19th-21st July 2019, RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire
Last updated: May 24, 2019 at 12:31 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.


Images from the 2018 Event


Essential Show Information

SATNAV: GL7 4EG

Official Airshow Website

Ticket Information

Event News/Press Releases


Latest Aircraft Participation

Royal Air Force

  • Red Arrows – BAE Systems Hawk T1 x 9 (F) (FRI/SAT/SUN)
  • Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning (FP) (FRI/SAT)
  • Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 (F) 29(R) Sqn/RAF Typhoon Display Team
  • Shorts Tucano T1 (F) 72(R) Sqn/RAF Tucano Display Team
  • Grob Tutor T1 (F)  115(R) Sqn/RAF Tutor Display Team
  • Battle of Britain Memorial Flight – Avro Lancaster B1 (F)
  • Battle of Britain Memorial Flight – Supermarine Spitfire (F)
  • Battle of Britain Memorial Flight – Hawker Hurricane Iic (F)
  • Boeing Chinook HC6/A (F) 18(B) Sqn
  • Westland Puma HC2 (S) 230/33 Sqn

Royal Navy

  • BAE Systems Hawk T1 (S) 736NAS
  • Leonardo AW159 Wildcat HMA2 (S) 815 NAS
  • Beechcraft Avenger T1 (S) 750 NAS
  • Leonardo Merlin HM2 (S) RNAS Culdrose

British Army

  • AgustaWestland WAH-64D Apache AH1 (F) Attack Helicopter Display Team
  • Leonardo AW159 Wildcat AH1 (S) 1 Regt AAC

QinetiQ

  • BAE Systems RJ70 (S)
  • Leonardo AW109E Power (S)

United States Air Force Air Combat Command

  • Lockheed Martin F-16CM Fighting Falcon (F) F-16 Viper Demo Team

United States Air Forces Europe

  • McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle (S) 48FW/494FS

United States Air Force Reserve Command

  • Boeing C-17A Globemaster III (S) 315 AW/701 AS

United States Air Force Special Operations Command

  • Bell/Boeing CV-22B Osprey (F) 352 SOW/7 SOS
  • Bell/Boeing CV-22B Osprey (S) 352 SOW/7 SOS
  • Lockheed Martin MC-130J Commando II (S) 352 SOW/77 SOS

United States Navy

  • Boeing E-6B Mercury (S) VQ-4

Austrian Air Force

  • Lockheed C-130K Hercules (S) LuTSa

Belgian Air Force

  • Lockheed Martin F-16AM Fighting Falcon (F) (FRI/SAT) F-16 Demo Team
  • Lockeed Martin F-16AM Fighting Falcon (S) 349/350 Sqn
  • Embraer ERJ-135/145 (S) 21 Sqn

Royal Canadian Air Force

  • Lockheed Martin CC-130H/J Hercules (S)
  • Lockheed CP-140 Aurora (S) 405 Sqn

Royal Danish Air Force

  • Leonardo EH101 Merlin (S) Esk 722

Finnish Air Force

  • McDonnell Douglas F-18C Hornet (F)

French Air Force

  • Patrouille de France – Dassault Alpha Jet E x 8 (F) (TBC) (SATURDAY ONLY)

German Air Force (Luftwaffe)

  • Airbus DS A400M Atlas (S)
  • Eurofighter EF2000 Typhoon x 4 (S) TLG 31/71/73
  • Panavia Tornado IDS x 2 (S) TLG 51

German Navy

  • Lockheed P-3C Orion (S)
  • Westland Sea Lynx Mk88 (S)

Hellenic Air Force

  • Beechcraft T-6A Texan II (F) Daedalus Demo Team

Hungarian Air Force

  • SAAB JAS-39C/D-EBS-HU Gripen (S) 1. Vadaszrepulo Szazad ‘Puma’

Italian Air Force

  • Il Frecce Tricolori – Aermacchi AT-339PAN x 10 (F)
  • Alenia C-27J Spartan (F) RSV
  • Eurofighter F-2000A Typhoon (F) RSV
  • Leonardo T-346 Master (F) RSV

Royal Jordanian Air Force/Royal Jordanian Airlines

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

Lithuaian Air Force

  • Alenia C-27J Spartan (S)

Royal Netherlands Air Force

  • Lockeed Martin F-16AM/BM Fighting Falcon (S)
  • Lockheed C-130H Hercules (S)  336 Sqn
  • Boeing CH-47D/F Chinook (S) 298 Sqn
  • Airbus Helicopters AS532U2 Cougar (S) 300 Sqn
  • Boeing AH-64D Apache (S) 301 Sqn
  • NH Industries NH90NFH Caiman (S)

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

  • Boeing E-3A Sentry (FP) (FRI/SAT)

Royal Norwegian Air Force

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

Polish Navy

  • PZL M28B-1R Bryza (S) (TBC)

Slovak Air Force

  • Alenia C-27J Spartan (S)

Slovenian Air Force

  • Pilatus PC-9M Swift (F)
  • Pilatus PC-9M Swift (S)
  • 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

Swedish Air Force

  • SAAB JAS-39C Gripen (F) F7
  • SAAB JAS-39D Gripen (S) F7

Swiss Air Force

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

Ukrainian Air Force

  • Sukhoi Su-29P1M Flanker (F)
  • Suhkoi Su-27UB1M Flanker (S)
  • Ilyushin Il-76 (S)

Classic Jets and Cold War Era Types

  • North American OV-10B Bronco (S) Bronco Demo Team
  • Gloster Meteor T7 1/2 (S) Martin Baker
  • Scottish Aviation Bulldog T1 (S) Derek Sharp
  • BAC Jet Provost T3 (S) BKOU/2 Ltd
  • BAC Jet Provost T5 (S) Jet Aerobatics
  • Hawker Hunter F58a x 2 (S) Hawker Hunter Aviation
  • Bell UH-1H Iroquois (S) MSS Holdings
  • Hughes OH-6A Loach (S) MSS Holdings
  • Taylorcraft Auster AOP9 (S) Peter Gill
  • Taylorcraft Auster V (S) Conner Petty
  • Aero L29 Delfin (S) James Edwards

Warbirds

  • Aeronca L-3B Defender (S) Ellie Carter

Civilian

  • Blades Aerobatic Team – Extra 300LP x 4 (F) (SAT/SUN)
  • Breitling Jet Team – Aero Vodochody L-39 Albatross x 6 (F)
  • Beechcraft AT-6C Wolverine (S) Textron Aviation
  • Beech 18S (S) Carlo Ferrari
  • Diamond DA20 Katana (S) AirBourne Aviation
  • Eurostar EV97 x 2 (S) RAF Halton Microlight Club
  • Gulfstream G650 (S) Gulfstream
  • Bombardier Global Express (S) Bombardier
  • Ikarus C42a x 2 (S) AirBourne Aviation
  • Leonardo M-346 (S) Leonardo
  • Tecnam P2008JC x 2 (S) RAFFCA
  • de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk Mk21 (S) Ian Mills
  • Piper PA28-180 (S) Gryphon Aero Club
  • Piaggio P116C (S) I Fenicotteri
  • Cirrus SR22T (S) Bruno Stocker
  • SOCATA TB20 Trinidad (S) Bruno Stocker

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 ; Attack Helicopter Display Team Display Calendar ; Il Frecce Tricolori Display Calendar ; RAF Tucano Display Team Calendar ; Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Display Dates ; RAF Tutor Display Team Schedule ; Patrouille de France Display Dates ; Finnish Air Force Airshow Participation ; OV-10B Bronco – Bronco Demo Team Calendar ; Polish Navy Airshow Participation 2019 ; USAF AAC Demo Team Dates ; 336 Sqn Royal Netherlands Air Force – Pim (RNethAF C-130)