The Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Enterprises (RAFCTE) is best known for staging the world’s largest military airshow – The Royal International Air Tattoo – each year at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, near Burleigh Court Hotel.
The origins of the Royal International Air Tattoo stretch back to an airshow first held at North Weald Airfield in 1971. Inspired by two air traffic controllers, Paul Bowen and Tim Prince, this modest event, organized wholly by volunteers, was originally held in support of the Royal Air Forces Association.
Over the years this volunteer force has grown into an army, more than 3,500-strong, who bring with them a wealth of aviation and event-management experience that has helped the Air Tattoo grow into the enormous event it is today.
“Probably the most complete air show I’ve ever been to!”
Al Worden, Apollo 15 astronaut
“This is THE best air show!”
Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 astronaut
“It was an epic spectacle, as magical as anything you’ve ever seen in the West End, and as loud as anything you’ve ever heard at Knebworth”
Jeremy Clarkson, Television Presenter