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Alan Kenny attended the 2013 Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford. All images by Gary Parsons unless stated.

The Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Aircraft and air forces from all over the world usually attend, but there was a large presence missing in the shape of the United States Air Force.

Despite the lack of American assets, the show was a success with over 130,000 people attending over the weekend. The weather had been excellent for the arrivals and practices, but the Saturday show day was grey and overcast. Thankfully the sun reappeared for the Sunday show.

The main highlights were the Red Arrows flying in formation with the new British Airways A380, French Air Force Rafale, Airbus A400M, Polish Air Force MiG-29, Dambuster tribute with the Lancaster and 617 Squadron’s Tornado GR4 and the Royal Netherlands Air Force F-16 & Apache flying in formation.

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