The Royal International Air Tattoo (R.I.A.T.) is held annually (next show: 13-15 July 2018) at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire – United Kingdom, home of the 420th Air Base Squadron.
Last year’s show: R.I.A.T. 2017
246 aircraft from 32 air arms in 26 countries participated – with 63 official military delegations also in attendance. On Sunday 16, visitors were treated to a surprise flypast by a B-2 Spirit stealth bomber, escorted by two F-15 fighters.
Other flying display highlights included the French Air Force’s Couteau Delta team flying two Mirage 2000D fighter aircraft; the Midnight Hawks, Finland’s aerobatic display team who last performed at the Air Tattoo back in 2004, an RAF Typhoon demo flown by Flt Lt Ryan Lawton and a Russian-built Sukhoi Su-27 ‘Flanker’ from the Ukrainian Air Force, which offered enthusiasts a rare opportunity to view this aircraft in British skies.
Highlights among the 115 aircraft in the static park included a US U-2 spy plane, a Boeing 737 Airborne Early Warning aircraft from the Royal Australian Air Force and a Royal Canadian Air Force Boeing CH-147F Chinook Helicopter which had been airlifted over in the back of a giant Boeing CC-177 Globemaster airlifter.
Whether you want to fly straight into London and sight-see before or after the show, hire a rental car or catch a train to Swindon (1hr 10min by rental car or 1hr 50min by train from Heathrow) then onto Fairford, we can tailor arrangements to your preference.
We still have access to flights from Auckland to London for under $2,000 NZ! For other departure destinations please let us know and we can quote according to the best available fares on preferred days. We also have access to a number of accommodation options around Fairford to suit your budget and preference.
Many of England’s best-known tourist destinations are on the doorstep of RAF Fairford. The base is a gateway to the Cotswolds, an area that combines the harmony of nature and period architecture with major shopping centres, first-class sporting facilities and excellent restaurants.