About us

The primary aim of the Royal Navy International Air Day is to showcase the men, women, aircraft and equipment of the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm by highlighting its past achievements, current activities and future capabilities.

Our objectives

  • Promote the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm.
  • Demonstrate Royal Navy equipment and the qualities, skills and professionalism of its personnel.
  • Encourage young people to consider a career in the UK Armed Forces, especially within aviation and engineer related roles.
  • Foster good relations and develop partnerships with various groups, from local communities to UK industry and allied nations.
  • Provide a platform for military, local and national charities to raise funds and awareness.

What does it take to put on Air Day?

RNAS Yeovilton, the spiritual home of the Fleet Air Arm, has held an annual Air Day for most years since 1947. The content and scale may have changed over the years, but the huge amount of planning and teamwork remains. The team transforms an operational military air station into a temporary showground in 48 hours. They then deliver a safe and entertaining flying display with extensive ground attractions for up to 40,000 visitors. Just over 36 hours after the last visitor has left, the airfield is ready for daily air operations with frontline squadrons and training units.


The number of aircrew and groundcrew involved in displaying aircraft


The number of metres of security barriers used


The number of aircraft taking part in flying and static displays


1050 The number of event support personnel involved on the day

Flightline UK


This year's RNAS Yeovilton International Air Day will go down in the record books as one of the finest editions of the show. As always, the home team put in a lot of effort to show their own capabilities off at their very best with some very engaging displays in the air and on the ground. But this year it was the international element that really stood out and made this one of the very best airshows of the year in Europe. 

UK Airshow Review


This type of stuff really hearkens back to the days of old. It's a statement. It's a base, with all its different personnel and equipment, working together and really showing what it actually does in its day-to-day role, and doing it in a captivating, inclusive, and unmissable way.