Normally only a weekend event, this year’s Royal International Air Tattoo offered a full eight hours of flying on Friday, when I attended. There’s always something new at this show. For RIAT 2018, it was the Patrulla Águila, the Spanish fast jet display team. The organisers had planned a repeat of London’s RAF100 flypast, but this was abandoned due to thunder showers in the afternoon.

RIAT 2018 – my photos

Radio frequencies

The following frequencies were in use:

Fairford Ground121.175
Approach (Brize Norton)134.55
Brize Traffic (for Reds)133.75


The runway runs east-west, with the crowd facing north. The sun was behind the crowd during the whole flying.