RNAS Yeovilton International Air Day in Somerset will be hosting a RAF100 tribute this July, at which the Red Arrows are set to perform.
The event will be taking place on 7th July as part of the centenary celebrations of the Royal Air Force, known as RAF100.
The RAF has had the Red Arrows as its official aerobatic team for over half its lifespan. Flying its nine red-painted BAe Hawk T1 jet trainers, 2018’s Red Arrows are led by a new ‘Red 1’, Squadron Leader Martin Pert.
The team’s all-action routine is set to be an Air Day highlight, peaking with the Synchro Pair’s crossing manoeuvres.
What else can be expected on the day?
Joining the RAF convoy are a pair of Supermarine Spitfires, from the Royal Air Force’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight based at RAF Coningsby. A landmark RAF type, the immortal Spitfire is among the most famous of World War Two fighters.
Also inbound is Dakota III ZA947: the flight’s example of US manufacturer Douglas’ twin-engine transport aircraft. In its No. 233 Squadron D-Day markings, the BBMF Dakota will add further RAF100 flavour to the show.
The Typhoon FGR4 will be showcasing the sharp end of the RAF. A true multirole combat aircraft, the Typhoon’s taskings include UK Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) duties, air-to-air combat, air policing and peace support. Demonstrating its performance capability will be Flight Lieutenant Jim Peterson, this year’s RAF Typhoon Display Team pilot.
The Bristol Sycamore will also be delivering a taste of RAF100 to the show. Entering RAF service ahead of all other British-designed helicopters, the Sycamore was a rotary pioneer. It was first flown in July 1947, barely two years after the end of World War Two.
Further RAF100 related aircraft participation will be announced in due course.
Group tickets are available for those with 12 or more members and organisers can call 0844 875 2400 for more information.
For more information, visit www.royalnavy.mod.uk/yeovilton-airday.