The RAF Red Arrows display at the Royal International Air Tattoo 2019.
The RAF Red Arrows display at the Royal International Air Tattoo 2019.

Watch live: the world’s biggest military air show

On the 18th and 19th July, the world’s largest military air show moves online. The Royal International Air Tattoo takes to virtual skies, with flying displays and a behind the scenes look.

For the first time in its 50 year history, the Royal International Air Tattoo is completely online and free to view. You can watch the Virtual Air Tattoo this weekend streamed on Facebook or Youtube.

This is a behind the scenes view of military air power with content from the Royal Air Force, International Air Forces and Aerospace Industry Partners. From 11–3pm each day, videos will show past flying displays. There will also be virtual displays on flight simulation programmes across Europe, by skilled gamers streamed on their Twitch channel.

Ben Wallace, the Defence Secretary of State, says:

“This year’s Air Tattoo showcases the innovation of our Armed Forces with a virtual show that everyone can watch for free from the safety of their homes. This includes the iconic RAF Red Arrows, an instantly recognisable symbol of the resilient British spirit and sense of community that we have all shared through these testing times.”

Held every year at the RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, the event is in support of The Royal Air Force Charitable Trust. In past years, it has attracted 150,000 to 160,000 people over the weekend to watch the flying displays. Last year, 245 aircraft flew, including a Boeing 747 to mark 100 years of British Airways.

Downloadable posters for the event, including a colouring-in poster, are available here.

the Red Arrows and a British Airways Boeing 747, seen here carrying out a flypast over the Royal International Air Tattoo.
The Red Arrows and a British Airways Boeing 747, carrying out a flypast over the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford.

See some more pictures of past events below:

A Chinook Mk6A of the Chinook Display Team prepared for its display at the 2019 Royal International Air Tattoo.
A Chinook Mk6A of the Chinook Display Team prepared for its display at the 2019 Royal International Air Tattoo.
Army Air Corps Apache Display Team at the Royal International Air Tattoo. The grand finale of the display is the wall of fire.
The Italian Air Force Display Team, The Frecce Tricolori entertain the crowds at the Royal International Air tattoo.
The Italian Air Force Display Team, The Frecce Tricolori entertain the crowds at the Royal International Air tattoo.
Usually a great day out, the Royal International Air Tattoo is visited by hundreds of thousands.
Usually a great day out, the Royal International Air Tattoo is visited by hundreds of thousands.

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