This year’s Royal Internation Air Tattoo was one to remember. One of the biggest air shows in the world celebrated the centenary of the Royal Air Force. It involved three full days of fantastic aerobatic displays such as the famous Red Arrows, and other mind-boggling aircraft from foreign countries. With over 350 different aircraft both stationary and airborne this year’s famous air show, at its home of RAF Fairford became its best ever yet. However, the air show phenomenon would not have run smoothly without the help of the 1,100 cadets from across the country who had the lucky opportunity to attend RIAT camp.

Having the amazing opportunity to attend the five-day camp. I can confidently say what an outstanding experience it was.

When we arrived at camp, we had a briefing from various staff to explain the rules and tell us what we needed to know. The camp was then split into flights of around twelve cadets. This gave us a chance to make new friendships and have a group to do all the activities with throughout the time that we stayed.

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday each flight was assigned a task on the show side. For example, on day one we worked on the crowdine. We got to watch the most amazing displays at the best position possible: beside the runway. On day two, we were working In the Cotswold club. We tided the area and got to speak to members of the public about what we do as air cadets. On the final day of the air show, we worked in front of the media block. Depending on if we had a morning or afternoon shift we only worked for half of the day so we had plenty of spare time to experience the air show for ourselves.  To conclude, on the Monday we finished the camp by doing a final FOD plod across the airfield. Due to the fact, the whole camp was assigned different sections this was completed in no time. The camp came to an end with us sitting in the stands and watching the aircraft take off to return home.

RIAT gave us a chance to experience the air show in a unique way and meet new people across the Air Training Corps. Although it may have been hard work and tiring, it was definitely worth every second. I hope to go again next year and would recommend to anyone who gets the chance.


By Cpl Isabelle Glass