Fairford’s famous Royal International Air Tattoo opens its gates

If you’re lucky enough to live near Fairford, you may have seen, or even heard, the planes preparing for the Air Tattoo this week.

Red Arrows at RIAT 2015. © Myles Ackland
Red Arrows at RIAT 2015. © Myles Ackland

As the Royal International Air Tattoo celebrates its 75th anniversary, the gates opened at 7:30am this morning to let thousands of plane enthusiasts enjoy the wide range of aeroplanes in synchronisation.

Tickets sold fast this year with all three days selling out quickly. Crowds have swarmed Fairford over the past few days as more and more people set up camp to watch the planes rehearse and arrive from around the world.

This year, RAF Fairford have very special visitors at the Air Tattoo: Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge.

The F-35B will make its first appearance at the show this year, alongside Hercules, B-52 Bombers and, of course, the iconic Red Arrows.

The day would not be possible without the help of over 1,500 Air Cadets and 2,000 volunteers at the show who work hard to help the event happen. Nine of these cadets were lucky enough to fly in the Red Arrows yesterday, each chosen for their outstanding achievement.

Please try not to watch the displays while you are driving and keep your eyes on the road. If you want to watch from outside the Air Base, make sure you are either parked up or away from the road to avoid accidents.