Organisers of the Royal International Air Tattoo are guaranteeing visitors will get even more for their money next month – by extending the flying display to eight hours.
The airshow, which takes place on July 16-17, was due to start its flying display at 10.30am but it will now start half-an-hour earlier to accommodate the large number of aircraft from around the world who want to perform.
A record nine aerobatic display teams will be taking to the skies above RAF Fairford along with fast jets, giant transporters, classic warbirds and military helicopters.
Chief Executive Tim Prince said: “Bringing together the flying display is like completing a massive jigsaw. There are so many factors you need to take into consideration to ensure the day runs smoothly.
“When we sat down and looked at all the aircraft taking part we realised we needed to extend the length of the flying programme. That so many air forces and civilian operators wish to display at the Air Tattoo is a great reflection on the reputation the airshow has around the world. UK plc should be very proud.”
This summer’s Air Tattoo will be marking its 40th anniversary and hosting a gathering of specially-decorated ‘Tiger’ aircraft from the NATO Tiger Association. ‘Tiger’ aircraft come from NATO squadrons that have a Tiger or Big Cat in their emblem and their association marks its 50th anniversary in 2011. The ‘operational’ spotlight STAR 11 will focus on aircraft and equipment involved in the roles of Strike and Reconnaissance.
Tickets are available by visiting www.airtattoo.com or calling 0800 107 1940. All tickets must be purchased in advance. All accompanied under-16s go free.