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WINGS Inspire & Remember

Flight Deck

Brand New Look Launch of Navy Wings

Ready for the Carriers Heritage meets the Future

Flying Legend Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown Remembered

The Great British Take Off Associate Collection Success navywings.org.uk


WINGS Inspire & Remember The launch of Navy Wings at RNAS Yeovilton Air Day in July marked a major milestone in the history of the Fly Navy Heritage Trust, heralding the charity’s vision to tell the more complete history of naval aviation and bring together the aircraft, people and stories of naval flying to inspire future generations. Speaking of the new brand, Deputy Chairman Rear Admiral Ian Tibbitt CBE said “Navy Wings refreshes and updates our approach and building an associate flying collection is a key enabler to meeting the charity’s aims. Our Navy Wings associates are already proving a catalyst for change, broadening awareness and engaging new audiences.”

enhance the collection and tell the story of naval flying in a fresh and more exciting way.”

From the Chief Executive

Frederick, an Ambassador for the Trust continued, “I flew the de Havilland Vampire and have huge admiration for the work the charity has done to preserve Sea Vixen FAW2 XP924. Watching her fly today sends a chill down my spine.”

As I look back over my first few

Guest of honour at the launch, novelist and former fighter pilot, Frederick Forsyth CBE said, “I

“The high risks involved in carrier flying are little known and the period of the Cold War took a great toll. Keeping her flying today inspires modern audiences and helps us remember the service the Fleet Air Arm gave to the country.”

truly applaud this visionary new direction for the Trust. It has all the hallmarks of the Fleet Air Arm. It’s innovative, it’s imaginative and it’s all about teamwork.” “Traditionally the charity raised funds to support the Royal Navy Historic Flight, and it absolutely will continue to do this, but the big change with Navy Wings is the aim to work with owners of other historic naval aircraft to

months, I can reflect upon a whirlwind of intense activity, which demonstrates the dedication of our staff and volunteers who are totally committed to keep our fantastic old aircraft flying. In the midst of this, we launched Navy Wings in July (all our existing Supporters are automatically enrolled), which has been a huge success. In addition, one of our greatest Supporters, Captain Eric Brown, sadly passed away earlier this year and we were able to put on a magnificent memorial event to mark his extraordinary life. The

“I chose those words ‘inspire’ and ‘remember’ carefully” continued Frederick. “Navy Wings aims to inspire modern audiences and to remember the important part naval aviation has played, and continues to play in the history of our nation.”

aircraft also continue to deliver and our aim is to have a historic flight leading the flypast over HMS Queen Elizabeth when she enters Portsmouth in 2017. I would like to thank all our major donors who provide individual sponsorship, our Corporate Supporters who provide sponsorship and expertise

Inspiring future generations by bringing together the aircraft, people and story of Naval flying

and each and everyone of you for your continued support. Jock Alexander OBE FRAeS

Thank You!


Ready for the Carriers! 2017 promises to be an exciting year for the Trust as the first of the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers, HMS Queen Elizabeth, enters service with the Royal Navy, marking the continuation of the distinguished history of the Fleet Air Arm and carrier aviation.

When she sails into Portsmouth next summer, it will be a momentous occasion for the Nation. HMS Queen Elizabeth and her F35-B jets represent not only a giant step change in defence capability - but a return to UK Carrier Strike and big deck carrier operations resuming our world leading reputation in carrier aviation. The Royal Navy invented the aircraft carrier during the First World War and for the Trust, our heritage aircraft are the link between the innovation and battle honours of the past with the future; informing audiences

of the great history of carrier development and educating and inspiring the next generation as our carrier aviation story enters a second 100 years. The vision of the charity throughout 2017 is to continue the exciting trajectory of Navy Wings, raising the £750,000 we need annually to keep our heritage aircraft flying and expanding our associate collection, working in collective partnership with others to promote greater understanding and awareness of our unique history.

Affiliation with HMS Queen Elizabeth The Trust is delighted to announce its affiliation with the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth linking the past, present and future of the Nation’s naval aviation heritage. The Commanding Officer of HMS Queen Elizabeth, Captain Jerry Kyd said “The ethos, spirit and technological achievement of our naval aviation heritage will inspire those in today’s Fleet Air Arm and read across directly to the effectiveness and battlewinning edge of HMS Queen Elizabeth and her air group in the decades ahead.” Chief Executive of the Trust, Commodore Jock Alexander OBE said “We greatly value this affiliation which recognises the important part the Fleet Air Arm has played in the history of carrier aviation. It not only binds us closely to the ship but will provide an exciting national focus for our donors and supporters.”


Over 600 guests, including our Patron, HRH The Duke of York, attended a commemorative event hosted by the Fly Navy Heritage Trust at RNAS Yeovilton in July to celebrate the life and achievements of Captain Eric Brown CBE DSC AFC Royal Navy who died earlier this year aged 97. No one will ever surpass the records set by Captain Brown who flew more types of aircraft than anyone in history, an incredible 487, and played a key role in the design of an entire generation of

As the world said goodbye to the greatest test pilot of all time, the legacy of Captain Eric Brown lives on in the design of the Royal Navy’s Queen Elizabeth class carriers and the F35 Jet.

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aircraft. “His exceptional skill in evaluating complex aircraft pioneered many new developments and his courage inspires today’s pilots, many of whom will be flying from the Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers” said First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Philip Jones KCB. During a long career in which he was torpedoed in the Atlantic, helped to liberate Belsen concentration camp, interrogated Goering, survived 11 crashes, landed the first jet on an aircraft carrier and set the world record for carrier landings, Eric won admirers all over the world.


Many eminent names from the aviation industry attended the event including the son of Frank Whittle who invented the jet engine, grandson of the founder of AV Roe and Barnes Wallis’ daughter. Glenn Melrose-Brown, Eric’s son said “My father loved the Royal Navy and his country. He also gave back especially to young people, inspiring them to get into aviation. He was an outstanding man, but most of all he was my dad.”

Sea Fury to fly again in 2017

The flypast in his honour represented every category of military aircraft that Eric flew, closing with the poignant

The rebuild of Sea Fury T20 G-RNHF is on track for ground testing by the end of the year and flight testing in time to return to the skies for the 2017 display season.

‘missing man’ manoeuvre traditionally given to a fallen pilot. There could be no more fitting farewell as the world said goodbye to the greatest pilot of all time.

The maintenance and repair of the civilian registered aircraft is being carried out by Weald Aviation on behalf of the Trust. The airframe repairs were completed in the summer and a new engine, which was rebuilt from a unit purchased in the USA, is now in the final stages of assembly. The engine was stripped right back to its component parts and completely overhauled. The Bristol Centaurus 18 is an incredibly complex 60 year old engine – one of the most powerful sleeve valve radial engines ever built – and it has taken a lot of meticulous planning and skilful workmanship to disassemble it down to the last nut and bolt, and rebuild it again, a task once only ever done by the original manufacturers. We are extremely grateful to everyone who contributed to the Sea Fury T20 appeal. Your generosity has helped ensure that the roar of the Centaurus will not be lost to future generations.


DAY The spectacular Shuttleworth

iconic naval aircraft from The

coming! The Sea Hurricane,

Fly Navy Air Show at Old

Fighter Collection.

Supermarine Seafire, Hawker

Warden Aerodrome in June

Nimrod, Corsair and Grumman

was a rare opportunity to see

The show opened with the

Wildcat were all represented,

an impressive all Navy line-up

dramatic entrance of the Hawker

giving fabulous displays in the

of some of the finest historic

Sea Hurricane 1b escorting Sea

clear afternoon sunlight.

and present day naval aircraft,

Vixen G-CVIX XP924, making her

representing over a 100 years

first appearance of the 2016

“We had a vision of how a Navy

of naval aviation, and was

season, both the only flying

Air Show should be” said Trustee

probably the first time such a

examples of their type.

Tim Manna “We wanted to tell

show of naval aeroplanes had

the story of naval flying through

been seen in the skies of the

The speed, power and agility of

UK.

the Sea Vixen’s beautiful ‘flat’ display of flypasts showing the

The Fly Navy Heritage Trust

aircraft off to her best, with plenty

worked with the Shuttleworth

of noise and wingtip vortices

Collection to put the Navy

against a brilliant blue sky, left

themed programme together,

the crowds elated.

bolstering the line-up with the Trust’s de Havilland Sea Vixen

Formations of classic naval

FAW2, as well as additional

aircraft then just didn’t stop

the aircraft, to enhance


SAVE THE DATE! Next year’s Fly Navy Day is Sunday 4 June 2017 understanding of the

heritage by the historic Westland

contribution they made to the

Wasp HAS1.

aviation history of this country; and the nostalgic location of Old Warden was a perfect venue to do this.”

The story was brought up to date with current Royal Navy aircraft including a Merlin HM2 and a Lynx HMA8.

Other highlights included a glorious display by the Swordfish and superb flowing aerobatics by .. Chris Gotke in the T6 Texan. The Royal Naval Air Service was represented by the Bristol F2b Fighter, Sopwith Pup and Bristol Scout, and the rotary wing

Sopwith Pup, Bristol Scout,

Preservationist of the Year Award

Swordfish, Martlet, Corsair,

2016 has been quite a year

Seafire, Sea Hurricane, Wasp, and

for David Bremner and his

Sea Vixen to the Merlin and Lynx,

First World War Bristol Scout

over 100 years of naval air power

biplane. After Shuttleworth,

was played out in front of our

the aircraft commemorated

eyes! The golden thread that links

two First World War

the past, present and future of

anniversaries, recreating

naval flying, shone through as

Royal Naval Air Service

brilliantly as the sunshine. The

action in Greece where

whole day was a stunning

David’s Grandfather flew in

success.”

1916 and flying over the

“It was an outstanding day!” said Admiral Sir George Zambellas GCB DSC ADC DL. “From the

Thiepval Memorial at the Centenary of the Somme. David and Theo Willford, who rebuilt the aircraft together, were also awarded the Transport Trust’s Preservationist of the Year trophy for restoration excellence and commitment to the preservation of heritage.


The Power to Deliver 2016 has seen the Sea Vixen continue to be a major attraction at air shows around the country, delivering spectacular displays and thrilling tens of thousands. This year was G-CVIX’s second season on the display circuit with Navy Wings and she emerged from winter maintenance in May in fine shape, opening the show at Shuttleworth Fly Navy Day in June and giving an equally breathtaking display at RNAS Yeovilton in July.

Sea Vixen Apprenticeship Scheme This year three groups of apprentices have worked with the Sea Vixen, including apprentices from Leonardo Helicopters, graduate apprentices from Abbey Wood and trainees from the Royal Navy Engineering Training School. John Ponsonby OBE, Managing Director Leonardo Helicopters, said “The opportunity to learn new engineering skills and be actively involved in the preservation of aviation heritage has been hugely beneficial to our apprentices.”


Fabulous weather and a stunning venue welcomed pilot Simon Hargreaves as he gave an exceptional display to an elated crowd at Shuttleworth, prompting the UK Air Show Review to report “Top marks to the Sea Vixen. She was the undoubted star of the show. Sticking to the all Navy theme and attracting this brute to Shuttleworth was greatly appreciated.” September 2016 was a significant anniversary for the Sea Vixen as 65 years ago in 1951 the Chief Test Pilot of de Havilland flew the first DH110 prototype which later became the Sea Vixen. Our own Sea Vixen XP924 (G-CVIX) first flew on 23 September 1963 and of the 154 aircraft that were built only G-CVIX remains as the last UK naval jet fighter aircraft of the period in the world still flying. Having had a superb season, G-CVIX unfortunately developed a problem with her starboard flap

during a display at Eastbourne in August. Simon Hargreaves handled the situation calmly and professionally, and recovered to RNAS Yeovilton without further incident. The damage caused, however, had knock-on effects to the whole aircraft flap system, requiring the port Avon 208 engine to be removed. The maintenance team was then able to establish what had happened. A failure within the extension /retraction mechanism had allowed unusual movement in the flap attachment arm which then damaged the upper skin of the starboard wing. The Vixen is now undergoing repairs and annual maintenance at Yeovilton with the aim of returning to full flying condition in time to take her place alongside the Sea Fury T20 and Swordfish, leading the fly past over HMS Queen Elizabeth next summer.

WINGS Sea Vixen Appeal 2017 Navy Wings strives to provide inspiring aircraft displays to tell the story of naval flying but we have to balance 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. There are many ways to support . . . • Make a donation on our website navywings.org.uk

• Become a Navy Wings Supporter at navywings.org.uk

@Andy Rouse

• Send a cheque made payable to the Fly Navy Heritage Trust


Navy Wings Associate Collection Launched in July, the Navy Wings associate collection has taken off this year with eleven historic naval aircraft already registered under the Navy Wings Associate banner. Working with owners of other historic naval aircraft is central

Avro 504K G-EROE

to enabling the aim of Navy Wings. The Trust is beginning to be able tell a more complete story of naval flying and bring

The Navy Wings associate collection includes two flying Avro 504s, Avro 504K E2977 and Avro 504K G-EROE. The Avro 504 provides a direct link to the valour of the Royal Naval Air Service in the First World War.

greater cohesion to the naval aviation story on the display circuit. Joining forces also helps us to reach new audiences, raise national profile and attract a wider following.

Bristol Scout Type C Serial Number 1264 The first type of British wheeled aircraft to fly from the deck of a naval warship, HMS Vindex in 1915.

Seafire Mk XVII SX336/G-KASX The naval version of the Spitfire and the only flying Seafire Mk XVII in Waterbird

the world.

Replica of the 50hp Gnomecompleted the first successful flight from water in 1911

Lee Howard Photography

engined hydroplane that


Lee Howard Photography

North American AT-6D Texan 42-85068/G-KAMY Powerful advanced trainer used to train Fleet Air Arm fighter pilots in the 1940s and 50s. Known in the UK as the Harvard, this aircraft is still used as a trainer with the Royal Navy Historic Flight today.

de Havilland Chipmunk 1377 G-BARS Invaluable aerobatic two seat training aircraft used by generations of naval aviators.

Phil Makanna

Westland Wasp HAS 1 XT787/G-KAXT

Douglas AD4 Skyraider

Representing the first generation of helicopters purpose designed

American Fighter Bomber

to operate from frigates at sea.

representing the 50 Skyraiders operated by the Fleet Air Arm in the Airborne Early Warning role in the 1950s.

Stinson Reliant 42-46703/N69745 The Stinson Reliant was used by the Westland Navy Sharks Gazelle HT.2 XX436/G-ZZLG

Fleet Air Arm between 1944 and

Training aircraft with 705 Naval Air Squadron at RNAS Culdrose from

1946 for navigational and

1977-2003

communications training.


Neil Jones

100 hours on Swordfish Chief Petty Officer Aircrewman Andy Vanes, pictured above, and Lieutenant Simon Wilson Royal Navy, right, have both achieved a record breaking hundred hours flying in the Swordfish. This is thought to be the first time since the Second World War that this number of hours has been achieved on this aircraft type. The aircraft itself,

Swordfish Honours Arctic Convoy Veterans The Swordfish took part in a ceremony to mark the 75th anniversary of the Arctic Convoys in Liverpool in October, flying over the Type 45 Destroyer HMS Dragon in honour of the veterans who took part in the treacherous mission providing vital supplies to Russia during the Second World War. Sailing from the UK through the Arctic Circle to the Russian port of Arkhangelsk between 1941 and 1945, they faced extreme cold, gales, pack ice and the constant threat of U-boats. The Swordfish played an important role, flying long anti-submarine patrols around the convoys, sinking four U- boats in a single voyage in 1944.

Swordfish W5856, is the oldest flying Swordfish in the world and both Andy and Simon are immensely proud to have had the privilege of clocking up their hours on such a beautiful old aircraft.

75th Anniversary of the Sinking of the Bismarck This year’s 75th anniversary of the sinking of the Bismarck by Swordfish aircraft in May 1941 was marked by a very successful fundraising lunch in London generously sponsored by Ambassador Martin Jackson and the Jackson family. The Swordfish attacks on Germany’s largest and most powerful battleship were pressed home with great gallantry and determination, jamming the Bismarck’s rudder and leaving her wallowing in heavy seas. Lt Cdr Jock Moffat (97), the Swordfish pilot credited with firing the torpedo that crippled the Bismarck was unable to attend the lunch in person but gave a moving account of the action in a film shown at the event.


Torrential rain and low cloud did not deter spirits at this year’s RNAS Culdrose Air Day in July and although there was virtually no flying, Navy Wings associate aircraft, the Bristol Scout bi-plane, and Navy Sharks Gazelle, proved extremely popular drawing the crowds and creating great interest in the new Navy Wings brand. In her 705 Naval Air Squadron colour scheme of bright red and white, complete with Navy Sharks display team markings, Gazelle XX436 struck a nostalgic chord in many peoples’ hearts. “We were delighted to be there as part of the Navy Wings ground presence and were overwhelmed by the numbers of people who queued to see her” said Andy Moorhouse.

RNAS Culdrose Air Day

Similarly, the First World War Bristol Scout lovingly restored to full flying condition by brothers David and Rick Bremner was a highlight of the day. Their Grandad, Flight Sub Lieutenant Frances ‘Bunnie’ Bremner had flown the plane between 1914 and 1918 while serving with the Royal Naval Air Service during the Gallipoli campaign. “People are amazed when they see Grandad’s plane” said David “The Bristol Scout was the first wheeled aircraft to take off from a ship underway at sea and we are pleased to tell the naval aviation story as a part of Navy Wings.”


Lee Howard Photography

Oily Rag This year the Trust and the Royal Navy Historic Flight moved to a modern new facility, hangar 15, called the Navy Wings Heritage Centre, on the south side of the airfield at RNAS Yeovilton. Colocating the aircraft in one hangar and having the charity and Flight offices in close proximity has long been a vision of the Board of Trustees. central area to access a safe working height. This often required other aircraft to be pushed outside, making the whole event laborious and weather dependent. Engineering best practice is now well served by proper separation of airframes from stores and support

successful year and no cracks

equipment.”

have been detected.”

space dedicated to preserving

“This year, for the first time, we are

“New technologies mean that we

historic naval aircraft” said

also really beginning to see the

are finding out more about these

Howard Read, Royal Navy Historic

gains from the regulation policy

old aircraft all the time” continued

Flight Chief Engineer. “The new

changes of recent years” said

Howard. “Bringing the past to life

hangar provides many

Howard. “Stringent compliance

and inspiring modern generations

advantages and is large, warm,

requirements mean that we know

is what it is all about. Improved

well-lit, bird free and there is a

all the aircraft are safe and we

access to the aircraft means that

lifting gantry and plenty of head

have started to build

visitors can watch the

room. In the old hangar large

sustainability. Piston checks

maintenance teams working on

components had to be lifted by

remain in force for Swordfish

the aircraft providing a valuable

crane, usually positioned in the

W5856 but she has had a

learning experience for all ages.”

“The Navy Wings Heritage Centre is a unique combined building


Lee Howard Photography

Winning ticket! Congratulations to Lisa Harding from Woking, the winner of our Navy Wings draw for a flight in a heritage aircraft! The competition which was offered to all new supporters who joined us following the launch of Navy Wings was drawn in September and Lisa, an avid aviation artist and photographer, was thrilled to be told that she had the winning ticket! “My flight was just the most amazing experience” said Lisa. “I

Winkle A fledgling peregrine falcon at the RNAS Yeovilton Bird Control Unit has been named ‘Winkle’ in memory of Captain Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown, who died earlier this year. While he was Commanding Officer of RNAS Lossiemouth Captain Brown had the idea that birds of prey could be used to reduce bird strikes. Lossiemouth had a large seagull population and was suffering an average of four bird strikes a month, costing an unacceptable number of lives and £120,000 a month in replacement engines and airframe repairs.

flew in the T-6 Texan with Lieutenant Commander Chris Götke – absolutely brilliant! I’m totally sold on Navy Wings! It was epic!” Thanks to everyone who has joined us since we launched the new brand and for making the competition a success. The opportunity to win a flight in a heritage aircraft is open to all Navy Wings supporters as one of the benefits of your annual subscription. Keep in touch for the announcement of our 2016 winner at the end of the year.

Between 1965-1967 Captain Brown set up a Naval Falconry experiment which was an unqualified success reducing the number of bird strikes from a considerable number to zero, saving millions of pounds. As part of his enduring legacy, peregrine falcons have been used on Naval Air Stations ever since.


BAE Systems Brough Centenary Swordfish W5856 was among the highlights of the flying display at BAE Systems Families Day at Brough in September. This year’s event was a special celebration marking 100 years of aircraft building at the site including the construction and assembly of over 1,600 Fairey Swordfish by the Blackburn Aircraft Company during the Second World War. For Swordfish Mk 1 W5856 particularly, it was an opportunity to pay tribute to BAE Systems employees who first saved the aircraft and restored her to full flying condition in the 1990s. Making the most of a weekend in Yorkshire, the aircraft also paid a visit to Sherburn-in-Elmet, returning to the airfield where the Blackburn Aircraft Company had a second factory where she was built in 1941. Among those waiting to welcome the Swordfish home was Sarah Douglas whose family ran the Blackburn Aircraft Company, and whose father, aviation pioneer Robert Blackman made many aircraft for the Fleet Air Arm including the Buccaneer. It was an emotional reunion too, for Ena Rhodes from Pontefract (pictured right), affectionately nicknamed ‘Peggy’ after the Swordfish Pegasus engine. Ena, who celebrated her 90th birthday with the Swordfish crew, worked as a riveter on the Swordfish assembly line when she was 16 years old and remembered her years at the factory as a very happy time in her life.

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Lasting Legacy of Helicopter Pioneer Seventy years ago, on 24 September 1946, pioneering helicopter pilot Lieutenant Alan Bristow Royal Navy became the first Briton to land a helicopter on the deck of a naval frigate at sea, transforming naval flying. Few would have seen in the Sikorsky Hoverfly the forerunner of the naval helicopters of today, or foreseen the significance of that landing on a River Class

On leaving the Navy, Alan

As well as highlighting our rotary

frigate, as the precursor to every

became a test pilot for Westland

wing heritage, the event

frigate or destroyer in the Royal

and later founded Bristow

provided an opportunity to

Navy having an embarked

Helicopters which he built into a

welcome Navy Sharks Gazelle

helicopter as an integral part of

global company.

XX436 to the Navy Wings

its weapon system.

associate collection and to view The anniversary event, held at

SAR AW189, one of the latest

“Alan Bristow established from

RNAS Yeovilton in September,

generation helicopters

first principles many of the

was attended by Heather

manufactured by Leonardo

standards and practices that

Bristow, Alan’s widow and an

Helicopters and purchased by

made navy helicopter flying

Ambassador for the Trust,

Bristow for its Search and Rescue

potent, effective and safe – and

President of the Bristow Group,

Fleet.

his legacy continues to this day”

Jonathan Baliff, and former

said Sue Eagles, the Trust’s

Director Bristow Helicopters,

Communications Director.

Bryan Collins.


WINGS Lee Howard Photography

Lunch Over fifty guests attended the Navy Wings Lunch in September including Lt Graham 'Oggie' Swanson, Sea Fury and Sea Venom pilot (left) and Captain Fred Hefford OBE DSC AFC, Seafire and Sea Fury pilot who served with distinction in Korea before becoming a Naval Test Pilot completing trials on the Buccaneer and Phantom. The lunch was an opportunity for guests to hear more about the work of the charity and to see at first hand the valuable work being done to keep

75th Birthday Celebrations

our historic naval aircraft flying. Swordfish Mk 1 W5856 took her richly deserved place in the roll of honour of naval aviation when she celebrated 75 years since her first flight on Trafalgar Day, 21 October 1941 with a birthday cake and glass of champagne. The Second Sea Lord, Vice Admiral Jonathan Woodcock OBE, the Royal Navy’s lead on heritage, enjoyed a flight in W5856 at the end of the 2016 display season.

Fleet Air Arm veteran, Ivor Faulconer (96) pictured with Cindy Wimble, visited with the Royal Air Squadron in September. Ivor, who was awarded the Arctic Star in 2013, flew Walrus and Fulmar aircraft as a 19 year old on Arctic convoys in 1940, protecting merchant ships in treacherous seas patrolled by German U-boats.


Meet the team From left to right: Steve Collier, Laila Sadler, Dave Weatherley, Gerry Hunt, Paul James, Sue Eagles, Jock Alexander, Louise Evans, Sue Dible, Julia Duffield and Jon Parkinson.

Internship opportunity Judith appointed new Fundraiser

The Trust offers a 12 month Internship every year to an undergraduate or

student interested in a career in aviation, engineering or the not-for-profit sector.

The Board of Trustees is delighted to announce the

This year’s Intern, Alex Mogg, joined us

appointment of fundraising consultant Judith Hill to take

from Plymouth University where he was

on responsibility for fundraising from Charitable Trusts and

studying for a BSc in Business Studies.

Foundations. Judith, who was Trusts and Foundations

Alex, who went to Taunton School spent

Manager for the Marine Society and Sea Cadets for three

time in all areas of the charity including

years, has raised significant levels of funding for causes

marketing, finance and working with the

ranging from wildlife, the environment and medical

Sea Vixen team. If you are interested in

research. “It’s a time of real opportunity for the charity,

an Internship or placement year from

following the launch of Navy Wings” said Jock Alexander,

university please get in touch or email

Chief Executive “and the Trustees’ decision to invest in

office@navywings.org.uk

recruiting a fundraiser will drive growth and success.”


Diary Dates 2017 Thursday 16 March Industry and Corporate Dinner Honourable Artillery Company, London Saturday 6 May Supporters’ Day

Ways to Support Us The charity is very grateful for the support your annual subscription provides. In addition, our Supporters help us in many ways that really make a difference. VOLUNTEERING If you live near RNAS Yeovilton there are many tasks, both with the aircraft and the office team, which really help us. Supporters who live further afield often help at air shows around the country. GIVE A TALK Giving a talk or presentation about your time in the Fleet Air Arm, or a significant historic action in which naval aircraft played a role is an excellent way to tell others of our work and raise money. GIFTS IN YOUR WILL By remembering the charity in your will, you can give a gift that will last beyond your lifetime, inspiring future generations. JOIN US AND BECOME A SUPPORTER Get involved and join our community. If you have not yet joined, please consider becoming one of our Supporters. For £30 a year you have the opportunity to visit the aircraft at RNAS Yeovilton, either on Supporters’ Day when the aircraft are flying or at other times for a tour. You will also be invited to our exclusive Supporter’s marquee at Yeovilton Air Day and will be kept up to date with regular e-news and air display information. Keep in touch and do let us know if your email address or contact details change.

Sunday 14 May Abingdon Air Show Saturday 27 – Sunday 28 May Duxford Air Show Sunday 4 June Shuttleworth Fly Navy Air Show Old Warden Aerodrome, Biggleswade Tuesday 13 June Swordfish Corporate Golf Tournament Bowood Country Club, Devizes Saturday 8 July RNAS Yeovilton Air Day Navy Wings Supporters Marquee Saturday 8 – Sunday 9 July Flying Legends, Duxford Friday 14 – Sunday 16 July Royal International Air Tattoo, Fairford Friday 21 – Sunday 23 July Sunderland International Air Show Thursday 27 July RNAS Culdrose Air Day Saturday 29 – Sunday 30 July Centenary of HMS Daedalus Thursday 17 – Sunday 20 August Eastbourne Air Show Thursday 31 August – 3rd September Bournemouth Air Festival Friday 22 September Navy Wings Lunch, RNAS Yeovilton

Navy Wings Heritage Centre South Dispersal, RNAS Yeovilton, Ilchester Somerset BA22 8HT 01935 842005 office@navywings.org.uk

navywings.org.uk Navy Wings brings together the aircraft, people and story of the Nation’s naval aviation heritage. Navy Wings is a brand of the Fly Navy Heritage Trust, a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England & Wales No 5971284 Registered charity no. 1117272.

The air display programme for 2017 is still being finalised and may be subject to change

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