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Culdrose Air Day 2014
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Culdrose Air Day 2014 four hours of wow

Published: 04 Aug 2014

Over 20,000 visitors were wowed by the world of naval aviation at this year’s Air Day at Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose.

The sky above Cornwall was filled with magnificent sights and sounds from across the world of aviation, both past and present. 

On the one day of the year that the Cornish air station opens up its gates, the general public were treated to a breathtaking four hour flying display packed full of military and civilian aircraft.

On the ground, they were able to get up close to a variety of helicopters and fixed wing aircraft and talk to serving personnel about their role within the Royal Navy.

With historic planes, aerobatic display teams and military helicopters just back from serving on the frontline, the public were entertained all day.

A highlight was the appearance of the much-loved Vulcan Bomber which demonstrated the simple yet powerful elegance of its design in an awe-inspiring display of manoeuvrability and performance. 

The Muscle Biplane, who put on a breathtaking display, was voted as the ‘Best Flying Display’ whilst the Polish Mig29 Fulcrum was awarded the ‘Best Static Display’.

Decommissioned Sea Harriers, currently used for training Royal Navy Flight Deck Operators, put on a unique ground display thoroughly enjoyed by the crowd.

Frank Harding of Liskeard said: “It was a thoroughly enjoyable day with a real buzz to it.  For me, the Vulcan, the aerobatic teams and the Mid Air Squadron were the highlights.

“The Sea Harrier display was something that you simply don’t see anywhere else.”

Eleanor Martin aged six added: “The best bit was climbing on a helicopter and all of the noisy aircraft.”


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