Yeovilton Air Day 2016

Saturday 2nd July

Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton, Somerset will open its gates on Saturday 2nd July for the Royal Navy’s premier airshow. The Air Day, one of the Southwest’s largest one day events, will offer an action-packed day out for all the family with thrilling flying displays and plenty to see and do on the ground. Whether you’re a wide-eyed first timer or a seasoned air show veteran, be prepared for an amazing experience!

The award-winning airshow attracts over 40,000 visitors, significant UK/Foreign military participation and support from the world’s leading aerospace companies. Air Day continues to build on its success having won Gold at the South West Tourism Excellence Awards 2013 and Bronze at the national Visit England Awards for Excellence 2013.

Over five hours of spectacular flying displays will include fast jets, historic warbirds, helicopters, formation display teams, aerobatics and will culminate with the world renowned Commando Assault Finale featuring troops, aircraft and pyrotechnics galore! 

If you’re looking for something extra from your Air Day experience then we have plenty of options for you to consider including, hospitality packages, grandstand seating, helicopter pleasure flights and the Arrivals Day.

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Ticket Information


How to Book

Online: Click here > 
Phone: 0330 100 3656
Post: Download Booking Form
Over the Counter: Available from 14th April


  • Advance tickets available to order online or by phone until 7 July.
  • Advance tickets available over the counter until 5pm Friday 1 July 2016.
  • Children Under 5 years old do not require a ticket.
  • A £3 booking fee is applicable on all online, phone and postal transactions.  This does not apply to over the counter transactions.
  • Armed Forces & Veterans Concessionary Ticket Booking Form – Download.
  • Calls charged as standard local rate or free as part of any inclusive minute bundles you have with your mobile or fixed line provider.
  • For overseas bookings please call +44 1271 335701 between 1st February and 2nd June.  Please note that there are no ticket collection facilities at the venue.
  • Tickets are available to purchase at the gate however this facility may be withdrawn at any time should there be an unprecedented demand for tickets prior to the show.

Admission Prices

EARLYBIRD (1 Nov - 31 Jan)
Adult (16+): £19, Child (5-15yrs):£5

ADVANCE (1 Feb - 27 Jun)
Adult (16+): £21, Child (5-15yrs): £7
(Booking Fee £3 per transaction)

ON THE DAY (2 July)
Adult (16+): £27, Child (5-15yrs):£14

Location RNAS Yeovilton

Yeovilton is 5 miles north of Yeovil, 38 miles south of Bristol, close to the A303 and A37, and within easy reach of the M5 from Junction 25.


Helicopter Pleasure Flights

Enjoy spectacular views of RNAS Yeovilton and surrounding areas during Air Day with an approximate 6 mile trip available from £35.

Advance booking will ensure Priority Fast Track reservation giving you time to enjoy the rest of the Air Day.

Please note helicopters are not military aircraft and pleasure flights are being sold separately by the operator Adventure 001.


The Arrivals Day on Friday 1 July is your chance to view some of the aircraft that will be taking part in the flying and static displays arriving at RNAS Yeovilton in preparation for Air Day.

Visitors will have access to a dedicated viewing enclosure along the crowdline between 10.30am and 3.00pm.

Terms and conditions apply*

Traders and Exhibitors

Commercial Opportunities

Caravan & Motorhome facility          make a weekend of it! limited space available for caravans and motorhomes


How to get to air day  Find all the information you need to get to Air Day by car, bus, coach, train or even by plane!

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Terms & Conditions

0900 - 1700

Programme of Events

0800 - Car parks open
0900 - Gates  and Exhibtion/Trade Fair opens
0930-1030 - Aircraft late arrivals
1100-1630 - Flying displays
TBC - Arena Displays
1700 - Airfield Closes

Visitor Information

Make your Air Day experience as enjoyable as possible.

Take a few minutes to view our comprehensive visitor information section.

Details include hints and tips, disabled facilities, caravan sites, tourist information and much more.

Disabled Facilities

A number of facilities are provided to make your visit more accessible and enjoyable including pre-booked mobility scooters and viewing enclosures.

All visitors must purchase an admission ticket, there are no ticket concessions for disabled people or their carers.

Please take time to read our Access Statement to understand what facilities and infrastructure is in place for Air Day.

Mobility aids viewing enclosure

A Mobility Aids Viewing Enclosure (MAVE) is situated along the crowdline, on hard-standing, approximately 400 metres from the Disabled Car Park.

Access to the enclosure is free of charge and is restricted to those using mobility aids and ONE accompanying carer only.

Space is limited and subject to availability.

Air Day Enclosures

Do you want something more from your Air Day experience? 

There are three enclosure options to choose from to make your day even more special.  

Spaces are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

Enjoy unobstructed views of all the action with our tiered seating enclose.

Ideal for families, enthusiasts and veterans seeking an informal outdoor enclosure. 

Enjoy Air Day in style with this exclusive hospitality enclosure for that very special treat or to develop business relationships.




The Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton International Air Day will take ‘Naval Aviation - Past, Present & Future’ as its over-arching theme.  

There will be a number of Fleet Air Arm milestones during the year and Air Day’s acknowledgement of these will include:

Bismarck 75 – The Swordfish, regarded as an obsolescent aircraft during WW2, participated in the pursuit and sinking of the German battleship Bismarck 75 years ago.  

Lynx Farewell – The venerable Lynx maritime helicopters which will be out of service in March 2017 will be making their last appearance, and a fitting one, in front of their home crowd at Air Day.

Tomorrow’s Fleet Air Arm – Air Day will provide an insight into what the future holds for the Fleet Air Arm.  The next five years are indeed exciting times as the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth prepares to enter service.  This will mark the return of the Royal Navy’s carrier strike capabilities as well as providing another helicopter assault ship platform.

Over five hours of flying displays and an extensive static display will feature historic naval aircraft and their modern day counterparts in role demonstrations to acknowledge the contribution from the Fleet Air Arm to Protect Our Nation’s Interests.

Display Aircraft

There will be over 5 hours of extensive flying displays featuring civilian and military operated historic, classic and modern aircraft types.

Yeovilton based Commando Helicopter Force, Lynx Wildcat Maritime Force and Aviation Reconnaissance Force will demonstrate their capabilities during various role demonstrations including the famous Commando Assault Demonstration with plenty of pyrotechnics!  

Further UK and foreign military participants will provide fast jet displays, static aircraft, aerobatic display teams and joint flypasts.

Participants who have indicated their intention to attend the airshow will be announced here as they are confirmed. 

Please note that whilst an aircraft may be shown as confirmed the aircraft operator may withdraw the aircraft with little or no notice, without providing any reason. This is beyond the control of the Organisers.

Air Day 2015 participation list

Aircraft are subject to serviceability and operational commitments.  


Flying Display

Royal Navy Historic Flight – Swordfish I (W5856)
Royal Navy Raiders Parachute Display Team
Commando Assault Demo – Hawk T1
Commando Assault Demo – Sea King HC4 x 4
Commando Assault Demo – Merlin HC3 x 3
Black Cats Display Team – Wildcat HMA2 x 2
Sea King HU5
Maritime Role Demo – Lynx HMA8 x 3

Ground Display

Royal Navy Historic Flight – Sea Fury FB11
Royal Navy Historic Flight - Swordfish II
Wildcat HM2 x Multiple
Sea King HC4 x TBC
Merlin HC3 x TBC
Merlin HM2
Avenger T1
Hawk T1
Sea Harrier FA2 x 2
F-4K Phantom FG1
Sea King ASaC7


Flying Display

Red Arrows Display Team - Hawk T1 x 9
Battle of Britain Memorial Flight - Spitfire x 2
Typhoon FGR4
Chinook HC4

Ground Display


Flying Display

Attack Helicopter Display Team - Apache x 2
Commando Assault Demo - Apache AH1 x 2

Ground Display

Wildcat AH1 x Multiple
Apache AH1


Flying Display

Rafale M x 2 - French Navy Role Demo
Super Etendard x 2 - French Navy Role Demo
Spanish Air Force Patrulla Aguila Display Team - C-101 Aviojet x 7
L-159 ALCA – Czech Air Force

Ground Display

Falcon 10MER – French Navy
CASA C-295M – Czech Air Force
NH90 MTH - Belgian Air Force
F-16 AM/BM x 2 - Royal Norwegian Air Force
Do 228-212LM - German Navy
Sea King Mk41 - German Navy
Sea Lynx Mk88A - German Navy
An28-B1R Bryza - Polish Navy
C-17A Globemaster III – United States Air Force
A-10C Thunderbolt II x 2 – United States Air Force
E-3A Sentry – NATO


Flying Display 

Sea Vixen FAW2 - Fly Navy Heritage Trust
Vulcan B2 - Vulcan To The Sky
MiG-15UTI - Norwegian Air Force Historical Squadron
Vampire FB52 – Norwegian Air Force Historical Squadron
Vampire T55 – Norwegian Air Force Historical Squadron

Ground Display

Sioux AH1 - Heritage Aircraft Trust
Scout AH1 - Heritage Aircraft Trust
Wasp HAS1 - Private
Gazelle HT2 - Gazelle Squadron
Gazelle HT3 - Gazelle Squadron
Whirlwind HAR10 - Private


Flying Display

Seafire XVII - Kennet Aviation
Anson XIX - BAE Systems

Ground Display


Flying Display

Zlin Z526 x 2 - Czech Mates Display Team
EA300L x 4 - Royal Jordanian Falcons Display Team
AW609 TiltRotor – AgustaWestland

Ground Display

A109E - QinetiQ
Yak 52 -Private
Chipmunk - Private
Scorpion - Textron AirLand


Contact Us

RNAS Yeovilton Air Day
AHA Events Ltd 
1, The Square 
North Devon EX32 8LS

Telephone: 0330 100 3654 
Fax: 01271 321 331


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