RIAT 2018, RAF Fairford, 14th July 2018

24th July 2018
Written by: Rob Slusar

It’s July, and that can only mean one thing. Royal International Air Tattoo.

I have finally got round to going through my mountain of pictures from RIAT. As was the case last year, it was epic.

If you didn’t see my posts from last year, you can see them here and here.

For anyone who doesn’t know The Royal International Air Tattoo is the worlds largest military airshow and has been held annually since 1971. Running over 6 days with 3 full display days this year, the show had somewhere around 300 military planes on display (both static and flying). This year there was around 26 hours of organised flying display (not including other arrivals and departures).

The Show – Day 1

Unlike last year, the weather was sunny and warm. After queuing for probably an hour, we finally got in.

The showground this year was huge, and the flying display maxed out all in tribute to the RAF’s 100th Birthday celebrations.

After spending an hour wandering, we found a good spot to catch the display, which this year would differ from day to day, but I think over the 2 days we caught all of the displays as well as seeing the statics.

This year we had some great flying and some very special displays. This included some special RAF flypasts, and a surprise flypast from the B-2 Spirit on it’s way over from America.

Air display teams such as the Frecce Tricolore strutted their stuff alongside regulars the Red Arrows. The sky was full of the sound of jets and I was in my element.

The Pictures

Once again, I went with two cameras. This year however I was packing the 150-600, which meant my lens envy was much less.

It became clear to me that I have improved as a photographer since my last time here, and I kept twice the amount of “keeper” photos than I did last year.

Unlike previous posts, I have decided to try and present differently. Rather than choosing a fraction of the 130, I kept for each day, I thought I would provide a gallery of sorts. You can view the pictures at full size still. Just give them a click.

Final Thoughts

As much as I loved it, it was hot. When the show ended, I couldn’t wait to get back to the pub for a cold beer, ready to do it all again the next day.

Thanks for looking.