PHOTOS: Three days of sky high drama at RIAT 2019 in Fairford

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WINGED wonders from across the globe were on display at RAF Fairford this weekend for the world’s largest military airshow.

Crowds flocked to Fairford for the Royal International Air Tattoo.

Organisers said 170,000 people visited the air tattoo over the three days, with organisers selling out of tickets on Saturday.

The Gloucestershire base hosted more than 28 military air arms and 20 different nations this time around.

Flying highlights included the Spanish Navy Harrier, the RAF Chinook and the Boeing E-3A.

Crowds were also treated to the RAF Red Arrows’ final salute before they fly to North America for their Western Hawk 19 Tour.

In addition to showcasing aircraft from across the globe, this year, the airshow turned its spotlight to space to celebrate 50 years since the first moon landing on July 20, 1969.

The airshow’s theme, Air and Space: Inspiring the Next Generation Air Force looked at some of the ways organisations are reaching out into space and has attracted a whole universe of innovative exhibitors, including Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems and British astronaut Major Tim Peake, who visited for the first time.

On the ground, Major Peake toured the critically-acclaimed Techno Zone where he visited some of the STEM-related exhibitions and met thousands of schoolchildren who were visiting the airshow.

He was the first British ESA astronaut to visit the International Space Station, landing in a Soyuz rocket in December 2015 and returning to Earth six months later.

Take a look at our gallery from the RIAT at RAF Fairford this weekend.

Photographer’s Paul Nicholls and Simon Pizzey was at the event to capture the magic as well as the Standard’s community reporter Chris Roberts.

Send us your photos from the event in the comments on Facebook.

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