Yeovilton International Air Day 2008

April 22, 2008 by  
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The Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton International Air Day takes place once every year. This great event gives aviation fans a chance to admire their favorite aircraft up-close and personal, as well as see them in action.

This year’s theme is ‘Maritime Air’ and the fair will focus on the role that the Royal Navy has played in defense of Britain during the 21st century. The topic is fitting since next year will mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Naval Aviation. The show will include displays and information about the role that the Royal Navy plays in the gathering of intelligence, the protection of sea lands, the delivering of humanitarian aid, counter narcotics, peacekeeping and fighting. The Fleet Air Arm remains at the forefront of these various efforts and so the various features of the fair will be able to give those in attendance a captivating look into this interesting world. Special items to look out for include the Yeovilton based Commando Sea King and Lynx helicopters as well as the Maritime Lynx Squadrons, which will have both a static display and a rather extensive aerobatic display. The Yeovilton International Air Day will also give visitors a chance to learn more about various historic and modern military and civilian aircraft from around the world.

This fabulous air show will take place at HMS Heron, which is near Yeovil in Somerset. The area consists of roughly 1 000 acres of airfield sites, as well as a number of minor estates and ranges. RNAS Yeovilton is a massive station capable of performing multiple functions. It is home to more than 100 aircraft in four different categories, and the station and aircraft are manned by 1675 service persons and 2000 civilian personnel. HMS Heron is the only Royal Naval establishment in this part of the country and it was established over 60 years ago.

The Yeovilton International Air Day 2008 will take place on Saturday, 5 July. The event is not only a fantastic opportunity to educate the public, but it also provides aviation businesses with the perfect opportunity to gain exposure. More than 30 000 people make their way to the show every year and this number is increasingly steadily. Apart from the air show and various static aircraft displays, festival goers will be able to enjoy a market, traders and exhibits, as well as various forms of entertainment including a funfair, delicious food, a motor show and an indoor trade area. So make sure that you don’t miss out on this massive annual spectacle by booking your place now.

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