Royal Navy’s Air Day reflects global aspirations

The Royal Navy has set July 13, 2019, as the date for its annual International Air Day at Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton in Somerset.

The name of the Royal Navy’s premier public event has been changed from the International Air Day to the Royal Navy International Air Day.

This reflects the aspiration to build on the growing reputation of the airshow by attracting further participation by foreign naval air arms and maritime aircraft. It also marks the first landing, this autumn, of an F-35B Lightning II on HMS Queen Elizabeth – the world’s first aircraft carrier designed around operating a fifth-generation fighter jet.

More than 40,000 visitors are expected to flock to RNAS Yeovilton, the home of the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm, to see the five-hour flying display as well as engineering fairs and state-of-the-art defence technology exhibitions.

There will also be trade stalls, arena displays, helicopter pleasure flights, simulators and fairground rides.

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