Strictly Come Dancing Announcer to Swap Sequins for the Stage at the RAF in Concert Tour

Strictly Come Dancing Announcer to Swap Sequins for the Stage at the RAF in Concert Tour The voice of Strictly Come Dancing and one of the BBC's most iconic announcers Alan Dedicoat will be stepping away from the sequins later this month to take up compering duties on the RAF in Concert Tour - the last event celebrating RAF100. Alan kick-started his radio career at BBC West Country in 1979 before moving to London to join the Presentation Department of BBC Radio 2 at Broadcasting House, where h

Pupils can catapult themselves to airshow final

PUPILS from Ashton Keynes Primary School are aiming to propel themselves to the international stage this summer. The school is one of 17 in the Cotswolds taking part in the space-inspired Junior Engineering Challenge, run by STEMworks and funded by the Gloucestershire-based RAF Charitable Trust. As part of the challenge, Year 5 and 6 children must build a catapult that can launch a projectile onto a ‘planet’. Each pair is given a £100 ‘credit card’ for the build, with the only catch being that

Special NATO flypast added to RIAT 2019 schedule

A NATO flypast is set to thrill the crowds at next month's Royal International Air Tattoo. The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation aircraft will showcase their power in a special 70th anniversary display over RAF Fairford – the only one of its kind taking place in the UK this year. As one of the longest-lasting and most successful alliances in history, NATO works to safeguard the freedom and security of its member countries using crisis management and peacekeeping tactics. Since it was establis

Air Tattoo will be last 2019 UK show for Red Arrows

THE RAF Red Arrows make their last UK appearance of the season at the Royal International Air Tattoo in July before jetting off on a major tour of the USA and Canada. The aerobatic display team will cross the Atlantic after the show to start the high-profile Western Hawk 19 Tour in North America lasting nine weeks. The Red Arrows are no stranger to the skies above RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire and have been a firm crowd-favourite at the airshow for the past three years. Air Tattoo spokesman

Air Tattoo Launches New Business Club For 2019

Organisations looking for a unique business networking opportunity at one of the UK’s most thrilling outdoor events are being invited to be part of a special members-only club this summer. New for 2019, the world’s greatest airshow is launching the Air Tattoo Business Club where companies can network within one of its premier hospitality enclosures on Friday 19 July at RAF Fairford. Those that sign up before the 31 March will also be entered into a draw to win one of three amazing sponsorship p

Air Tattoo offers half-price tickets to its 'neighbours'

The Royal International Air Tattoo is thanking its 'neighbours' by offering half price Friday and Sunday tickets to next summer's airshow. Valid for Friday, July 19, and Sunday, July 21, residents with specific postcodes living close to RAF Fairford - where the world-famous military airshow is held - have until May 31 to purchase up to two discounted tickets per residential household as a 'thank you' for their support. Next summer's event is set to be 'out of this world' as not only will the a

First trans-Atlantic drone flight lands

The first ever civilian-registered flight across the Atlantic by a remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) has touched down in the UK. The General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) drone took off from the USA on Tuesday and landed at RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire at 18:51 BST. The 3,760-mile journey was piloted by an operator located in America. The MQ-9B SkyGuardian has arrived ahead of the Royal International Air Tattoo which begins on Friday. The aircraft will be on static display during the

First transatlantic drone flight due to land in UK next month

The first transatlantic drone flight to land in the UK will touch down next month. The Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) will take off from its base in North Dakota, America, and embark on a 4,000-mile journey to RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, scheduled to arrive on July 11. It has a wingspan of 79ft and can fly non-stop for more than 40 hours. An operator located at the aerospace company’s flight test and training centre in Grand Forks will pilot the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems’ MQ-