Aug 24 2015

Shoreham disaster death toll rises

Hawker Hunter T.7 WV732 (Photo Alan Wilson (CC BY-SA 2.0))

Hawker Hunter T.7 WV732 (Photo Alan Wilson (CC BY-SA 2.0))

The latest information provided by Sussex police services concerning the tragic crash that took place on Saturday is that it is “highly probable that eleven people were killed” and that the final figure could be as high as 20.

Fifty-one year old pilot Andy Hill was pulled from the wreckage of the aircraft and is hospitalized in critical condition. He is a former Royal Air Force Harrier pilot now flying with British Airways.

Despite the numerous rumours and “explanations” provided by the media and Internet commentators, the causes of the disaster are still unknown and will probably remain so for some time. The crash scene, which covers a wide area, had not yet been fully cleared and processed. Police are still trying to determine the exact number and identity of victims. The aircraft’s wreckage should soon be moved out and turned over to the investigators.

 

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Aug 22 2015

Dramatic Hawker Hunter crash at the Shoreham Airshow

Hawker Hunter T.7 WV732 (Photo Alan Wilson (CC BY-SA 2.0))

Hawker Hunter T.7 WV732 (Photo Alan Wilson (CC BY-SA 2.0))

A Hawker Hunter crashed this afternoon during a display at the Shoreham Airshow in southern England. The aircraft fell near a road, and several cars were caught in the blast. The first reports indicate seven people were killed, with another four seriously wounded who were evacuated and some fifteen people presenting minor wounds which were treated on the spot. Witnesses indicate the pilot did not eject.

Many photos and videos of the crash have been published online, but will not be posted here.

The aircraft in question appears to be Hawker Hunter WV732, initially built as a Hunter F.4 and delivered to the Royal Air Force in 1955.

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Aug 20 2015

First flight for Bugatti 100P

The Bugatti 100P built by The Bugatti 100P Project flew for the first time today. The flight was only a short hop meant to confirm the aircraft’s characteristics and handling and was made by Scotty Wilson, who reported the aircraft handled well on all axis. It flew at an altitude of 100 ft and reached 110 knots.

Unfortunately, the aircraft floated quite a bit when he tried to put it down. When it finally settled back on the runway, a failure of the right brake brought it off the runway. The soil, made soft and muddy by recent rain, made the aircraft nose over, and damage was inflicted on the spinner and propellers. The Hayabusa motorcycle engines used on the Bugatti 100P were presumably not shock-damaged, as the aircraft is equipped with a clutch that would have taken most of the shock and preserved the engines.

The Bugatti 100P was an unusual aircraft design by Ettore Bugatti in 1938 to enter the 1939 Deutsch de la Meurthe Cup Race. It was not ready in time to enter the race and was abandoned prior to the German invasion of France in 1940.

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Aug 16 2015

Video: Messerscmitth Bf 109G-2 test flight at Meier Motors

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Aug 15 2015

45 Spitfires, Hurricanes and Blenheim for Battle of Britain Day Flypast !

Battle of Britain Day Memorial FlypastOn Battle of Britain day, September 15th, a formation of 45 aircraft will take off from Goodwood aerodrome36 Supermarine Spitfires, 8 Hawker Hurricanes and the only airworthy Bristol Blenheim.

The formation will be led from the back seat of a twin-seat Spitfire by Wing Commander Tom Neil, DFC, AFC, AE, a 95-year old Battle of Britain veteran. After reaching Selsey Bill, the formation will break into groups of four, which will fly different paths across south and south-east England and land at various airfields used during the battle: Biggin Hill, Duxford, Northweald, Northolt, with some returning to Goodwood.

It is the first time since the end of World War II that so many Battle of Britain aircraft fly together.

More information on this fantastic event can be found the Battle of Britain Day Flypast website. [NB:bad link corrected]

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Aug 14 2015

360×180° video of Heritage Flight P-51 Mustang and F-22 Raptor formation

If you haven’t seen this yet on Warbirds News, chances are you’ll love it. This remarkable video by Lyle Jansma allows the viewer (if his browser permits it) to immerse in a Heritage Flight comprising a P-51 Mustang and F-22 Raptor. Start the video, and drag the image around to see what it’s all about.

A #360Video Experience taking a virtual Heritage Flight with this Cockpit 360° captured at the 2015 Abbotsford International Air Show. Ride along with Greg “B.A.” Anders in the Heritage Flight Museum’s P-51D Mustang “VAL-HALLA” while navigating the 360° video to the right to see Maj John “Taboo” Cummings piloting the Air Combat Command’s F-22 Raptor in close formation. Footage courtesy of Lyle Jansma of AeroCapture Images – www.heritageflight.org – www.acicockpit360.com – www.aerocaptureimages.com

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Aug 13 2015

Collings Foundation acquires B-17 Flying Fortress, Bf 109, P-38 Lightning, and P-40 Warhawk

The B-17G "Shady Lady" at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum. (Photo killbox (CC BY-NC 2.0))

The B-17G “Shady Lady” at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum. (Photo killbox (CC BY-NC 2.0))

The Collings Foundation has announced that it has acquired several warbirds from the collection of the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum:

  • Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress “Shady Lady” (s/n 44-83785), which is technically airworthy and should fly again in 2017. The foundation already operates a B-17, and this new arrival will make it possible for the “Wings of Freedom Tour” to continue while one B-17 is under maintenance.
  • A Lockheed P-38L Lightning which should fly in 2016 after some restoration work.
  • A Messerschmitt Bf 109G-10, whose return to airworthiness is uncertain due to some technical problems. Regardless of this, restoration work will be carried on the aircraft.
  • A Curtiss P-40K Warhawk, which will join the P-40 already owned by the foundation and will probably be returned to airworthiness.

More information on this topic can be found on the blog The Warbird Watcher.

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Aug 12 2015

Messerschmitt Bf 109G flies in Germany

The Messerschmitt Bf 109G D-FOON belonging to The Fighter Factory has been restored to airworthiness by Meier Motors and made it maiden flight yesterday with Charlie Brown at the controls.

Another test flight took place today, and in-flight photos were taken.

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Aug 09 2015

Fieseler Storch damaged in crash-landing in France

A Fieseler Storch at Flying Legends in 2012. (Photo Tony Hisgett (CC BY 2.0))

A Fieseler Storch at Flying Legends in 2012. (Photo Tony Hisgett (CC BY 2.0))

The Fieseler 156 Storch F-AZDA (ex-Morane-Saulnier 505 F-BBUG), operated by Aéro Rétro of Saint Rambert d’Albon was heavily damaged in a field landing near Chambéry, France. The pilot was slightly wounded.

The aircraft was to participate in the Bourget lake airshow that is taking place today. The French Air Police has launched an investigation.

Source (with photos): Le Dauphiné

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Aug 07 2015

Video: Mosquito .75 accident aftermath

Source: Panoranews

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Aug 07 2015

Crewmember seriously injured in Mosquito 3/4 replica accident in France

The Mosquito .75 at La Ferté on 25 May 2012. (Photo Bertrand Brown)

The Mosquito .75 at La Ferté on 25 May 2012. (Photo Bertrand Brown)

In yet another incident in just a few days, a crewmember has been seriously injured in the accident of the Mosquito .75, a 3/4-scale de Havilland Mosquito replica built by RRAA (Reconstructions et répliques d’avions anciens). After a safe landing at Fontenay-le-Comte, the aircraft is reported to have flipped over while taxiing.

Source: Ouest France

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Aug 05 2015

Last “Dambusters” pilot Les Munro passes away

Left to right: Les Munro, King George VI and Guy Gibson on 27 May 1943.

Left to right: Les Munro, King George VI and Guy Gibson on 27 May 1943.

Squadron Leader John Leslie “Les” Munro, CNZM, DSO, QSO, DFC, JP, the last surviving pilot of the “Dambuster raid”, passed away on 4 August 2015 in New Zealand, aged 96.

Munro was born in 1919 and joined the RNZAF in 1941. He made a first tour of operations with No 97 Squadron flying the Manchester and later Halifax, in 1942-1943. He volunteered fo No 617 Squadron and joined the unit at its creation in March 1943. He was part of the famous raid against the Rühr dams on 17 May 1943, but was forced to return home with his anti-dam mine after he was hit by Flak over the Netherlands and lost all communications.

He took part in Operation Taxable, the plan to deceive the Germans into believing the Allied invasion was taking place in the Seine Maritime region rather than Normandy. Read the rest of this entry »

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Aug 02 2015

Folland Gnat pilot killed in airshow crash

Folland Gnat T.1 XR538 (Photo Airwolfhound (CC BY-SA 2.0))

Folland Gnat T.1 XR538 (Photo Airwolfhound (CC BY-SA 2.0))

Another accident occured yesterday in Great-Britain, with more tragic consequences. Kevin Whyman was killed in the crash of Folland Gnat XR538 he was demonstrating at the Carfest North show in Cheshire in the United-Kingdom. Aged 39, Whyman was married and had a young daughter.

He was a city worker and Cambridge University graduate, and one of the founders of the Gnat Display Team 2007.

He completed a flying scholarship with the RAF before studying Economics at Cambridge. He was a cox in the 1996 and 1997 Boat Races against Oxford.

The cause of the accident is unknown at this time.

Our sincere condolences go to Kevin Whyman’s family and relatives.

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Aug 02 2015

Spitfire Mk IX MK912 crashes at Biggin Hill

Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX MK912 (Photo Charlie Jackson (CC BY 2.0))

Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX MK912 (Photo Charlie Jackson (CC BY 2.0))

Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX MK912 was heavily damaged yesterday at Biggin Hill when it lost power shortly after take-off. Its pilot Dan Griffith managed to settle the aircraft down and limit the damage, and was only lightly wounded.

The Spitfire was seriously damaged but its owners have pledged to restore it to airworthiness.

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Jul 22 2015

Rimowa to produce several new-build Junkers F13

A Junkers F13 at the Deutsches Museum (Photo Nuno Cardoso (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0))

A Junkers F13 at the Deutsches Museum (Photo Nuno Cardoso (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0))

Rimowa, manufacturer of aluminium and polucarbonate luggage, will build several Rimowa F13, based on the famous Junkers F13 of 1919, the world’s first all-metal commercial aircraft.

The first flight and certification should take place in 2016, and it is already possible to place an order for these aircraft. Some safety modifications will distinguish the Rimowa F13 from the original Junkers F13, including changes to the 450 hp Pratt & Whitney 985 engine, braked gear system and improved tail unit.

Discover more about this on the Rimowa F13 website.

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