RAF Fairford: An illustrious history

RAF Fairford may be synonymous with the Royal International Air Tattoo but the airfield’s significance extends far beyond the annual event. Adrian M Balch reports on exciting developments at this historic base and looks back over its first 75 years.

A static display of a B-1B Lancer, B-2A Spirit and B-52H Stratofortress at RAF Fairford on June 12, 2017 was arranged to mark the first time that all three of Global Strike Command’s strategic bomber aircraft were simultaneously in the European theatre.
USAF/Airman 1st Class Randahl Jenson

RAF Fairford is well-known for being the venue of the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT), the world’s largest military airshow, but the base has had a long and illustrious history serving British and American forces, and continues to make a vital contribution - and that contribution is to increase.

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