Behind the scenes insights from RIAT’s Head of Air Ops

What can we expect from the next Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) at RAF Fairford? And what is involved in securing participation for the world’s largest military airshow? Mark Broadbent finds out in the March 2024 issue of Aviation News

The build-up to the next RIAT remains a perennial bright spot for many enthusiasts in the dark, damp and dreary midwinter. The ranks of tankers and fighters of the 80s and 90s are long gone, but the Tattoo remains the world’s largest military airshow, a huge gathering of aviators from around the world with its extensive static park and day-long flying displays.



Putting on such a large annual feast is an immense task in numerous areas – commercial, infrastructure, logistics, fuel, engineering, airside operations, transport and air traffic control, to name just a few.

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