RNAS Yeovilton International Air Day ready for take-off!

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Phantom - Tom Houquet

The 2017 RNAS Yeovilton Air Day is ready for take-off with some fantastic displays showcasing naval aviation from around the world lined up for this years event.

This year marks the 70th Anniversary of the RNAS Yeovilton International Air Day and with around 40,000 people expected to attend this years show, it is certain to be one of the biggest events in the region.

It takes place on Saturday 8th July 2017 at RNAS Yeovilton in Somerset.

The RNAS Yeovilton Air Day will include modern front line aircraft such as the Eurofighter Typhoon and Dassault Rafale through to rare naval heritage aircraft including Swordfish, Sea Fury and Skyraider.

Helicopters fans are well catered for too with the Merlin, Lynx Wildcat and Apache making an appearance.

An spokesperson for RNAS Yeovilton Air Day said the 5 hour long flying programme will include: “Airshow favourites from the RAF include the Red Arrows, Typhoon, and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight to showcase the Best of Britain. While our military guests from across Europe will put on roaring displays, with the highlights being the French Navy Rafale pair, Belgian and Danish Air Force F-16s, 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, with the US Air Force’s mammoth C-17 Globemaster a real favourite with children.”

Tickets are available in advance from http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/yeovilton-airday

Full List of Participating Aircraft


Raiders Parachute Display Team

Wildcat HM2 x 2 – Maritime Role Demo

Merlin HM2


Wildcat HM2 x 2

Merlin HM2

Merlin HC3/i3

Sea King ASaC7

Avenger T1

Hawk T1


Attack Helicopter Display Team – Apache AH1


Apache AH1

Wildcat AH1

Defender AL2


Typhoon Display Team – Typhoon FGR4

Red Arrows Display Team – Hawk T1 x 9


Typhoon FGR4

Tucano T1


Rafale M x 2 – French Navy

Atlantique 2 – French Navy

Patrouille Suisse F-5E Tiger II x 6 – Swiss Air Force

F-16AM Fighting Falcon – Belgian Air Force

JAS 39C Gripen – Czech Air Force

L-159 ALCA x 2 – Czech Air Force

F-16AM Fighting Falcon – Royal Danish Air Force


Lynx HAS4 – French Navy

L-159 ALCA – Czech Air Force

NH90 NFH – Royal Netherlands Navy

M-28B1B Bryza – Polish Navy

F-16 AM Fighting Falcon – Belgian Air Force

F-16 AM Fighting Falcon – Royal Danish Air Force

C-17A Globemaster III – United States Air Force

Lynx Mk90B x 2 – Royal Danish Air Force


MiG-15UTI – Norwegian Air Force Historical Flight

Whirlwind HAS10 – Liftwest


F-4K Phantom FG1 – Royal Navy

Sea Harrier FA2 x 2 – Royal Navy

Sea Venom FAW21 – Fleet Air Arm Museum

Sea King HAS5 – Fleet Air Arm Museum

Wessex HU5 – Fleet Air Arm Museum

Gazelle x 3 – The Gazelle Squadron

Meteor T7 x 2 – Martin-Baker

Chipmunk T10 – Private


AT-6D Texan – Kennet Aviation

Swordfish W5856 – Royal Navy Historic Flight (TBC)

Sea Fury T20 – Royal Navy Historic Flight (TBC)


Swordfish LS326 – Royal Navy Historic Flight

Sea Fury FB11 – Royal Navy Historic Flight

Spitfire – Battle of Britain Memorial Flight

Hurricane – Battle of Britain Memorial Flight

Lancaster – Battle of Britain Memorial Flight

Bristol Scout Type C – David Bremner

Auster AOP9 – Private

Reliant I – Private

L3B Defender – Private

AD-4NA Skyraider – Kennet Aviation


Extra 300L x 4 – Royal Jordanian Falcons Display Team

Pitts S-2S – Richard Goodwin


Yak 52 x 3 – Private

Yak 18A – Private

Yak 18T – Private

Boredom Fighter – Private

F-35 Lightning II (Full Scale Model) – Lockheed Martin

About Nick Harding 1926 Articles
Nick is the senior reporter and editor at UK Aviation News as well as working freelance elsewhere. He has his finger firmly on the pulse on Aviation, not only in the UK but worldwide. Nick has been asked to speak in a professional capacity on LBC, Heart and other broadcast networks.

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