Yeovilton Air Day 2017

Saturday 8th July

The annual Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Yeovilton International Air Day in Somerset will take place on Saturday 8 July. Planning is well under way for this popular ‘Fly Navy’ airshow which will showcase the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm, its current capabilities and historic accomplishments.

2017 is set to be an exciting year for RNAS Yeovilton and the Fleet Air Arm as the first Royal Navy aircraft is set to touch down on the deck of HMS Queen Elizabeth, as she sets sail to begin sea trials. Operational evaluation and testing of the F-35B Lightning multirole fighter continues apace whilst aircraft maintainers and handlers are busily getting accustomed to the new type.

The Wildcat helicopter takes over as the wings of front-line destroyers and frigates and the Commando Helicopter Force squadrons, now reunited at RNAS Yeovilton, take part in various exercises in readiness to deploy at a moment’s notice.

The Air Station’s gates will be open to 40,000 visitors, just as they were 70 years ago in 1947 at the first ever airshow at RNAS Yeovilton, providing the perfect opportunity to see our equipment and meet our personnel first hand.

Over five hours of amazing flying displays and an extensive static display will feature historic naval aircraft and their modern day counterparts in spectacular role demonstrations to acknowledge the Fleet Air Arm’s role in Protecting Our Nation’s Interests.  UK and foreign military formation and solo display teams have also been invited to participate at the airshow. 

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Ticket Information


How to Book

Online: Click here > 
Phone: 0330 100 3656
Post: Download Booking Form
Over the Counter: View List of Agents


  • Advance tickets available to order online or by phone until 27 June.
  • 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

ADVANCE (1 Feb – 3 Jul)
Adult (16+): £22, Child (5-15yrs): £7
(Booking Fee £3 per transaction)

ON THE DAY (8 Jul)*
Adult (16+): £28, Child (5-15yrs): £10
* Subject to availability

Save £'s on groups of 12 persons or more.
Please call 0330 100 3656 or email

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 7 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

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


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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 2016 participation list

Aircraft are subject to serviceability and operational commitments.  


Flying Display

Wildcat HM2 x 2 – Royal Navy Black Cats Display Team
Swordfish W5856 – Royal Navy Historic Flight
Lynx HMA2 x 2 – Maritime Role Demo
Wildcat HM2 x 2 – Maritime Role Demo
Hawk T1 x 2 – Commando Assault Demo
Merlin iHC3/3A x 6 – Commando Assault Demo
Raiders – Royal Navy Parachute Display Team

Ground Display

Wildcat HM2
Merlin iHC3
Sea King ASaC7
Lynx HMA8
Merlin HM2
Avenger T1
Hawk T1
Sea Harrier FA2 x 2
Phantom FG1
Swordfish LS326 – Royal Navy Historic Flight
Sea Fury FB11 – Royal Navy Historic Flight
Squirrel HT1


Flying Display

Red Arrows Display Team - Hawk T1 x 9
Battle of Britain Memorial Flight - Spitfire
Battle of Britain memorial Flight - Hurricane
Battle of Britain Memorial Flight - Lancaster
Typhoon FGR4

Ground Display

Typhoon FGR4
Tucano T1
King Air T1


Flying Display

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

Ground Display

Wildcat AH1 x TBC


Flying Display

Rafale M x 2 – French Navy
PZL-130 Orlik x 7 – Polish Air Force Orlik Aerobatic Team

Ground Display

F-16 Fighting Falcon – Belgian Air Component
Falcon 20E – Belgian Air Component
NH90 NFH – Royal Netherlands Navy
Tornado IDS – German Air Force
C-160D Transall – German Air Force
Falcon 10MER – French Navy
C-17A Globemaster – United States Air Force
C-295M – Polish Air Force
M-28B1R Bryza – Polish Navy
E-3A Sentry – NATO
F-16A/B Fighting Falcon – Royal Netherlands Air Force


Flying Display 

Sea Vixen FAW2 – Fly Navy Heritage Trust
MiG-15UTI – Norwegian Air Force Historical Flight
Gazelle HT2 – Gazelle Squadron
Gazelle AH1 – Gazelle Squadron
OV-10B Bronco – Bronco Demo Team
Wasp HAS1 – Wasp Historic Flight

Ground Display

Gazelle HT3 x 2 – Gazelle Squadron


Flying Display

Seafire LFIIIc – Air Leasing
Corsair FG-1D – The Fighter Collection
B-17G Flying Fortress – B-17 Preservation Ltd
AT-6D Texan – Kennet Aviation
Bü 131 "Jungmann" – Private

Ground Display

Avro Nineteen – BAE Systems


Flying Display

Pitts S-2S – Richard Goodwin
Extra 300L x 4 – Royal Jordanian Falcons Display Team
SC7 Skyvan – Bronco Demo Team (RN Raiders Support)

Ground Display

Pitts S-2B – Richard Goodwin
Yak-52 (G-YAKX) – Private
Yak 52 (G-IUII) – Private
Scorpion – Textron AirLand
Sea King HC4 (ZA298) – Fleet Air Arm Museum
Sea King HAS5 (XZ574) Fleet Air Arm Museum
Auster AOP9 (G-BURR/WZ706) – Private
A109E Power - QinetiQ


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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