The Swordfish was one of the Royal Navy’s most successful combat aircraft and the day will be a tribute to this iconic and much loved bi-plane.

For those who flew or maintained the Swordfish or are a Fleet Air Arm veteran who saw active service in WW2, we would love to hear from you. Similarly, if you worked for Fairey or Blackburn, or are a friend or family member of someone in the Royal Navy or Merchant Navy who served with the Swordfish at sea, we are looking for people to share their stories and experiences of what it was like flying and working with these remarkable Naval aircraft 70 years ago.


Swordfish W5856. Photography by Lee Howard

Swordfish W5856. © Lee Howard

Veterans will be invited to RNAS Yeovilton on 21 September as guests of the Charity to be reunited with the only Swordfish Mk1 still flying in the world. Poignantly, the occasion will be one of the last opportunities to see Swordfish W5856 fly as an aircraft of the Royal Navy Historic Flight before she transfers to the civil register.

Tickets for this event, including the privileged opportunity to meet our veterans and hear their memories, will be on sale to Supporters at £70. The day will include lunch in the Wardroom and a heritage flying display. If you are not already a Supporter, you may purchase a ticket for this event for £100 and become a member of Navy Wings.


All inquiries or information on veterans who may be interested in taking part (or sending us a short dit to be presented on the day), please contact Laila Sadler 01935 842005 at Navy Wings.