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Swiss Hornet to star at Yeovilton Air Day

 

RNAS Yeovilton Air Day 2014’s first confirmed international participant is the Swiss Air Force’s F/A-18C Hornet Solo Display. Among Europe’s premier fast jet performances, the display combines speed, raw power, sharp precision, staggering agility and the use of flares to stunning effect.

Commodore Jock Alexander OBE, Commanding Officer, RNAS Yeovilton said “We’re absolutely delighted to welcome the Hornet Solo Display this year, given our theme of Carrier Aviation and the Swiss Air Force’s 100th anniversary celebrations. The Swiss Air Force last took part at Air Day 2007, when its Patrouille Suisse team performed to great acclaim and I am sure the Hornet display will do the same. We hope to announce further international participation details in the coming months.”

While the multirole-capable F/A-18 Hornet is essentially a naval aircraft used by the US Navy and US Marine Corps, some 30 examples equipping three squadrons of the Swiss Air Force are used for land based operations. First flown in 1978, the widely-sold Hornet has an incredible top speed of 1,190 mph and is sure to be one of the stars of the show.

Tickets for Air Day can be ordered fromwww.royalnavy.mod.uk/yeovilton-airday at the discounted Earlybird rate with no booking fee until 31 January.

Editor’s Notes

• RNAS Yeovilton is one of the Royal Navy’s two principal air bases, and one of the busiest military airfields in the UK. It is home to more than 100 aircraft operated by both front-line squadrons and training units of the Commando Helicopter Force, Lynx Wildcat Maritime Force and the Army’s Aviation Reconnaissance Force as well as home to the legendary aircraft of the RN Historic Flight.

• Air Day 2014 will follow the naming ceremony of HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH, the first of the UK’s 21st Century Aircraft Carriers. The carrier, a floating sovereign airfield, will enable the UK to project air power around the globe supporting tasks from humanitarian and disaster relief through to combat operations.

• The Royal Navy has been at the core of ‘Carrier Aviation’ since inception and at Air Day 2014 aircraft types, past and present, which operate from the sea will be on display. Over five hours of flying displays will include UK/Foreign military and civilian display teams as well as the resident squadrons performing spectacular role demonstrations. The ground displays will showcase modern Royal Navy assets and equipment that support embarked aviation Protecting our Nation’s Interests.

• Advance Ticket Prices: Adult £20, Child (5-15 yrs inc) £6, Child (Under 5) Free.

• On the Day Ticket Prices: Adult £25, Child (5-15 yrs inc) £12, Child (Under 5) Free.

• Further information atwww.royalnavy.mod.uk/yeovilton-airday

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