D.S. Worldwide Military Aviation
We are proud to be part of the heritage of british aviation by owning, managing and maintaining two very special military jets at our Bournemouth base, the Sea Vixen and Gnat. We also maintain other classic aircraft such as the De Havilland Dove and many others.
FOR SALE - Parts and Memorabilia
Your chance to purchase parts and memorabilia from classic old planes such as SPITFIRE, VAMPIRE, SEA VIXEN and more. These parts can be seen on our ebay shop, please click here to find out more.
Military Aviation Team
Ex Qualified Engineering Officer and Fast Jet Pilot (Bsc Avionics and Electrical engineer, Chartered engineer).
Ray has wide connections across Navy Command and has more than 50 years experience as a Naval Engineer and Pilot. He is also Director and trustee of Fleet Air Arm Museum CLG at RNAS Yeovilton
Paul works tirelessly on both the Sea Vixen and the Folland Gnat to bring them both into top flying condition and keep them in the air.
Lieutenant Commander Matt Whitfield was born in Plymouth in September 1971. Growing up in Hamble, Hampshire, he joined the RN in September 1990 as a Sixth Form Scholar with a University Cadetship and learned to glide with the Fleet Air Arm Scholarship scheme in 1989.
Fleet training including three years Applied Psychology at the University of Central Lancashire and Officer of the Watch course aboard HMS Westminster preceeded a transfer to the Fleet Air Arm in October 1996.
Flying training followed the usual route to Sea Harriers: grading on the Grob at Roborough, Slingsby Firefly 260M at Barkston Heath, the Shorts Tucano at RAF Linton-on-Ouse, and the BAe Hawk T.1 at RAF Valley in 1998 at which point he was awarded his Wings.
Matt joined 899 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) at RNAS Yeovilton in July 1999 for Sea Harrier F/A.2 Operational Flying Training, and then to the front-line 801 NAS in July 2001. In December 2001 he joined 800 NAS, serving for the next two years in HMS Ark Royal, Invincible and Illustrious.
After leaving 800 NAS in March 2003 Matt qualified as a Basic Fast Jet Flying Instructor at RAF Linton-on-Ouse flying the Tucano, teaching ab intio pilots and student QFIs for the Central Flying School. In December 2006 Matt returned to RNAS Yeovilton to instruct on the Hawk. In September 2007 Matt became Commanding Officer of the Naval Flying Standards Flight (Fixed Wing) at Yeovilton.
He joined the RNHF in 2006 and is a Sea Hawk display pilot. Matt has recently transferred to the Army Air Corp as a Major. We are now very proud that he is Chief Pilot for the Last Flying Sea Vixen.
He lives in Dorset with his wife.
Commander Bing joined the Royal Navy in 1992 and now has 3000+ hours in jets. He has been flying Sea Harriers and Harrier GR7.9's for 15 years and served on the frontline on HMS Invincible and HMS Illustrious. He has also served with the 800 Naval Air Squadron twice, Naval Strike Wing, 3(F)Squadron, 4(AC) Squadron, 20(R) Squadron as head Harrier Instructor, Commanded Naval Flying Standards and is a qualified Flying Instructor on Tucano, Hawk, and Harrier.
Tim Skeet has been working with us for quite some time now as Publicity officer for the military planes. He has a real passion for aviation and loves the opportunity to mix in his media skills.
Contact Tim regarding our Military Aviation Media and Press Enquiries.
Dawn is a true aviation enthusiast, from her red hand bag with red arrow key ring to standing on air fields filming in the freezing winter and hot summer, this girl is dedication itself!
Dawn kindly volunteers her free time to run our YouTube channel and the Sea Vixen's Facebook.