The Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton International Air Day will open its gates on Saturday 8 July 2017 to over 30,000 visitors, just as it did 70 years ago, in 1947 at its first ever Open Day. As one of the Southwest’s largest one day events, the award-winning Somerset airshow offers an action-packed day out for all the family with thrilling flying displays and amazing ground attractions.
Over five hours of incredible flying displays with pyrotechnics will feature fast jets, historic warbirds, helicopters and formation display teams. Leading the flying display will be rare naval heritage aircraft such as the Swordfish and Sea Fury. Their modern-day counterparts will perform spectacular role demonstrations to reflect the contribution made by naval aviation to Protect Our Nation’s Interests. Airshow favourites from the RAF – the Red Arrows, Typhoon and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will also be in attendance whilst foreign military participation will include roaring displays from the Belgian Air Force F-16, Czech Air Force Gripen and a rare and dazzling appearance by the Swiss Air Force national display team – The Patrouille Suisse. Other allied nations will provide static displays offering visitors an opportunity to meet the aircrew and view the aircraft up close.
Throughout the day, families will have the chance to enjoy plenty of ground entertainment including discounted entry to the Fleet Air Arm Museum, interactive military displays, an engineering fair, performances from military bands, classic and military vehicle exhibitions, funfair, simulators, helicopter pleasure flights, trade stalls and much, much more! Whether you’re a wide-eyed first timer or a seasoned airshow veteran, be prepared for a wonderful day out!
For more information and to purchase discounted advance tickets visit www.royalnavy.mod.uk/yeovilton-airday.