Yeovilton Air Day 2012

One of the region's top air shows takes place today at the Royal Navy's Yeovilton air base.

The theme of this year's display is the thirtieth anniversary of the Falklands Conflict. The base played a major part in the air war.

The Sea King and Wessex helicopters were vital in moving men and supplies around the bleak windswept islands, particularly after the loss of most of the RAF's Chinook heavy-lift helicopters when the container ship Atlantic Conveyor was sunk.

Aircraft of all shapes and sizes will be on display at RNAS Yeovilton Credit: ITV West

Yeovilton was also home to the Sea Harriers, the jump jets which played a vital part in defending the ships against Argentinian air attack. There was a lot of scepticism about the Harrier's ability before it went into action.

It was thought to be too slow to take on other fighter aircraft in a supersonic age but proved itself very capable against the French built Super Etendardes of the Argentine air force.

There's a whole day of action in the air, with formation displays by the Red Arrows and the Navy's Yeovilton based helicopter display team the Black Cats.

The Navy's historic flight with its Swordfish bi-plane and the maritime version of the Spitfire, the Sea Fury, are another popular attraction.

Aircraft from across the ages will also be on display throughout the event Credit: ITV West

There are scores of aircraft for enthusiasts to see on the ground, and plenty of other amusements and rides to make it a fun family day out.

Royal Marine Commandos will be staging a mass attack to provide a thrilling finale to annual event which brings as many as 30 thousand people to the South Somerset base.