THE date for next year's Royal International Air Tattoo has been revealed.

More than 150,000 visitors descended on RAF Fairford this year, with 253 aircraft on display across the three-day event, and plans for next year's show are already well underway.

Organisers have unveiled the theme of RIAT 2024 which will take place between Friday, July 19 and Sunday, July 21.

The thrilling three-day event will be highlighting the vital work carried out by flight test and evaluation establishments, under the theme Pushing the Boundaries in Air & Space. 

As part of this, organisers plan to display aircraft from military flight test units, alongside developmental aircraft from commercial manufacturers, and future aircraft pioneering sustainable aviation, such as hydrogen and electric powered aircraft. 

RIAT 2024 will also host a global gathering marking 50 years of the F-16 Fighting Falcon, celebrating the success of this iconic aircraft type.

In addition, the show will also mark 75 years of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO). 

Chief executive officer for Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Enterprise Paul Atherton said: “As always, we think carefully about what themes to highlight each year at RIAT, but for 2024 we are blessed with a diverse and relevant selection.  

“The iconic F-16 which has been the backbone of many Air Forces for many years, the contribution NATO has delivered and continues to bring across Europe, and a celebration of test flying which began with the first aircraft some 100 years ago and will continue to shape the future of sustainable aviation over the coming years.”

Further announcements about the show will be revealed over the next few months.

Tickets are on sale now on the Air Tattoo's website, and there is still time to secure your spot at a discounted rate with early bird prices.