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French Navy fast jet duo set to thrill Air Day visitors

24 May 2016
French Navy fast jets will once again perform a spectacular role demonstration in Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton Air Day 2016’s flying display.

Expected to be one of the star attractions, a pair of Rafale M multirole fighters will demonstrate operational tactics during a fast-paced and thunderous routine that is sure to thrill Air Day’s anticipated 40,000-strong crowd on Saturday 2 July.

Once again, the French Navy’s appearance at a UK airshow flying display is exclusive to RNAS Yeovilton Air Day, demonstrating the close relationship between both navies.  

The Rafale M is an outstandingly agile, Mach 1.8 (1,900 km/h) capable combat aircraft that equips two French Navy squadrons.

In service since 2001, it has seen much frontline service including operations in Afghanistan and Libya.

Air Day’s expected Rafale M duo will be supported by an additional Rafale M as a spare and a Falcon 10MER transport and communications aircraft, appearing in the static display.

Air Day’s static display will also feature contributions from other NATO partner nations.  

They include a Belgian F-16 Fighting Falcon multirole fighter and Falcon 20E VIP transport aircraft, a first-footing Royal Netherlands Navy NH90 anti-submarine/anti-surface warfare helicopter and, from Germany, a Tornado strike aircraft and C-160 Transall tactical transporter.

Further display team, fast jet and historic aircraft participation news will be announced in due course.  

Discounted advance tickets can be purchased at www.royalnavy.mod.uk/yeovilton-airday.

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