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Message started by Roger Whitcomb on Dec 19th, 2014 at 4:39pm

Title: RIAT 2015 Latest Update
Post by Roger Whitcomb on Dec 19th, 2014 at 4:39pm
Message from Tom Gibbons, Deputy Director Aircraft Operations

As 2014 draws to a close this is a perfect opportunity to provide an update regarding those nations that have been invited to the Air Tattoo in 2015. The full list is now online for you to view and we will begin providing weekly updates when we have some news.

We had a hugely successful 2014 show with a total of 224 aircraft from 26 Nations attending the Air Tattoo which, in today's challenging climate, is a substantial number and one that we will be striving to surpass in 2015.

Soon after the 2014 Air Tattoo we confirmed the list of countries that we wished to invite to the next show and quickly followed up by sending our invitations to the respective nations' Chief of Air Staff. A comprehensive programme of visits to the many Embassies in London followed, with a total of 48 Embassy visits completed to date, and we can report that the team received a very warm welcome from the respective Military or Defence Attachés responsible for the UK. Overall we are hugely encouraged by the positive outlook from the Attaché community and the phenomenal response from our invitation letters with eight Air Chiefs already confirming their attendance. This is an unprecedented number of confirmations at such an early stage in the planning process. You can see the full process in the infogram HERE

Our theme next year is 'Securing the Skies - Past, Present and Future' and with the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain taking place in 2015 plans are already underway for some unique flypasts and static displays. Many of you are asking if we have an update regarding participation from the USA next year, rest assured we are working hard with all of our international colleagues to bring the established favourites and some new and exciting participants to the Air Tattoo, unfortunately I am unable to expand on this work at the moment but rest assured, we will announce the details as soon as we are able.

I hope this update has been of interest and many thanks for your continuing support of the Air Tattoo and the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust.

May I take this opportunity to wish you and your families a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Kind Regards
Tom Gibbons
Deputy Director Air Operations

The list of invited countries -

Title: Re: RIAT 2015 Latest Update
Post by Roger Whitcomb on Dec 19th, 2014 at 4:42pm


Friday 17 July will be the focus for our official commemorations marking the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Attendance on Friday will include exclusive 'pit' access to operational aircraft, their crews and engineers; this will not be available on Saturday and Sunday.

On Friday there will be a four hour flying display with the debut of a special mass flypast of historic aircraft. The Vintage Village will take on the 'Battle of Britain' theme and will be expanded to include additional static aircraft, re-enactors and a number of other 'Friday only' features.

Improvements for 2015 include opening the showground from 7.30am, entry from the Green Car Parks through the Green Entry Point with upgraded and additional buses dropping you at the nearest accessible point on the showground (approx. 2 minute journey), additional aircraft in the 'Pit Area', more of the showground open as well as the Viewing Village Grandstand for that bird's eye view!

Following on from the success of the Red Arrows pit area introduced in 2014 this is your only opportunity for that intimate view of aircraft that will be part of the flying display. However, there are only a limited number of tickets available, currently priced at £26, so book yours now for:

- Controlled 'Pit Area' access to historic and other aircraft representing our 'Securing the Skies - Past, Present and Future' theme - open before and after the flying display.
- Four hour flying display from 11am to 3pm (pit area is closed during this time)
- Debut of a special mass flypast of historic aircraft to commemorate the Battle of Britain
- Full access to the East Showground from 7.30am to 6pm. Click here for the map
- Aircraft arrivals and rehearsals before and after the flying display
- RAF Village, Vintage Village, Techno Zone and Autodrome (NEW for 2015) open
- Aviation Club, Cotswold Club and the Viewing Village Grandstand enclosures open
- Frequent free showground buses (upgraded for 2015) from the Green car park and entry point directly into the showground (no additional queueing at another entry point).

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