Royal International Air Tattoo 2013
PUBLISHED: 13:34 29 May 2013 | UPDATED: 13:34 29 May 2013
Few outdoor events in the Cotswolds this summer will rival the thrills and excitement on offer at the Royal International Air Tattoo.
Voted Event of the Year by Cotswold Tourism in 2012, the airshow, which takes place at RAF Fairford on July 20-21, attracts hundreds of aircraft from around the globe in a celebration of aviation excellence.
Aircraft from as far afield as Brazil, Jordan and Colombia will land at RAF Fairford to join their European counterparts either in the static aircraft park or in the spectacular seven-hour flying display.
Highly manoeuvrable fast jets such as the RAF Typhoon, the French Rafale and the Swedish Gripen will demonstrate their state-of-the-art capabilities alongside legendary warbirds such as the Vulcan bomber, the Lancaster and Spitfire. In between, some of the greatest aerobatic display teams including the fabulous Frecce Tricolori’, the barnstorming Breitling Wingwalkers and, of course, the RAF Red Arrows, will fill the Cotswold skyline with breath-taking aerial stunts.
There are even a number of unique joint flypasts planned of the sort that have helped earn the Air Tattoo its reputation as the greatest airshow in the world.
But these days, there’s far more to the Air Tattoo than simply aircraft.
2013 will see the unveiling of three exciting zones on the showground – the Vintage Village, the Techno Zone and the Toys 4 Boys Zone - each offering a range of dynamic, ground-based entertainment and hands-on activities for all the family courtesy of leading brands such as Red Bull, Caterham and Animal.
Three special ‘Service Stations’ have also been established across the showground providing all the essentials needed for a great day out in one place – and more! These include a range of quality food outlets, free wi-fi, shaded areas, official merchandise outlets, street entertainment, cash points and information services.
Air Tattoo spokesman Richard Arquati said: “Last year saw us deliver one of the world’s most exciting flying displays and our aim this summer is to replicate that level of excellence on the ground in terms of the overall customer experience.
“Many of the changes we’ve made have been driven by customer feedback, such as providing more seating, so people have a comfortable place to rest, and more places to shelter around the showground,” he added.
And helping visitors make the most of their day will be a friendly and enthusiastic team called the Air Tattoo CREW, who will perform a similar role to the hugely popular Olympic ‘Games Makers’.
Mr Arquati said: “The Air Tattoo has so much going on during the day, both in the air and on the ground, that it can be quite a challenge to take it all in. The Air Tattoo CREW will be on hand throughout the Showground to answer any questions people may have and to help them find all the exciting activities taking place.”
The Royal International Air Tattoo takes place at RAF Fairford on July 20-21. Tickets start from £40. All under-16s go free. Free parking. For a full list of all the visitor opportunities and to purchase tickets, visit airtattoo.com or call 0800 107 1940.