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Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) 2024 - Fairford Airshow

RIAT 2024 Airshow

RAF Typhoon FGR4 at RIAT 2024.

The Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) is a very large military Air Show containing hundreds of modern military aircraft in the static line-up and air display from many different countries around the world.

This Airshow is usually held at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, which is a large base used infrequently by USAF deployments, making it an ideal venue for such a large Air Show.

In 2024, Friday will have a 4 hour flying display (11am to 3pm) whilst Saturday and Sunday are both full show days with over seven hours of thrilling flying displays (10am to 5.30pm) each day. The showground will be open from 7.30am to 6pm on Friday and 7.30am to 7.30pm on Saturday and Sunday. Car parks are open from 6am each day.

RIAT 2024 Dates:

19-21 July - Royal International Air Tattoo 2024

Royal International Air Tattoo 2024 Themes

The operational themes for this year's Royal International Air Tattoo are '50 years of the F-16 Fighting Falcon' as 2024 marks the 50th anniversary of the F-16 Fighting Falcon's first flight, '75 years of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO)' which was established in April 1949 & 'Pushing the Boundaries in Air & Space' which plans to display aircraft from military flight test units, alongside developmental aircraft from commercial manufacturers, and future aircraft pioneering sustainable aviation, such as hydrogen and electric powered aircraft.
RIAT 2024 Participating Aircraft:

(F)=Flying Display, (S)=Static Display, (FP)=Flypast

Belgian Air Component
General Dynamics F-16AM Fighting Falcon (S)

Aerosport Ikarus C42 (S)
Aero Vodochody L-159E Honey Badger (S)
Airbus Helicopters H125 - Qinetiq (S)
Agusta A109 - Qinetiq (S)
Auster J/5F Aiglet Trainer (S)
American General AG-5B Tiger (S)
BAE 146-301 ARA (S)
Beechcraft King Air B300 (S)
Beechcraft King Air B350 (S)
Beechcraft King Air 350 - Qinetiq (S)
Breguet 1050 Alize (S)
British Aerospace Avro RJ100 - Qinetiq (S)
Cessna T-41A Mescalero (S)
Cirrus SR22T Platinum (S)
Conair Turbo Firecat (S)
Dassault Falcon 20 (S)
de Havilland Canada Chipmunk (S)
de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk (S)
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter (S)
de Havilland Vampire FB.52 (S)
Douglas A-4N Skyhawk (S)
Douglas C-47B Dakota (S)
Embraer KC-390 Millennium (F) - Friday
Evektor EV-97 Eurostar (S)
Grob 120TP (S)
Grob G120TP - Qinetiq (S)
Gulfstream G700 (S)
Hawker Hunter F.58 (S)
Leonardo AW139 - Qinetiq (S)
Leonardo AW139 - Bristow Helicopters (S)
Leonardo AW169 (S)
Leonardo AW189 - Bristow Helicopters (S)
North American P-51D Mustang (S)
Pilatus PC-21 - Qinetiq (S)
Pilatus PC-24 (S)
Pilatus PC-7 MKX (S)
Piper L-4 Grasshopper (S)
Pipistrel Velis Electro x2 (S)
Reims-Cessna F152 (S)
SAAB 340B (S)
Sikorsky S-92A - Bristow Helicopters (S)
Slingsby T66 Nipper (S)
Soko Kraguj (S)
Supermarine Spitfire Vb - TFC (F)
Tecnam P2006T (S)
Tecnam P2008JC (S)
Valmet Vinka (S)
Vought F4U-5NL Corsair (S)
Westland Gazelle HT2 (S)
Westland Lynx AH.7 (S)

Czech Air Force
Aero Vodochody L-159 ALCA (S)
CASA C-295M (S)
SAAB JAS-39C Gripen (F)

Finnish Air Force
McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet (S)
CASA C-295 (S)
Midnight Hawks Display Team (F)

French Air and Space Force
Dassault Mirage 2000-5 (S)

German Air Force
Airbus A319 OH (S)
Airbus A400M (F)
Eurofighter EF2000 (F)
Panavia Tornado ECR (S)
Panavia Tornado ECR (S)
Sikorsky CH-53G (S)

German Army
NHIndustries NH90 TTH (F)
NHIndustries NH90 TTH (S)

Hellenic Air Force
Lockheed Martin F-16C Fighting Falcon (S)
Lockheed Martin F-16D Fighting Falcon (S)
McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantom II x2 (S)

Hungarian Air Force
SAAB JAS-39C Gripen (F)

Irish Air Corps
Airbus C-295 MSA (S)
Eurocopter EC135 (S)

Italian Air Force
Eurofighter F-2000A Typhoon (F)
Leonardo C-27J Spartan (F)
Leonardo T-346A Master (F)
Panavia A-200A Tornado (S)
Piaggio P.180AM Avanti (S)

Italian Army
Piaggio P.180 Avanti (S)

Lithuanian Air Force
Leonardo C-27J Spartan (2) (S)
MIL MI-8T Hip (S)

Boeing C-17A Globemaster III (S)
Boeing E-3A Sentry (S)

Polish Air Force
Lockheed C-130H Hercules (S)
Lockheed Martin F-16C (Tiger Demo Team) (F)
Lockheed Martin F-16D (S)

Portuguese Air Force
Embraer KC-390 Millenium (S)
General Dynamics F-16AM Fighting Falcon x2 (S)

Qatar Emiri Air Force
BAE Systems Hawk MK.167 (S)
Boeing C-17A Globemaster III (S)
Boeing F-15QA Ababil (F)
Eurofighter Typhoon (S)
NH90 NFH (S)

Romanian Air Force
General Dynamics F-16AM Fighting Falcon x2 (S)
Leonardo C-27J Spartan (S)

Royal Air Force
Airbus Atlas C.1 (S)
Airbus Helicopters Juno HT.1 (S)
Airbus Helicopters Jupiter HT.1 (S)
Airbus Helicopters Puma HC.2 (S)
Airbus Voyager KC.2 (S)
BBMF Lancaster (F)
BAE Systems Hawk T.2 (S)
RAF Typhoon FGR4 (S)
RAF Typhoon FGR4 (S)
RAF Typhoon T3 (S)
Beechcraft Texan T.1 (S)
Red Arrows (Fri/Sat/Sun) (F)
RAF Typhoon (F)
Boeing C-17 Globemaster (S)
Boeing Chinook HC.6 (F)
Boeing Poseidon MRA.1 (S)
Boeing RC-135W Rivet Joint (FP) - Friday
Embraer Phenom T.1 (S)
Grob Prefect T.1 (S)
Grob Tutor T.1 (S)
Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II (S)
Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Role Demo (F)
RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team (F) - Friday

Royal Navy
Leonardo Merlin HM.2 x2 (S)
Leonardo Wildcat HMA.2 (S)
Leonardo Wildcat HMA.2 x2 (Black Cats Team) (F)

Army Air Corps
Boeing Apache AH.2 (S)
Leonardo Wildcat AH.1 (S)

Royal Canadian Air Force
Airbus CC-150T Polaris (S)
Airbus CC-295 Kingfisher (S)
Bell CH-146 Griffon (S)
Boeing CC-177 Globemaster (S)
McDonnell Douglas CF-188A Hornet (F)
Lockheed Martin CC-130J Hercules (S)

Royal Danish Force
General Dynamics F-16AM Fighting Falcon (F)
General Dynamics F-16BM Fighting Falcon (S)
Bombardier CL-604 Challenger (S)

Royal Jordanian Air Force
Lockheed C-130H Hercules (S)
Royal Jordanian Falcons (F)
General Dynamics F-16AM Fighting Falcon (S)
General Dynamics F-16BM Fighting Falcon (S)

Royal Moroccan Air Force
Lockheed C-130H Hercules (S)
Lockheed Martin F-16C Fighting Falcon (S)
Lockheed Martin F-16D Fighting Falcon (S)

Royal Netherlands Air Force
General Dynamics F-16AM Fighting Falcon x4 (S)
NH90 NFH (S)

Royal Norwegian Air Force
Leonardo AW101 SAR Queen (S)
Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules (S)
Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II x2 (S)

Royal Saudi Air Force
Airbus A330 MRTT (S)
Saudi Hawks Display Team (F)
Boeing F-15SA Eagle (S)
Lockheed C-130H Haercules (S)

Serbian Air Force & Air Defence
Airbus C295MW (S)

Slovak Air Force
Leonardo C-27J Spartan (S)

Slovenian Armed Forces
Leonardo C-27J Spartan (S)
Pilatus PC-9M Hudournik (F)
Pilatus PC-9M Hudournik (S)

Spanish Air Force
Northrop SF-5M Freedom Fighter (S)

Spanish Navy
Cessna Citation II (S)
McDonnell Douglas EAV-8B Harrier II (F)

Swedish Air Force
Lockheed TP.84 Hercules (S)
SAAB JAS-39C Gripen (F)
SAAB JAS-39C Gripen (S)

Swiss Air Force
Patrouille Suisse (F)

Turkish Air Force
Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker (S)
Lockheed Martin F-16C Fighting Falcon (F)
McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantom II x2 (S)

United States Air Force
Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker (S)
Boeing RC-135V Rivet Joint (S)
Boeing C-17A Globemaster III (S)
Boeing KC-46A Pegasus (S)
Learjet C-21A (S)
Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules (S)
Lockheed Martin MC-130J Commando II (S)
Lockheed Martin F-16C Fighting Falcon x2 480th FS (S)
Lockheed Martin F-16C Fighting Falcon x2 93rd FS (S)
Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II (S)
Lockheed U-2 (F) - Friday
Lockheed U-2 (S)
McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle x2 (S)
McDonnell Douglas KC-10A Extender (S)
Boeing B-52H Stratofortress (S)

Red Arrows Display Schedule:

Friday 19 July 2024 - To be announced...
Saturday 20 July 2024 - To be announced...
Sunday 21 July 2024 - To be announced...

More details of the Red Arrows and a route map can be found on the Red Arrows Schedule Page.

RIAT 2024 Tickets:

Tickets can be purchased on the official website at

Please note that tickets will not be available at the gate.

Press/News Releases:

Royal International Air Tattoo
Royal International Air Tattoo reveals themes for 2024.

RIAT 2024 Maps

RIAT Accommodation:

RIAT 2024 Flying Display:
To be announced....

Park and View
Head to the West and East enclosure to enjoy a brilliant and safe view of all aircraft arrivals, rehearsals, and departures.

The Park & View ticket includes:- Parking for ticket holders (opens at 6.00am), Toilets, Disabled parking (limited), Food and drink outlets & a stepladder enclosure within Park and View East.

17th July 2024 - 7.30AM 5.30PM
18th July 2024 - 7.30AM 5.30PM
22th July 2024 - 7.30AM 4.30PM

Park and View Tickets:

Please check with the official RIAT website for Park and View Ticket booking.

RIAT Future Dates:

Fri 18, Sat 19, Sun 20 July 2025
Fri 17, Sat 18, Sun 19 July 2026
Fri 16, Sat 17, Sun 18 July 2027
Fri 14, Sat 15, Sun 16 July 2028
Fri 13, Sat 14, Sun 15 July 2029
Fri 19, Sat 20, Sun 21 July 2030


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Royal International Air Tattoo - Red Arrows.

Royal International Air Tattoo - RAF Typhoon.

Royal International Air Tattoo - RAF Chinook.

Royal International Air Tattoo - RAF F-35B Lightning.

Royal International Air Tattoo - SAAB Gripen.

Royal International Air Tattoo - Royal Jordanian Falcons.

Royal International Air Tattoo - Canadian Hornet.

Royal International Air Tattoo - Black Cats - RN Wildcat.

RIAT Information & Links

About RIAT:
RIAT History
RIAT Dates
RIAT Themes
RIAT Participating Aircraft

Google Map
County: Gloucestershire
Satnav Postcode: GL7 4EG
Showground Map

Travel Information:
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How to get there
National Rail
National Express

Premier Inn
Official Campsite
Camping - Kempsford Camping
Camping - Totterdown Hill
Camping - Townsend Farm
Camping - Fairford F.C. Camping

Weather Forecast:
General UK weather forecast
Local weather Met Office
Local weather BBC

RIAT Photographs & Reviews:
Review RIAT 2019 (Fairford)
Review RIAT 2018 (Fairford)
Review RIAT 2017 (Fairford)
Review RIAT 2016 (Fairford)
Review RIAT 2015 (Fairford)
Review RIAT 2014 (Fairford)
Review RIAT 2013 (Fairford)
Photos RIAT 2013 (Fairford)
Review RIAT 2012 (Fairford)
Photos RIAT 2012 (Fairford)
Review RIAT 2011 (Fairford)
Review RIAT 2010 (Fairford)
Photos RIAT 2010 (Fairford)
Review RIAT 2009 (Fairford)
Photos RIAT 2008 (Fairford)
Photos RIAT 2007 (Fairford)
Photos RIAT 2006 (Fairford)
Photos RIAT 2005 (Fairford)
Photos RIAT 2004 (Fairford)
Photos RIAT 2003 (Fairford)
Photos RIAT 2002 (Fairford)
Photos RIAT 2001 (Cottesmore)
Photos RIAT 2000 (Cottesmore)
Photos RIAT 1999 (Fairford)
Photos RIAT 1998 (Fairford)
Photos RIAT 1997 (Fairford)
Photos RIAT 1996 (Fairford)
Photos IAT 1995 (Fairford)
Photos IAT 1994 (Fairford)
Photos IAT 1993 (Fairford)
Photos IAT '70s (Greenham Common)

Scanner Frequencies / Live Radio:
RIAT Scanner Frequencies
Air Tattoo Live - 87.7 MHz

Checklist RIAT 2019
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Checklist RIAT 2016
Checklist RIAT 2015
Checklist RIAT 2011
Checklist RIAT 2010
Checklist RIAT 2008
Checklist RIAT 2007
Checklist RIAT 2003
Checklist RIAT 2002
Checklist RIAT 2001
Checklist RIAT 2000

Trophy Winners:
Trophy Winners 2023
Trophy Winners 2022
2021 Cancelled (Covid 19)
2020 Cancelled (Covid 19)
Trophy Winners 2019
Trophy Winners 2018
Trophy Winners 2017
Trophy Winners 2016
Trophy Winners 2015
Trophy Winners 2014
Trophy Winners 2013
Trophy Winners 2012
Trophy Winners 2011
Trophy Winners 2010
Trophy Winners 2009
2008 Cancelled (Flooding)
Trophy Winners 2007
Trophy Winners 2006
Trophy Winners 2005
Trophy Winners 2004
Trophy Winners 2003
Trophy Winners 2002
Trophy Winners 2001
Trophy Winners 2000

Website & Links:
Official RIAT Website
Official RIAT Facebook
Official RIAT Twitter
Official RIAT FAQ
RAF Fairford

UK Airshows 2024:
UK Airshows (England):
Shuttleworth Airshows
Duxford Airshows
Royal International Air Tattoo
Farnborough Airshow
RAF Cosford Airshow
Flying legends Airshow - cancelled
Abingdon Air & Country Show
Midlands Air Festival
Little Gransden Airshow
Airbourne (Eastbourne) Airshow
Southport Airshow
Clacton Airshow
Bournemouth Air Festival
Blackpool Airshow
English Riviera Airshow
Teignmouth Airshow
Headcorn Battle of Britain
Old Buckenham Airshow
East Kirkby Airshow
Sywell Airshow
UK Airshows (Wales):
Wales National Air Show
Rhyl Air Show - cancelled
UK Airshows (Scotland):
International Ayr Show
UK Airshows (Northern Ireland):
NI International Airshow
UK Airshows (Channel Islands):
Jersey International Air Display
Guernsey Air Display
Flypasts/Events 2024:
King's Birthday Flypast

RIAT - Fairford Airshow.

RIAT History
The first Air Tattoo was held at North Weald, Essex in 1971. North Weald was then still owned by the Ministry of Defence and it was was inactive so it had to be re-activated for the event. North Weald also hosted the Air Tattoo in 1972 but in 1973 the M11 motorway was being built close to North Weald's main runway so a new location was found for the Air Tattoo at RAF Greenham Common. Greenham Common hosted more aircraft and 2 days were allocated for the event. It was very successful and was hosted there in 1974 also.

In 1975 with the loss of the Director of the IAT, the withdrawal of a major sponsor, and an international fuel crisis there wasn't an Air Tattoo. However a proposal was put to the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund which decided to support future Air Tattoos at Greenham Common. In 1976 the show became the International Air Tattoo (IAT). The 1977 IAT was the last of the annual International Air Tattoos, as it was then held every other year.

The International Air Tattoos in 1979, 1981, and 1983 became bigger and better but the 1983 IAT was the last to be held at Greenham Common due to the build up of cruise missile facilities and the reduced area for a large airshow. In 1985, RAF Fairford was chosen as the venue to host the Air Tattoo. The static display stretched for nearly 2 miles and was the longest single line-up ever presented in the UK. Fairford hosted the event biennially until 1993 and annually since then.

In recognition of its unique status, the current title of 'Royal International Air Tattoo' was granted by Her Majesty The Queen in 1996.

During 2000 and 2001 the Royal International Air Tattoo was held at RAF Cottesmore, Rutland because RAF Fairford was having its runways resurfaced. RIAT returned back to RAF Fairford in 2002.

Day-specific tickets were introduced for the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford in 2008 because RIAT 2007 saw many more people attending on Saturday rather than Sunday because the weather was forecast was much better for Saturday. This resulted in traffic chaos and long queues on Saturday. It is thought that issuing day-specific tickets (Saturday or Sunday) which will have to be bought in advance (there will be no on-the-day tickets) will solve the problems of RIAT 2007. It is still possible to purchase a ticket which covers both saturday and Sunday but at a higher price.

The Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford in 2008 was cancelled both days (Saturday and Sunday) due to a sustained period of heavy rainfall resulting in waterlogged conditions in the public carparks and also the airfield. Unfortunately in 2008 the United States Air Force Air Combat Command's F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team had made the first trans-Atlantic flight to participate in the show. However, the F-22 Raptor appeared and displayed at RIAT 2010.

RIAT 2012 saw the debut of the excellent Black Eagles aerobatic team from South Korea.

RIAT 2014 was the first time in its history that the show has been open to the public on a Friday and included a flying display. The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter was to make its anticipated European debut in 2014 but the type was grounded in the U.S. due to an F-35 engine failure so couldn't attend the Royal International Air Tattoo.

RIAT 2016 included the international display debut of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II. Six F-35 Lightning II were flown over to RAF Fairford in June 2016 to take part in the show. The six F-35s included three USAF F-35A Lightning II (conventional take off and landing variant), two USMC F-35B Lightning II (short-take off and vertical-landing (STOVL) variant), and an RAF F-35B Lightning II. The F-22A Raptor also made a welcome return.

RIAT 2018 celebrated one hundred years of the Royal Air Force and had a full three days of airshows, with over 7 hours of flying on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

RIAT 2020 was cancelled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and RIAT 2021 cancelled due to the ongoing uncertainties regarding COVID but RIAT did go ahead in 2022.
Patrouille Suisse.

Saudi Hawks.

Midnight Hawks.

Spanish Harrier.

Royal International Air Tattoo - German NH90.