Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose’s Air Day 2014 is fast approaching, and it promises to fill the skies of Cornwall with magnificent sights and sounds from across the world of aviation, both past and present. From high above the Air Station, down to mere feet above the runway, your eyes are guaranteed to be fixated on the gravity defying displays that Culdrose Air Day is famous for.
Commander Peter Munro-Lott, Commander Air at Culdrose or ‘Wings; as he is known at the Cornish Naval Air Station said: “This year we have four aerobatic display teams, all competing to woo the crowds with their dazzling displays and death-defying manoeuvres. Whether it is the super tight formations of the legendary Blades, the spectacular stunts of Wildcat Aerobatics or the super agility of the Black Cats, spectators are guaranteed to be entertained.”
Commander Munro-Lott continues: “However the highlight of the show will be the return of the mighty Vulcan, which will fill the skies with its massive delta wing and thunderous noise as it is deftly handled by its expert crew. This will be joined by other historic jets, such as the Canberra, Hunter and the supersonic Sea Vixen.”
Of course no Air Day at Culdrose would be complete without the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm attending in force. Demonstrating the versatility and adaptability of maritime helicopters, the Lynx, Merlin and Sea Kings will be put through their paces, while the nimble Hawks of 736 Naval Air Squadron will show off their agility and speed.
In contrast to the roaring sound of jets and turbines, the air will be filled with the soothing purr of our piston driven veterans. Commander Munro-Lott adds: “We will take you back in time as the iconic aircraft of the Royal Navy Historic Flight are joined by other veteran WWII aircraft including the Mustang, Seafire and Kittyhawk. These will be joined by 2 other iconic WWII aircraft, the Spitfire and B25 Mitchell., both of which were involved in D-Day and Operation Market Garden. The B25 Mitchell is flying all the way from the Netherlands to be with us.”
There will also be a wide range of static aircraft to view on the ground, including the C130 Hercules, helicopter and UAVs and hopefully a flypast by the RAF’s new Tanker, the Voyager. If all of that wasn’t enough, there is still more to come; a number of special guest acts are still awaiting confirmation, some of which have never been seen at Culdrose before.
The attendance list will no keep changing right up to the day itself – keep watching the website for updates – www.culdroseairday.com.
Advance tickets at a reduced price (£14 for adults, £5 for children and £35 for families - children under 5 are free) are now on sale online (www.ticketzone.co.uk), by phone (08444 99 99 55) and over the counter through the following outlets:
• Bodmin Visit Information Centre
• Fal River Tourist Information Centre
• Hayle Tourist Information Centre
• Liskeard Information Centre
• Lostwithiel Tourist Information Centre
• Newquay Tourist Information Centre
• Padstow Tourist Information Centre
• Perranporth Information Centre
• Plymouth (Barbican) Tourist Information Centre
• St Austell Tourist Information Centre
• St Ives Visit & Information Centre
• Truro Information Centre
• Helston Community Centre
• Cornish Seal Sanctuary, Gweek
• Heathercraft, Helston
• Pictures and Things, Helston
All advance ticket holders will automatically enter into a prize draw and the owner of the ticket number picked at random, will get the chance to visit the Royal Navy’s Sea King Simulator and take the controls of a helicopter similar to those currently serving overseas. The multi-million pound, state-of the-art Simulator is used to train aircrew for their overseas deployments and is not usually open to members of the public – this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. *One ticket holder plus one guest only will be allowed entry to the simulator and at least one person must be aged 18 years, or over. See www.culdroseairday.com for more details.
For further information, including updates on the list of participating aircraft, please visit www.culdroseairday.com