RNAS Yeovilton Air Day’s organisers regret to announce the Dutch F-16 Demo Team’s withdrawal from this year’s show, due to a combination of extensive defence cuts announced recently and the Royal Netherlands Air Force’s ongoing commitment to NATO’s Operation Unified Protector missions in Libya.
While disappointing, this is an understandable decision, given the current circumstances and serves as a reminder that all participating military aircraft are subject to operational commitments. The F-16’s withdrawal does not affect the participation of the Dutch Apache Demo Team in Air Day’s Flying Display which is not often seen in the UK.
The Dutch F16 will still feature in the Air Day branding as the artwork was commissioned back in March and most of the promotional material is already printed and distributed.
There will still be an F16 in the air at Air Day courtesy of the Belgian Air Component with its striking vortex schemed Fighting Falcon.
Details of additional foreign military participation will be announced in the weeks leading up to the event, which takes place on 9 July and besides the Dutch and Belgian contingent, also includes a possible last German Air Force F-4F Phantom II appearance and a first-time showing by a German Navy Orion.
The Air Day organising team extends its very best wishes to the Dutch F-16 Demo Team crew and hopes that its 2011 season is a successful and safe one. We hope to welcome them back to Air Day in the future.