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In pictures: Air Tattoo marks Battle of Britain

Tens of thousands of aviation fans enjoyed a mass fly-past by vintage aircraft at the Royal International Air Tattoo in Fairford at the weekend.

The world's largest military airshow featured Spitfires, Hurricanes, a Messerschmitt - and a final flight for the show by the last airworthy Vulcan bomber, which will be grounded after the 2015 airshow season.

The RAF aerobatic team - better known as the Red Arrows - also thrilled crowds at the event, which featured 232 aircraft from 22 countries.

Organisers say nearly 150,000 people attended.

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Image caption The iconic Vulcan bomber made its final RIAT appearance alongside the Red Arrows
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Image caption This delta-winged Vulcan XH558 is the last airworthy example of the Cold War bomber
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Image caption Hurricanes were among vintage aircraft which took part in the Battle of Britain memorial flight
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Image caption A Messerschmitt Bf 109 chased a Spitfire as part of the Battle of Britain 75th anniversary event
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Image caption The Red Arrows, famous for their aerobatic displays, formed at RAF Fairford in 1964
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Image caption The V-22 Osprey, a tilt-rotor aircraft which has the speed of a plane and the hovering ability of a helicopter, was among 232 aircraft to feature at the event
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Image caption The Apache helicopter Gunship 2 was among spectacular displays at the Royal International Air Tattoo
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Image caption Air Chief Marshal Sir Andrew Pulford joined Battle of Britain veterans and former Spitfire pilot Joy Lofthouse for a salute
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Image caption Model Jodie Kidd arrived at the air tattoo in a Spitfire with pilot Matt Jones

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