RIAT pulls huge crowds to Fairford

A bumper crowd of almost 150,000 people were treated to a spectacular display of aviation from across the globe during the three-day Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire.

GL events Owen Brown has supplied temporary structures to RIAT for over 25 years, for the summer airshow. Each year the brief is to supply modern and practical temporary structures to be used for various applications across the event, each one creating a welcoming environment for all visitors.

GL events Owen Brown work alongside their sister company GL events Seating and Stadia who supplies the event with three temporary grandstands allowing spectators to enjoy the airshow in a comfortable setting with excellent sightlines.

Highlights included a massed flypast of vintage warplanes to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. The Vulcan XH558 made its final Air Tattoo appearances before it retires at the end of this year. The delta-winged Cold War bomber performed dramatic solo displays followed by joint flypasts with the RAF Red Arrows on Saturday and Sunday.

The airshow also hosted the international debut of the Japanese Kawasaki P-1 maritime patrol aircraft, which performed in the flying display. Five aerobatic display teams performed spectacular routines with the Patrouille de France, Patrulla Aguila from Spain, the Swiss PC-7 Team and the Royal Jordanian Falcons joining the Red Arrows in thrilling the crowds.

In total 232 aircraft from 27 air arms representing 22 countries took part in the Air Tattoo.