Switzerland: OFAC temporarily grounds Ju-Air’s Junkers Ju 52s

The Swiss federal civilian aviation office (Office fédéral de l’aviation civile, OFAC) has temporarily grounded the two Junkers Ju 52 used by Ju-Air, based in Dübendorf. The examination of the wreck of the aircraft that crashed on August 4, killing all 20 on board, has revealed structural damage to the wing spars.

This type of damage can not be detected during routine maintenance and, at this stage of the investigation, no link has been made between such structural damage and the accident. This temporary grounding is a precautionary measure while waiting for the investigation to provide answers as to the causes of the accident.

More information on this topic can be found on ARC info (in French).

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Two killed in P-51D Mustang “Pecos Bill” crash in Texas

The P-51D Mustang "Pecos Bill" (Photo Christopher Ebdon)

The P-51D Mustang “Pecos Bill” (Photo Christopher Ebdon (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0))

The P-51D Mustang “Pecos Bill” (s/n 44-74445, registered N4132A) crashed yesterday in  Fredericksburg, Texas. Little information is available on this tragic event but police have announced that the pilot and his passenger were killed in the crash. Some sources indicate that the passenger was a World War II veteran.

Our thoughts and prayers go to the family and relatives of the victims of this tragic event.

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B-24 Diamond Lil flies again

The CAF B-24/B-29 Squadron has announced on its Facebook page that its B-24 “Diamond Lil” returned to the air on October 22 for the first time in over two years. During this time, the bomber’s interior was restored and three of the engines were overhauled. Diamond Lil is one of only two airworthy B-24 Liberators in the world.

 

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Thomas-Morse S-4B Scout flies again

The Ithaca Aviation Heritage Foundation’s Thomas-Morse S-4B Scout recently made its first post-restauration flight. The aircraft was donated to the foundation in 2010 and was meticulously restored to airworthiness.

More information is available from Aerodynamic Media.

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Condor Squadron SNJ-5 Texan crashes on highway, no fatalities

Three SNJ/T-6 of the COndor Squadron in formation. The accident aircraft is the closest one on this shot. (Photo Alan Wilson (CC BY-SA 2.0))

Three SNJ/T-6 of the COndor Squadron in formation. The accident aircraft is the closest one on this shot. (Photo Alan Wilson (CC BY-SA 2.0))

An SNJ-5 Texan belonging to the Condor Squadron made an emergency landing on a highway near Agoura Hills, California following an engine failure on October 23, 2018. The pilot managed to land on the highway between traffic and made a power-out landing there. Unfortunately, the aircraft hit the central divider and was destroyed in the ensuing fire. The pilot, who was alone on board, was able to exit the aircraft uninjured.

The accident aircraft is an SNJ-5, BuNo 43974. It carries the markings of a Luftwaffe Fw 190 in World War II.

The Condor Squadron Officer’s and Airmen’s Association is a  non-profit organization founded in 1965 by a group of WWII fighter pilots, regularly displaying their T-6s at airshows and other events.

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First engine run for Shuttleworth Collection’s new Albatros D.Va

The Shuttleworth Collection’s newly-arrived Albatros D.Va replica made its first engine run on October 1st.

Source: The Shuttleworth Collection’s Facebook page

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Pilot killed in Yak-9UM crash in Australia

Yakovlev Yak-9UM VH-YIX (Photo Robert Frola (GNU FDL via Wikipedia))

A man was killed in the crash of his Yakovlev Yak-9UM in the state of Victoria in Australia, on Friday the 7th of September. The causes of the accident are unknown at this time. The aircraft, Yak-9UM CH-YIX, was one of the series of aircraft built by Yakovlev in the early 1990s, and was powered by an Allison engine.

Our thought and prayers go to the family and friends of the deceased.

Source: ABC News

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From August 19 to 23, you can save 15% off all t-shirts in our Warbird Shirts store by using the promo code SHIRT15.  We have a wide selection of available shirts and new designs are being added on a regular basis.

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More than 40 L-Birds to commemorate 75th anniversary of D-Day and Battle of Normandy

As part of the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy in June 2019, preparations have begun for an exceptional commemoration. These jubilee commemorations will probably be the last ones to be attended by veterans of World War II.

From the 6th to the 9th of June 2019, the French association L-Birds back to Normandy is organizing an unprecedented gathering of liaison aircraft, often referred to as L-Birds (L for Liaison). This gathering will include Piper L-4 Grasshoppers, Stinson L-5 Sentinels and other rare L-Birds, some of which are the only airworthy remaining examples !

More than 40 liaison aircraft, all authentic and in their wartime colours, will fly to Normandy from all over Europe. This will be the largest concentration of liaison aircraft since 1945, all being veterans and representing the various types of liaison aircraft used by the belligerents during the war. They will be displayed together, flown by pilots from 13 different countries.

The rallying point before the commemorative flights will be the Saint André de l’Eure airfield, a former German base which became Advanced Landing Ground B-24 when the Allies took control. This airbase was home to C-47 Dakotas and hundreds of L-Birds during the Battle of Normandy.

More info can be found on the association’s website : L-Birds.fr.

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Junkers Ju 52 crashes in Switzerland [updated]

The Junkers Ju 52 HB-HOT in 2017. (Photo Lutz Blohm (CC BY-SA 2.0))

The Junkers Ju 52 HB-HOT in 2017. (Photo Lutz Blohm (CC BY-SA 2.0))

The Junkers Ju 52/3m registered HB-HOT and operated by Ju-Air crashed this afternoon shortly before 5:00 PM on the Piz Segnas, a mountain in the Glarus Alps in Switzerland. There is very little information about this tragic incident and no reports on the number of victims is available at this time.

Ju-Air operates three Ju 52 and announced the accident on its website:

We have the sad duty to announce that one of our Ju-52 aircraft had a accident
today. At the moment, no further information is available.

[Update on 8 August 2018 @ 11:30 CET] : New info has emerged and indicates that 20 people were killed in the crash : 17 passengers, the two pilots and an accompanying person.

Our thoughts and prayers go to the family and friends of the victims.

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Unique Moynet M.360 Jupiter flies again in France

First flight of the Moynet Jupiter (Photo © Espace Air Passion)

First flight of the Moynet Jupiter (Photo © Espace Air Passion)

The Moynet M.360/6 Jupiter made its new maiden flight on July 26 in France after a lengthy restoration done by Espace Air Passion/GPPA (Groupement de Préservation du Patrimoine Aéronautique).

The test crew was composed of Christian Ravel and Jean-Pierre Lambin. The Moynet M360/6 was built in 1965 and had not flown since 1978. Designed as an executive transport, it was never produced and only two prototypes were completed.  Continue reading

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New warbird shirts and a special offer

Two new shirt designs have been added to the Warbird Shirts shop : a P-40F Warhawk of the famous Free French GC II/5 “La Fayette” fighter group with the Sioux head emblem, and the B-24 Liberator “Hot Stuff”, the first 8th Air Force bomber to survive 25 combat missions in World War II.

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Squadron Leader Geoffrey Wellum DFC †

Geoffrey Wellum in 2009 (Photo PeterPanPan (CC BY 3.0))

Geoffrey Wellum in 2009 (Photo PeterPanPan (CC BY 3.0))

Squadron Leader Geoffrey Harris Augustus Wellum DFC passed away on 18 July 2018, aged 96. A former RAF fighter pilot, he took part in the Battle of Britain in 1940. He remained in frontline service until 1943, when he became a test pilot on the Hawker Typhoon and ended the war as a gunnery instructor. He left the RAF in 1960.

His wartime memoirs, First Light: The Story of the Boy Who Became a Man in the War-Torn Skies Above Britain, were first published in 2002 by Viking Books. The book was adapted to film in 2010 by the BBC under the name First Light.

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C-47 “Blue Bonnet Belle” destroyed in accident

The C-47 “Blue Bonnet Belle” of the Commemorative Air Force’s Highland Lakes Squadron has been destroyed in an accident as the aircraft was departing for Oshkosh. Of the 13 people on board at the time of the crash, 7 were injured, including one with significant burn injuries who was airlifted to the hospital. The aircraft was totally destroyed in the fire that followed the take-off accident.

The C-47 Blue Bonnet Belle N47HL (Photo D. Miller (CC BY 2.0))

The C-47 Blue Bonnet Belle N47HL (Photo D. Miller (CC BY 2.0))

 

 

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* Some sources indicate that 14 people were on board “Blue Bonnet Belle”.

 

 

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Fatal de Havilland Venom crash in Wisconsin

de Havilland DH 112 VenomA pilot was killed when his Havilland DH 112 Venom crashed in a farm near Sheboygan County Memorial Airport in Wisconsin. The aircraft reportedly crashed in a field before hitting a farm building. Two farm workers were also injured, one of them severely. Several dozen farm animals were also killed in the crash.

Few details are currently available on this tragic incident.

Source: WBay

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