Sea Vixen Appeal 2017
Sea Vixen G-CVIX XP924 is the only flying Sea Vixen in the world. Based at RNAS Yeovilton and flying in 899 Naval Air Squadron colours from HMS Eagle, she plays a key role in the story of the evolution of the nation’s carrier aviation heritage.
Navy Wings provides inspiring aircraft displays to tell the story of naval flying but we have to balance the costs across the collection of aircraft. To keep the Sea Vixen flying throughout 2017 and beyond we need your help to raise £150,000 to repair the flap system and wing and provide the deep maintenance to keep her in prime airworthy condition. To support the work you can make a donation via this website, send a cheque payable to the Fly Navy Heritage Trust and become a supporter.
In the year of the carrier the aim of Navy Wings is to return the Sea Vixen to full flying condition in time to take her place alongside the Sea Fury T20 and Swordfish leading the flypast over HMS Queen Elizabeth when she docks into Portsmouth. There are many ways to support the Sea Vixen, by donating or offering sponsorship or taking part in our planned Sea Vixen Experiences and events. Watch this space for more information!
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For every £10 donated, the name of the donor will be included in a prize draw to win a unique cockpit experience in the Sea Vixen.
The more you donate the more times your name will be entered! Call 01935 842005 or use the form below to show your support.
Navy Wings is also offering ‘Name In A Plane’ experience, Sea Vixen supporters can have their name, or family or friends or a name in tribute for just £100 which will appear in the observers cockpit and nose cone of the Sea Vixen throughout 2017 display season.
To Take Advantage of this exciting offer add ‘Name In A Plane’ in the comments section of the below donation form, with the chosen name and your donation of £100.
The Last Flying Sea Vixen
The maintenance programme over the winter has gone really well. The flap issue has been resolved and both Avon 208 engines have been fully maintained. The Sea Vixen engineering team has decades of engineering experience and the professionalism and care being taken to ensure the aircraft is fully serviceable and compliant in all respects demonstrates the diligence and importance being given to keeping this last flying Sea Vixen in prime condition, click here for more information . Two successful ground runs have been completed plus three test flights including display rehearsals have taken place.
Many companies have helped us through the winter and we are very grateful for all their help and technical assistance. Our friends at Skysmart MRO Ltd provided very valuable assistance with gyros and instruments. Kearsley Airways Ltd helped us with our hydraulic systems and we have new tyres provided by Dunlop Ltd. Survival Equipment Services Ltd continue to provide us with excellent support for our ejection seats. The Fleet Air Arm here at RNAS Yeovilton continue to host us in 15 Hangar and provide us with a substantial amount of excellent support for which we are enormously grateful. With your help we are now over 10% of the Sea Vixen Target. Help keep her in the skies by donating below.
30th May 2017 update
Following the Sea Vixen’s successful display closing the show at Duxford Air Show, upon her return the Sea Vixen suffered an under carriage failure and Pilot Cdr Simon Hargreaves performed a highly controlled wheels up text book landing at RNAS Yeovilton showing first class airmanship.
Simon’s calm professionalism and outstanding flying skills, in a situation that demanded the utmost courage and control, minimised damage to a rare and nationally important heritage jet. The aircraft has been safely recovered from the runway and assessors will now carry out an inspection of the damage. The Trust would like to thank all its supporters and well wishers for their donations and support.
The charity will make every effort to get the Sea Vixen repaired and back in the air as soon as possible. If subsequently the assessors feel that the damage may be beyond repair, monies donated to the Sea Vixen Appeal will be used to support other historic naval aircraft in the Navy Wings collection.
15th June 2016
We know there is lots of interest in our plans for G- CVIX. For the moment we continue to survey the aircraft fuselage and structure, and will be lifting both engines to investigate more extensively from inside the airframe.
Post the wheels up landing the investigation to establish the cause of the hydraulic system malfunction has now revealed a major failure which is a significant development in our analysis.
The investigation continues.
29th June 2017 Update
Charity Appeals for White Knight
Following the emergency landing of Sea Vixen G-CVIX XP924 at RNAS Yeovilton on 27 May 17, Navy Wings is urgently seeking a ‘white knight’ sponsor to save the aircraft and restore this unique and nationally important naval heritage fighter to full flying condition.
Unfortunately the structural damage to the airframe is more serious than first thought. This includes cracks on both tail booms, warping of the main bulk heads in the engine compartment and major damage to the gear box. The important factor here was speed of landing. The Sea Vixen suffered a major hydraulic failure of both systems and the pilot, Commander Simon Hargreaves was unable to lower the flaps along with the under-carriage. This necessitated a high speed, low angle run on and the energy transferred itself through the airframe.
Work by Assessors estimate that it could take between 3-4 years and cost £2-3M to get her flying again. A white knight is needed in the next month who would be prepared to come to the rescue and under-write these costs and save the last flying Sea Vixen in the world, recognising her uniqueness and value to the Nation’s naval aviation heritage.
For each donation we receive from a person who pays UK Tax, we can claim up to 25% of the donation from HMRC. So each £10 you give us becomes £12.50 for us to use.
Please help us to claim this by ensuring you have filled out our Gift Aid Declaration. Or if you donate by cheque, please print off this form and post it back to us.