Saturday 20 to Sunday 21 July 2013Editor's Choice
Held annually each July at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, the Royal International Air Tattoo is one of the world’s largest military airshows and has gained a reputation as one of the county, and indeed the UK’s, top outdoor family events.
And this year’s weekend spectacular is set to be no exception. Taking place on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 July 2013, more than 250 aircraft and upwards of 130,000 visitors are expected at the Cotswolds event – with the stunningly choreographed flying and static displays providing the opportunity to see fast jets, giant transporters and historic aircraft in action.
Visitors can expect exciting performances by the world’s leading aerobatic teams, special flypasts, the chance to meet the crews, get close to the aircraft and have a go on the flight simulators – with plenty more sideline attractions and refreshments available during the summer weekend highlight.
The aircraft confirmed for this year’s event includes a tanker from the Brazilian Air Force; civilian reconnaissance, aerobatic and tactical aircraft, and strategic bombers; a Colombian Air Force Boeing KC-767; an EH101 Merlin helicopter from the Royal Danish Air Force; tactical transport from Finland; impressive helicopters and fighter aircraft from the German Air Force and Navy; plus too many more to mention from Greece, Italy, Jordan, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland.
Meanwhile, homegrown aircraft will include helicopters from the Army Air Corps; an Alpha Jet and ASTRA Hawk T1 from QinetiQ; an RAF Systems Hawk, Grob Tutor, Hurricane, Lancaster, Spitfire and Typhoon FGR4; as well as Sea King, Merlin and Westland Lynx helicopters from the Royal Navy.
Plus, there’s plenty on offer to keep kids occupied throughout the two-day spectacular, including Aviation Art Attack and the critically acclaimed TRI@RIAT, which is an interactive showcase designed especially for youngsters.
Those aspiring for a career in aviation – or even the RAF – can discover some of the cutting-edge technology currently being used by the industry in the Techno Zone, while the adrenalin-fuelled Toys for Boys Zone and nostalgic Vintage Village, complete with classic cars, cockpit collections, retro shopping, a travelling tea room and authentic music are also expected to be popular with visitors of all ages.
Promising to be an unmissable family-friendly Gloucestershire event for another year running, including free admission for under 16s, get your tickets before it’s too late and don’t forget your camera to capture the truly amazing action at what’s been described as nothing less than ‘the best airshow’ by Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin.
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