The Royal Navy Historic Flight is an operational unit of the Royal Navy and is partially funded by the Ministry of Defence. The Commanding Officer is a full-time serving officer and other aircrew are serving Royal Navy pilots. The civilian staff who run the engineering and administrative, logistics and operational support aspects of the Flight comprise the Chief Engineer, Display Manager, Stores Liaison and 6 Supervisors/Fitters who are employed under contract.

Commanding Officer of the Flight

Lieutenant Commander Chris Götke AFC

Chris joined the Royal Navy in 1992 after a short time in industry.

Selected for fast jets, Chris joined 800 NAS in HMS Invincible, after completing Sea Harrier training in 1998, seeing service in Kosovo and Iraq. Various roles and appointments followed in 801 NAS, 800 NAS, QinetiQ Boscombe Down


He was appointed Commanding Officer of the RNHF in 2013, a full time position managing and flying for the organisation he has supported voluntarily for almost 10 years.


Lieutenant Commander Chris Götke Royal Navy was presented with the Air Force Cross by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace on 12 June 2015  for heroically landing a historic Fleet Air Arm Sea Fury after suffering engine failure during an air display,

Historic Flight Royal Navy Aircrew and Support Staff

The engineering support staff of the Flight are employed by Babcocks under contract to the Ministry of Defence. They carry out the day-to-day servicing and repairs to the aircraft.

The Commanding Officer is the only full-time serving officer on the Flight, while the air crew who fly the aircraft of the Historic Flight are serving Royal Naval aircrew who volunteer to fly with the unit.