Fly Navy Heritage Trust

Who is the FNHT?

The Fly Navy Heritage Trust is the charity behind NAVY WINGS, working to preserve Britain’s great naval aviation heritage. It relies on public donations to support its work in maintaining, presenting and flying an unrivalled collection of historic naval aircraft.

The Charity’s objectives are:

  • To EDUCATE members of the public in the history, traditions and exploits of the Fleet Air Arm and the history of Royal Navy aviation generally.
  • To INSPIRE  by promoting and displaying historic aircraft, the efficiency  and effectiveness of aviation in the Royal Navy.
  • To REMEMBER by providing a living memorial and tribute to the men and women who have flown, maintained or contributed in any way to the operation of aircraft in the Fleet.

 

How do we aim to achieve this?

By raising money to supplement the partial funding provided to the Historic Flight by the MoD. We need to raise in excess of £500,000 each year to keep the Royal Navy Historic Flight and Naval Aviation Ltd (the trading arm of the charity) aircraft serviceable.

Our many activities (events, aircraft experiences, lectures, and flying displays) aim to inspire the wider public and educate them about the heroism, innovation and inspiring achievements of the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy. We hope that people will support the continued flying of these glorious old aircraft.

 

NAVAL AVIATION LTD

To enable the charity to trade and acquire assets (historic aircraft), the operating company Naval Aviation Limited was established in December 2009, and through the extremely generous support of a benefactor, acquired a Sea Fury T20 twin-seat trainer (VX281). This aircraft, which is wholly owned by Naval Aviation Limited is civilian registered and is operated under a CAA Permit to Fly. Its prime role is to assist new Royal Navy Historic Flight pilots gain experience in a powerful piston aircraft before moving onto the Flight’s single seat Sea Fury FB11 (VR930). The Flight pilots are experienced operationally in the Harrier or helicopters, neither of which have the significant torque characteristics of the Fury’s 2450hp Centaurus engine. It is therefore particularly useful to have a two seat aircraft where the torque effects and how to combat them can be seen and practised under supervision.

In 2014 Naval Aviation Limited added another aircraft to the Navy Wings stable when the charity was gifted another unique naval aircraft, the Sea Vixen XP924. This Cold War era fighter jet is maintained at RNAS Yeovilton by its own dedicated maintenance team (contracted by the charity).

Aircraft of the Fly Navy Heritage Trust

Sea Fury T.20

This two seat trainer provides pilots with experience of high powered prop aircraft

Sea Vixen XP924. Photography by Lewis Gaylard

Sea Vixen

The Sea Vixen was an extremely powerful Cold War era fighter jet