Navy Wings at Royal Navy International Air Day

2019 was a brilliant year showcasing Royal Navy heritage aircraft. The show was superbly opened by Navy Wings Associate Aircraft the Wessex 5 owned and operated by Andrew Whitehouse, this was the first public display from the Wessex and a fantastic achievement by the Wessex team to restore and fly her after thirty five years. The Wessex flew in formation with the two Wasps,  The Westland Wasp HAS.1 XT420 (G-BCUI) the Westland Wasp HAS Mk 1 XT787 (G-KAXT)

Picture by Lee Howard photography

The Navy Wings very own Sea Fury wowed the audience with a superb display by Lt Cdr Chris Gotke, in one of the fastest single piston-engined aircraft ever built, showing off the sound of that unique Bristol centaurus engine.

(L-R) Lt Cdr John Beatty who flew the Wasp HAS.1 XT420 (G-BCUI) to open the Show and Lt Cdr Chris Gotke who flew the Sea Fury T20

Navy Wings supporters were able to take advantage of a free private seated viewing area with refreshments in the Navy Wings supporters marquee which this year included a bar, it is a wonderful place to relax and view the air display at leisure away from the crowds. This is just one of the exclusive benefits of being an official supporter of the Charity! Find out more here!

Signed up, on top of the obvious support for your work there are some great perks that I didn’t know about before! Special supporters days, discounts on the fleet air arm museum, restaurants and others’.

                                                                            New supporter Richard Hemsley 

We took our supporters on a special tour that included heritage aircraft from the glorious high winged monoplane the Stinson Reliant to the Wessex 5, the iconic Harrier, the Phantom and of course the oldest flying Swordfish in the world! Supporters were able to ask questions about the aircraft to our aircraft experts including pilots and engineers! 

‘A big thank you from us. Really enjoyed the talks and a special thanks to Mike Lucas who shared memories of Lossiemouth buccaneers and Dave Howard. See you again next year!! Well worth the £2.50 per month!’

                                                                                       Supporter Ian Stewart

There was also lots to see and do for the children, inspiring future generations, they were even able to pilot their own Sea Fury!

A massive Big Thank You to All the Team for their hard work at VL yesterday 😊 making our Day out a truly memorable occasion’ 

Winston Alladin 

Our fantastic merchandise marquee which was flanked by the Sea Fury FB11 one of the fastest single piston-engined production aircraft ever built had a great day raising money for the charity with aircraft fans loving the unique aviation items that we stock, you can also buy online! We welcomed re-known aviation historian Paul Beaver who signed copies of his latest book ‘The Forgotten Few‘ about the Fleet Air Arm in the Battle of the Britain and Terry Martin, Pilot of the Westland Wasp HAS Mk1 XT787 signed his latest book about the operations of the Wasp   

You could even win a Superbike by entering our bike raffle! Proceeds will be split by three important causes, Navy Wings, The Royal Marines Charity and the Winter sports association. Tickets are still available and the lucky winner will be drawn in September! Enter here today! 

Early aviation pioneer the Bristol Scout was the first type of British wheeled aircraft to fly from the deck of a Royal Navy Carrier and was on show in Hangar 4. Owner and aircraft builder David Bremner with fellow builders Theo Willford and Rick Bremner, rebuilt the Bristol Scout as a tribute to David’s grandfather, Flight Sub Lieutenant FDH Bremner who flew Bristol Scout No. 1264 with the Royal Naval Air Service No 2 Wing in the Easter Mediterranean at the beginning of World War One.

David Bremnar, pilot and owner of the Bristol Scout.

The Bristol Scout had company in hangar 4 with ‘movie star’ the Swordfish LS326. The LS326 is waiting for her engine which is currently being built and Swordfish engineer Nick Bailes was on hand to talk with members of the public about one of the most successful aircraft in the history of naval air warfare.

Thank you to all our supporters and volunteers who fundraise, shop and for signing up with us. Your support helps the Charity to maintain, restore and fly these icons of the sky as a focus of remembrance to those that have served in the Fleet Air Arm and to inspire future generations.