Win tickets: Yeovilton Air Day

Yeovilton International Air Day Credit: RAFAT

Yeovilton International Air Day Credit: RAFAT - Credit: submitted

ONE of the South West’s largest one-day events will entertain crowds with its breathtaking air displays this summer.

Few events can rival the intensity, drama and spectacle on offer at the International Air Day at Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton in Somerset.

The award-winning show attracts more than 30,000 visitors and will return this summer with an action-packed day out for all the family.

Alongside the thrilling flying displays there will be plenty to see and do on the ground.

RNAS Yeovilton will take teamwork as its theme for this year’s International Air Day on July 13 and visitors will see it firsthand both in the air and on the ground.

The breathtaking flying displays will feature military and civilian display teams from the UK and abroad, as well as the resident squadrons performing spectacular role demonstrations such as the famous Commando Assault Finale.

The ground displays will showcase modern Royal Navy assets and equipment with interactive displays showing the qualities, skills and professionalism of Royal Navy personnel working as a team to provide frontline support.

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Confirmed participants include world class military aerobatic teams such as the RAF Red Arrows and the Royal Jordanian Falcons.

Undoubtedly, the stars of the show for many will be roaring displays by a Swiss Air Force F/A18 Hornet and a Czech Air Force Gripen making their only UK appearances this year. The noise will continue thanks to the return of the Belgian Air Force F16 and RAF Typhoon representing the cutting edge of modern global fighter technology.

Among the helicopter displays will be the Royal Navy and Army’s latest aircraft - the Wildcat and the return of the RAF Chinook.

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane will be present, along with the Royal Navy Historic Flight’s rare collection of naval warbirds.

Their Swordfish (LS326) is a veteran of the Battle of the Atlantic, which this year marks the 70th anniversary.

In what could potentially be her very last display season the iconic Vulcan bomber XH558 will also be firing up her four mighty engines for another majestic performance over the Somerset skies.

Throughout the day there will also be plenty of family attractions. n

Discounted advance tickets are available from or by calling 08445 781 781.

We have teamed up with organisers to offer five readers the chance to win a pair of adult tickets to the event.

To win answer the question below.

Send your answer on a postcard to: Air Day Competition, Archant House, Babbage Road, Totnes, TQ9 5JA.

Alternatively you can enter online here.

The winner will be notified after the closing date on June 19.

Archant rules apply and the editor’s decision is final.

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