal Jordanian Air Force
Lockheed C-130H Hercules (S)
Royal Jordanian Falcons - Extra 300L x 4 (F)
Royal Netherlands Air Force
Lockheed Martin F-16AM Fighting Falcon (F)
Lockheed Martin F-16AM/BM Fighting Falcon x 4 (S)
Fokker 50 (S)
Fokker 50 (V)
Eurocopter AS532U2 Cougar (S)
Royal Norwegian Air Force
Lockheed F-16AM Fighting Falcon x 2 (S)
Slovenian Air Force
Pilatus PC-9M Swift (F)
Pilatus PC-9M Swift (S)
Spanish Air Force
Lockheed C-130H Hercules (S)
Swedish Air Force
SAAB JAS-39B Gripen (S) ETPS

Swiss Air Force

Patrouille Suisse - Northrop F-5E Tiger II x 6 (F)

Cessna Ce560XL (V)


Turkish Air Force
Turkish Stars - Northrop NF-5A Freedom Fighter x 8 (F)
Lockheed C-130E Hercules (S)
Transall C-160 (SP)
Alenia (Italy)
Alenia C-27J Spartan (S)
Aermacchi M311 (S)
Aermacchi M346 (S)
BAE Systems (UK)
BAE Systems Hawk Mk128 (S)
EADS (European Consortium)
Airbus A310 MRTT (F)
FR Aviation (UK)
Dassault Falcon 20ECM x 2 (F)
Pilatus (Switzerland)
Pilatus PC-21 (S)
Pilatus PC-12 (SP)
Rolls Royce (UK)
Supermarine Spitfire PRXIX (F)
Classic Jets and Cold War Era Aircraft
Avro Vulcan B2 (F) (TBC) Vulcan to the Sky
BAC Jet Provost T3 (S) Newcastle JP Group
BAC Jet Provost T5 (S) NWMAS
BAC Strikemaster Mk88 (S) NWMAS
Hawker Hunter F58 (F) Hawker Hunter Aviation
De Havilland Canada Chipmunk T10 (S)
Hawker Hunter T7 (S) Delta Jet (XL577)
Hawker Hunter T7 (S) Delta Jets (WV318)
Hawker Hunter T7 (S) Delta Jets (WV372)
Folland Gnat T1 (S) Delta Jets
BAC Jet Provost T5 (S) Delta Jets
De Havilland Vampire T11 (S) VPG
Hawker Hunter FGA9 (S) Hunter Flying Club

Folland Gnat T1 (S) De Havilland Aviation

Hawker Hunter T8b (S) Hunter Flying Club

Hawker Hurricane I (S) Peter Vacher
Westland Lysander (F) Shuttleworth Collection
Supermarine Spitfire PRXI (S) Hanger 11

Great War Display Team - RAF SE5a Replica x 3 (F)

Great War Display Team - Junkers CL1 Replica x 2 (F)

Great War Display Team - Fokker DR1 Replica x 2 (F)

Great War Display Team - Sopwith Pup Replica (F)

Great War Display Team - Sopwith Triplane Replica (F)

Great War Display Team - Neiuport 17 Replica (F)

Douglas DC-3 Dakota (C) Air Atlantique Classic Flight
Scottish Aviation Twin Pioneer (C) Air Atlatique Classic Flight
De Havilland Dove (C) Air Atlantique Classic Flight
De Havilland Dragon Rapide (C) Air Atlantique Classic Flight
Breitling Jet Team - Aero Vodochody L-39C x 7  (F)
Robinson R44 (SP)
Rollason Condor (S)
Piper Aztec (V) Marshalls of Cambridge

Cessna Citation x 2 (V) Marshalls of Cambridge

Cessna C172 (V) Marshalls of Cambridge

Piper Dakota (S) Polly Vacher
Piper Warrror x 2 (V) BAE Systems Flying Club
De Havilland Canada Twin Otter (S) British Antarctic Survey
Diamond DA-40 Star (S) Cabair
Diamond DA-42 Twin Star (S) Cabair
Piper PA34 (C)
Beech C90A (C)
Dornier Do328 (C)
ATR 42-300 (C)
Extra 400 (S) Bruno Stocker
EMBRAER Legacy (V)
Hawker Beechcraft Premier Jet 1 (S)
Hawker Beechcraft King Air 350 (S)
EMBRAER Legacy 600 (V)
Airbus A300-600 (S) FedEx
Gulfstream GV (SP) Lockheed Martin
Flight Design CTSW (S)
Eurocopter EC120 Colibri x 2 (C)
SOCATA TB30 Trinidad (C)
Piper PA28 Warrior (C)
Piper PA31 Navajo x 2 (C)
BE23 Sundowner (C)
Diamond DA42 Twin Star (C)
Sikorsky S76C++ (C)

Piper Warrior (V)

Beech Bonanza A36 (SP)

Gulfstream GV (V) Lockheed Martin

Scottish Aviation Bulldog (S) BDFA

Grob 120 (S)

Grob 140TP (S)

Eurocopter AS365 Dauphin (V)

Bell 206 Jetranger (V)

Piper PA28 Warrior x 2 (V) Marham Flying Club

MD Helicopters MD500 (SP)

Fokker 50 x 2 (C) VLM Airlines

Piper PA28 Warrior (C) Cabair

Piper PZ32 Lance (C)

Beech B200 King Air (C)

Cirrus SR22 (C)


 AIRCRAFT  = New addition, (F) = Flying Display, (S) = Static Display, (F/S) = Aircraft type in flying and static displays, (SP) = Support Aircraft, (C) = Charter, (V) = Visitor, (TBC) = To Be Confirmed (SAT) - Saturday Only

CREDITS: Flight International, Sanicole via FABKE's Airshow  Pages, Scramble, Liza via Fence Check, Sarang



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