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Timothy George Alexander (Tim) Prince OBE FRAeS (born 1949) is one of the founder members of the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT),the world's largest military airshow.
The Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) is the world's largest military air show, held annually over the third weekend in July, usually at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, England in support of The Royal Air Force Charitable Trust. The show typically attracts a total of 150,000 to 160,000 spectators over the weekend.
Tim Prince worked for the DoT then the CAA as an Air Traffic Controller from 1966 to 1978. He was one of the team that staged the first Air Tattoo,at North Weald Airfield in 1971. He stood down from his position of Chief Executive of the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Enterprises and the Royal International Air Tattoo in August 2014. Tim was a founder member and Trustee of the Royal International Air Tattoo Flying Scholarships for Disabled People (FSDP and formerly Flying Scholarships for the Disabled) which was established by the Air Tattoo team in 1983 in memory of Group Captain Sir Douglas Bader who had been its President since 1976 until his passing in 1982.
North Weald Bassett is a civil parish in the district of Epping Forest, Essex, England.
The Royal Air Force (RAF) is the United Kingdom's aerial warfare force. Formed towards the end of the First World War on 1 April 1918, it is the oldest independent air force in the world. Following victory over the Central Powers in 1918 the RAF emerged as, at the time, the largest air force in the world. Since its formation, the RAF has taken a significant role in British military history. In particular, it played a large part in the Second World War where it fought its most famous campaign, the Battle of Britain.
In addition to now being an aviation and event consultant Tim holds positions as an Honorary RIAT Vice Patron and an FSDP Vice Patron. He lives in Gloucestershire, UK with his wife Penny Prince, an artist, with whom he has two sons, Rufus Prince and Hugh Prince all of whom have been a part of the Air Tattoo volunteer organisation at one time or another.
Gloucestershire is a county in South West England. The county comprises part of the Cotswold Hills, part of the flat fertile valley of the River Severn, and the entire Forest of Dean.
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom or Britain, is a sovereign country located off the northwestern coast of the European mainland. The United Kingdom includes the island of Great Britain, the northeastern part of the island of Ireland, and many smaller islands. Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom that shares a land border with another sovereign state, the Republic of Ireland. Apart from this land border, the United Kingdom is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea to the east, the English Channel to the south and the Celtic Sea to the south-west, giving it the 12th-longest coastline in the world. The Irish Sea separates Great Britain and Ireland. The United Kingdom's 242,500 square kilometres (93,600 sq mi) were home to an estimated 66.0 million inhabitants in 2017.
Tim Prince was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2009 Birthday Honours.
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