PLANS for Air Day 2011 are flying ahead at RNAS Yeovilton in readiness for this year’s aviation extravaganza on July 9.

Organisers are planning a full programme of events from 9am with the five-hour flying display starting at 11am.

The Westland Lynx helicopter will take centre stage as the ‘star guest’ of the show with this year marking its 40th anniversary.

RNAS Yeovilton has three resident operational Lynx squadrons and among these is 702 NAS whose extremely popular and award-winning display team, the Royal Navy Black Cats, will again be taking part.

The UK’s other major Fleet Air Arm base, RNAS Culdrose, will send a Merlin Mk1 helicopter for a solo ride demonstration, while the Royal Navy’s own parachute team, the Raiders, will make a dynamic descent from the skies above.

Yeovilton is also the home base of the Royal Navy Historic Flight and, for the first time in many years, three of the aircraft it operates will take part in the flying display – the Fairey Swordfish II, the Hawker Sea Hawk and the Hawker Sea Fury T.20.

There will be a whole host of other aircraft – from across the world – taking part and Yeovilton spokesman Carolyn Jones said that the list of entries was being updated daily.

Tickets are available priced £18 for adults, £16 for senior citizens and £5 for children aged three to 15 in advance, or £23 for adults and seniors and £8 for children on the day. Phone the ticket line on 08445-781781 for further details.