Sep 26 2016

Mosquito TV959 flies again in New Zealand

The de Havilland Mosquito T Mk III TV959 restored by AvSpecs for Paul Allen’s Flying Heritage Collection made its maiden flight today from Ardmore airport in New Zealand. The pilots for the first flight were David Phillips and Keith Skillings. The flight lasted thirty minutes and the Mosquito was escorted by Spitfire ZK-WDQ, acting as the chase aircraft.

Additional photos are available on the MRC Aviation blog.

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Sep 20 2016

Grace Spitfire suffers light damage in landing mishap

The Grace Spitfire, one of the few remaining airworthy twin-seat Spitfires, suffered minor damage during the rollout after landing on September 15. Nobody was hurt and recent updates show that the aircraft suffered only minor damage.

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Sep 02 2016

Collings Foundation Spitfire Mk IX performs first post-restoration flights

Spitfire Mk IX BR601 of the Collings Foundation recently performed its first flights after restoration by the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar. This aircraft is considered as the second production Mk IX and was restored accordingly.

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Sep 01 2016

Families of Red Baron and of his first victims to toast together in their memories

L. to r. : Tom Rees, Lionel Morris and Manfred von Richthofen.

L. to r. : Tom Rees, Lionel Morris and Manfred von Richthofen.

On 17 September 2016, the families of Manfred von Richthofen and of his two first victims will meet and toast together in memory of their ancestors. Although Richthofen had already claimed two aerial victories, his first confirmed victory came on 17 September 1916 when he shot down the F.E.2b flown Tom Rees and Lionel Morris near Marcoing in Northern France. Rees was killed during the dogfight and Morris managed to land the aircraft before dying of his wounds.

Following this first victory, Richthofen ordered a small silver cup from a Berlin jeweller to commemorate the victory. The inscription read: “1. Vickers 2. 17.9.16”. This was the first of 60 such cups which he ordered up until September 1917, at which time the jeweller declined further orders due to a wartime silver shortage.

To commemorate the centenary of the event, representatives of all three families will meet to commemorate the deaths of Captain Rees and Second Lieutenant Morris, and the moment the Red Baron began his path in military history, drinking from a replica goblet commissioned by Whitgift School in Croydon.

Read the full story from The Telegraph

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Aug 29 2016

Curtiss-Wright 12W flies again after 67 years

Similar to the 12W, aCurtiss-Wright Travel Air CW-12Q (G-AAOK) at the Great Vintage Flying Weekend rally at Cotswold Airport, Kemble, Gloucestershire, England in 2009. (Photo Adrian Pingstone)

Similar to the 12W, a Curtiss-Wright Travel Air CW-12Q (G-AAOK) at the Great Vintage Flying Weekend rally at Cotswold Airport, Kemble, Gloucestershire, England in 2009. (Photo Adrian Pingstone)

Test pilot Jimmy Rollison recently made the first flight of Brian Meuser’s 1931 Curtiss-Wright Travel Air 12W. It took eight years to complete the restoration of the aircraft, which had not flown since 1949.

Photos and more details can be found on Antique Airfield.

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Aug 21 2016

Dewoitine D.26 accident in Switzerland

Dewoitine-D.26-HB-RAI, twin brother to HB-RAG. (Photo Kogo (GFDL))

Dewoitine-D.26-HB-RAI, twin brother to HB-RAG. (Photo Kogo (GFDL))

A Dewoitine D.26 overran the runway and flipped on its back yesterday during the Wittingsburg airshow yesterday at 5:30 PM. The pilot emerged unharmed.

The aircraft involved appears to be Dewoitine D.26 HB-RAG, which was returned to flight in 2010 and was purchased bu Hangar 31 in May 2015.

Source: Le Nouvelliste

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Aug 08 2016

Scotty Wilson killed in Bugatti 100P crash

scotty-team-photoScotty Wilson, test pilot of the Bugatti 100P replica and leader and mentor of the group, was killed last Saturday during the 3rd test flight of the aircraft shortly after take-off.

“Scotty’s aviation career spans six decades and nearly 11,000 hours in everything from Cubs to F-16s.  After a thirty-year Air Force career, Scotty transitioned to the private sector where he led multi-unit companies in the aviation sector. He has significant start-up, turn-around, and business-development experience.  He is an avid general aviation enthusiast with Airline Transport Pilot; Instructor; and Mechanic ratings. He has an MBA from the City University of Seattle and lives near Tulsa with his wife Leslia.”

The Bugatti 100P replica flew for the first time on 19 August 2015 but was damaged when it left the runway. After repairs, the aircraft was successfully flown again last October.

Our thoughts and prayers go to Scotty Wilson’s family and friends.

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Aug 06 2016

First flight for Hangar10’s rare Messerchmitt Bf 109G-12

Hangar10’s Messerschmitt Bf 109G-12, a Hispano Aviación Buchón restored to the G-12 standard by Meier Motors using an original DB 605 engine, made its first flight on August 4 with Charlie Brown at the controls.

This rare twin-seat variant of the German fighter will be used to train Bf 109 and Buchón pilots.

Source: Hangar10

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Aug 05 2016

Canadian Harvards recovered from Great Lakes

A Harvard of the RCAF. (Photo RCAF)

A Harvard of the RCAF. (Photo RCAF)

The Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association plans on recovering elements of a North American Harvard that fell in Lake Erie in 1943.

On June 19, 1943, student pilot William Charles Smith of the RAF buzzed a passenger ship on Lake Erie and entered into a steep turning climb to avoid the ship. The 17-year old pilot lost control of the aircraft which stalled and crashed, killing him instantly.

The fuselage was recovered in order to recover Smith’s body but other parts of the aircraft were left on the lake bed. The CHAA is recovering these parts and hopes to display them at t he aircraft museum at the airport in Dunnville.

The association is also seeking two recover two Harvards that fell in Lake Ontario. One of these is reportedly in pieces while the other one is reasonably intact. CHAA president Walther Irie said “We’re hoping one will be in good enough condition to recover. That will be our primary target.”

Source: Simco Reformer

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Jul 27 2016

A-26 Invader “Silver Dragon” damaged in landing accident at Oshkosh

The A-26 Invader “Silver Dragon” was damaged in a landing accident in Oshkosh when the nose gear retracted upon touchdown. Fortunately the crew emerged unhurt but, despite appearances, the aircraft probably sustained substantial damage.

Video: AirshowStuffVideos

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Jul 26 2016

Video: air-to-air footage of B-29 Doc’s first flight

Scott Slocum has posted on Vimeo some great air-to-air footage of B-29 Doc’s first flight as seen from the chase plane. Play it in HD and full-screen mode to enjoy fully!

 

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Jul 21 2016

Nine P-40 to gather for AVG’s 75th anniversary in September

Atlanta-Warbird-Weekend

Nine Curtiss P-40 will attend the 3rd annual CAF Atlanta Warbird Weekend on September 24 & 25 for the 75th anniversary of the American Volunteer Group, better known as the “Flying Tigers”. This will be the largest gathering of P-40 in recent times.

The event, hosted by the Dixie Wing, will take place at Dekalb-Peachtree Airport and many other warbirds will also be attending. World War II veterans, authors, 1940s Hollywood entertainers and reenactors will be present at the event, which is presented not as an airshow but as a warbird display and history education event, with aircraft rides available.

More information, including the complete list of attending P-40 and other warbirds, can be found on the 3rd annual CAF Atlanta Warbird Weekend website.

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Jul 17 2016

B-29 “Doc” has flown

As scheduled, the Boeing B-29 Superfortress “Doc” flew today in Wichita, Kansas. It is one of only two airworthy B-29 in the world, the other being “FiFi”, which is flown by the Commemorative Air Force. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jun 23 2016

Two aviation legends pass away: David Thatcher and “Punchy” Powell

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Staff Sergeant David Thatcher shortly before the April 18, 1942 raid. (Photo USAF)

David J. Thatcher, one of the two remaining survivors of the famous Doolittle Raid, passed away on June 22, 2016 in Missoula, Montana. “Dick” Cole, a close friend of Thatcher, is now the sole surviving member of the group of 80 men who attacked Japan on 18 April 1942. Although such honours are rarely accorded to enlisted men, full military honours will be given, and a B-1 Lancer and a B-25 Mitchell will overfly the funeral ceremony next Monday.

Powell was the engineer/gunner on the B-25 nicknamed "The Ruptured Duck" during the Doolittle Raid. (© Gaëtan Marie)

Powell was the engineer/gunner on the B-25 nicknamed “The Ruptured Duck” during the Doolittle Raid. (© Gaëtan Marie)


Punchy Powell on the wing of his P-51B Mustang "The West By Gawd Virginian". (Photo USAF)

Punchy Powell on the wing of his P-51B Mustang “The West By Gawd Virginian”. (Photo USAF)

Robert H. “Punchy” Powell, who flew with the famous 352nd Fighter Group during World War II, also passed away on 22 June 2016. Born in 1920, he flew his first combat with the group on November 11, 1943. He was credited with 6 destroyed aircraft (4.5 on the ground and 1.5 aerial victories) and received the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf clusters, the Distinguished Flying Cross with two Oak Leaf clusters and the European Theatre Award with three Battle Stars.

 

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Jun 21 2016

No warbird to be destroyed for “Dunkirk” movie

On June 12, we wrote about a rumour suggesting that Christopher Nolan was planning to destroy a warbird for his movie “Dunkirk”.

It would appear that the rumour is untrue: France 3 Nord-Pas-de-Calais, a French local news channel, has indicated that a Spitfire replica has been delivered in Dunkirk and that this is the “warbird” that will be destroyed.

Thanks to Patrick for the information!

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