Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton Air Day 2016’s first three participants have been announced. The Royal Air Force will be out in force, contributing the Red Arrows, the Typhoon FGR4 and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight to the airshow’s five hour flying programme on Saturday 2 July.
One of the world’s premier aerobatic teams, the RAF Red Arrows are now into their 53rd season. Always a fantastic spectacle, their display combining formation and opposition manoeuvres will surely draw all Air Day visitors’ eyes skywards once more. Led by Squadron Leader David Montenegro, 2016’s Red Arrows have two new team members on board: Flight Lieutenants Matt Masters (Red 2) and Si Taylor (Red 3).
The RAF’s Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 is among the most capable multirole fighters in service today. Its speed, agility and sheer presence will be showcased at Air Day by Flight Lieutenant Mark Long from No 29 (R) Squadron at RAF Coningsby. That same base is also the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s long-term home. Formed in 1957, the Flight operates in perpetual tribute to the men and machines of Summer 1940. Its Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane formation is among aviation’s most iconic sights.
Leading the flying display will be rare historic naval aircraft and their modern day counterparts in spectacular role demonstrations to acknowledge the contribution Naval Aviation – Past, Present and Future has made to protect our nation’s interests.
Further display team, fast jet and historic aircraft participation news will be announced in due course. Discounted advance tickets can be purchased from www.royalnavy.mod.uk/yeovilton-airday