Royal International Air Tattoo 2022
, also known as RAIT 2022, is the worlds largest airshow, held annually over the third weekend in July, usually at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire.
The first Air Tattoo was staged at North Weald Airfield in Essex in 1971, with just over 100 aircraft taking part. The event was founded by Paul Bowen and Timothy Prince, who were CAA Air Traffic Controllers, and Air Marshal Sir Denis Crowley-Milling. From 1973 to 1983 it was held intermittently at RAF Greenham Common, initially under the title of the Royal Air Forces Association, South Eastern Area, Air Tattoo before moving to RAF Fairford in 1985. The show became the International Air Tattoo in 1976, and recognition of its unique status was granted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1996, when the current Royal International Air Tattoo title was adopted.
The event has had a number of air show firsts, including the first display and landing of the B-2A Spirit stealth bomber outside the United States of America during the 1997 '50 Years of the USAF' event and in 2008 the first landing of the Lockheed F-22 Raptor in Europe.
After 2 years away, RIAT 2022 was staged on the weekend of 15–17 July. The show focused on training aircraft with the theme of 'Training the Next Generation Air Force' and on the 75th Anniversary of the United States Air Force