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RNAS Yeovilton International Air Day 2017

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RNAS Yeovilton Air Day.

RNAS Yeovilton History
Yeovilton was commisioned in 1939 as HMS Heron. During the Second World War it was used as a fighter training school for the FAA (Fleet Air Arm), and as an occasional shore base for disembarked frontline squadrons. Aircraft seen here during World War 2 include the Master, Roc, Sea Gladiator, Sea Hurricane, Spitfire, Fulmar, Martlet, and Firefly.

After the War, Yeovilton expanded considerably when it became shore base for the fleet's all-weather fighters with the Sea Vixen and later the Phantom. In 1972, Yeovilton's involvement with fixed-winged aviation came to a temporary close with the only resident aircraft based here being a number of Commando helicopter squadrons. However in 1979 the first STOVL (Short Take-Off and Vertical Landing) Sea Harrier FRS1 aircraft arrived at Yeovilton together with Sea King Commando helicopters.

The Sea Harrier FRS.1 was replaced by the much improved Sea Harrier FA2 in 1993 which was eventually withdrawn from service in 2006. The Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm and the Royal Air Force then shared the Harrier GR9, which was based at RAF Cottesmore, until all Harrier operations ceased in 2010 after the Strategic Defence and Security Review. The Harrier is to be replaced by the F-35B 'Lightning II' Joint Strike Fighter which will operate from the new Queen Elizabeth class carriers from 2018. The RAF and Fleet Air Arm will share these aircraft which will be based at RAF Marham or deployed on the carriers and operated by Fleet Air Arm & RAF pilots.

Today, RNAS Yeovilton is home to the Lynx HMA.8 (Operational on Frigates and Destroyers), Wildcat HMA.2 , Merlin HC.3 (Royal Marines Commando Support) and the Wildcat AH.1. (Royal Marines Commando Support). In October 2015, the Army's Wildcat AH.1 was merged with Yeovilton's Wildcats so that the 62 UK military Wildcats on order will all operate from RNAS Yeovilton. It is also home to 'A' Flight with the Hawk T.1, 727 Naval Air Squadron with the Tutor T.1, and the Royal Navy Historic Flight.

The Royal Navy Historic Flight (RNHF) was established at RNAS Yeovilton in 1972 and became the home for a number of aircraft that had been donated to the Royal Navy over more than a decade. The RNHF consists of the Fairey Swordfish, Hawker Sea Fury, Sea Hawk, and Chipmunk T.10. More information on the RNHF can be found here.

RNAS Yeovilton 2017 Air Day
RNAS Yeovilton Air Day.

RNAS Yeovilton in Somerset is home to the Fleet Air Arm's helicopters that deploy aboard the Royal Navy's ships.

There is also a Fleet Air Arm Museum at RNAS Yeovilton which has a collection of about 60 different historic aircraft as well as the Royal Navy Historic flight.

Yeovilton hosts a popular Air Day in July which attracts about 35,000 visitors, and includes significant UK/Foreign military participation and support from the world's leading aerospace companies.

The flying display includes over five hours of spectacular flying displays with fast jets, historic warbirds, helicopters, formation display teams, aerobatics and culminates with the world renowned Commando Assault Finale featuring troops, aircraft and pyrotechnics galore!

RNAS Yeovilton Air Day 2017:

08 July - RNAS Yeovilton Air Day 2017

RNAS Yeovilton Air Day 2017:

08 July - RNAS Yeovilton Air Day 2017

2017 is set to be an exciting year for RNAS Yeovilton and the Fleet Air Arm as the first Royal Navy aircraft is set to touch down on the deck of HMS Queen Elizabeth, as she sets sail to begin sea trials. Operational evaluation and testing of the F-35B Lightning multirole fighter continues apace whilst aircraft maintainers and handlers are busily getting accustomed to the new type.

The Wildcat helicopter takes over as the wings of front-line destroyers and frigates and the Commando Helicopter Force squadrons, now reunited at RNAS Yeovilton, take part in various exercises in readiness to deploy at a moment's notice.

Participating aircraft:
(F)=Flying Display, (S)=Static Display

British Army
WAH-64D Apache AH1 (F)
WAH-64D Apache AH1 (S)
Wildcat AH1 (S)
Defender AL1 (S)

Royal Navy
Raiders Parachute Team (F)
Wildcat HMA2 x2 (F)
Merlin HM2 (F)
Sea Fury T20 - RNHF TBC (F)
Wildcat HMA2 x2 (S)
Merlin HM2 (S)
Merlin HC3i (S)
Merlin HC4 (S)
Sea King ASaC7 (S)
Avenger T1 (S)
Hawk T1 (S)
F-4K Phantom FG1 (S)
Sea Harrier FA2 x2 (S)
Sea Fury FB11 - RNHF (S)
Swordfish W5856 - RNHF (S)
Swordfish LS326 - RNHF (S)

Royal Air Force
Typhoon FGR4 (F)
Red Arrows (F)
BBMF Lancaster, Spitfire & Hurricane (F)
Typhoon FGR4 T1 (S)
Tucano T1 (S)

Foreign Military
Rafale M x2 - French Navy (F)
Atlantique II - French Navy(F)
Patrouille Suisse - Swiss Air Force (F)
Belgian F-16AM (F)
Czech Air Force Jas-39C Gripen (F) (F)
Czech Air Force L-159A Alca x2 (F)
Royal Danish Air Force F-16AM (F)
Lynx HAS4 - French Navy (S)
Czech Air Force L-159A Alca (S)
Czech Air Force CASA C-295 (S) - TBC
Royal Netherlands Navy NH90 NFH (S)
Polish Navy M-28B1R Bryza (S)
USAF C-17A Globemaster III (S)
Belgian F-16AM Fighting Falcon (S)
Royal Danish Air Force F-16BM (S)
Royal Danish Air Force Lynx Mk90B x2 (S)
Irish Air Corps PC-9M (S)

Classic Military & Cold War Era
Whirlwind HAR10 (F)
Sea Venom FAW21 - Fleet Air Arm Museum (S)
Sea King HAS5 - Fleet Air Arm Museum (S)
Wessex HU5 - Fleet Air Arm Museum (S)
Chipmunk T10 - private (S)
Gloster Meteor T7 (S)
Wasp HAS1 (S)

AT-6D Texan - Kennet Aviation (F)
P-51D Mustang - Hangar 11 Collection (F)
Bristol Scout Type C - David Bremner (S)
Auster AOP9 - Private (S)
Reliant I - Private (S)
AD-4NA Skyraider (S)

Royal Jordanian Falcons Display Team (F)
Pitts S-2S - Richard Goodwin (F)
Yak 52 (G-YAKX) (S)
Yak 52 (G-YAKH) (S)
Yak 18T (G-YAKJ) (S)
Boredom Fighter - Private (S)
F-35B Lightning II (Full Scale Model) (S)
A109E - QinetiQ (S)

YouTube live stream of RNAS Yeovilton International Air Day - Saturday 8th July 2017 at 11am.

Local hotels for the RNAS Yeovilton Air Day
Local hotels for the RNAS Yeovilton Air Day

Ticket Prices:
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