Yeovilton Airday

It is not uncommon in Britain for the Airshow-busy months of June and July that interesting airshows clash together. This was also the case for the second week-end in July with Flying Legends at Duxford and the Royal Navy Airshow at Yeovilton.

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Where? Yeovilton, England
When? 08-09/07/2011

As the forecast was unfavourable for the whole week-end I wanted to stay on the safe side for the Legends at Duxford and decided to give Yeovilton only a go for the fly-in on the Friday before the show. Fortunately Friday was also used twice for the role demonstration of the Royal Navy showing off its Sea King and Lynx helicopters as well as simulated strafing attacks by fast jets, this time represented by Hawks.

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Yeovilton RN Role Demo 1037 700 470 90
Yeovilton RN Role Demo 1037 100 67 85
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Eovilton RN Role Demo 1381 700 470 90
Eovilton RN Role Demo 1381 100 67 85
Yeovilton Hawk 1145 100 67 85
Yeovilton Hawk 1197 100 67 85
Yeovilton RN Role Demo 1405 100 67 85
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Talking about the Lynx helicopter Yeovilton did also celebrate the 40th anniversary of this British construction, with many milestones and foreign examples being present in the static display and the new evolution, the Wildcat, flying display – however only on the Saturday showday.

Yeovilton RN Role Demo 0944 700 470 90
Yeovilton RN Role Demo 0944 100 67 85
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A rainy Friday late afternoon also saw the rehearsal of the RNlAF Apache Demo releasing flares into the gray sky. Furthermore everybody was eagerly waiting for the Polish MiG-29 to do the same, but due to the weather conditions it stayed on the ground that day. Shortly before it was time for the most awaited visitor and a British Airshow legend: XH558, the Avro Vulcan. Supposed to arrive already some days before its arrival was delayed due to a necessary engine change.

Zeovilton Vulcan 1365 700 470 90
Yeovilton Vulcan 3195 100 67 85
Yeovilton Vulcan 3203 100 67 85
Yeovilton Vulcan 3212 100 67 85
Zeovilton Vulcan 1365 100 67 85
Eovilton RNLAF Apache 1494 700 470 90
Eovilton RNLAF Apache 1494 100 67 85
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Some display passes to familiarize with the airfield were made the Belgian F-16s and the French Aeronavale pair of a Rafale and Super Etendard. Humid conditions made up for some nice action in the air!

Yeovilton Aeronavale 1214 700 470 90
Yeovilton Aeronavale 1214 100 67 85
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Yeovilton Aeronavale 1305 100 67 85
Yeovilton F 16 Belgium 0988 700 470 90
Yeovilton F 16 Belgium 0988 100 67 85
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The remaining aircraft that were seen arriving this day can be seen on the following photos.

Eovilton Hawk 1164 700 470 90
Eovilton Hawk 1164 100 67 85
Yeovilton ETPS Lynx 1178 100 67 85
Yeovilton Merlin 1171 100 67 85
Yeovilton Sea King 1203 100 67 85
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Eovilton Tucano 1002 700 470 90
Eovilton Tucano 1002 100 67 85
Yeovilton Hunter 1326 100 67 85
Yeovilton Oldtimer 1152 100 67 85
Yeovilton Oldtimer 1174 100 67 85
Yeovilton Sea Fury 0959 100 67 85
Yeovilton Sea Fury 0974 100 67 85
Yeovilton Aeronavale 3187 700 470 90
Yeovilton Aeronavale 3187 100 67 85
Yeovilton Bryza 1318 100 67 85
Yeovilton Tornado GR4 1139 100 67 85
Yeovilton Tornado GR4 1190 100 67 85
Yeovilton Tornado GR4 1193 100 67 85
Yeovilton Tucano 1200 100 67 85

Whereas the Friday morning and afternoon were spend in a field South of the approach the "Photo Call" tickets were used in the late afternoon to have a look at the flightline and the static display. Very fortunate the light came out for the last 30 minutes of the day, flooding the ground exposition into gorgeous light as well as another display practice of the Royal Navy helicopters and the King Air.

Eovilton King Air 1390 700 470 90
Eovilton King Air 1390 100 67 85
Yeovilton King Air 1328 100 67 85
Yeovilton King Air 1331 100 67 85
Yeovilton King Air 1394 100 67 85
Eovilton Static 3328 700 470 90
Eovilton Static 3328 100 67 85
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911 Yeovilton Static 1520 911 Yeovilton Sea Fury 0974 911 Yeovilton Rn Role Demo 1046

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