Jun 25 2017

Video: First flight in the US for Mosquito TV959

Mosquito TV959, a T Mk 3 of Paul Allen’s Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum made its first flight in the US since its arrival in late 2016. Video by Jason Fortenbacher.

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Jun 24 2017

Travolta donates his historic Boeing 707 to Historic Aircraft Restoration Society

John Travolta is donating his historical Boeing 707, part of a batch of 11 Boeing 707 delivered to Qantas in 1964. These were the first jetliners to be used by the Australian company and replaced the legendary Lockheed Constellation.

The aircraft hasn’t flown since last December and will reportedly require some minor repairs before delivery to HARS, which hopes to maintain the aircraft airworthy.

Source: ABC News

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Jun 23 2017

New Warbird Shirt : Supermarine Spitfire Mk 24

 

Our Warbird Shirts have had some success, so we’re now expanding the collection to include more of your favourite warbirds. Our latest addition is the Spitfire F.24 shirt. This shows Spitfire Mk 24 VN489 of the Royal Air Force’s No 80 Squadron which was based in Hong Kong in the early 1950s. You can purchase the shirt on the Warbird Shirt section of the site or directly from Spreadshirt. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jun 23 2017

First post-restoration flight for The ‎Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum’s FG-1D Corsair

Ezell Aviation reported on its Facebook page that The ‎Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum’s FG-1D Corsair BuNo 88303 has made its first post-restoration flight.

 

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Jun 20 2017

Another Ilyushin Il-2 Shturmovik flies in Russia

Photo © Wings of Wing Foundation

On Friday the 16th of June, an Ilyushin Il-2 Shturmovik made its maiden flight in Novossibirsk, Russia. Only two Il-2 are currently airworthy, the first one being part of Paul Allen’s Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum.

This aircraft was shot down in November 1943 and landed on a frozen lake near Murmansk, from which it was recovered in 2015.

More information on Warbirds News.

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Jun 20 2017

Fairview Aircraft Restoration Society PBY-5A Canso flies again

As planned, the Fairview Aircraft Restoration Society’s PBY-5A Catalina (C-FNJE) flew again on Father’s Day – June 18, 2017 – some sixteen years after its last flight and a lenghty restoration.

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Jun 20 2017

Video: first flight of the Roseland Spitfire

Vintage Wings of Canada published this video of the first flight of the Roseland Spitfire on June 9, 2017 with John Aitken at the controls.

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Jun 20 2017

Hurricane P2902 flies again after 77 years

After so many bad news for the warbird community, we are happy to move on to better ones !

Hawker Hurricane Mk I P2902 flew again on 19 June, more than 77 years after it crash-landed on a beach near Dunkirk in May 1940.

The aircraft was restored to airworthiness by Hawker Restorations Ltd and made a 20-minute maiden flight yesterday from Elmsett airfield in Suffolk. Stuart Goldspink was at the controls and was satisfied with the aircraft’s behaviour. After conclusion of the flight tests, the Hurricane will be based in Duxford.

This brings the number of airworthy Hurricanes to 15, including 9 in the UK. Hawker Restorations Ltd is reportedly also restoring two other Hurricanes, including a twin-seater.

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Jun 20 2017

France: NA-68 crash-lands in field

A North American NA-68 (registered F-AZHD, a T-6G converted into an NA-68 and painted as a French Navy F6F Hellcat for a 1992 movie) crash-landed yesterday in a field near Mont-près-Chambord near the city of Blois. Sources are unclear on the matter, but it would seem the pilot was either uninjured or only slightly injured.

The aircraft is part of France’s Flying Warbirds collection and is well-known to the public due to its regular appearances at the annual airshow in La Ferté-Alais.

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Jun 18 2017

Messerschmitt Bf 109E “White 14” flies again in Biggin Hill

The Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3 W.Nr. 3579 (G-CIPB) “White 14” flew again at Biggin Hill on June 13, following completion by the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar.

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Jun 17 2017

France: Morane-Saulnier MS.230 damaged in landing accident

After being caught in a sudden gust of wind during landing, the Morane-Saulnier MS.230 of the Cercle des Machines Volantes association collided with ground installations, damaging the wings, engine, fuselage and landing gear. Fortunately, its pilot Frédéric Collinot, president of the CMV, was unhurt. The aircraft has been dismantled and returned to the CMV’s hangar where it will be repaired.

The Cercle des Machines Volantes is hosting its annual airshow this weekend “Compiègne Aéro Classic”, which will display classic aircraft to the public, notable the Curtiss Hawk 75 of The Fighter Collection.

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Jun 17 2017

Spitfire T.9 “Elizabeth” damaged in wheels-up landing

Not a great time for Spitfires. 🙁

Aero Legends’ Spitfire T.9 NH341 “Elizabeth” was lightly damaged on June d’Aero Legends during a landing in which the undercarriage was not fully locked down. Fortunately, nobody was injured and the aircraft should be flying again soon.

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Jun 12 2017

France: pilot wounded in Spitfire PR.XIX accident

The pilot of Spitfire PR.XIX F-AZJS was wounded today at the Villette-Longuyon airfield in Northern France on 11 June 2017. The aircraft flipped over and its pilot suffered non-life-threatening injuries based on available information.

Some sources also indicate a woman in the public was injured by flying propeller fragments.

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Jun 09 2017

First flight for Vintage Wings of Canada’s Spitfire Mk IXe

Vintage Wings of Canada’s Spitfire HF Mk.IXe TE294 made its first post-restoration flight on June 7. The aircraft carries the colours and markings of a Spitfire Mk IX from No 442 Squadron of the Royal Canadian Air Force during the summer of 1944.

Source: Vintage Wings of Canada’s Facebook page

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Jun 08 2017

Temora Aviation Museum Canberra and Vampire to return to airworthiness

Photo © Temora Aviation Museum

From the Temora Aviation Museum’s website:

In the biggest news in recent years, the Temora Aviation Museum’s President and Founder, Mr David Lowy AM, has announced, that the Museum would start a complex project to return the Museum’s English Electric Canberra and de Havilland Vampire to flying condition, neither of which have flown for a number of years.

He said, “A main component of our mission is to preserve our military aviation history, keep these aircraft flying and enable people to learn about the veterans who flew them. This will be a very resource-intensive project that will see these aircraft fly again progressively over the next three years.”

Photo © Temora Aviation Museum

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