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!

Ticket Information

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.

The organisers of this year’s event are working hard to make it a day to remember. As fast jets, helicopters and military aircraft zoom across the skies, visitors will be able to meet aircrew who have served on frontline 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 those of others.

The team at Culdrose have already lined up a variety of aerobatic display teams, fast jets and historic aircraft to woo the crowds with their dazzling displays and death-defying manoeuvres.

As well as an exciting, action-packed flying display, there will also be lots of things to see, touch and try on the ground. Amongst other activities, visitors will be able to climb onboard aircraft, find out what it’s like to sit at the controls of a 15 tonne helicopter surrounded by the latest technology, take a pleasure flight, be winched high into the air or jump into the driving seat of a military fire engine. 

All of Culdrose’s Naval Air Squadrons and units will also be out on display, ready to talk about what they do and helping the public to try out specially devised activities and challenges.

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

also available



Prize Draw 


Details to be announced at a later date...

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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


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 - TBC

Details to follow...

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.


A list of aircraft participating in the event will be announced next year, however Captain Mark Garrett has confirmed that: “The Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm will be attending in force to demonstrate the versatility and adaptability of maritime helicopters including the Lynx, the new Merlin and the Sea King. 

"The nimble Hawks of 736 Naval Air Squadron will show off their agility and speed and it will be the last Air Day that the Search and Rescue Sea Kings of 771 Naval Air Squadron will perform. 

"We are also hoping to welcome fast jets, aerobatic display teams, historic jets and veteran aircraft, in particular the Royal Navy Historic Flight.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Information for Exhibitors

Air Day Traffic Routes


Air Day Public Information Sheet


aircraft attending Culdrose air day 2015

Aircraft TBC

Contact Us

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


Telephone: 01326 552 190


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