After a year's break, the ever popular Air Day at RNAS Culdrose will take place on July 24 when the public will get the chance to experience the sight, sounds and smells of one of Europe's largest helicopter bases.
Visitors will be able to meet those who have served on frontline squadrons, supporting the Royal Navy all over the world. The organisers of this year's event are already working hard to make it a day to remember and The Red Arrows' have confirmed their attendance.
The Red Arrows will land at Culdrose during the morning, and then conduct a full display in the afternoon, followed by their spectacular departure. There will also be a display of aircraft “marching through the ages.”
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, be winched high into the air or jump into the driving seat of a military fire engine.
All of the Naval Air Squadrons and personnel will be opened to the public ready to talk about what they do and explain how their aircraft are deployed and used around the world.
This year is a significant year for Culdrose in many ways. Firstly is celebrates the 60th anniversary of the formation of the Search and Rescue capability and the Royal Navy is also commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic in which the Fleet Air Arm contributed over 40 Naval Air Squadrons in hazardous conditions keeping the sea lanes open for trade - this is a key task that the Royal Navy still performs today.
To find out more about what to expect at this year's Air Day visit www.culdroseairday.com.