The Royal Navy International Air Day will take place on Saturday 13 July at the Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton in Somerset, to showcase the Fleet Air Arm’s current and future capabilities and historic accomplishments spanning over 100 years. As one of the busiest military airfields in the UK and home to many aircraft operating in front-line Squadrons and training units, the air station’s gates will be open to an expected 40,000 visitors.
The show will include over five hours of dazzling flying displays featuring fast jets, historic warbirds, helicopters, formation aerobatic display teams and role demonstrations enhanced by spectacular pyrotechnics and flares. Some of the world’s most capable pilots and their aircraft, both in the air and on the ground will be on display, providing an opportunity to see some magnificent equipment and meet the professional personnel in a family-friendly environment.
There are already some rare and exciting aircraft confirmed for the Air Day. The state-of-the-art multirole F-35B Lightning stealth fighter will bring a glimpse of future UK airpower to Air Day with two flypasts; watch the world’s only flying Westland Wessex HU5 open the show; see the Red Arrows perform one of their last UK displays before they depart on their tour of North America and get ready to be blown away by the Typhoon when it ‘Brings the Noise’. Unique to Air Day is the dramatic pyrotechnic-filled Commando Assault demonstration by Royal Marine troops and the Commando Helicopter Force – an unmissable finale to the thrilling line-up.
In the STEM Zone, children can take part in many interactive activities providing opportunities to learn about the fascinating modern cutting-edge technology that is around us every day. Expect some ultimate family entertainment with a visit from the world-famous Titan the Robot and witness a human flight demonstration by the gravity-defying ‘Jet Man’. There will be more exciting announcements to follow!
This show has everything to keep the whole family entertained. There will be a vast range of showground attractions from the latest defence technology exhibitions, STEM fairs and service displays to trade stalls, arena displays, military bands and the chance to meet the pilots and even sit in the cockpit! For the thrill seekers, there will be simulators, fairground rides and helicopter pleasure flights to enjoy.
Further information and discounted advance tickets (Adult £28, Child U16 £5 and Child U5 Free) available at www.royalnavy.mod.uk/airday.
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