The Air Day held at the Royal Naval Air Station in Yeovilton has just picked up a Gold Award in the category of Tourism Event of the Year from the South West Tourism Excellence Awards for 2012-2013. The event was hosted by Lloyd Griffith and Daphne Skinner, a journalist for BBC radio. The air show is an annual event and drew a massive crowd of almost 30,000 when it was held last July, and they were privileged to see the best Air Day for several years.
The judging panel had described the show as a major event that had an excellent level of repeat business and with the improvements being made year on year it was now one of the area’s biggest draws. Whilst the show treat its visitors to an exceptional air display, the visitor experience as whole was scrutinised by the judges.
The CO of RNAS Yeovilton, Commodore Jock Alexander OBE, said that is was an outstanding achievement by the community within the Air Station as well as AHA Events Ltd., their commercial partners. He added that despite always being very busy delivering the continual high standards of their worldwide operational commitments he was very proud of this team for putting on event that was top class both in the air and on the ground.
The 2012 Air Day was also a commemoration of the Falklands Campaign’s 30th anniversary. When the Falkland Islands were invaded by Argentina on the 2nd April 1982, every Yeovilton Squadron was brought to readiness on order to join the task force. Overall, more than 1400 men and 126 aircraft from Yeovilton were deployed on ships that went to the South Atlantic.