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Air Tattoo offers half-price tickets to its 'neighbours'

Where: RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire

When: Friday, July 19, to Sunday, July 21, 2019

The Royal International Air Tattoo is thanking its 'neighbours' by offering half price Friday and Sunday tickets to next summer's airshow.

Valid for Friday, July 19, and Sunday, July 21, residents with specific postcodes living close to RAF Fairford - where the world-famous military airshow is held - have until May 31 to purchase up to two discounted tickets per residential household as a 'thank you' for their support.

Next summer's event is set to be 'out of this world' as not only will the airshow feature the world's most exciting aircraft, but it will turn its spotlight into space.

The airshow's theme Air & Space: inspiring the Next Generation Air Force follows an announcement earlier this year that the Royal Air Force will be taking command and control of the UK's military space operations, reflecting the importance of space in ensuring successful military operations around the world.

The focus on space will be particularly poignant as the 2019 airshow will be staged on the same weekend, 50 years ago that the first Moon landing took place in 1969.

Andy Armstrong, chief executive of RAF Charitable Trust Enterprises, which organises the event, said: "2018 was a very special year as not only did we welcome a record-breaking 185,000 visitors to RAF Fairford, but we were honoured to be the 'official international celebration' of the Royal Air Force's centenary.

"To mark the occasion, the Friday of last summer's show featured a full flying display and in recognition of this added disruption and to show gratitude for locals' co-operation, we offered free admission tickets to those living nearby.

"Next year will see the Friday of the airshow revert to a shorter, preview day with a limited number of tickets. However, we still want to recognise our neighbours' support and therefore we are giving locals, living within selected postcodes, the opportunity to purchase half price tickets for the Friday and Sunday of the airshow."

The residents' discount reduces the price of an adult admission ticket from £57.00 to £28.50.

To secure half-price tickets, residents with specific postcodes, must visit Air Tattoo HQ, located at Douglas Bader House, Horcott Hill, Fairford, GL7 4RB, 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday and bring a household bill or document displaying a name, address with valid postcode and photo ID.

The deadline for purchase is 5pm on Friday, May 31. No tickets will be available after this point.

The Royal International Air Tattoo is staged annually in support of the RAF Charitable Trust. To find out if your postcode is eligible for a discounted ticket, or to discover more about the airshow, visit the Air Tattoo website.

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