Mar 25 2015

Rollout ceremony for B-29 “Doc” at Kansas Aviation Museum

More information on the rollout:

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Mar 16 2015

Historic Flight Foundation Spitfire to tour England

Photo Alistair Howard (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Photo Alistair Howard (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Historic Flight Foundation’s Spitfire Mk IX SL633 will be heading for the UK this summer to participate in several events, notably those related to the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

The aircraft will attend several of the biggest British airshows of this season: Flying Legends and Royal International Air Tattoo in July, Humberside Big Week in August and the Goodwood Revival and South of England Battle of Britain Day Sortie in September.

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Mar 14 2015

P-39 Airacobra “Miss Connie” returns to the skies

"Miss Connie" in 2004 (Photo Christopher Ebdon (CC BY-NC-SA))

“Miss Connie” in 2004 (Photo Christopher Ebdon (CC BY-NC-SA))

The CAF Central Texas Wing announced yesterday on its Facebook page that its P-39 Airacobra “Miss Connie” flew again, after a lengthy and major maintenance effort. The fighter is to be cleaned and repainted before resuming its airshow displays.

“Miss Connie” is a Bell P-39Q Airacobra (serial number 42-19597)  which served in the USAAF during World War II. Only three P-39 are still airworthy today.

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Mar 13 2015

A quick word on ad blockers

DSC_0267If you’re using an ad-blocking plugin with your browser, you might have noticed that you are now invited to deactivate it when you visit World Warbird News. We believe an explanation is in order.

Ads on websites can easily become irritating, if not outright annoying. This is why the ads on World Warbird News are minimal: no pop-up, flashing, sound or video ads are to be found on this website. This has always been the case with us, and won’t change.

We don’t just keep our ads discreet and non-intrusive: all of our ads are validated by human beings, and only relevant, aviation-related ads are displayed on the website.

Since World Warbird News is entirely free for visitors and does need some money to pay for itself, we would appreciate if visitors using Ad Block or similar ad-blocking software would consider deactivating them for our website. There is no obligation to do so, and you will not be stopped from visiting the website if you choose to maintain the ad blocker for World Warbird News.

Sadly, more and more free websites with great content are shutting down since their only source of income has disappeared because of ad blockers. Most often, the users of such ad blockers installed it because of abusive behaviour by some webmasters and don’t even realize how the adblocker is impacting legitimate and respectful websites.

And, no: the picture of the Breitling Wingwalkers was not chosen randomly. Imagine the impact on classic aviation if advertising was to be suddenly banned? As with everything else, it’s a question of balance: advertising can be a good thing or a bad one, depending on how you do it.

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Mar 13 2015

EA-6B Prowler for Castle Air Museum

An EA-6B Prowler. (Photo US Navy)

An EA-6B Prowler. (Photo US Air Force)

The California-based Castle Air Museum will be receiving an EA-6B Prowler later this month. The electronic warfare aircraft will arrive in flight on March 18, flown by a US Navy and Marine Corps crew.

The Prowler comes from a test squadron based in NAS Patuxent River and will perform ceremonial fly-bys before landing and being retired to the museum.

The Castle Air Museum opened in 1981, and currently displays 54 restored World War II, Korean War, and Cold War era aircraft. The outdoor museum covers 11 acres (45,000 m2), and among the exhibit highlights are a Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird (one of only 19 surviving), a Boeing B-52D Stratofortress, and the massive, ten-engined Convair B-36, one of only four surviving and the largest mass-produced piston aircraft in history. An indoor museum features photographs, uniforms, war memorabilia, aircraft engines, and a flight deck. A crew of 35 volunteers restore and maintain the aircraft on display. The museum also hosts a periodic “open cockpit day” in which visitors can actually view the interiors of certain planes.

Source: Air Museum Network

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Mar 09 2015

Lt Col Dean Hess ✝

Dean HessLieutenant Colonel Dean Hess, who died on March 2, 2015 aged 97, was a Disciples of Christ Church minister who enlisted after the Pearl Harbor attack and flew 63 combat missions on the P-47 Thunderbolt during World War II.

He was recalled to active duty in 1948 and saw further action during the Korean War. He was the commander of the Bout One Project, the program under which a cadre of USAF instructor pilots trained South Korean pilots Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 06 2015

American Air Museum at Duxford closes for a year

(Photo meg_nicol (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0))

(Photo meg_nicol (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0))

Duxford, UK — The American Air Museum at Duxford has closed for a year to undergo a major redevelopment.

The section of The Imperial War Museum (IWM) will be closed until spring 2016 while exhibitions and displays within the building are refurbished.

As part of the work, the glazed wall will be removed from the rear of the museum and the suspended aircraft will be lowered from the ceiling and all aircraft will be removed from the building.

But from May onward, many of the museum’s iconic American aircraft will be placed in new locations around IWM Duxford.

The exhibition will be brought up to date with material covering the last two decades of conflict and the political context of that period.

Source

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Mar 06 2015

Harrison Ford wounded in Ryan ST crash

Actor Harrison Ford was wounded in the crash of the Ryan ST-3KR that he was flying, when he attempted to land the aircraft on a golf course near Los Angeles. Ford’s life is not in danger and he should be able to make a full recovery, according to his press agent.

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Feb 24 2015

70+ aircraft for the World War II Victory Capitol Flyover in Washington, DC

Source: ww2flyover.org

Source: ww2flyover.org

In honor of the 70th Anniversary of VE Day (Victory in Europe), the Arsenal of Democracy is hosting a tribute to the men and women at home and abroad that made victory possible. A giant flyover of at least 70 aircraft is to take place over Washington DC on Friday, May 8, 2015.

Such a massive gathering and display of warbirds is a rare sight, even in the largest airshows around the world.

A victory gala will be held at the National Air & Space Museum on May 7, and a selection of the flyover aircraft will be at the Smithsonian’s Udvar Hazy Center at Washington Dulles International Airport for a one-day exhibition.

More information can be found on the Arsenal of Democracy Flyover’s website.

A list of participating aircraft is already available from the website, but is subject to changes depending on funding, technical or weather constraints: Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 23 2015

Albatros D.Va, Sopwith Snipe and RAF S.E.5a for the World War 1 Aviation Heritage Trust

One of WAHT's Be.2c replicas. (Photo Robert Payne (CC BY 2.0))

One of WAHT’s Be.2c replicas. (Photo Robert Payne (CC BY 2.0))

New aircraft will be joining the World War 1 Aviation Heritage Trust’s collection this year: an Albatros D.Va and Sopwith Snipe from New-Zealand in late spring, and will be followed later by a RAF S.E.5a.

The WW1AHT intends “to provide an enduring flying collection of World War I Allied and German aircraft based in the UK flying from heritage sites like Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome“. The trust has launched a Kickstarter funding campaign to help finance this project.

Read more about these new arrivals on WAHT’s website.

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Feb 22 2015

Record-breaking F-16 Falcon retired and displayed in IAF museum

(Photo IAF Museum)

(Photo IAF Museum)

F-16 Fighting Falcon No 107 of the Israeli Air Force was retired and is now part o the collections of the IAF Museum located at the Hatzerim airbase in Negev. This aircraft holds the distinction of being the F-16 with the greatest number of air-to-air victories, with a total of 7.

No 107 entered service in 1980 and took part in the historical raid against the Iraki nuclear plant on 7 June 1981 with Major General Amos Yadlin at its controls.

It achieved its first air-to-air kill on 21 April 1982 when Colonel Zeev Raz shot down a Syrian MiG-23 with a missile. On June 9, it was used in the destruction of two other Syrian MiG-23 by commander Eliezer Shakedi and Colonel Elian Sativa. Finally, on 11 June 1982, it was used to destroy two more Syrian MiG-23, a Sukhoi Su-17 and a Gazelle helicopter, still with Sativa at the controls.

From 1995, it was used as a training aircraft for IAF cadets and was retired in 1994. It was cleaned up and prepared before joining the collections of the IAF museum.

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Feb 20 2015

Former Air Force One Lockheed Constellation “Columbine II” to fly again?

The former U.S. Air Force Lockheed VC-121A Constellation (s/n 48-610) flies over Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona (USA), as it departs on its way to a private company for further restoration work on 24 October 1990. The aircraft had already undergone restoration at the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center at Davis-Monthan AFB after being kept in storage for over 20 years. 48-610 served as Dwight D. Eisenhower’s presidential aircraft "Colombine II" from January 1953 to November 1954 until replaced by the "Colombine III" VC-121E. Since 1989 it is privately owned (civil registration N9463). (Photo TSgt. Ron Woods, USAF)

The former U.S. Air Force Lockheed VC-121A Constellation (s/n 48-610) flies over Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona (USA), as it departs on its way to a private company for further restoration work on 24 October 1990. The aircraft had already undergone restoration at the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center at Davis-Monthan AFB after being kept in storage for over 20 years. 48-610 served as Dwight D. Eisenhower’s presidential aircraft “Colombine II” from January 1953 to November 1954 until replaced by the “Colombine III” VC-121E. Since 1989 it is privately owned (civil registration N9463). (Photo TSgt. Ron Woods, USAF)

The Lockheed C-121 Constellation known as Columbine II, which flew President Dwight Eisenhower and had been stored at Manara Air Park in Arizona since its last flight in 2003, will shortly examined by Dynamics Aviation to evaluate whether it can be restored to airworthiness.

Several parts are missing and will need to be found and installed if Dynamics Aviation is to restore the aircraft. If Columbine II can be restored, it will be presented at airshows and the public will be able to visit the aircraft while it is on the ground. Flight rides will probably not be available as the aircraft will remain in the Experimental/Exhibition category. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 14 2015

Flying Legends Air Show 2015 Trailer

Happy Saint Valentine’s, airplane lovers! ;-)

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Feb 12 2015

Squadron Leader Harvey Sweetman ✝

sweetman_3181375bSquadron Leader Harvey Sweetman, who has died aged 93, was one of the most successful fighter pilots against the V-1 flying bomb, accounting for 11 of them during the autumn of 1944.

Read his obituary on The Telegraph.

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Feb 11 2015

Squadron Leader Jack Storey ✝

Storey, Sqn Ldr W J, OC Ftr Flt, CGS, Cressy, 1945 copy.tiffSquadron Leader Jack Storey, who has died aged 99, accounted for eight Japanese aircraft during the Burma campaign, making him its second most successful Commonwealth fighter pilot.

Read his obituary from the Telegraph

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