The Sea Fury returns home to RNAS Yeovilton 15th September 2017

The Sea Fury T20 returned home to RNAS Yeovilton on 15th September 2017.

 

Photo courtesy of Jason Bryant

Picture courtesy of Lee Howard

The Sea Fury fighter-bomber was the British Fleet Air Arm’s last piston-engined fighter and was used by the Fleet Air Arm in the Korean War and famously shot down a MiG-15.

In 2014, the Navy Wings Sea Fury T20 suffered an engine failure at RNAS Culdrose during an air display resulting in a highly controlled landing by the pilot, Lt Cdr Chris Gotke who was awarded the Air Force Cross by the Prince of Wales for his skill. Navy Wings, the brand of the charity, The Fly Navy Heritage Trust launched a £200,000 appeal to buy a new Centaurus 18 engine for the Sea Fury T20. The charity relies on public donations and we thank all our supporters and well wishers who helped raise funds for the rebuild and her return to the skies.

 

The Sea Fury performed a flypast at RNAS Yeovilton on her way to RNAS Culdrose. The Sea Fury T20 will display at a special Sea Fury heritage event, which is being held at RNAS Yeovilton on 22nd September 2017. Click here for more details

*Flight times subject to weather and serviceability.

The Sea Fury T20 is loaned to the Royal Navy Historic Flight by the Fly Navy Heritage Trust and is displayed by the Historic Flight under an agreement between the Trust and the Royal Navy.

Navy Wings keeps heritage Naval aircraft in the skies, telling the exciting story of the early pioneers of Naval flying to HMS Queen Elizabeth and her F35 jets. Funded entirely by public donations, the charity restores, maintains and flies a collection of rare and historically significant naval aircraft which display and inspire millions of people each year at air shows around the country.

Based at RNAS Yeovilton the collection includes the only two airworthy Swordfish in the world, two Sea Furies, a Sea Hawk and Sea Vixen. Together with our associate collection, Navy Wings tells the nationally important story of flying from ships at sea from the First World War to the Fleet Air Arm of today.