Meet the team
behind Navy Wings
Meet The Pilots
Selected for fast jets, Chris joined 800 NAS in HMS Invincible, after completing Sea Harrier training in 1998, seeing service in Kosovo and Iraq. Various roles and appointments followed in 801 NAS, 800 NAS and QinetiQ Boscombe Down.
He was appointed Commanding Officer of the RNHF in 2013, a full time position managing and flying for the organisation he has supported voluntarily for almost 10 years.
Lieutenant Commander Chris Götke Royal Navy was presented with the Air Force Cross by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace on 12 June 2015 for heroically landing a historic Fleet Air Arm Sea Fury after suffering engine failure during an air display.
Meet The Engineering Team
Meet the engineers who are responsible for keeping our remarkable aircraft flying.
Meet The Charity Team
Meet the team that works at the charity to raise funds to keep our historic aircraft flying.
His aviation posts included the Helicopter Warfare Instructor on 819 NAS, the Senior Pilot of 820 NAS, the Commanding Officer of 819 NAS, the Staff Operations and Warfare Officer for FOMA, Commander Air of HMS Illustrious, the Staff Aviation Officer for FONA, Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff Carrier Strike, the 1st Sea Lord’s Aviation Advisor and Commanding Officer RNAS Yeovilton (his last appointment as a Commodore). He also commanded HMS Kellington in the Fishery protection Role and, as a Captain, a Joint UK/US Training Team in Basra Province, Iraq. He took up his current post as Chief Executive of the FNHT on 29 Feb 2016 after retiring from the RN.
Widely recognised as a leading strategic communications specialist, Sue served in high level policy arenas in the Ministry of Defence, Royal Navy and Royal Naval Reserve for 30 years, combining a military and civilian career across the defence, aerospace, and charity sectors. Appointments at RNAS Yeovilton, RNAS Culdrose, Plessey and Westland Helicopters; coupled with command of the Royal Navy’s Media Ops branch for seven years, including two tours in Afghanistan, gave her career a strong naval aviation edge. Awarded the QVRM for ‘inspiring leadership and professionalism’ in 2008, Sue was Communications Director for the Centenary of Naval Aviation in 2009 and Captain Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown’s commemorative event in 2016. In addition to major donor fundraising, Sue’s trademark skills provide strategic direction to the Charity’s wider marketing and fundraising campaigns.