Royal International Air Tattoo

logo courtesy of RAFCTE

logo courtesy of RAFCTE

Every year I donate 6 days of my time to travel down to RAF Fairford in Gloucester to volunteer at the world’s largest airshow. I work within a small team of 6 photographers who record not only the amazing aerobatic displays, but also the stories on the ground.

I do this to support the work of the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Enterprise. A charity who provide support and opportunities to young people, and encourage development with regards to STEM.

image courtesy of RAFCTE

image courtesy of RAFCTE



My images are used for internal and external promotion of the charity, and also within the Souvenir programme which is sold at the show. 2018 was a very special year as it was celebrating the centenary of the Royal Air Force.

Special RAF 100 tail on the Typhoon display aircraft.

Special RAF 100 tail on the Typhoon display aircraft.

The above image was taken at night, once everyone had gone home and the airfield had become silent for a few hours.

There are over 3,500 volunteers who keep the airshow moving, some RAF and MOD personnel, and many civilians. One of my job whilst i’m there is to take team photos for each of the different departments.

Me holding the RAF 100 ceremonial baton.

Me holding the RAF 100 ceremonial baton.

One of the highlights this year was me being asked to photograph the visit of HRH Prince Michael of Kent as he inspected some of the visiting aircraft.

HRH Prince Michael of Kent

HRH Prince Michael of Kent

Here are a few more images from this year’s event.

F-35A from the UASF

F-35A from the UASF

Royal Canadian Air Force F-18

Royal Canadian Air Force F-18

A Danish F-16

A Danish F-16

French Dassault Rafale - in stunning colours.

French Dassault Rafale - in stunning colours.