Reputed to be the biggest military airshow in the world, RIAT features modern military and classic aircraft, static and flying, from many continents.
The Operational Theme in 2024 will be 'Pushing the Boundaries in Air and Space', marking 100 years of British military test flights and highlighting the important work of flight testing and evaluation in modern aviation. This theme will allow aircraft and organisations from around the world to demonstrate the latest technological developments.
Another major theme in 2024 will be the F-16 'Fighting Falcon', in this 50th year since the aircraft's first flight. Developed for the United States Air Force, the Lockheed Martin F-16 took its first flight in 1974, and has enjoyed global success over its 50 years, currently being operated by over 25 different nations. Visitors can expect to see F-16s, flying and static, from around the world.
The show will also celebrate the 75th anniversary of NATO, whose role throughout has been to safeguard the freedom and security of its member countries. See the box for some top NATO facts (taken from a RIAT news release).
Another focus area will be celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Royal Canadian Air Force. In a special ground area, the show will host both modern RCAF assets and historic aircraft types formerly flown by the RCAF, alongside displays of Canadian culture. As part of this theme, the Canadian CF-18 Demo Team will perform in the flying display.
There is more detail on the themes for 2024 on our 'RIAT 2024 Themes' page.
There are four FRIAT packages at the 2024 Air Tattoo, ranging from £315 to £390. Children 5-18 will be half price (younger children not admitted). The packages are available now.
Nato was formed on the 4th April 1949
The original 12 members were Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, United Kingdom and United States
The latest country to join is Finland (on the 4th April 2023)
The only military equipment that NATO owns is a fleet of AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control) surveillance aircraft and several Global Hawk drones
|Aircraft Scheduled to fly Check the show's web site for the official list of confirmed display aircraft
|Additions to the flying list will be here when announced
|McDonnell Douglas CF-188A Hornet (Royal Canadian Air Force)
|McDonnell Douglas EAV-8B Harrier II (Spanish Navy)
|Saab JAS-39C Gripen (Czech Air Force)
|de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter (British Antarctic Survey)
|McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet (Finnish Air Force)
|Hawker Hunter F.58 (Hawker Hunter Aviation)
|Leonardo AW169 Uni-Fly
|Saab 340B Cranfield University
|Slingsby T66 Nipper Aerial Vocations Ltd
|Northrop SF-5M Freedom Fighter (x2) (Spanish Air Force)
|Aero Vodochody L-159 ALCA (Czech Air Force)
|Leonardo AW189 (Bristow Helicopters)
|Leonardo AW139 (Bristow Helicopters)
|Sikorsky S-92A (Bristow Helicopters)
|More static aircraft will be listed when announced
Flying participation announcements started earlier than in previous years, with confirmation on 7th December 2023 that The Royal Canadian Air Force will be sending their McDonnell Douglas CF-188A Hornet to take part in the flying display, a display which has not been seen at RAF Fairford since 2018. This follows the RCAF announcement the previous day that their Hornet would be displaying at RIAT2024.
The Canadian’s involvement at RIAT has further significance as the Royal International Air Tattoo 2024, will be hosting a celebration for the Royal Canadian Air Force’s Centennial in 2024.
Head of Air Operations for the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust, Peter Reoch said:
“We are delighted to confirm our first participating aircraft for next year’s Royal International Air Tattoo, especially with the Canadian Hornet being a rare sight in British skies.
“In addition to flying display, we are expecting a large Canadian presence in the static display at RAF Fairford in July as we mark their centenary, and we are looking forward to sharing more information in the coming months once additional aircraft types are confirmed.”
In 2023 RIAT helped the Italian Air Force celebrate their centenary with a designated area at the event’s showground which hosted a variety of static display from throughout their history. Brigadier-General Ron Walker, Deputy Commander Force Generation at 1 Canadian Air Division, and the former Air Advisor for the Canadian Defence Liaison Staff in London said:
“The Royal Canadian Air Force have a long and proud history that is intertwined with the Royal Air Force.
“We are looking forward to celebrating this history next summer at the Royal International Air Tattoo.
“Being the world-renowned event it is, we are working hard to mark the RCAF Centennial at the show next July and visitors can expect to see a diverse array of our assets and culture on display.”
More aircraft for RIAT 2024 will be announced weekly on Thursdays at around noon.
Tickets for the show are available now through the RIAT web site.