Thursday, April 12, 2012
Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton will be commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Falklands Campaign at this year’s International Air Day on Saturday, June 23.
When Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands on April 2, 1982, all the Yeovilton Squadrons were brought to immediate readiness to join the Task Force. In total 126 aircraft and over 1400 men from RNAS Yeovilton were deployed in ships in the South Atlantic.
An extensive flying and static display will take place to mark this significant anniversary with historic naval aircraft such as the Swordfish, Sea Fury and Sea Vixen coming together with their modern counterparts to highlight the role that RNAS Yeovilton Squadrons have played, and continue to play, in operations throughout the decades to the present day.
The award-winning Air Day will also feature world class military aerobatic teams such as the RAF Red Arrows and Royal Jordanian Falcons. Invitations have been sent out to foreign nations and we hope to have significant support from our allied partners once again. The home team, consisting of the Royal Navy Black Cats, Royal Navy Historic Flight and the awesome Commando Assault Finale, will showcase the Fleet Air Arm’s assets past and present. Whilst the full complement of Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will pay a nostalgic tribute to our fallen airmen. Subject to its own successful fund-raising campaign, Vulcan XH558 will grace the skies once again at Air Day.
Throughout the day there will be plenty of entertainment on the ground for all the family including side shows, funfair, vintage, classic and military vehicles, service demonstrations, interactive displays, picnic areas, helicopter pleasure flights, simulator rides, trade stands and much more.
The event was presented a Silver Award for ‘Event of the Year’ at the South West Tourism Excellence Awards 2011 in recognition as not just one of the UK’s largest and most significant airshows but a key regional event, too.
■ The Exmouth Journal has teamed up with RNAS Yeovilton to offer five lucky readers the chance to win a pair of tickets to the show.
To enter the competition, simply answer the following question: The airshow is celebrating which landmark event?
Send your answer on a postcard, along with your name, address and telephone number, to:
Airshow Competition, Archant South West, Fair Oak Close, Exeter Airport Business Park, Clyst Honiton, EX5 2UL. Alternatively enter online.
Closing date Friday, April 27.