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The Royal Navy International Air Day
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 amazing equipment and meet military personnel in a family-friendly environment.
There are some rare and exciting aircraft confirmed for the Air Day. The iconic Harrier ‘jump jet’ will once again grace the sky over RNAS Yeovilton giving young aviation fans the chance to see a Harrier’s legendary capabilities of, hovering, turning on the spot, flying backwards and sideways for the very first time. 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. The Red Arrows will perform one of their last UK displays of the year before they depart on their tour of North America. 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. World famous Titan the Robot and the gravity-defying ‘Jet Man’ will be on hand to welcome them.
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, 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.
For full details on various enclosure options or to book discounted tickets, click here. Please note, tickets are also available through participating Tourist Information Centres.
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