RIAT 2024: More aircraft announced for 2024 event

F-16 Fighting Falcon in the skies above Utah
F-16 Fighters are among the newly announced aircraft [Getty Images/USAF]

More than 150 aircraft have been confirmed for this year's Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT).

Organisers have announced Boeing F-15QA Ababil, which will bring high-speed manoeuvres in the skies above RAF Fairford.

Other newly unveiled attractions for the weekend include the Royal Moroccan Air Force and the Norwegian Yellow Sparrow display team.

Taking place from 19-21 July, Saturday tickets have sold out. Typically the event attracts about 150,000 people and hosts more than 250 aircraft.

The attendance of the Yellow Sparrows will mark the first time the display team has performed in the UK.

Meanwhile, the Royal Moroccan Air Force will be making its return to RIAT for the first time since 1995, bringing a pair of F-16 Fighting Falcons on static display.

This year, RIAT is highlighting the F-16 as it celebrates its 50th anniversary, 75-years of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and the Royal Canadian Air Force’s centenary.

The celebrations are in addition to its operational theme of "Pushing the Boundaries in Air and Space" in recognition of 100 years of military aviation test and evaluation flying.

Other attractions previously announced include the Red Arrows, Spanish Harrier, Patrouille Suisse and Canadian Hornet.

A Canadian hornet under shelters on the tarmac at Naval Air Facility (NAF) El Centro near El Centro, California
A Canadian Hornet has been confirmed for the RIAT as the Royal Canadian Air Force celebrates its 100th birthday [Getty Images/David McNew]


Royal Air Force Charitable Trust (RAFCTE) chief executive officer, Paul Atherton, said this year's RIAT has "some really interesting themes that explore all aspects of aviation", including "iconic fast jets" and aircraft that operate in "unique environments".

“We are thrilled to see the level of support the show has received," Mr Atherton said.

"We are very grateful that so many people enjoy our event and I’d encourage anyone who is thinking of attending to get tickets while they still can."

In a bid to encourage young people to interact with STEM and aviation, RIAT will be hosting interactive exhibits and speakers at the Techno Zone and Inspire Stage.

Mr Atherton added: “Under 18s continue to be able to attend the show free of charge and we would love to see more young people join us at RAF Fairford next month.”

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