History was made at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire when the South Korean Black Eagles became the first aerobatics display team from Asia to perform in Europe. The team, comprising eight T-50 'Golden Eagle' supersonic light-trainer aircraft, made their debut at the Royal International Air Tattoo on July 7-8.Their visit is the culmination of more than 20 years' planning by the airshow organisers, who first contacted the Republic of Korea's London embassy in the mid-1980s.
Few events can rival the intensity, drama and spectacle on offer at the world's greatest airshow. With over 250+ aircraft participating each year, upwards of 140,000 visitors and support from the Royal Air Force and some of the world's leading aerospace companies, the Royal International Air Tattoo has been acknowledged as not only the world's largest military airshow but also one of the UK's premier outdoor events for the whole family!
The first Air Tattoo was staged in 1971 at North Weald airfield in Essex with just over 100 aircraft taking part. From these small beginnings the show became the International Air Tattoo in 1976, and recognition of its unique status was granted by Her Majesty The Queen in 1996, when the current Royal International Air Tattoo title was adopted in 1996. From 1973 to 1983 the Air Tattoo was held at Greenham Common before moving to RAF Fairford in 1985.
The Air Tattoo is staged in support of the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust, a charity set up in 2005 to support the wider RAF family. As well as seeking to develop a spirit of air-mindedness in youngsters, it also aims to promote excellence with the Royal Air Force.