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!

Tickets are now on sale for this year’s Royal Navy Air Station Culdrose Air Day which will be held on Thursday 30th July 2015. 

The event, which has become a firm favourite in the Cornish Events Calendar, enables the general public to experience life onboard of one of Europe’s largest helicopter bases.

Air Day will be 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? 

On 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. 

Why not climb onboard state-of-the-art aircraft, take a ride in a helicopter or be winched high into the air.

Tickets 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

Terms & Conditions

Alternative Ticket Sellers

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... Watch this space

0900 - Gates open, interactive and arena displays begin 
Morning - Aircraft 'fly ins' & final rehearsals
1300 - Our action packed 4 hour Flying Display
1800 - Event closes

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

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

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!

Click here to book this amazing experience

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


The action-packed flying display planned for this year’s Culdrose Air Day is looking exciting with many of the flying slots already starting to be filled.

Organisers of the annual event have announced that for the first time, a Swiss Air Force F18 will be one of the acts taking part in the flying display on Thursday 30th July 2015.  

The F18 will be joined by historic jets, including a Canberra, a Hunter and a Sea Vixen.  

A variety of aerobatic display teams will compete to woo the crowds with their dazzling displays and death-defying manoeuvres, from the super tight formations of the Blades, to the spectacular stunts of the Breitling Wing Walkers and the tremendous agility of the Black Cats.

In contrast to the roaring sound of jets and turbines, the air will also be filled with the purr of piston driven veterans.  Currently booked are iconic veteran WWII aircraft including the Seafire, Kittyhawk and the Swordfish. 

Air Day at Culdrose would not be complete without the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm attending in force.  Demonstrating the versatility of maritime helicopters, the Merlin, Lynx and Sea Kings will be put through their paces, while the nimble Hawks of 736 Naval Air Squadron will show off their agility and speed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Information for Exhibitors

Air Day Traffic Routes


Air Day Public Information Sheet


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)

Italian Freece Tricolori
Swiss Air Force F18 Hornet
Blades Aerobatic Display Team - Extra E4 x 4
Muscle Biplane
Breitling Wing Walkers - Stearman x 2
Wildcat Aerobatics - Pitts S2B x 2, Edge 360
RV8tors display team - RV8 x 2
Black Cats Helicopter display team
Lynx HMA8
Merlin HM2
Sea King HC4
Sea King HU5
Sea King ASaC7
Wildcat HMA1
Hawk T1
Royal Navy Historic Flight Swordfish
Sea Vixen
Canberra PR9
Hawker Hunter x2
Folland Gnat
Grumman Avenger

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 552 190


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