THE Royal International Air Tattoo was a soaring success last year, providing six of the Top 10 airshow moments of 2012.

UK Airshow Review, one of the leading aviation websites which has more than 8,000 members, said that last summer’s Air Tattoo will be remembered as one of the best shows in recent memory, providing iconic moments and historic appearances.

Among the six highlights were rare appearances by the US Air Force B-2 Spirit stealth bomber, a Japanese Air Self Defence Force Boeing KC-767J tanker and a flying display by the South Korean Black Eagles aerobatic display team.

Air Tattoo Chief Executive Tim Prince said he was delighted that the Top 10 featured so many Fairford participants.

“It’s largely due to our huge army of volunteers who return each year to help stage the Air Tattoo that the airshow has built up an international reputation for excellence,” he said.

This year’s Air Tattoo, which is staged in support of the RAF Charitable Trust, takes place on July 20-21.

Organisers announced yesterday that they were extending the period during which Super Earlybird tickets would be available by a week.

It means people have until Monday to take advantage of a specially-priced ticket, which offers a saving of 33 per cent on the price of admission.

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