Jan 29 2015

Doolittle Raid veteran Edwards J. Saylor passes away

L1/Japan, Tokyo Raid/1942/pho 57Edward J. Saylor, the engineer of the 15th aircrew that participated in the famous 18 April 1942 Doolittle Raid on Japan, passed away at his home on January 28, 2015. His crew bombed targets in Kobe and had to ditch its aircraft near the Chinese coast after the raid. Saylor stayed with the Air Force after the war, retiring in 1967 with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel.

More details on his career are available from Veteran Tributes.

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Jan 27 2015

RAF Museum Cosford’s Wellington may get Czechoslovak markings

A bomber crew of No. 311 (Czechoslovak) Squadron RAF study a map, while sitting on 250-lb GP bombs which are about to be loaded into their Vickers Wellington Mark IC at East Wretham, Norfolk. (Photo IWM)

A bomber crew of No. 311 (Czechoslovak) Squadron RAF study a map, while sitting on 250-lb GP bombs which are about to be loaded into their Vickers Wellington Mark IC at East Wretham, Norfolk. (Photo IWM)

The RAF Museum Cosford’s Vickers Wellington might receive the colours and markings a No 311 (Czechoslovak) Squadron later this year.

“If they would enforce the idea of using the 311th Squadron, it would be a great success. It would be a visible reminder of the respect that the British feel toward the Czechoslovaks for their contribution to the victory over Nazism,” Czech Radio General Manager Peter Duhan said.

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Jan 24 2015

Fantasy of Flight Spitfire Mk XVI engine runs for the first time in 17 years

When Fantasy of Flight was created, its Spitfire Mk XVI was airworthy but was rapidly grounded due to technical problems. After having been statically exposed for years, its engine was restarted on January 16, for the first time in 17 years.

After some repairs and adjustments, Kermit Weeks hopes to have it flying in the near future.

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Jan 23 2015

Gerald “Jerry” Billing ✝

Jerry BillingGerald ‘Jerry’ Billing, considered one of the greatest Spitfire demonstration pilots to fly in the North American air show circuit passed away peacefully January 9th. A veteran of World War II he served 2 tours with over 250 combat sorties and stayed in the RCAF until 1964 becoming a member of Canada’s first jet demonstration team The Blue Devils. He was also the head aerobatic trainer for the RCAF Golden Hawks and throughout his long and distinguished career flew over 170 different aircraft from the Tiger Moth to the F-104 Starfighter.

Read the full story on All Things Aero.

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Jan 08 2015

Squadron Leader John Rowland ✝

John RowlandSquadron Leader John Rowland, who has died aged 94, was awarded the DFC twice in three days in 1943; later, on completion of 50 bombing operations, he received the DSO.

Read his obituary on The Telegraph.

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Jan 07 2015

Was the Flanker the first aircraft capable of executing the Cobra maneuver?

In 1989 at the Paris air show, Viktor Pugachev in the Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker made the first public display of what became known as “Pugachev’s Cobra”, despite the fact that the maneuver was pioneered by LII test pilot Igor Volk during the Flanker’s trials. The maneuver is mostly useless in air combat but has always been a great crowd-pleaser.

Since then, many other aircraft types have proven capable of executing the Cobra. These aircraft are mostly modern designs with high thrust-to-weight ratios and thrust vectoring.

Except for the Saab 35 Draken, whose maiden flight was in 1955…

Don’t take my word for it and advance the video to 1:50 to see this classic Swedish delta-wing interceptor perform this extraordinary maneuver .

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Jan 06 2015

Lovell Steward ✝

Lowell_C._Steward_(1943)_after_graduating_from_flight_training_at_Tuskegee_Army_Air_Field,_Tuskegee,_ALLovell Steward (25 February 1917 – 17 December 2014) was a member of the famed “Tuskegee Airmen” during World War II, and flew 143 combat missions in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations in 1944 in the P-39 Airacobra, P-40 Warhawk and P-51 Mustang.

After his military discharge in 1946, he returned to Los Angeles with his wife to buy a house but they were not able to secure a mortgage because they were black. Because of this, he went to real estate school and obtained a real estate license. In the 1950s he helped to integrate parts of Los Angeles by facilitating home sales.

As a member of the Tuskegee Airmen, he received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2007.

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Jan 04 2015

Nord 2200 prototype scrapped

The Nord 2200 prototype in 1950 (Photo US Navy).

The Nord 2200 prototype in 1950 (Photo US Navy).

While not exactly recent the most news, the sole Nord 2200 prototype, a post-war French naval jet fighter that first flew in 1949, was destroyed last year, as reported by the Ailes Historiques du Rhin and List’In MAE website.

For decades, the prototype was kept in the reserves of the Muse de l’Air et de l’Espace in Le Bourget near Paris until the 1980s. It was then transferred to the Ailes Anciennes d’Armorique, a French association that restored many aircraft and engines over the years.

When the association shut down last year, it was the  Espace Aéro Lyon-Corbas who recuperated what was left of the Nord 2200 prototype, which had been stored outdoors for years.

Funding the restoration of such an aircraft type, which never went beyond the testing stage, would have been complicated indeed, but one can only regret that such a unique airframe was ultimately sold as scrap by the EALC in 2014.

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Dec 15 2014

1000 Facebook “Likes”

1000 likes

Today, December 15th, 2014, World Warbird News has reached 1,000 “likes” on Facebook. Thanks for your continued support! It’s often a challenge to keep the blog up to date due to professional and personal constraints, but we’re trying to keep it up! Next stop: 2,000 “likes”! ;-)

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Dec 15 2014

Travel Air 5000 restored

Charles M. Daniels Collection / San Diego Air & Space Museum

Charles M. Daniels Collection / San Diego Air & Space Museum

A Travel Air 5000 was restored to static condition by Cowtown Aerocrafters near Justin, Texas, earlier this year and has been moved to a museum in Fort Worth for display. Visit the Cowtown Aerocrafters Facebook page or the Another Time blog for pictures and more information.

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Dec 14 2014

Flight Lieutenant Bill Green ✝

Bill GreenFlight Lieutenant Bill Green, who has died aged 97, was twice shot down: first flying a Hurricane during the Battle of Britain; five years later he was taken prisoner after again being shot down whilst flying a Tempest over Germany.

Read his obituary from The Telegraph.

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Dec 13 2014

Updated: Evergreen Aviation Museum has NOT filed for bankruptcy

(Photo Farwestern (CC BY 3.0))

(Photo Farwestern (CC BY 3.0))

UPDATE

Statement from the Curator Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum:

“The Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum has filed for bankruptcy. It has not. Evergreen Vintage Aircraft Inc., a for-profit corporation has filed for bankruptcy, not the non-profit museum, which is a separate entity. Evergreen Vintage owns 25 of the 133 aircraft on display in the museum, and loans them to the museum for public display. The rest of the 108 aircraft on display, including the Hughes H-4 Flying Boat (aka the “Spruce Goose”) belong to the museum, or are on loan from governmental museums such as the National Museum of the USAF, the National Museum of Naval Aviation, the National Museum of the Marine Corps, and the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum or private individuals.

The museum is not closing, and remains open 7 days a week, 9 am to 5 pm; except for Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving. It continues to pursue its mission to “Inspire & Educate, To Preserve Aviation & Space History, and to Honor the Patriotic Service of our Veterans,” with or without the aircraft on loan from Evergreen Vintage.

Sincerely,

Stewart W. Bailey
Curator
Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum”

 

 

Evergreen Vintage Aircraft Inc., whose museum features historic planes including Howard Hughes’s gigantic wooden “Spruce Goose,” has filed for bankruptcy.

The McMinnville, Oregon-based company listed more than $50 million in assets and more than $100 million in liabilities in Chapter 11 papers yesterday in Portland, without giving a reason for the filing.

The museum also displays a large number of historically significant military and civilian aircraft: Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 02 2014

UPF-7 Waco for the Collings Foundation

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A 1940 Waco UPF-7 has been donated to the Collings Foundation’s flying history collection.

This new aircraft will be available for flight experiences during the Collings Foundation 2015 Open House events in June, July and October.

Source: Collings Foundation Newsletter

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Nov 24 2014

Bristol Blenheim L6379 flies again

The Blenheim at Duxford in 2002 (Photo I Wish I was Flying (CC BY-ND 2.0))

The Blenheim at Duxford in 2002 (Photo I Wish I was Flying (CC BY-ND 2.0))

After a restoration that took over a decade, Bristol Blenheim L6739 flew a 20 minutes maiden flight at Duxford on November 20 with John Romain and John Gilmore at the controls.

The aircraft was restored in 1987 but crashed a month after its 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”.

Get more information and pictures of the first flight from Global Aviation Ressource.

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Nov 16 2014

Connie Edward’s Buchóns to be restored in Switzerland

A few months ago, Connie Edwards’ fantastic collection of warbirds was put up for sale on Platinum Fighters. The collection included six Hispano Buchóns (license-built Spanish Me 109G powered by Merlin engines), two Mustangs and a Spitfire Mk XVI.

The Swiss company Boschung Global Ltd will be restoring the Messerchmitts, in collaboration with B63 Switzerland, and will put them up for sale once they are completed.

The aircraft were painted in German Luftwaffe colours for the filming of the blockbuster The Battle of Britain, and have been untouched since. The aircraft were stored in a hangar, and after a quick check and oil change, “White 5″ was started easily!

The rare twin-seater version will be operated by the Swiss company 46 Aviation SA.

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