IN PICTURES: Aircraft From Around The World Gather At RIAT 2019

Aircraft from more than 30 countries gathered for this year's Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) at RAF Fairford.  

British-owned aircraft, including the F-35B Lightning, Chinooks and Typhoons, were all on display.

It was also a debut for 'The Blades', a display team made up of former Red Arrows pilots, including Mike Ling.

"[It is] Great to come here, I've been here a lot of times before - 11 times with the Red Arrows -  and now I've come back with The Blades, so it's like a home-from-home," he said. 

The Red Arrows were also in action for their final performance before departing for their largest ever tour of North America.

The jets flew in formation alongside a Boeing 747 to mark the centenary year of British Airways.

Squadron Leader Martin Pert, Red 1 and Team Leader, said it was an "incredibly proud moment".

Squadron Leader Tristan Simkins, from the RAF's Typhoon Air Display team, told Forces News what it is like flying inside a Typhoon during a display: "[There is] a lot of reheat, so the afterburners coming in - a lot of 9G turns, a lot of going vertical.

"We sort of see almost the pinnacle of the display season coming out at RIAT  - this is really the big one that everyone looks forward to."

Many aviation enthusiasts took to social media to share their shots of the day.

The theme for this year's show was 'Air and Space: Inspiring The Next Generation Air Force'.

It comes after the announcement that the RAF will be taking control of the UK's military space operations.

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