A SPECIAL commemorative flypast marking the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain will be among the highlights of next summer’s Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford.

The details were announced as specially-priced tickets for the three-day airshow, which takes place on July 17, 18 and 19, went on sale for a limited period. Super Earlybird admission tickets, priced at £26 for the Friday and £36 for the Saturday and Sunday, are available until January 31, 2015. The prices represent a saving of more than 20 per cent on the cost of a standard admission ticket.

Next summer’s airshow will focus on aircraft from around the world whose primary role is to protect their nation’s skies, whether in support of combat missions, intelligence gathering, providing an airlift capability or delivering humanitarian aid.

With the them ‘Securing the Skies – Past, Present, Future’, the airshow will look to feature legendary aircraft such as the Spitfire and Hurricane, which proved so effective during the Second World War.

Also likely to feature are operational aircraft such as the RAF Tornado, currently in action over Iraq, and the RAF Typhoon, which remain on 24-hour standby in the UK and were scrambled recently to intercept Russian bombers.

Tattoo organisers also hope the futuristic Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, which was due to take part in the 2014 airshow, will make its much heralded European display debut at RAF Fairford next summer.

Tattoo chief executive Andy Armstrong said a high level of global instability made it the ideal time to turn the spotlight on the important role that air power played in making Britain and her allies worldwide safer.

He said: “Already, the response from international air arms has been extremely positive and we’ll be looking to build on last summer’s hugely successful event.

“With ticket prices starting at £26 and all under-16s enjoying free admission, the air tattoo continues to offer extraordinary value for money.”

The Royal International Air Tattoo is staged annually at RAF Fairford in support of the RAF Charitable Trust.

To buy Super Earlybird admission tickets and to view enclosure options, visit airtattoo.com All under-16s go free.