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Success in the skies at RIAT 2004
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The Patrouille Suisse perform at RIAT 2004
Last updated: 21 July 2004 0958 BST
line Tens of thousands of aviation enthusiasts turned out over the weekend at the Royal International Air Tattoo 2004 at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire.
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Organisers of this year's Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford say visitor numbers were up by about five percent compared to last year.

Around 200,000 people came through the gates over the weekend to see aerobatic performances, fly-pasts, and static aircraft diplays.

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(Gallery 1 - Static displays - 46 pics)

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(Gallery 2 - In the air! - 16 pics)

Tim Prince, director of the RIAT, said he was happy with the way things had gone.

He said,"The team have pulled out all the stops to make it good.

"Walking round the show site over the weekend, talking to the team that runs it, and the punters who came to the show, there seemed to be a lot of happy people there who were having a good day out."

quote There seemed to be a lot of happy people there who were having a good day out.quote
Tim Prince

Last year the Tattoo made a loss for the first time so organisers were keen to recoup some of those losses this time round.

Tim Prince said, "It's too early to give the details. An event like this involves all sorts of expenditure and income.

"We're counting up the income at the moment, but expenditure such as aircraft fuel and accommodation still need to be sorted out over the next couple of weeks.

"I think we're going to be all right. Its certainly better than before - things are looking good."

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Highlights included aerial displays by The Red Arrows, The RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team, a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Entente Cordiale, and a 60th anniversary of D-Day spectacle.

Also celebrated at the RIAT were 50 years of the Hercules transport plane, 40 years of the Red Arrows, and displays by the US Air Force.

Check out our extensive photo galleries of RIAT 2004:

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(Gallery 1 - Static displays - 46 pics)

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(Gallery 2 - In the air! - 16 pics)

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