Sea Fury back in the air

Pilot - - OLD TIMERS -

At North Weald on 1 Septem­ber, Naval Avi­a­tion’s Sea Fury T20 VX281/G-RNHF was flown by Lt Cdr Chris Götke for the first time since he made an emer­gency land­ing at the RNAS Cul­drose Air Day in July 2014. Fol­low­ing en­gine fail­ure, the Sea Fury’s un­der­car­riage col­lapsed as it skid­ded along the run­way. Trans­ported to North Weald for re­pair, Weald Avi­a­tion Ser­vices has fully re­stored the air­frame and fit­ted a Bris­tol Cen­tau­rus 18 en­gine that had been stripped back to its com­po­nent parts and com­pletely over­hauled in Amer­ica. Fol­low­ing test fly­ing the Sea Fury re­turned to RNAS Yeovil­ton where it was dis­played at a spe­cial RN His­toric Flight event on 15 Septem­ber.

Chris Götke fly­ing VX281 at North Weald on 1 Septem­ber

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