Royal International Air Tattoo 2013, RAF Fairford - 20th-21st July - Preview

The world's biggest military airshow takes place at RAF Fairford in July. An eight hour flying display is augmented by the biggest static display of any UK airshow with aircraft from throughout the world taking part. RIAT is organised by the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust raising money and awareness for the Trust. On the ground, there are extensive displays by all the armed services as well as all sorts of family entertainment.

As ever, RIAT has a number of themes for the 2013 event:-

A Celebration of Aviation Excellence
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!

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.

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Current Aircraft Participation

(Last updated: 31/05/2013)

Royal Air Force

Royal Navy

Army Air Corps


Belgian Air Fore

Brazilian Air Fore

Columbian Air Force

Estonian Air Force

Finnish Air Force

Finnish Army Aviation

French Air Force

German Air Force

German Navy

Greek Air Force

Hungarian Air Force

Italian Air Force

Italian Navy

Royal Danish Air Force

Royal Jordanian Airlines/Royal Jordanian Air Force

Royal Netherlands Air Force

Royal Norwegian Air Force

Polish Air Force

Swedish Air Force

Swiss Air Force

Classic Jets and Cold War Era Types



CREDITS: RAF Tucano Display Team Website; Swiss Air Force Airshow Participation Website; Website; Dutch F-16 Demo Team Website ; Italian Air Force RSV Website; ; Italian Air Force Website; Italian Air Force RSV Website; ; Rafale Solo Display Website; Royal Navy Historic Flight Website ; HuAF Gripen Display Website ; B-17 Preservation Website ; Plane Sailing Catalina Operations Website ; Jet Aerobatics Website

"AIRCRAFT" - New Addtion, (F) - Flying Display, (S) - Static Display, (F/S) - Flying and Static Displays, (FP) - Flypast Only, (V) - Visiting Aircraft, (C) - Charter Aircraft, (SP) - Support Aircraft, (TBC) - To Be Confirmed, ("DAY") - Only appearing on one day

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