Fighter All Weather (FAW) of the Fleet Air Arm.

"Simons Sircus" Display Team

Two teams displayed the Sea Vixen.

The second was "Simons Sircus", a Mk 2 Sea Vixen Team of 892 Squadron, named with a play on words after their Commanding officer Lt. Cdr. Simon Idiens. RN. and "Simon" their mascot, a young Lion Cub from Longleat House.

Displays: 1968
30 Apr Not known Yet
9/12 May Biggin Hill Air Show
16 May Staff Course
28 May Andover Staff Course
7 June Sea Days Practice
15 June RNAS Lee-on-Solent
17/21 June Sea Days
24/28 June Sea Days.
19 June RAF Cottesmore
13 Jul RNAS Lossiemouth
20 Jul RNAS Abroath
24 Jul RAF Linton on Ouse
25 Jul Flight International
1 Aug RN Dockyard. Rosyth
3 Aug RNAS Brawdy
7 Sep RNAS Yeovilton Air Day
14 Sep RAFColtishall
20-22 Sep RAE Farnborough

At some stage we did a display over the Royal Yacht Britannia, but I can't remember when, might have been the one on 16 May or 30 April".

The Team with their Mascot.

Team Members (In formation photograph top) are:

CO. Simon Idiens. Hon Lost Airman
SOBS. Graham Wilcock

Roly Beaumont
Will Roberts (RAF)

Tim Bolt
Tim Miles (RAF)

Dave Henry
Pete Hardy

Taylor Scott
(Hon Lost Airman)
Terry Fletcher

Alex Stewart
(Lost Airman)
Mark Jenkins

Declared by Mark Jenkins May 2007, and Roly Beaumont August 2007 (Team members)
photos : archive Mark Jenkins.

892 Sqn. In Display with Coloured Smoke.

Streaming Video. Farnborough 1968 display. 892 Sqn Simons Sircus and 809 Sqn Phoenix 5. Commentary by the BBC's Raymond Baxter.

The Team at RNAS Yeovilton with their Lion Cub Mascot.

Lt. Cdr Simon Idiens RN. CO 892 Sqn takes the air on the quarterdeck of HMS Hermes 1967.

archive of Dick Searles (Observer)


1968/2009. 41 years later an original flight suit has been tracked to New Zealand. Suit property of team member Mark "Jenks" Jenkins.

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