Culdrose Air Day Almost Here!
The final preparations are being made for the 2010 RNAS Culdrose Air Day (Wednesday 28th July). With the ‘Vulcan’ making a rare appearance, thrilling flying displays, an action packed military arena and a chance to get up close with the world of Naval Aviation, organisers hope that the public will experience ‘Fly Navy’ whatever the weather.
Visitors will be able to see breathtaking displays from some of the worlds most advanced aircraft as they twist, loop and soar through the skies at terrifying speeds. Almost 70 aircraft will give flying displays full of daring manoeuvres and precision flying and further aircraft will be available for static viewing on the ground, allowing the public to get up close to the aircraft and talk to their crews.
Culdrose will show off its resident aircraft, there will be helicopter role demonstrations, an appearance from the Great War Display Team and a variety of fast and noisy jets (including a Vietnam era F-86 Sabre and a joint Strike Master/Hawker Hunter jet formation from Team Viper). The acclaimed ‘Blades’ flying team will give a thrilling close formation display flown by ex red arrows pilots, the Royal Jordanian Falcons will fly a spectacular five aircraft routine and Team Osprey will perform a display of Russian Yak-52 aerobatic aircraft.
Air Display Co-ordinator Lt Commander Dave Lambourne said: “The 2010 Culdrose Air Day will offer a thrilling aerial spectacle for both the enthusiast and casual visitor alike, along with exciting ground displays and the chance to meet the real life naval aviators of today’s Fleet Air Arm. It is sure to be an unforgettable day out.”
As well as an exciting flying display, there will also be lots of things to see, touch and try on the ground. Visitors can climb onboard aircraft, find out what it’s like to sit at the controls of a 15 tonne Helicopter surrounded by the latest technology, take a ride in a helicopter, be winched high into the air or jump into the driving seat of a military fire engine. For those who prefer to watch, we have a full arena programme with Field Gun Competitions and daring displays of motorbikes, parachutists and military dogs. All of the Naval Air Squadrons and units will be out on display ready to talk about what they do and helping the public to try out specially devised activities and challenges. From hanging out in our hangars, to meeting Aircrew who fly all over the world, Air Day will be action packed from start to finish. Gates open at 0900 and the main flying display starts at 1330, although there will be flying throughout the morning.