Wing Commander Bob Bray, who has died aged 93, was a bomber pilot with the RAF who lit up targets in the Ruhr and during the lead-up to D-Day. He flew 94 missions over Europe and was twice awarded the DFC.
Read his obituary on The Telegraph.
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Sep 26 2014
The former Indian air force Folland Gnat F.1 E296 is now under restoration with the Heritage Aircraft Trust/Gnat Display Team at North Weald. It is a genuine British-built Gnat, not a Hindustan Ajeet, and should become the only single-seat Gnat to fly in the UK.
More information from Aeroplane Monthly.
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Aug 23 2014
Flying Morane-Saulnier MS. 406 fighters with GC III/3 during the Battle of France, he was credited with three shared aerial victories. He was sent to North Africa after the armistice and joined the Allied forces after the North Afircan landings in late 1942. He was credited with another shared victory during this period.
He volunteered for the “Normandie” fighter group, which he rejoined in January 1944. On October 27, 1944, he was credited with his only Easter Front victory when he shot down a Focke-Wulf Fw 190, making him an ace. (French standards for ‘acedom’ included shared victories).
He left the air force shortly after the war and became a captain with Air France.
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Aug 10 2014
In 2004, Bob Foster was reunited with Hawker Hurricane R4118, which he flew during the Battle of Britain.
After the war Foster worked for Shell-Mex and BP as a marketing executive until his retirement in 1975. He published his autobiography, “Tally Ho!”, in 2009.
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Aug 06 2014
The Hawker Sea Fury T.20 VX281 operated by the Royal Navy Historical Flight was damaged in an emergency landing during an airshow at RNAS Culdrose on Friday July 31st. The pilot was able to land the aircraft but the main landing gear failed and the aircraft exited the runway and ended its landing run on its belly.
The causes of the accident are not yet known and an investigation has been launched.
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Aug 04 2014
The Shuttleworth Collection’s de Havilland DH.88 Comet « Grosvenor House » G-ACSS flew again from Old Warden on Friday August 1 with chief pilot Roger Bailey at the controls. The aircraft hadn’t flown in nearly twelve years and the two lengthy test flights went well.
Of only five DH.88 racers built by de Havilland, “Grosvenor House” was probably the most remarkable and gained fame by winning many races and establishing records, including the 1934 McRobertson Air Race, when it flew from the UK to Australia in 70 hours and 55 minutes.
More details and pictures can be read from Global Aviation Ressource
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Jul 27 2014
Lettice Curtis, who has died aged 99, was arguably the most remarkable woman pilot of the Second World War, flying a wide range of military combat aircraft with the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) and being the first woman to qualify to fly a four-engine bomber.
After ferrying Spitfires and other types to frontline squadrons, she gained her helicopter pilot licence at the age of 77.
Read her obituary on The Telegraph.
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Jul 16 2014
This issue contains sad news as we’ve learned of the decease of Sandy Sansing, World War II fighter pilot and long-time French Wing honorary member. An article about Sandy’s extraordinary story was published in Airshow in 2005 and is “reprinted” in this issue.
You can download Airshow from the CAF French Wing’s website.
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Jul 08 2014
Memorial Flight has uploaded a video of its LVG C.VI reproduction flying with an original Benz Bz.IV engine, above la Ferté Alais airfield in France.
The aircraft was built by the Memorial Flight Association in France, for The Vintage Aviator Collection based in New-Zealand.
More details and pictures of the build on Memorial Flight’s website : http://www.memorial-flight.
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Jun 21 2014
Here are a few photos from the meeting “Le Temps des Hélices” which takes place every year in La Ferté-Alais, south of Paris. As I am no expert photographer, only a few of my photographs were worth publishing, so the selection is somewhat limited when compared to the list of aircraft that were displayed.
I’m sorry for posting these pictures so late (they were taken on June 7): as shown by my (stupid) mistake of yesterday, I have a lot of work and very little free time these days… Anyway, I hope you’ll enjoy them!
Photos (C) Bertrand Brown
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Jun 19 2014
On June 16, Mosquito B.35 VR796 (CF-HML) made its first flight from Victoria airport in Canada following a very long restoration. The aircraft, which had not flown in 48 years, was piloted by Steve Hinton. There are only two airworthy Mosquito in the world currently, the other one being Jerry Yagen’s Mosquito FB.26 KA114 which first flew in 2012.
NB: The flight took place in Victoria, Canada, and not Australia as initially reported. Mea maxima culpa.
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Jun 02 2014
The Bristol Blenheim (ex-Bolingbroke) Mk IV L6739, currently being restored by ARCo, was unveiled on May 30, a few days after its first engines run.
The aircraft was restored in 1987 but crashed a month after a maiden flight. Following this, it was repaired and flew again 5 years later, wearing the colours of a RAF Blenheim Mk IV. After ten years of flight operations, it was severely damaged in a landing accident at Duxford and was thought to be a write-off. Nevertheless, it was patiently rebuilt, this time with a Blenheim Mk I “short nose”.
The first flight should take place soon, and will make the aircraft the only airworthy example of its type.
Source (with photos): Global Aviation Ressource
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May 26 2014
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May 21 2014
Percival Pembroke WV740 recently flew again in St Athan in Wales, after a two year overhaul. The aircraft is now owned by Dr Mark Stott and will be available for airshows. Mark Stott is also the owner of Fairey Gannet AEW.3 XL500 which is currently being restored in. This aircraft will also be available for airshows, as will be a Percival Sea Prince.
Source: Aeroplane Monthly
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