The Special Colors of the 2017 Royal International Air Tattoo

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The Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) is the world’s largest military air show, held annually over the third weekend in July. Over the past few decades, it has been usually held at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, England in support of The Royal Air Force Charitable Trust. The show typically attracts a total of 150,000 to 160,000 spectators over the weekend. The show took place at Fairford every two years until it became an annual show in 1993. Guinness World Records have recognised RIAT 2003 as the world’s largest ever military airshow, with 535 aircraft in attendance!

The highlights of the 2017 RIAT included many visitors, with some units sending their “colorful flyers” to Fairford. More than 100 aircraft attended this year.

Editor: Here are some great photos of a few of those participants, many of which had special “anniversary markings” and throwback color schemes, adding a historical look back some rich military aviation history.

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