Culdrose Air Day 2014

On Thursday 31st July, we are opening our gates - come and meet the Fleet Air Arm, the Royal Navy’s flying force, at the 2014 Culdrose Air Day.

Air Day is the only day of the year when the public can step into the world of Culdrose and experience the sights and sounds of a working military Naval Air Station.

Famed for heroic rescues, and with frontline helicopter Squadrons supporting the Navy across the globe, Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose is home to a variety of military aircraft including Merlin and Sea King helicopters, Hawk Jets, and the King Air 350 Avengers.

You will be blown away by awesome flying displays, be able to meet the heroic Aircrew who fly our helicopters around the world, get up close to state-of-the art aircraft and learn all about life in the Royal Navy.

… MORE than just an airshow!

Ticket Information

Save money – buy in advance!

Culdrose Air Day is great value for money and will be a thoroughly enjoyable day out for the whole family – that includes the big kids and those young at heart too! 

For the best priced tickets, buy in advance! Under 5’s are free and once inside, most attractions are free! 

Prize Draw

On Air Day, one lucky advance ticket holder (and guest) will get the chance to visit our Sea King Simulator and take the controls of a helicopter similar to some currently serving overseas.

The multi-million pound, state-of-the-art Simulator is used to train our aircrew for their overseas deployments and is not usually open to members of the public – this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. *

  • The winning ticket number is: Adult Ticket 00157
  • Announcements will also be made on Air Day at 10.00am.
  • All Air Day tickets are individually numbered so please check your ticket.
  • The winner (and guest) should report to the Pirate FM tent for 1130 to be escorted to the Sea King Simulator.

* At least one person must be aged 18 years, or over.

Tickets admission Prices

Adult (16+): £14, Child (5-15yrs): £5, Family Ticket*  £35

On the Day
Adult (16+): £17, Child (5-15yrs): £6, Family* £40

Order online or ring 08444 99 99 55 to book by phone.

*Familiy Ticket is for 2 adults & 2 children (aged 5-15 yrs)

also available

at theSE Locations

Tourist Information Centres

Bodmin, Falriver, Hayle, Liskeard , Lostwithiel, Newquay, Padstow, Perranporth, Plymouth (Barbican), St Austell, St Ives, Truro.

Helston Community Centre
Cornish Seal Sanctuary - Gweek
Heathercraft - Helston
Pictures and Things, Helston

Prize Draw 

The Simulator

The Simulator uses the latest graphics systems and is identical in every detail to real Sea Kings, the only difference is that the Simulator doesn’t actually get airborne – although the hydraulic motion system makes it feel as if it is really flying.

Every Sea King pilot spends many hours training in the Simulator, learning how to fly Operational missions as well as training to safely handle any emergency in all weather conditions.

Winning Ticket: Adult Ticket 00157. The winner (and guest) should report to the Pirate FM tent for 1130 to be escorted to the Sea King Simulator.

Prize Draw Disclaimer

Terms & Conditions

Location RNAS Culdrose

Road Directions

From the M5 (Junction 31) take the A30 (Okehampton) to Redruth, then the B3297 to Helston and the A394 around Helston before joining the A3083 to RNAS Culdrose. 

Postcode for Sat Nav is TR12 7RH. 

Please ignore your Sat Nav as you approach the Air Station and follow the Air Day traffic signs.

Local Bus Services

First and Western Greyhound bus companies 

Train Services

The nearest station is Redruth with a connecting bus service to RNAS Culdrose.


0900 - 1800

Programme of Events

0900 - Gates open
0930 - Interactive displays begin
TBC - Arena Programme
TBC - Aircraft 'fly ins' & final rehearsals
1300 -  Be blown away by our flying display
1800 - Event closes

More than just an airshow!

Our World

One of Europe’s largest helicopter bases, our primary objective is to deliver trained and capable Naval Air Squadrons specialising in Anti-Submarine Warfare, Anti-Surface Warfare and Airborne Surveillance and Control to undertake operations anywhere in the world.

Danger can lurk above, on or below the ocean; therefore our aircraft are vital to the Royal Navy, enabling enemy aircraft, ships and submarines to be spotted from long distances.

About 3000 people are based at Culdrose – those who fly and many more who help them to get airborne.

These include:

  • Teams of engineers who maintain our aircraft and keep them in the air.
  • Air Traffic Controllers who manage 45,000 aircraft movements a year.
  • The Logistics Department providing vast numbers of stores items to support all squadrons and units.
  • A Bird Control Unit to keep the airfield clear of birds and limit the threat of bird strikes.
  • Meteorologists who predict and monitor the weather to aid flight safety.
  • A Medical Centre to look after the well-being of military personnel.
  • Fire crews who provide emergency support.
  • Physical Trainers and a sports centre to keep us fit.
  • The chaplaincy team to administer to the spiritual and emotional needs of our people.
  • Security, police, catering and other behind-the-scenes support services.

A Busy and Demanding year

Whilst our Front Line are deployed on ships around the world, back at the Air Station, trainee Aircrew, Engineers, Air Traffic Controllers, Fire-fighters and Flight Deck crews undergo intensive training prior to joining Naval Air Squadrons for duties at sea.

As well as Front Line and training squadrons, Culdrose is also home to 771 Squadron, our ‘Search and Rescue’ (SAR) squadron, which is on constant standby 365 days a year ready to react to emergencies throughout the Southwest region. It’s likely that you have seen their red and grey helicopters braving all types of weather responding to calls for help on land and sea.


Be prepared for high levels of noise

Do not cross barriers or wander out of the public areas

Do not smoke in the hangars

Do not leave baggage unattended

Have plenty of sun protection (the airfield is a large open space offering little shelter). 

Preview Event - 30th July - Sold OUt 

There will be an opportunity for aircraft enthusiasts to visit RNAS Culdrose on the afternoon prior to Air Day for a special event to view the participating aircraft up close without the crowds.

You will also be able to view aircraft used for training, ranged on our Dummy Flight Deck, and witness any rehearsals taking place.

The event will run from 1300 – 1630.

Attendance at this event is strictly by prior arrangement and on production of a pre-paid ticket only. 

All attendees must be aged 18 or over.

There are a limited number of tickets available and these will be issued on a first come, first served, basis so please book early to avoid disappointment.


Please note: as a working military establishment the MOD reserves the right to carry out security checks and searches on any persons or vehicles as required.

safety and security

Identify a clearly recognisable place to meet-up with members of your group incase you become separated from each other. 

Speak to anyone in uniform if you have any concerns.

As a working military establishment, the MOD reserves the right to carry out security checks and searches on any persons or vehicles as required.


Aerobatic display teams flying fast jets and helicopters from Britain and other armed forces from around the world will thrill you with exciting, action packed flying displays. The speed and noise will take your breath away.

Aircraft from across the world will loop, soar and twist above you over the Culdrose skies performing breathtaking displays at terrific speeds.

From the safety of the crowd line you will enjoy looking skywards while they carry out daring manoeuvres and precision flying, against the stunning backdrop of the Cornish Coastline.

On the ground there will be a large static display of aircraft. Here you will be able to get up close to a wide variety of modern and historic aircraft, and have your picture taken with your favourite.

Although there will be flying throughout the day, our main flying display will take part in the afternoon.

Frequently Asked Questions

Mobility Scooters & Wheelchairs

Event Mobility Charitable Trust will be providing electric scooters and manual wheelchairs for the use of disabled, elderly and mobility impaired visitors to the show.

To reserve an electric scooter or manual wheelchair you can book on line, or request a form to be posted to you by phoning 01386 725391.  The charity asks £25 for an electric scooter and £10 for a manual wheelchair. Please be aware that advance bookings cannot be made by phone.

Information for Exhibitors

Air Day Traffic Routes


Air Day Public Information Sheet


aircraft attending Culdrose air day 2014

Royal Navy


Black Cats helicopter display team
Royal Navy Historic Flight Swordfish
Royal Navy Historic Flight Sea Fury

Ground Display

Lynx HMA8
Sea King HC4
Wildcat HMA1
Avenger T1
Squirrel HT1
Griffin HT1

Flying & Ground Displays

Hawk T1
Merlin HM1/HM2
Sea King HU5
Sea King ASaC7

Royal Air Force 



Ground Display

Merlin HC3
Hawk T2

British Army 



Foreign Military 

Ground Display

Royal Danish Air Force AS550 Fennec
Polish Air Force Mig 29
Polish Air Force CASA C295M

Classic Jets and Cold World Era Types 


Avro Vulcan B2
Sea Vixen
Canberra PR9
Hunter x 2

Ground Display

Hunter (764 NAS colours)
Gazelle x 2
Pilatus P3

Warbirds & Historics 


B25 Mitchell
P51 Mustang
Spitfire x 2

Ground Display

Tiger Moth and Queen Bee



Blades Aerobatic Display Team - Extra E4 x 4
Muscle Biplane
Breitling Wing Walkers - Stearman x 2
Wildcat Aerobatics - Pitts S2B x 2, Edge 360
Beech 18
RV8tors display team - RV8 x 2
Cessna C182 Amphibian

Ground Display

Dassault Falcon F20
L4 Cub

The organisers reserve the right to amend the above list subject to operational commitments. The participation of all aircraft is subject to serviceability, weather & other conditions.

Contact Us

Air Day Co-ordinator
Building L4
RNAS Culdrose
TR12 7RH


Telephone: 01326 552 190


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