Culdrose Air Day 2015

On Thursday 30th July 2015, we are opening our gates - come and meet the Fleet Air Arm, the Royal Navy’s flying force, at the 2015 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!

Action-packed from start to finish!

As fast jets and military aircraft zoom across the skies, budding aviators and those who once dreamt of flying can experience at first-hand life inside one of Europe’s largest helicopter bases.

Ever dreamt of becoming a pilot?  Want to find out what it’s like to sit at the controls of a 15 tonne helicopter, surrounded by the latest technology, making vital tactical decisions?

At Air Day, you will be able to meet aircrew who have served on Front Line Squadrons all over the world, pilots who have just earned their ‘Wings’, and members of the Search and Rescue Squadron who are seen flying all over Cornwall on daring rescue missions, often putting their own lives at risk to save others. 

You will also meet the teams that help to keep the helicopters flying, from engineers to logisticians.

As well as the packed flying display there is plenty to see and do on the ground. Why not climb onboard state-of-the-art aircraft, take a ride in a helicopter or be winched high into the air?

Tickets on sale now! Admission Prices


Adults: £15.00 (£20.00 *on the day ~ save £5)
Children 5yrs-15yrs: £5.00 (£7.50 *on the day ~ save £2.50)
Family Ticket 2 Adults & 3 Children: £40.00 (£55.00 *on the day ~ save £15)

Children under 5 are free

No booking fees apply - Just a one off admin charge of £3.00 per transaction


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Information for Exhibitors

0900 - 1800

Programme of Events... Watch this space

0900 - Gates open

0930 Interactive displays begin 

1100 - 1700 Flying Displays

1800 - Event closes

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

First Group bus company 

Follow link for Journey Planner

Routes 35/35A (Falmouth), 36 (Truro) and 37 (Redruth) have stops outside RNAS Culdrose.

Train Services

The nearest station is Redruth (12 miles from event) with a connecting bus service to Helston and RNAS Culdrose.


Air Day Traffic Plans


Terms and Conditions


Frequently Asked Questions


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. 

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.

Safety Advice

Be prepared for high levels of noise
Do not cross barriers or wander out of the public areas

Do not smoke in the hangars, place all your litter in the bins provided , or take it home with you

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

Note where you park yor car on arrival

Identify a clearly recognisable place to meet-up with members of your group in case you become separated from each other. There is a lost childen area located next to the first aid point in the centre of the venue

Pleasure flights

Enjoy spectacular views of RNAS Culdrose and Cornwall during Air Day 2015.  There is nothing quite like the sensation of hovering in a powerful, fast-moving helicopter – looking down at the ground just a few feet below.  

But there is no time to ponder, as your pilot has applied power and you can feel the helicopter accelerating over the ground and now you are climbing, flying away to 1000 feet. 

Whilst you admire the breath-taking countryside, your pilot will point out the local landmarks. 

Gradually the helicopter returns gently to earth.  

Don’t forget to take your camera, so you can you can re-live the experience with friends and family and show off your fantastic photographs.  

Book your thrill of a lifetime today!

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RNAS Culdrose Preview Day wednesday 29th July 2015

We are pleased to announce that our Preview Day has been scheduled for Wednesday 29th July 2015.

This will provide an exclusive opportunity for aviation enthusiasts spend an afternoon at the Royal Naval Air Station to get close to visiting aircraft as well as our own assets prior to Air Day.

security Advice

Do not leave baggage unattended

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.

RNAS Culdrose reserves the right to cancel or change Air Day 2015 without notice

Hold on tight – Air Day will give you a sensory explosion!

As well as an awesome air display, the whole day will be packed with plenty for everyone to see and do on the ground.  All ages will enjoy our interactive displays from Field Gun Competitions and Military bands, to motorcycle displays.  As home to a team of retired Harriers, we will also be showing the UK’s only live Harrier ground display.

This is your opportunity to see what RNAS Culdrose and the Royal Navy has to offer close up.  Walk around the displays showcasing the varieties of aircraft in use within the Navy. 

Meet the men and women involved in the daily operation and maintenance of our aircraft. We have fast jets, helicopters, training aircraft, historic aircraft and much more on display… even some foreign visitors.

Say hello to the Naval Diver underwater in his large tank, why not visit the Winching Wessex and be winched into the air?  Or perhaps have a workout with our Physical Training Instructors?

The Royal Marines are also an important part of the larger Royal Navy, come and see them in action too!  You can climb a 40ft climbing wall, handle weapons of all sizes in the Weapons Dome and look around one of the fastest boats available to the Royal Navy, the Offshore Raiding Craft.

The Army will also be visiting Culdrose and have a variety of people and equipment for you to see.

There will be a wide range of trade stalls for you to look around, where you will be able to find mementoes of your day, locally produced Cornish items and lots of food and drink.


This year’s arena programme is packed full of fun activities to see!

It includes a wide range of exciting activities including  gymnastics displays, birds of prey displays, motorcyclists from the White Helmets display team performing daring tricks and the Royal Marines in their unarmed combat display.

You can then end a great day out by watching ceremonial sunset with the Royal Marines Band. 

arena programme

The arena will open at 0900 with ‘Ceremonial Colours’ and will close at 1800 with ‘Ceremonial Sunset’ following an action packed programme including:

A Bird of Prey Display
Swallows Gymnastics of Helston
The White Helmets Motorcycle Display Team
Royal Navy Field Gun Run
Royal Marines Band
The Big Dance Company
Royal Marine Commando Display Team
Penzance Gym Club

aircraft attending Culdrose air day 2015

Aerobatic display teams flying fast jets and helicopters will thrill you with exciting, action packed flying displays full of daring manoeuvres and precision flying.

Against the stunning backdrop of the Cornish coastline, aircraft will loop, soar and twist above - you will witness magnificent sights and sounds from across the world of aviation, both past and present.

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. 

Flying Program (subject to change)

Harrier Ground run
Cornwall Air Ambulance
Mid Air Squadron Merlin HM MK2
Muscle Biplane
Breitling Wing Walkers
Lynx MK8
T6 Texan
771 SAR Demo
MIG 29
Black Cats
Frecce Tricolori
Gnats display team
Kitty Hawk
F18 Hornet
Chinook display team
Sea Fire
Wildcat Aerobatics
Sea Vixen

Static Aircraft Park

Lynx HMA8
Merlin HM2
Sea King HU5
Sea King ASaC7
Hawk T1
Avenger T1
Hawker Hunter (764 NAS colours)
Westland Gazelle x2
Hunting Percival Pembroke
Pilatus P3

Contact Us

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


Telephone: 01326 552 679


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