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International Aircraft Descend On Somerset For Air Show

The Royal Jordanian Falcon Team, Czech and Canadian Air Forces will all be displaying...

Aircraft from militaries around the world are preparing to show off their skills at the Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Yeovilton International Air Day.

Up to 40,000 people are expected to visit the military airfield in Somerset tomorrow.

The show will demonstrate the maritime capability and air power of the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force, as well as the UK’s NATO and European allies.

Royal Jordanian Falcons Team

Jordan's version of the Red Arrows - who are affectionately known in the air show circuit as the Red Imposters - will be flying the German-designed Extra 300 LX on Saturday.

Jamil Zayyab, Royal Jordanian Falcons Team Leader, said:

“It’s always a privilege and a pleasure for us to display for a crowd - also for us as Jordanians being here in Yeovilton, in this part of the world, to show our flag and to promote our country and the science of aviation.

“Our message is just to promote peace and love from our part of the world to the rest of the world.”

Royal Canadian Air Force

Canada’s CF18 fast jet will be performing in the UK for the first time in more than 10 years.

Captain Stefan Porteous, Royal Canadian Air Force CF18 Display Pilot, said: “It’s a huge honour to be invited. To be able to fly across the ocean to display is really fantastic.

"To be the guy that’s selected to do it for the first time in 10 years is obviously a huge honour for me but my entire team is excited to be here."

Alongside the five-hour flying display, there will also be an array of ground attractions, from engineering fairs to the latest defence technology exhibitions, trade stalls and arena displays.

Organisers have also erected a big screen for people to watch the World Cup England vs Sweden match.