A total of 266 aircraft and 1,500 crew members swooped on RAF Fairford to entertain more than 200,000 people in the first Royal International Air Tattoo held for three years.

Organisers say it was the most successful tattoo ever.

Aircraft and enthusiasts - including Top Gun's Maverick himself - came in from all over the country and the world for the three-day aviation extravaganza.

Jo Salter, the UK's first female fast jet pilot and an ambassador of the RAF Charitable Trust said the line-up of aircraft was brilliant but she also appreciated "the sight of young people returning to RIAT with excitement and enthusiasm.

"The RAF Charitable Trust has done a stellar job of curating exhibitions, speakers and events that will inspire young people to fulfil their potential. I'm sure many children who visited this weekend left as future pilots, engineers and scientists because of what they experienced here."

She added: "I had the amazing opportunity to host Tom Cruise on Saturday and saw first-hand his passion for aviation and inspiring the next generation."

Among the fans were out camera club members and we've put together a gallery of just a few of their amazing images from the tattoo.