For the full details see: www.visitplymouth.co.uk/armedforcesday
Magnificent air displays including the Royal Navy’s Black Cats Wildcat and the RAF’s Hawker Hunter Jet Fighter will take place at Armed Forces Day on 27 June.
Organised by Plymouth City Council visitors will be able to see incredible performances from some of the UK’s leading pilots in our Armed Forces on Plymouth Hoe at 1pm and 4.30pm.
Deputy Leader of Plymouth City Council, Pete Smith said: “The air shows are definitely a main attraction for our Armed Forces Day celebrations and we have a great show planned for everyone to enjoy.”
The Eurofighter Typhoon, RAF Tutor and Bulldog will be the first to take to the skies, followed by the Royal Navy Black Cats Wildcat, Dr101 One Design and the RAF Hawker Hunter Jet Fighter.
UTC Aerospace Systems, based in Plymouth, sponsors the air shows and provides technology for military aircraft. Kevin Pindard, Managing Director of UTC Aerospace Systems in Plymouth, said: “Sponsoring this excellent Armed Forces Day air show offers us an opportunity to visibly demonstrate our commitment to, and pride in, our armed forces. Our TERPROM digital terrain system supports Typhoon pilots in operations every day and we believe the technology developed by our 270 strong, Plymouth-based, team is helping make life safer for UK forces wherever they are in the world.”
The Typhoon will be flown by 29 (Reserve) Squadron from RAF Coningsby who will put on a display that will showcase what this aircraft can do as well as demonstrate the dedication, professionalism and excellence of the RAF personnel who fly, maintain and support Typhoon operations in the UK and across the world.
Flight Lieutenant Shaun Kimberley returns for his second year flying the Grob 115E Tutor. The Tutor is the RAF’s elementary trainer and Shaun will superbly demonstrate the agility and performance of this aircraft.
The Tutor replaced the Bulldog as the RAF’s elementary trainer some 15 years ago and today the Bulldog is owned privately and will be flown by Rod Dean who will demonstrate its classic aerobatic capability. Rod is a very experienced display pilot and is well known for his displays in the Hunter, Spitfire and other ‘heavy metal’ warbirds. It is hoped that the Bulldog will formate with the Tutor so two generations of aircraft can be seen together.
The Black Cats Wildcat will provide an exciting helicopter display that will thrill audiences with their air shows. Wildcat is the latest generation of multi role helicopter specifically procured to operate from the Frigates and Destroyers of the Royal Navy, a task it is taking over from the Lynx.
The Rihn DR-107 One Design is an American aerobatic homebuilt aircraft that was designed by Dan Rihn and first flown in 1993. The DR-107 was designed as a low-cost one design aircraft for competition and sport basic to advanced aerobatics, including International Aerobatic Club Class One competitions. It will be flown by Phil Burgess, an RAF avionics engineer, who is one of the UK leading aerobatic pilots.
The RAF Hawker Hunter Jet Fighter will be the final aircraft to make a flying visit to Armed Forces Day. The aircraft is a standard Rolls Royce Avon powered Hunter T7 trainer. It is capable of a wide range of aerobatic manoeuvres as well as speeds approaching 600kts. The aircraft will be flown by retired RAF Squadron Leader Chris Heames who has been displaying this particular aircraft since 2001.
Visitors will also be able to get a closer look of a military aircraft by visiting the static Sea King, located on The Promenade.
Key highlights of the day include:
- 11.15am – Sea Cadet Display in the arena
- 12pm – Military Kids Choir and Community Covenant Speech on the main stage
- 12.15pm – Military Wives perform on the main stage
- 1pm – Eurofighter Typhoon, RAF Tutor and Bulldog flying displays
- 1.30pm – Field Gun competition heat one: HMS Raleigh vs. 29 CDA RA in the arena
- 2.40pm – Field Gun Competition heat two: HMNB Devonport vs. HMD Raleigh in the arena
- 3.45pm – Field Gun Competition heat three: 29 CDA RA vs. HMNB Devonport
- 4.30pm – Royal Navy Blackcat Wildcat air display. DR 107 Aerobatic display and Hawker Jet Fighter display
Evening entertainment (on main stage)
- 5pm – Band of HM Royal Marines Plymouth
- 6pm – Jay James
- 7.15pm – Beatlemania
- 9.30pm – ZU2
The air shows are part of a wider entertainment programme for Armed Forces Day in Plymouth. For more information and to download programmes go to visitplymouth.co.uk/armedforcesday.
*Note – the above aircrafts and times may be subject to change.