Royal International Air Tattoo

As part of our special year, the Red Arrows will join forces with our 747 painted in BOAC livery, for a spectacular fly-past at this summer’s Royal International Air Tattoo in Gloucestershire.

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The specially decorated Jumbo Jet will perform a joint fly-past alongside the RAF’s aerobatic display team at the world’s largest military air show.

Spectators will have the chance to see the vintage design, which flew between 1952 and 1974, at the air show at RAF Fairford.

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Captain Richard Allen-Williams, who has been flying for 17 years and will be in command of the BOAC aircraft on the day, said: “We’ve been overwhelmed by how our heritage liveries have been received by customers and colleagues. There’s certainly an air of excitement and pride and we’re sure the sight of our BOAC liveried 747 will provide a wonderfully nostalgic moment for the Air Tattoo audience. I am honoured to fly alongside the Red Arrows at RAF Fairford this summer.”

The airline has a long history of displaying in the Air Tattoo and first joined the flying programme in 1985 when Concorde and the Red Arrows flew together in a dramatic display. In the early 2000s several British Airways 747s and 777s performed a fly past, and in 2013, the airline performed with the Red Arrows once again, to the delight of the large Air Tattoo crowd.

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