The Air Day at Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose is one of the biggest outdoor events of the summer season in the south west. Breaking with tradition, this years event will be held on a Thursday with the only military airbase in Cornwall opening its doors to the public on 31 July.
There will be a good variety of aircraft to see both on the ground and in the air. Also, as the event is held on a working military Air Station, the public get a chance to get up close to equipment and personnel through the many interactive stands which will showcase all the units that support the Royal Navy on operations all over the world.
All five of the aircraft types based at Culdrose six if you include the few remaining Merlin HM1 airframes will form part of a full showing of current Royal Navy aircraft. The future of the rotary side of the Fleet Air Arm (FAA) will be represented by both the newly upgraded Merlin HM2 and the HC3, soon to be transferred from the RAF, as well as a Wildcat HMA1 appearing alongside a Lynx HMA8 in a new line-up for the Black Cats 2014 display team. The proud heritage of the FAA will be ably demonstrated by the Sea Fury and a Swordfish from the Royal Navy Historic Flight
The RAF will be represented in the static park by a Hercules HC3 and Hawk T2 while we will get our first glimpse of a Voyager MRTT which will conduct a fly-past.
In terms of foreign military aircraft; a Royal Danish Air Force AS550 Fennec helicopter will visit for the first time, a Polish Air Force MiG 29 and a CASA C295 will also feature in the static park.
Team displays will come from the Blades in their Extras, the RV8tors and Wildcat Aerobatics, the latter with their two Pitts S2Bs and a single Edge 360. The Brietling Wing Walkers will bring their usual mix of elegance, from the girls walking the wings, and raw power, from the Boeing Stearman mounts with their distinctive radial engine soundtrack.
A good showing of Warbirds will also feature, including regulars such as the Spitfire, Seafire, Skyraider and Mustang. Visitors will also be able to see some not so common aircraft in the form of a B25 Mitchell bomber and Kittyhawk fighter. One of the highlights in the static park will be the appearance of a Queen Bee, a rare version of the DH82 Tiger Moth.
There will be a first viewing of two aircraft in the static park from the newly formed Gazelle Squadron Display Team, with hopefully one painted in the Sharks display scheme of 705 NAS which left Culdrose in October 1997 on the formation of the Defence Helicopter Flying School at RAF Shawbury.
For those that think an air display is incomplete without the roar of jet engines then fear not there will be routines from the Canberra PRA9, a pair of probably the best looking aircraft ever, the Hawker Hunter and a return by last years best performer the Sea Vixen, but the main crowd pleaser will undoubtedly be the display by Vulcan XH558 making a welcome return to Culdrose after an absence.
The attendance list will no keep changing right up to the day itself and everyone will be praying for a fine day 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
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 our 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 our 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 our website at www.culdroseairday.com