Flying High for RAF 100

RIAT 2018

The Royal International Air Tattoo was particularly special this time around as the RAF celebrated 100 years of service.

A record crowd of 185,000 enjoyed displays from over 300 aeroplanes from across the globe. Among the flying display highlights were a number of unique flypasts. A special tribute to the legendary 617 ‘Dambusters’ Squadron saw the iconic Lancaster bomber from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight fly in formation with the squadron’s current aircraft, the Tornado, and the RAF’s new state-of-the-art F-35B Lightning II. Another flypast featured nine RAF Typhoons in formation, as part of centenary celebrations.

This meant extra pressure for Relish as guests were at a premium at all of the stations including the First Class Lounge, Aviation and the Cotswold Club. Breakfast, lunch an afternoon tea was served every day without fail.

During the festival a private party was set up at Rendcombe for some of the guests of the Tattoo. Relish chefs were whisked off site to the secret location and prepared a feast for 350 dignitaries.

The Cotswold based caterers were also responsible for looking after the many crew and staff, over the weekend 50,000 crew meals were served including 60,000 packed meals. This was topped off with an incredible Hangar Party that was held on the last day, Sunday evening. Here deserved staff and volunteers got through a quarter of a ton of Rendang, 200kilos of pulled chicken and over 1,800 portions of macaroni cheese, served the Russell Norman, Polpo way.

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