People planning to attend next summer’s Royal International Air Tattoo on 12 and 13 July are being invited to make an extra pit stop as part of the RAF’s official celebrations marking the Red Arrows’ 50th display season.
Up to 10,000 special Pit Day tickets, priced £24, are being made available for Friday 11 July offering exclusive access to the world famous aerobatic display team and their aircraft.
The Red Arrows’ Pit Day will also enable visitors to watch aircraft arrivals and rehearsals in the morning and enjoy a four-hour flying display in the afternoon including the premier of a special Red Arrows’ formation flypast.
Other Pit Day benefits include access to Showground East Red Zone (10am to 6pm), the Red Arrows Village and Vintage Village, the BAE Systems’ Hawk and F-16 Anniversary Park plus close access to other international aerobatic teams and their aircraft – with more exciting themed activities to be announced.
The Red Arrows – pictured below by Richard Wintle of Calyx Picture Agency – began life at RAF Fairford in 1964, performing their first display at Little Rissington in the Cotswolds a year later. Since then, they have performed more than 4,500 displays in 54 different countries.
Air Tattoo organisers are working closely with the Royal Air Force and other air arms to stage the UK’s premiere internationally-flavoured aerial tribute to the world’s most famous aerobatic display team.
Spokesman Richard Arquati said: “If you love the Red Arrows then the Royal International Air Tattoo is the place to be next summer as we host the biggest birthday celebration for the team in the UK.”
As well as celebrating the Reds’ 50th display season, the Air Tattoo will be marking two other aviation landmarks: the 40th anniversary of both the Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon and the BAE Systems Hawk, the aircraft currently flown by the Red Arrows.
Tickets for next summer’s Air Tattoo go on sale from Wednesday 20 November, including specially-priced Super Earlybird admission tickets, Friday Red Arrows Pit Day tickets plus a range of enclosure packages.
Discounts of up to £10 per ticket are available until January 31, 2014 via airtattoo.com for details.
The Air Tattoo is the world’s largest military airshow and is held annually in support of the RAF Charitable Trust.