Royal International Air Tattoo gets airborne - virtually

By Barrie Hudson - 18 June 2021

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The organisers of the Royal International Air Tattoo are preparing for their second virtual airshow in as many years.

Following the success of last year’s inaugural Virtual Air Tattoo, they say they will deliver another first-class feast of flying entertainment for aviation fans around the globe next month.

Whilst airshow supporters will have to wait until July 15-17, 2022, to experience an actual Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford, they will be able to enjoy a six-hour, free-to-view, live-streamed virtual event on Saturday, July 17, 2021, from 10am to 4pm.

Presented once again by Air Tattoo commentators and aviation experts Ben Dunnell and Mark Manwaring, the exclusive programme will feature contributions from the Royal Air Force and air arms from around the globe.

 

 

 

Air Tattoo Head of Marketing Helen Webb said: “Last year’s virtual event attracted an audience of over a million. We received so much positive feedback that we were determined to build on its success. 

"Next month’s Virtual Air Tattoo will look to capture some of the thrills and excitement we would have all enjoyed had we been able to stage the real thing. 

"This includes making sure we have the opportunity to celebrate the airshow’s 50th anniversary. It will be an unmissable event for aviation fans.”

 Making a welcome return will be the virtual flying aces who wowed viewers last year with their aerobatic displays flown, like their military counterparts, with pinpoint precision. 

With no actual Air Tattoo taking place this summer, it will be left to the virtual event to turn the spotlight on the airshow’s 50th anniversary with specially filmed packages celebrating this important aviation milestone.

The programme will be filmed by Planes TV and hosted from a live studio in Fairford. As well as featuring new content, special guests and interviews, the show will invite viewers’ questions via social media, making the Virtual Air Tattoo a truly interactive experience. 

During the event, viewers will have the opportunity to donate to the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust, the Air Tattoo’s parent charity. 

They will be invited to text TRUST to 70490 to donate £5 - texts cost £5 plus one standard rate message. 

People can also donate through Virgin Money Giving at  https://bit.ly/rafcharitable

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