Exciting Line Up for Culdrose Air Day

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8 — 30 July 2008

An exciting line-up of aircraft will appear at this years Air Day at Royal Navy Air Station Culdrose Air Day

Exciting Line Up For Culdrose Air Day

An exciting line-up of aircraft will appear at this year's Air Day at Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose Air Day. Currently over 80 individual aircraft have confirmed their attendance and this week, the RAF role demonstration team have also signed up to take part.

From the crowd line, the public will be able to see the breathtaking displays of some of the worlds most advanced aircraft as they twist, loop and soar through the skies at terrifying speeds. Over 60 aircraft will give adrenaline filled flying displays full of daring manoeuvres and precision flying, and a further 20 aircraft will be available for static viewing, allowing the public to get up close to the aircraft and talk to their crews.

This years flying highlights include a Royal Dutch Air Force F16 fighter, a flyover by a USAF RC-135 tactical reconnaissance aircraft, the Royal Navy's own world famous ‘Black Cats' Lynx display team and a host of historic aircraft including the Royal Navy Historic Flight's Sea Hawk and Swordfish and a World War II fighter display team. Visitors will of course be able to see Royal Navy helicopters and other military aircraft which are serving on operations around the Globe.

Special Guests:

The RAF Role Demonstration Team is a high-octane representation of modern military aviation. Consisting of a pair of Tornado F3 fighter aircraft, a pair of Hawk jet aircraft representing enemy forces, a pair of Tornado GR4 ground attack aircraft, an E3-D Sentry airborne surveillance and control aircraft and various rotary assets; the role-demo team shows the best that UK aviation has to offer. The role-demo team creates a realistic scenario which will see RNAS Culdrose come under mock-attack from enemy forces, before seeing the enemy swiftly dealt with by the defending force. The airfield will come alive with the roar of jet aircraft and the sight of pyrotechnic explosions!

The Royal Jordanian Falcons are making a welcome return to Air Day this year. As the national aerobatic team of Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan they fly four German built Extra 300L aircraft, the world's most successful unlimited aerobatic aircraft, in a series of demanding and spectacular close formations and individual display sequences. Formed in 1976 at the order of the late King Hussein the team initially flew 3 Pitts S-2A Special aircraft before changing to the Extra in 1992.

The Great War Display team operate a collection of WWI replica aircraft. They carry out an exhilarating display of mock dogfights between allied and German aircraft with bombs dropped and aircraft seemingly shot down, trailing smoke as they descend. The team are due to fly the Sopwith Pup and Sopwith Triplane on the allied side and a Fokker DR1 representing the Germans. The Pup has been built to represent N5199, which had a short but successful life with the Royal Naval Air Service between 1916-1917.

The Blue Eagles are the helicopter display team of the Army Air Corps. Initially formed in 1968 they have flown various types and numbers of helicopter under several names until settling on their current line up of four Gazelles and one Lynx. In AAC service these helicopters would be used in reconnaissance, light transport and anti-tank roles and have been heavily involved in operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Lynx is one of the fastest and most agile helicopters in the world - watch out for it's back flip!

Royal Navy Historic Flight. Based at our sister Air Station at Yeovilton, the RNHF was formed in 1972 to preserve Naval Aviation heritage. Perhaps their best-known aircraft is the Fairey Swordfish, affectionately known as the "Stringbag". This radial-engined biplane was effectively obsolete by the start of WWII but confounded everyone by remaining operational throughout the war. In the hands of 824 Naval Air Squadron, who today operate the state-of-the-art Merlin HM1 helicopter, these ancient aircraft played a major part in the sinking of the Italian fleet at Taranto in 1942. The flight will also be displaying its Sea Fury, one of the fastest piston engine aircraft ever built and based at Culdrose in the late 402 and early 50s and the Sea Hawk, a beautifully sleek small fighter from the early jet age.

The Black Cats, flying a pair of Lynx Mk3/8 helicopters, are the Royal Navy's official helicopter display team. The pair perform an aerial ballet showing off the full capabilities of this very agile helicopter. Look out for the distinctive lynx paint job on one of the aircraft. The maritime Lynx is an anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare helicopter operated from the majority of the Royal Navy's frigates and destroyers.

Making a welcome first appearance at this year's display is the Turbulent Team. As part of the Tiger Club operating out of Headcorn aerodrome in Kent, the team mix a more standard formation display with elements of old fashioned "barnstorming" type flying. The four Druine D31 Turblent aircraft, which at about 400lbs weigh little more than a large motorbike, perform limbos, flour bombing and balloon bursting.

No airshow would be complete with the intense sound of a modern jet fighter in full afterburner and this year we again have the F16 Fighting Falcon from the Royal Netherlands Air Force. Since it came into service in 1976 over 4000 "Vipers" have been produced and have seen service with more than 25 Air Forces. An able dog-fighter and ground attack aircraft, the F16 is a true multi-role aircraft and incorporated any new features, including a frameless bubble canopy, side-mounted control stick and reclined seat to reduce the effects of G-forces on the pilot.

 

As well as an exciting, action-packed flying display, there will also be lots of things to see, touch and try on the ground. Visitors can climb onboard aircraft, be scrambled on a search and rescue mission, take a ride in a helicopter, be winched high into the air or jump into the driving seat of a military fire engine. For those who prefer to watch, we have a full arena programme with Field Gun Competitions and daring displays of motorbikes, parachutists and military dogs. All of the Naval Air Squadrons and units will be out on display ready to talk about what they do and helping the public to try out specially devised activities and challenges.

Advance tickets at a reduced price (£12:00 for adults, £4.00 for children aged 5-15yrs and £30:00 for families) are now on sale online (www.ticketzone.co.uk), by phone (08705 321 321) and at various Tourist Information Centres across Cornwall. In Helston, tickets are also available at:
· Tourist Information Centres across Devon & Cornwall
· Flambards
· Cancer Funding for Cornwall shop (Helston)
· Gweek Seal Sanctuary
· Culdrose Public Viewing Enclosure
· Culdrose Community Centre

Tickets are also available on the day and all ticket holders will receive a half price entry into Flambards during the month of August. Also, to help reduce local traffic, organisers have introduced a special priced ticket for pedestrians and cyclists (£10:00 for adults, £4.00 for children and £20:00 for families). Please note, on the day we only accept cash or cheques.

For further information, including updates on the list of participating aircraft, please visit our website at www.culdroseairday.co.uk

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For more information, please contact:

Emma Relton (Public Relations Officer) - 01326 552461
Ian Mackay (Community Relations Officer) - 01326 552460

Email: pro.culdrose@gtnet.gov.uk