19th-21st July 2019, RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire
Last updated: March 21, 2019 at 16:48 pm

The world’s biggest military airshow takes place at RAF Fairford in July. An eight hour flying display is augmented by the biggest static display of any UK airshow with aircraft from throughout the world taking part. RIAT is organised by the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust raising money and awareness for the Trust. On the ground, there are extensive displays by all the armed services as well as all sorts of family entertainment.

2019 Themes

Air & Space: inspiring the Next Generation Air Force

The airshow’s theme “Air & Space: inspiring the Next Generation Air Force” follows an announcement in 2018 that the Royal Air Force will be taking command and control of the UK’s military space operations, reflecting the importance of space in ensuring successful military operations around the world.

Andy Armstrong, Chief Executive of RAF Charitable Trust Enterprises, which organises the event, said that whilst the past 100 years saw military operations take place in the sky the next century would see activities increasingly stretching beyond the Earth’s atmosphere.

He said: “As well as welcoming air arms from around the world, we plan to demonstrate, through engaging and interactive displays, how space technology is being developed and how it is being used to help counter threats to our everyday lives.

“Our focus on space will be particularly poignant as the 2019 airshow will take place on exactly the same day, 50 years ago that the first Moon landing took place – on July 20 1969.”

70th Anniversary of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO)

4th April 2019 will mark the 70th anniversary of the signing of the North Atlantic Treaty and the formation of NATO. The Royal International Air Tattoo

Images from the 2018 Event

Essential Show Information


Official Airshow Website

Ticket Information

Event News/Press Releases

Latest Aircraft Participation

Royal Air Force

  • Red Arrows – BAE Systems Hawk T1 x 9 (F)
  • Boeing Chinook HC6/A (F) (TBC) 18(B) Sqn

Belgian Air Force

  • Lockheed Martin F-16AM Fighting Falcon (F) (FRI/SAT)F-16 Demo Team

Royal Danish Air Force

  • Leonardo EH101 Merlin (S) Esk 722

Royal Jordanian Air Force/Royal Jordanian Airlines

  • Royal Jordanian Falcons – Extra 330LX x 4 (F)
  • Lockheed C-130H Hercules (S) 3 Squadron

Royal Norwegian Air Force

  • Lockheed Martin F-16AM/BM Fighting Falcon x 2  (S) 331 Sqn

Slovenian Air Force

  • Pilatus PC-9M Swift (F)
  • Let L410UVP Turbolet (S)

Spanish Navy

  • McDonnell Douglas EAV-8B+ Harrier II+ x 2 (F) 9 Sqn

Strategic Airlift Capability

  • Boeing C-17A Globemaster (S) Heavy AirLift Wing

Swiss Air Force

  • McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet (F) Swiss Hornet Demo Team


  • Blades Aerobatic Team – Extra 300LP x 4 (F)
  • Breitling Jet Team – Aero Vodochody L-39 Albatross x 6 (F) (TBC)

AIRCRAFT” – New Addition, (F) – Flying Display, (S) – Static Display, (F/S) – Flying and Static Display, (FP) – Flypast Only, (V) – Visiting Aircraft, (SP) – Support Aircraft, “AIRCRAFT” & (TBC) – Participation To Be Confirmed by Organiser

CREDITS: Red Arrows – Ministry of Defence Statement ; Belgian AF F-16 Display Calendar ; RAF Chinook Display Calendar ; Apache Aviation – Breitling Jet Team