YOUNGSTERS can see ice from Antarctica, meet the Red Arrows and talk to an astronaut at an event in Fairford this month.

RAF Fairford plays host to the Royal International Air Tattoo from July 19 to 21, with aircraft descending on the Cotswolds from across the world.

In addition to a static display of hundreds of aircraft, the military airshow is home to a Techno Zone and Inspire Stage, which are bigger than ever before.

At the latter, youngsters will be able to learn about the work of the British Antarctic Survey, meet the Red Arrows and find out how Dr Meganne Christian went from being a scientist to a reserve astronaut for the European Space Agency.

The Inspire Stage is attached to the Techno Zone and gives young people the opportunity to listen to industry leaders about their experiences in aviation.

Run by RIAT’s parent charity, the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust, it aims to encourage young people to consider careers in aerospace.

RAFCT head of charity development Hannah Langford commented: “We’re really excited to offer an action-packed Inspire Stage schedule across all three days of the show this year.

“We have some big names joining us, including crowd favourites the Red Arrows and Tom Fletcher from McFly talking about his passion for aviation and RIAT, as well as speaking directly to the other side of the world with a live link to Antarctica.

“But we’re also really looking forward to introducing visitors to some of the young up-and-coming air, space and technology stars of the future.”

The Techno Zone, meanwhile, is divided into four areas - Space, Foundations of Engineering, Come and Play and Cyber and Virtual Reality - and features nearly 40 exhibits for visitors to explore.

“Techno Zone 2024 will captivate visitors with an array of thrilling new exhibits,” said Techno Zone and sponsorship manager Katherine Whinney.

“Among the highlights are Metaverse VR, offering an out-of-Earth adventure with an AI avatar, and MDA Space showcasing its lunar landing games and cutting-edge space technology.

“Techno Zone is a must-see destination for under-18s when visiting RIAT.”

With a handful of aircraft still yet to be announced, RIAT has reportedly experienced record demand, with adult tickets selling out for both Friday and Saturday and limited tickets remaining for Sunday.

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