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Culdrose Air Day set to be the best in years

Published: 11 Jul 2013

There’s a certain Buzz of anticipation in the air, as well as hovering Helicopters, roaring Fast Jets and Spectacular Arena displays, building up for an exciting Culdrose air day.

Final preparations are underway for the 2013 Culdrose Air Day on Wednesday 24th July. With the Royal Air Force Red Arrows making a return to the Cornish skies, thrilling flying displays, an action packed military arena and a chance to get up close and personal with the world of Naval Aviation; the public will experience ‘Fly Navy’ whatever the weather.

Spectators will witness breathtaking displays from some of the world’s most advanced aircraft as they twist, loop and soar through the skies at terrifying speeds. Some 40 aircraft will participate in flying displays full of daring manoeuvres and precision flying and further aircraft will be available for static viewing on the ground. “We are welcoming visitors to one of the largest helicopter Bases in Europe”, said Major Dave Fielder, one of the organisers of this year’s impressive show. “Everyone at RNAS Culdrose has been busy making sure this Air Day will be the best ever. Let’s hope for perfect weather.”

Military Hardware already confirmed:

Royal Navy Black Cats - Lynx Helicopter Display Team
Royal Navy Submarine Hunter Killer - Merlin HM 1 & 2
Commando Helicopter Force -'Junglie’ Sea King’s
Lynx Wildcat Maritime Force – Royal Navy Wildcat
RAF Red Arrows – Hawks
Royal Navy 736 Sqn – Hawks
Belgium – Search & Rescue Sea King
German Navy - Search & Rescue Sea King
Dutch Army - Apache
NH90 French Air Force - Alpha Jet
RAF – Tornado and a Special surprise star asset!

Also starring at Air Day:
Royal Navy Historic Flight – Swordfish & Sea Fury, Skyraider, Hurricane, P51 Mustang, Venom, Vampire, Catalina , Breitling Wing Walkers, Blades Aerobatic Team, Wasp, Huey, Glider Aerobatic display, Aerobility Display, pleasure flights in a Helicopter and a Dragon Rapide and much much more……
And Arena static displays:
The Royal Marines Band, Royal Navy Field Gun Competition – against HMS Heron, “Red Marrows” formation ground display team, Royal Navy helicopters – Past and Present, Current Military Jets and a chance to look around modern service aircraft.

“This year’s theme for Air day is Culdrose on the Frontline,” Said Captain Mark Garratt, Commanding Officer of RNAS Culdrose. “We train for the future and in particular the effort to deliver the impressive Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers. 2013 also celebrates the 60t h anniversary of search and rescue in the Royal Navy and Culdrose is the home to 771 Squadron who operate the iconic red and grey Sea Kings.”


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