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Yeovilton 2020

Sat 02 Feb 2019, 9:42 am

Have heard a rumour,from someone who works on camp,that there will be no Air Day this year [2020],due to runway resurfacing.

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Sat 02 Feb 2019, 10:18 am

Been due for resurfacing for a few years now, wouldn't be surprised if it's true.

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Sat 02 Feb 2019, 12:32 pm

Is a move to Culdrose an option?

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Sat 02 Feb 2019, 9:42 pm

What would be the possibility of holding a show at Merryfield?

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Sun 03 Feb 2019, 9:38 pm

Saying it cos it's on everyone's mind -

or will this be the convenient excuse for costs to be saved and the Royal Navy to lose its Air Day? Much like the RAF at Waddington. I'd like to think the Navy is better than that, but ehh.. You never know when the bean counters see £-signs. :sad:

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Mon 04 Feb 2019, 7:10 am

I’d like to think Yeoviltons situation is different.

A number of factors went into the Waddington cancellation after runway work began including the decision to hub all ISTAR assets at one base and the very real security concerns that went with it. Concerns that were confirmed when those idiots broke into the base hoping to find a Reaper or two to vandalise.

If anyone was to blame for Waddington it was the idiot protesters and the risk they posed to the base/assets if they got inside.

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Mon 04 Feb 2019, 9:02 am

I wonder if this is the reason for the re-brand - now its the "Royal Navy International Air Day" the same event could be moved to a different airfield; Culdrose being the obvious choice!

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Mon 04 Feb 2019, 10:54 am

The Baron wrote:What would be the possibility of holding a show at Merryfield?

Never visited the site, but a quick look at the site on Google Earth suggest not.

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Mon 04 Feb 2019, 11:00 am

They should do a seaside show with aircraft operating off the HMS QE... :whistle:

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Thu 07 Feb 2019, 1:27 pm

The name change could allow the show to go to Culdrose then come back to Yeovilton when the runway is finished.

I just hope what happened with Waddington doesn't happen with Yeovilton - runway resurface and postponement then cancellation

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Thu 14 Feb 2019, 12:50 pm

The Baron wrote:What would be the possibility of holding a show at Merryfield?

None

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Tue 02 Apr 2019, 7:24 pm

Their planning to make Yeovilton and Culdrose air day every 2 years but nothing has been confirmed also Merryfield is a perfectly usable airfield it’s just too small and Predannack is large just in a very poor condition :clap:

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Tue 02 Apr 2019, 7:53 pm

Skiddy17 wrote:Their planning to make Yeovilton and Culdrose air day every 2 years but nothing has been confirmed also Merryfield is a perfectly usable airfield it’s just too small and Predannack is large just in a very poor condition :clap:


Care to explain the first part a little more?

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Fri 03 May 2019, 2:05 pm

When it was announced that there would not be the annual event at Culdrose in 2018 it was suggested that the remaining Royal Navy airshow could be alternated between there and Yeovilton in future years. I was sceptical at the time and I remain so; Yeovilton is a bigger venue, it is located in a far more convenient location, and it happens to be the HQ of the Fleet Air Arm. Add to that the links and continuity the Yeovilton team have against the fact that the Culdrose team has disbanded and gone their various ways, taking their expertise and contacts with them, and I think that it is highly unlikely that even if Yeovilton has to take a year off that Culdrose will hold an event.

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Fri 03 May 2019, 6:20 pm

And also on a selfish note, my parents don’t live 2km from Culdrose, they live 2km from Yeovilton, so it’s a no from me. However, I’d take the opportunity to visit Predennack which I’ve neglected to do in the past. They should do a night shoot there, that’d be sick.

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Mon 20 May 2019, 7:50 pm

Not sure where the scuttlebutt rumours come from on this thread but there are no plans to alternate with Culdrose, no plans to resurface VLN, no you can’t use Merryfield for the display due to the implications of the Display Area and lack of infrastructure and the name change is simply because, with the demise of the Culdrose Air Day it is now the only RN airshow, simple as that!

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Fri 06 Sep 2019, 2:15 pm

Just received promotional email confirming Yeovilton 11 July

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Fri 06 Sep 2019, 3:48 pm

#me too! :biggrin:

FB :cuppa:

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Tue 05 Nov 2019, 10:17 pm

Yeovilton Air Day 2020 tickets now on sale.

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Wed 06 Nov 2019, 2:09 am

Seen on their ticket price page: "Please note that no sun shade umbrellas will be permitted at Air Day." ...... :dunno:

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Wed 06 Nov 2019, 9:09 pm

trebleone wrote:Seen on their ticket price page: "Please note that no sun shade umbrellas will be permitted at Air Day." ...... :dunno:


But rain umbrellas....?

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Thu 07 Nov 2019, 9:56 am

They maybe referring to those giant picnic type umbrellas that do take up space (when put up) and can restrict viewing
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