RNAS Yeovilton International Air Day 2008 - Press Release

RNAS Yeovilton International Air Day 2008 - Press Release

'Maritime Air' is the theme for RNAS Yeovilton International Air Day 2008, which takes place on Saturday 5th July. As in earlier years, the air show will feature flying and static aircraft displays and an extensive exhibition of equipment by key players in the Defence Industry. All of this will be on show to an expected audience of 40,000 people.

The roles of Royal Navy in the 21st century include protection of sea lanes, intelligence gathering, counter narcotics, delivering humanitarian aid, peacekeeping and, ultimately, war-fighting. Fast approaching the 100th anniversary of the birth of Naval Aviation, in 1909, the Fleet Air Arm remains at the forefront of this effort.

Yeovilton based Commando Sea King and Lynx helicopters and other Maritime Squadrons will feature in the extensive flying programme. The Royal Navy Historic Flight is also based at Yeovilton, and its newly-restored Fairey Swordfish LS326 will make it's first Air Day appearance for nine years. It is one of a very few of the type left in airworthy condition in the world. The classic Swordfish, proved itself a highly capable machine, taking part in the Battle of Taranto and the sinking of the Bismarck.

Bringing the story more up to date, Yeovilton's other resident airshow participants, the Royal Navy Black Cats Lynx helicopter display team, will once again perform an intricate display of synchronised manoeuvres.

Regarding other elements of Britain's armed forces, the Royal Air Force will be providing the Eurofighter Typhoon its most up-to-date combat aircraft. On the historic front, the RAF will also be supplying the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, with its trio of Douglas Dakota, Supermarine Spitfire and Hawker Hurricane.

Over the years Air Day's flying/static content has included aircraft from countries as far a field as South Africa, Malaysia, Germany and Holland. The Royal Jordanian Falcons, USAF C17 Globemaster and German Navy assets have already confirmed their participation, with further details of overseas participants to be released in the weeks leading up to Air Day.

Complementing the blend of high-octane combat jets, historic aircraft and helicopters, Air Day's flying display also traditionally features a number of civilian performers. One act already confirmed are Team Guinot the only wingwalking display team in the world. The team's blend of roaring, radial-engined 1930s-era Boeing Stearman biplanes and glamorous girls recall a bygone age, and they are sure to be one of the most popular family items at the show.

The Commando Assault is Air Day's epic and explosive finale a demonstration of the prowess and capabilities of the modern-day Fleet Air Arm. It involves locally based Royal Navy Sea King and Lynx helicopters, and other Maritime Squadrons, as well as a number of other rotary assets from the Royal Air Force and Army Air Corps. Fixed-wing aircraft, such as the Naval Strike Wing Harrier GR9s, also join in on the action while, at ground level, troops, gun fire, smoke and explosions combine in an enthralling depiction of 21st century naval power. It is worth noting that all the aircrew flying in this spectacular display have recently seen action in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Air Day's static display will include a rich selection of aircraft types alongside dedicated hangers showcasing the Royal Navy of the future. Exhibitions will include the Future Lynx Helicopter, CVF Future Navy Carrier and the Type 45 Destroyer represented through scale models and exciting interactive displays

The Fleet Air Arm Museum will be open on Air Day. It houses the largest collection of Naval aircraft in Europe and it includes 14 aircraft which cannot be seen anywhere else in the World. Visitors can go on-board Concorde or be transported by a simulated helicopter flight to the replica flightdeck of the aircraft carrier HMS ARK ROYAL.

There'll be plenty of entertainment on the ground, too, for all the family. A large display of static aircraft is planned with arena displays from the Royal Marines Band and HMS Heron's Field Gun Crew. The day will also include side shows, funfair, vintage, classic and military vehicles, service demonstrations, picnic areas, helicopter pleasure flights, simulator rides, trade stands and much more.

Adult 16 20
Senior Citizens 12 20
Children (Under 16) 4 7

Tickets are available from our website www.yeoviltonairday.co.uk or our Ticket Line 08445 781 781.

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