Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) 2022 - RAF Fairford
United Kingdom
15th,16th and 17th of July 2022

The Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) is the world's largest military air show, held annually over the third weekend in July, usually at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, England in support of The Royal Air Force Charitable Trust. The show typically attracts a total of 150,000 to 160,000 spectators over the weekend.
The first Air Tattoo was staged at North Weald Airfield in Essex in 1971,[1] with just over 100 aircraft taking part.
The event was founded by Paul Bowen and Timothy Prince, who were CAA air traffic controllers, and Air Marshal Sir Denis Crowley-Milling.[2] From 1973 to 1983 it was held intermittently at RAF Greenham Common, initially under the title of the Royal Air Forces Association, South Eastern Area, Air Tattoo before moving to RAF Fairford in 1985.
The show became the International Air Tattoo in 1976, and recognition of its unique status was granted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1996, when the current Royal International Air Tattoo title was adopted.
The show took place at Fairford every two years until it became an annual show from 1993. Due to redevelopment work at RAF Fairford the show was held at RAF Cottesmore, Rutland in 2000 and 2001.
Guinness World Records have recognised RIAT 2003 as the world's largest ever military airshow, with 535 aircraft in attendance.
In 2014 224 aircraft from 32 air arms were on display.
The event has had a number of air show firsts, including the first display and landing of the B-2A Spirit stealth bomber outside the United States of America during the 1997 "50 Years of the USAF" event and in 2008 the first landing of the Lockheed F-22 Raptor in Europe.
The RIAT has evolved into an important showcase for the world's military, taking place the week after the annual Global Air & Space Chiefs' Conference in London and the week before the bi-annual Farnborough Airshow which occurs in 'even' years.
RIAT allows the military aerospace industry to showcase its products to both the general public and customers in a more relaxed environment outside the commercial selling pressure of the Farnborough trade show.
The Farnborough show also restricts public attendance, in 2022 this was to a single day with free entry for under 21's to promote aerospace careers/recruitment.
RIAT 2022
After 2 years of being cancelled, RIAT 2022 is due to be staged from 15–17 July 2022, the show will heavily focus on training aircraft as this years operational theme will be 'Training the Next Generation Air Force' but will also focus on the 75th Anniversary of the United States Air Force. [Source Wikipedia]





Here are the photos I took at RIAT 2022 I was there these dates 15th,16th and 17th of July 2022
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