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The Royal International Air Tattoo 2019

One of the world’s largest military airshows, the Royal International Air Tattoo was held July 19-21 at RAF Fairford in 2019. This year’s Air Tattoo was a place of numerous flypasts celebrating anniversaries in the aviation industry, beside the always high-quality flying and static displays.

The last appearance of British Airways at the Air Tattoo was in 2013, when the airline’s first delivered Airbus A380 made a flypast with the RAF Red Arrows. This year, celebrating a landmark birthday of 100 years of the British flag carrier, a Boeing 747-400 of the company wearing the airline’s predecessor British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) livery teamed up with the Red Arrows aerobatic display team for a spectacular flypast on July 20.

Centenary flypast of the retro-painted 747 and the Red Arrows

The 70th anniversary of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) was also celebrated at RIAT, with a flypast featuring aircraft from a number of NATO member nations including the UK, Belgium, France, Germany and the USA to showcase NATO’s air power capabilities.

French Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker featuring in the NATO flypast
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