World War 1 Biplane to star at September’s Highland Tattoo

An aerial display from an SE5A WW1 biplane shall help set the scene, prior to the commencement of this year’s Highland Military Tattoo, to mark the celebration of the Royal Flying Corps, RAF and RAF Regiment activities.

In this, the 4th year of the Highland Military Tattoo at the UK’s largest military Fort, the event shall not only celebrate Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology but also the 75th birthday of the RAF Regiment.

The fighter aircraft of the First World War, one of the fastest aircraft involved in the action, was recognized for being both stable and relatively maneuverable and has since been referred to as the “Spitfire of WW1.”

An apt start to the 2017 event, the SE5A WW1 biplane will signal the call to be seated and the commencement of the evening’s celebrations.

The aircraft is owned by Neil Geddes and shall be based at an airfield near Dingwall for the duration of the Highland Tattoo, appearing at each of the four performances, including the Saturday matinee.

This year’s #HighlandTattoo shall take place between the 8th-10th September at Fort George, near Inverness. The 2017 Highland Military Tattoo is supported by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate.

Head of EventScotland, Stuart Turner, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the Highland Military Tattoo again this year, through our National Events Programme. Scotland is the perfect stage for cultural events, and the Tattoo is a wonderful celebration of Scotland’s military heritage and traditions.

 In the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, it is also fitting that the Tattoo will mark the 75th birthday of the RAF Regiment through the addition of this iconic First World War biplane, providing an amazing spectacle which will no doubt delight spectators.”

Tickets are available on Ticketline;, via the website:, the Highlander’s Museum shop and from Eden Court Theatre in Inverness.

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