Sea Fury back in the air
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