Air show fans to get the chance to get up close and personal

By Ben Fitzgerald - 22 January 2019


Organisers of the Royal International Air Tattoo are giving visitors an opportunity to view aircraft up-close.

Those attending the annual event at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire on Friday 19 July will be granted special access to the pit area where flying display aircraft are parked before and after the flying display.

Friday visitors will also receive a £10 discount voucher that can be redeemed against Official Merchandise at the show if booked by 31 January.

Super Earlybird tickets are on sale at £47 - 20 per cent cheaper than a full-priced standard admission ticket. 

Head of Marketing Helen Webb said: “Exclusive access to the pit area proved hugely popular in 2016 and we’re delighted to re-introduce it on the Friday of the airshow. 

“It’s a great opportunity for visitors to receive a more intimate view of some of the aircraft that are participating in the flying display. This isn’t accessible on the Saturday and Sunday”.

As well as featuring the world’s most exciting aircraft, this summer’s airshow will turn its spotlight into space.

The airshow’s theme ‘Air & Space: Inspiring the Next Generation Air Force’ follows an announcement earlier this year 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.

As well as welcoming air arms from around the world, there will be engaging and interactive displays in the critically-acclaimed Techno Zone®, demonstrating how space technology is being developed and how it is being used to help counter threats to our everyday lives.

On the ground, visitors will also be able to explore the Air Tattoo’s Activity Zone (closed Friday), Vintage Village and RAF Experience.

Tickets for the airshow, which is staged annually in support of the RAF Charitable Trust, can be purchased online at or by calling 01285 713456. (For a £10 off discount voucher, Friday tickets must be booked before 31 January). All accompanied under-18s go free.

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