Volunteers

Volunteers play an important role in supporting Navy Wings. Drawn from across our Supporters, some volunteers are ex Fleet Air Arm and bring their knowledge of the history and aircraft, whilst others are keen aviation enthusiasts and help at air shows and events in our hangar. To a person, they are friendly and knowledgeable and bring immeasurable benefit to the charity.

It is easy to apply to become a volunteer.

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Our Volunteers

Andy Rouse

http://www.andyrouse.co.uk/

Andy Rouse is a multi award winning professional aviation and wildlife photographer who travels the world taking his iconic style of imagery. He is part of the photographic team that produces the wonderful imagery that we use for promoting FNHT. His main specialisation is creating atmospheric imagery but his real passion is getting up and being air to air with our wonderful aircraft.

“I first saw the Sea Vixen at the Yeovilton Air Day in 2015, it took my breath away. As a photographer I saw the beautiful way the light flowed along her sleek lines, and as a closet AVGEEK she excited me with her raw power. She was responsible for bringing me out of my AV closet and I did my first air to air with her, the Texan T6 and the Seafire a couple of months later. I knew then that I really wanted to be involved with the FNHT, to help deliver the message of keeping alive our Naval Aviation heritage via my photographic skills.”


Don in Somerset

Don is Quality Control assessor with the Sea Vixen team. When he received the call from an ex naval colleague searching for qualified volunteers to help with the Vixen, he came in to meet the Chief Engineer and the rest, as they say, is history. With over 28 proud years in the Fleet Air Arm Don is a huge asset to have on the team.

He joined the Fleet Air Arm in 1962 and was posted to 899 Sea Vixen Squadron at RNAS Yeovilton. In October 1963 he embarked in HMS Centaur with 892 Sea Vixen Squadron and sailed for the Far East. He then worked on Meteor and Buccaneer squadrons before returning to 890 Sea Vixen Squadron in 1967 and then 892 Squadron with Phantoms in 1971. It was here that he met Brian Johnstone, the Chief Engineer of our Sea Vixen, forming the friendship that would bring him back into the fold 53 years later.


Dawn in Bournemouth

For many years an avid supporter of the Sea Vixen, Dawn joined the charity when the aircraft was taken on by the Fly Navy Heritage Trust and has played an active role in promoting the aircraft ever since. She attends air shows around the country representing Navy Wings and also helps with events at Yeovilton.

“I love to connect people with the aircraft and create magical moments for them.  If they walk away with a smile on their face and a wonderful memory, then I’m happy!

My real passion is the Sea Vixen: the power, the noise, the smell… they evoke pure exhilaration when people connect with them… and people want to help…. they want to engage, and I enjoy encouraging them to do so.”


Julian in Somerset

Julian joined the charity as a volunteer in 2015. He is an enthusiast for vintage motorcycles, has a love of heritage aircraft and enjoys meeting new people. “It is a privilege to meet the veterans attending our events and hear their heroic tales of flying our historic aircraft.”

Julian’s great uncle Sgt Oliver Brooks was in the Coldstream Guards in WW1 and the won the Victoria Cross at the Battle of Loos, his grandad worked with the Pathfinder squadrons (mainly on Lancasters) in WW2, and his father carried out his National Service with the Royal Signals in Aden. Julian didn’t go into the Services however gets the chance to mix with the veterans and get up close with the aircraft when he regularly helps at the charity’s events at Yeovilton.


Lewis Gaylard

Lewis is a successful aviation journalist and photographer and writes regularly for many specialist magazines and websites including Combat Aircraft, Aviation News, Airforces Monthly etc. Alongside this work he also consults for various aerospace companies both here in the UK and abroad.
Having been brought up just a few miles down the road from Yeovilton, in the picturesque village of Martock, he has many fond memories and now enjoys his work with the FNHT and the Sea Vixen; ‘I spent most of my early life stood at the fence at Yeovilton watching the various aircraft going through their paces. Sadly I’m not old enough to have seen the Sea Vixen when it was in Royal Navy service and based at HMS Heron, so now I appreciate that I’m in a privileged position to regularly work with the aircraft.
‘The Sea Vixen is such an inspiring piece of British engineering which evokes many memories of a by-gone era. A time when Great Britain ruled the waves and the Sea Vixen was the spearhead of our Carrier-Strike capability. With that in mind it’s so important that we all do our ‘bit’ to keep this iconic aircraft where she belongs- in the air!’