RNHF no more

Pilot - - OLD TIMERS -

Al­most five decades of Royal Navy His­toric Flight op­er­a­tions ended on 31 March when the long­stand­ing his­toric naval avi­a­tion flag­bearer stood down at RNAS Yeovil­ton. Es­tab­lished in 1972 with Sword­fish II LS326 and Sea Fury FB11 TF956 (lost in June 1989), the Flight had kept a reg­u­lar pres­ence on the air­show scene ever since. With the with­drawal of MOD fund­ing for the RNHF this year, it is hoped that its cur­rent fleet of mil­i­tary-se­ri­alled air­craft – Sword­fish LS326, W5856 and in­com­plete NF389; Sea Fury FB11 VR930 and stored Sea Hawk FGA6 WV908, to­gether with Chip­munk T10 WK608 – can be trans­ferred to the Fly Navy Her­itage Trust, the char­ity be­hind Navy Wings. In a far from straight­for­ward process, if all goes ac­cord­ing to plan the nec­es­sary work will then be done to en­able them to join Naval Avi­a­tion Ltd’s Sea Fury T20 VX281/G-RNHF and Sea Vixen FAW2 XP924/G-CVIX on the UK civil regis­ter. Navy Wings con­firmed in a social me­dia state­ment that it was ‘work­ing with the Royal Navy to fi­nalise the de­tails of the trans­fer of the air­craft’, en­sur­ing that they ‘will not be lost to the na­tion and will con­tinue to fly on the air dis­play cir­cuit for years to come’. www.navy­wings.org.uk

RNHF per­son­nel past and present gath­ered to mark its de­com­mis­sion­ing

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