Display Teams
ROYAL NAVY HISTORIC FLIGHT
Red Arrows                          Team Viper

The Royal Navy Historic Flight is based at Yeovilton in Somerset. The Flight was established at the Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton in 1972 in order to preserve Naval heritage, and to be a living memorial to all Fleet Air Arm personnel, especially those who gave their lives in maintaining the freedom of our nation.

The flight currently include: -
2 x Fairey Swordfish (LS326, W5856),
1 x Hawker Sea Fury FB11 (VR930),
1 x Hawker Seahawk FGA6 (WV908),
1 x Chipmunk (WK608).

The Display Pilots: -
Lt Cdr Glenn Allison RN
Lt Cdr Chris Gotke RN
Lt Cdr Dave MacKay RNR
Lt Simon Wilson RN

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RNHF History
In the late 1960's Westland Aircraft Ltd donated Fairey Swordfish Mk 2 'LS326' to the Royal Navy which was subsequently displayed at open days and ceremonies by RNAS Yeovilton's Heron Flight.

In 1971 a Hawker Fury FB.11 'TF956' was donated to the Heron Flight by Hawker Siddeley Aviation and in 1972 a Fairey Firefly AS. 5 'WB271' was given to the Navy by the Fleet Air Arm Museum and the Royal Navy Historic Flight was born.

Further additions to the RNHF were the Hawker Sea Fury T.20 'WG655', Armstrong Whitworth Sea Hawk FGA.6 'WV908', Fairey Swordfish Mk1 'W5856' and the Hawker Sea Fury FB.11 'VR930'.

Initialy the RNHF was operated and flown by Service personnel, however, after Defence cuts it became civillianised in the early 1990's. To raise funds the Swordfish Heritage Trust was formed to make up for the shortfall in MoD funding.

The RNHF remains a Royal Naval Squadron and since 2009 actually run by a serving officer. The flight pilots are also serving or reserve officers who display the aircraft voluntarily in their spare time.


RNHF Forthcoming Displays

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Military Airshows Calendar  Airshow Calendar
©Dave Key Fairey Swordfish (Cosford 2002)

Fairey Swordfish Mk.I (W5856) photographed at Cosford in 2002.


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ROYAL NAVY HISTORIC FLIGHT
Red Arrows                          Team Viper
Photographs ©Dave Key, Click thumbnail to enlarge.
Fairey Swordfish Mk.II (LS326)  (Duxford 2012) Fairey Swordfish Mk.II (LS326) (Duxford 2012) Fairey Swordfish Mk.II (LS326)(Duxford 2012)
Duxford 2012
Duxford 2012
Duxford 2012
Hawker Sea Hawk FGA.6 (WV908)  (Kemble 2008) Hawker Sea Hawk FGA.6 (WV908) (Kemble 2008) Chipmunk T.10 (WK608)
Kemble 2008
Kemble 2008
Fairey Swordfish Mk.II (LS326) (Lee-on-Solent 1970's) Fairey Swordfish Mk.I (W5856) (Cosford 2002) Hawker Sea Fury FB.11 (VR930) (Cosford 2005)
Lee-on-Solent 1970's
Cosford 2002
Cosford 2005

Related Links: -

Fairey Swordfish (www.militaryplanes.co.uk)

Hawker Sea Fury (www.militaryplanes.co.uk)

Hawker Seahawk (www.militaryplanes.co.uk)

de Havilland Chipmunk (www.militaryplanes.co.uk)

Airshow Calendar (www.militaryairshows.co.uk)