The Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) is taking place at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire from 19-21 July.
One of the annual event’s key themes this year will be to commemorate NATO’s 70th anniversary, with special multinational flypasts to be conducted on each of its first two days.
With rain forecast on its opening day, we took the chance to capture images of some of RIAT’s broad range of attractions on 18 July, as aircraft arrivals gathered pace. All images by Craig Hoyle/FlightGlobal
Ukrainian air force Su-27 lands at RIAT
Heavy Airlift Wing C-17, visiting from Papa air base, Hungary
Spanish navy AV-8B Harriers sport special tail markings
UK Typhoon and Swedish Gripen are appearing side by side
Pakistan’s air force has brought colourful C-130B to the show
Danish colours adorn this striking F-16
Embraer is displaying its A-29 Super Tucano turboprop
US Navy P-8A Poseidon
Lithuania has deployed C-27J Spartan airlifter to UK event
PC-21 and Avro RJ70 “flying classroom”; used by Empire Test Pilots’ School
Norwegian F-16 received special livery for 75th anniversary of D-Day landings
Royal Canadian Air Force CP-140 Aurora surveillance aircraft