Royal International Air Tattoo 2004 at RAF Fairford will take place
on Sat July 17 and Sun July 18.
year the event attracts hordes of aviation enthusiasts - last year
just under 200 thousand turned up from far and wide.
year, once again, promises to be a feast of flight-related fun.
the heart-stopping precision flying of the Red Arrows to the jaw-dropping
aerial displays by many of the world's leading 'Top Gun' pilots,
Europe's largest airshow is guaranteed to satisfy everyone's lust
on the ground there'll be more family entertainment with a concert,
hot air balloons, stalls, exhibits, roadshows and virtual reality
well as the usual air displays there'll be a special tribute, marking
the 60th anniversary of D-day - arguably the most pivotal day of
World War Two.
years on, The Royal International Air Tattoo will host an MoD-sponsored
tribute to this epic 'invasion' by recreating the sights and sounds
of a D-day airfield featuring some of the aircraft that contributed
to its success, such as Dakotas, Mustangs, Spitfires, Lancaster
Red Arrows followed by a Stealth Fighter
mark the centenary of the signing of the historic 'Entente Cordiale',
Tattoo organisers are promising a unique aerial display that will
surpass last year's stunning joint flypast by the Red Arrows and
a USAF F-117A stealth bomber.
addition, there will be a feast of Anglo-French entertainment -
in the air and on the ground - to highlight the ties that unite
the two countries.
anniversary will be marked at the Tattoo this year.
50 years since the introduction of the 'workhorse' aircraft, the
Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules.
Tattoo will spotlight the aircraft's versatility in areas such as
search and rescue, famine relief, in-flight refuelling, and firefighting.
year's operational theme Fighter 04 will see one of the largest
collections of fighter aircraft from around the world including
the Hunter, F-15, F-16, Tornado, Sea Harrier, the Mirage 2000 and
promises to be an unforgettable display of their air defence and
air superiority capabilities.
the Tattoo to mark the 60th anniversary of The Great Escape will
be the last two surviving UK-based veterans of The Great Escape.
will join a special tribute to those who took part in one of most
daring - and infamous - episodes of World War Two history.
mark another milestone - 30 years of production of the BAE SYSTEMS'
Hawk - the Royal International Air Tattoo will highlight its appeal.
is its speed and manoeuvrability, it has been the Red Arrows' aircraft
of choice since 1980.
the Hawk celebrates its birthday, the world-famous Reds will be
at The Tattoo to celebrate another landmark - their 40th display
Timetable July 17-18
Display 10.00am: 6.00pm
Evening Concert: 6.00pm-8.15pm
Airfield Closes: 9.30pm
Advance Adult: £29.95
On-the day Adult: £35
Children 15 and under FREE
Car Parking Free with an admission ticket
Find out more from the
RIAT official site
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