“After more than 40 years since it’s last flight, 16 years of restoration, being effected by the Mississippi River flood of 1993 and countless man hours by the dedicated volunteers of the CAF Dixie Wing, the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing Bell P-63A-6 Kingcobra serial number 42-68941 flew for the first time on Saturday February 18, 2017. Just after 1300hrs local time pilot Jim Dale took off from the Atlanta Regional Airport, home of the Dixie Wing.”
Feb 20 2017
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Feb 13 2017
Gaël Taburet, the last surviving Normandie-Niémen pilot, passed away on February 10 in Southern France, aged 97. Born in 1919, Taburet enlisted in the French air force in 1938 and received his pilot’s wings in 1939.
In January 1944, he volunteered to join the Normandie fighter regiment (later renamed Normandie-Niémen by Stalin in recognition of their contribution to the Soviet war effort) fighting on the Soviet front, joining the unit in April of the 1944. He scored his first aerial victory when he shot down a Fw 190 fighter during his first operational sortie. By the end of the conflict, he was credited with 2 confirmed aerial victories, 3 shared victories, 2 damaged and one shared damage.
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Jan 28 2017
The pilot of Chance-Vought F4U-5N Corsair (registered VH-III) made a wheels-up landing during the Hunter Valley Airshow at Maitland Airfield in Australia. Little information is currently available, but the footage seems to suggest the pilot was unharmed and that damage to the aircraft was kept to a minimum.
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Dec 17 2016
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Dec 15 2016
John “Jock” Moffat, the Swordfish pilot who crippled the German battleship Bismarck on 26 May 1941, has died at the age of 97. On the day of the attack, Moffat and his crew were able to launch a torpedo that struck and jammed Bismarck’s rudder, preventing it from escaping from the Royal Navy task force pursuing it. It was scuttled the following day by its crew while under attack by Royal Navy ships.
“Jock” Moffat, who was born in 1919, returned to civilian life after the war but always kept an interest in aviation and started flying again in his 60s.
Source: Royal Navy
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Dec 11 2016
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Dec 08 2016
John Herschel Glenn Jr. passed away today, aged 95. While he is especially famous for being the first American to orbit the Earth, he led a very rich aeronautical career as a fighter and test pilot, and was three times a US senator.
Born in 1921, Glenn joined the US Navy after Pearl Harbor and was eventually transferred to the US Marine Corps. He flew a fiorst tour of operations flying R4D transports, the US Navy version of the famous C-47, and later a second tour on the F4U Corsair fighter.
During the Korean War, he completed a first tour of operations flying F9F Panthers before joining a US Air Force exchange program and flying 27 missions on the F-86 Sabre, with which he claimed 3 victories over MiG-15 jet fighters in the final days of the conflict.
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Dec 04 2016
The P-51C “Tuskegee Airmen” operated by the CAF Red Tail Squadron was damaged eight months ago in a landing accident in Dallas, TX. The aircraft was taken to AirCorps Aviation for repairs and flew again on December 1st with Doug Rozendaal at the controls.Rozeendaal reported that “there were no issues with the test flight and the aircraft flew great”.
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Oct 25 2016
Legendary pilot Bob Hoover passed away today aged 94. He is often considered as one of the greatest pilots of all times.
Born in 1922, Hoover became a fighter pilot and flew 59 combat missions before being shot down in 1944. He was captured and spent 16 months in German prisons before escaping by stealing a Focke-Wulf Fw 190 fighter. After his return to the USA, he became a test pilot and was chase pilot to Chuck Yeager during the flights that lead to breaking the sound barrier. He left the military in 1948, but flew many ground attack missions during the Korean War as a civilian consultant for North American Aviation. He performed test flights on the FJ-1 Fury, F-86 Sabre and F-100 Super Sabre among others.
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Oct 18 2016
Dr Larry Howard’s Sopwith Pup replica recently flew in Spokane, Washington. The aircraft is powered by a Le Rhône engine and is identical to original Sopwith Pups, except for modern magnetos. Its construction required eight years of work.
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Oct 14 2016
The National Museum of WWII Aviation, based in Colorado Springs, recently announced on its Facebook page that the P-38F Lightning “White 33” (s/n 42-12652) will fly again on Monday, weather permitting.
This will make it the 10th airworthy P-38 Mightning in the world, and only one of two with functioning turbochargers.
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Oct 04 2016
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Oct 04 2016
From Doc’s Friends website (visit the page for more information and pictures):
The B-29 known as Doc successfully completed its second flight since being restored to airworthy status.
Doc’s second flight lasted approximately 52 minutes at an altitude of four to five thousand feet on a flight pattern east of Wichita, Kans. The historic warbird took off from McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita just after 10 a.m. Central Time and landed just before 11 a.m, Saturday, Oct. 1.
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Oct 03 2016
The Hawker Hurricane Mk XII (s/n 5481) registered C-FDNL flew again on Sunday October 2 in Scone, Australia. The aircraft was restored by Vintage Fighter Restorations.
It is painted in the colours of Hurricane Mk I V6748 of the Royal Air Force’s No 46 Squadron de la Royal Air Force during the Battle of Britain. P/O J. D. Crossman was shot down and killed by German fighters flying this aircraft on 30 September 1940.
Photos of the aircraft and its first flight are available from Aviation Spotter Online.
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Oct 02 2016
A P-51D Mustang crashed this Sunday afternoon in Topcroft near Norwich in the United-Kingdom. The passenger, a man in his eighties, was killed in the crash. The pilot was seriously injured and was airlifted to the hospital.
The accident aircraft is P-51D Mustang “Janie”, owned and operated by Maurice Hammond from Hardwick the former RAF airfield where the accident took place. The causes of the accident are not yet known.
Source: Eastern Daily Press
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