AIR DAY 2017: Crowds sizzle as temperatures soar at RNAS Yeovilton
THOUSANDS of people descended on HMS Heron at RNAS Yeovilton on Saturday (July 8, 2017) for the annual International Air Day.
Crowds of around 35,000 watched a five-hour flying display and enjoyed the various on-the-ground activities and displays.
And they were blessed with glorious sunshine – too nice to be honest – as the temperatures soared just as high as some of the aircraft which were jotting about the sky.
Commodore Nick Tindal, Commanding Officer of RNAS Yeovilton, said it had been a fantastic show and that he hoped everyone had had an enjoyable day.
“In 1937 the local people of the Yeovilton village were surprised by a large aircraft landing in a field next to their homes,” he said. “That aircraft was a Handley Page Harrow and, suffering from engine problems, the pilot picked out what looked to be an ideal landing area.
“Eighty years on that “field” has become one of the busiest military Air Stations in Europe responsible for looking after nearly 100 front-line helicopters of the Royal Navy and Army.”
Visitors to the Air Day were able to see a bit of what goes on behind the scenes at RNAS Yeovilton and personnel were on hand to answer any questions (hopefully!).
More on Air Day to come....
PHOTO - TOP: A Spitfire and Lancaster from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at Air Day 2017.
PHOTO - ABOVE: The ever-popular Red Arrows at Air Day 2017.
PHOTO GALLERY AIR DAY AT RNAS YEOVILTON PART 1: http://www.yeovilpress.co.uk/blog/2017/07/08/air-day-part-1-july-8-2017/ .
PHOTO GALLERY AIR DAY AT RNAS YEOVILTON PART 2: http://www.yeovilpress.co.uk/blog/2017/07/08/air-day-part-2-july-8-2017/ .
PHOTO GALLERY AIR DAY AT RNAS YEOVILTON PART 3: http://www.yeovilpress.co.uk/blog/2017/07/08/air-day-part-3-july-8-2017/ .