Oct 25 2016

Bob Hoover passes away

Bob Hoover in 2004. (Photo D. Ramey Logan (CC BY-SA 3.0))

Bob Hoover in 2004. (Photo D. Ramey Logan (CC BY-SA 3.0))

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. Read the rest of this entry »

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Oct 18 2016

Video: Sopwith Pup replica flies in Spokane

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.

Source: Page Facebook de l’Antique Airplane Association

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Oct 14 2016

P-38F Lightning “White 33” to return to the skies

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

Video: Hurricane 5481’s first flight

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Oct 04 2016

Video: Successful second flight for B-29 “Doc “

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

Hawker Hurricane returns to the skies in Australia

A preserved Hawker Hurricane at La Ferté-Alais, France. (Photo © Bertrand Brown)

A preserved Hawker Hurricane at La Ferté-Alais, France. (Photo © Bertrand Brown)

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

One dead and one injured in Mustang crash in the UK

The P-51D Mustang "Janie". (Photo Geoff Collins (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0))

The P-51D Mustang “Janie”. (Photo Geoff Collins (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0))

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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Oct 01 2016

Norwegian Starfighter flies again !

The Friends of the Norwegian Starfighter's CF-104D in 2012 during a taxi demonstration in Bodo, Norway (Photo  Rob Schleiffert (CC BY-NC 2.0))

The Friends of the Norwegian Starfighter’s CF-104D in 2012 during a taxi demonstration in Bodø, Norway (Photo
Rob Schleiffert (CC BY-NC 2.0))

The Friends of the Norwegian Starfighter’s ex-Norwegian AF, Canadian-built CF-104D Starfighter flew again for the first time in 33 years on September 28 in Bodø, Norway. The restoration of the aircraft began in 2003, culminating with this week’s first flight with Eskil Amdal at the controls.

You can enjoy the unique “howl” made by the Starfighter in these videos of the flight.

 

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Sep 29 2016

First engine runs for Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar’s Bf 109E

The Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar’s Messerschmitt Bf 109E “White 14” recently made its first engine tests. The aircraft was built in 1939 and lost in 1942 on the Russian front. It was salvaged in 1992 and changed hands several times before reaching the UK where it is being restored and should fly again soon.

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Sep 26 2016

Mosquito TV959 flies again in New Zealand

The de Havilland Mosquito T Mk III TV959 restored by AvSpecs for Paul Allen’s Flying Heritage Collection made its maiden flight today from Ardmore airport in New Zealand. The pilots for the first flight were David Phillips and Keith Skillings. The flight lasted thirty minutes and the Mosquito was escorted by Spitfire ZK-WDQ, acting as the chase aircraft.

Additional photos are available on the MRC Aviation blog.

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Sep 20 2016

Grace Spitfire suffers light damage in landing mishap

The Grace Spitfire, one of the few remaining airworthy twin-seat Spitfires, suffered minor damage during the rollout after landing on September 15. Nobody was hurt and recent updates show that the aircraft suffered only minor damage.

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Sep 02 2016

Collings Foundation Spitfire Mk IX performs first post-restoration flights

Spitfire Mk IX BR601 of the Collings Foundation recently performed its first flights after restoration by the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar. This aircraft is considered as the second production Mk IX and was restored accordingly.

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Sep 01 2016

Families of Red Baron and of his first victims to toast together in their memories

L. to r. : Tom Rees, Lionel Morris and Manfred von Richthofen.

L. to r. : Tom Rees, Lionel Morris and Manfred von Richthofen.

On 17 September 2016, the families of Manfred von Richthofen and of his two first victims will meet and toast together in memory of their ancestors. Although Richthofen had already claimed two aerial victories, his first confirmed victory came on 17 September 1916 when he shot down the F.E.2b flown Tom Rees and Lionel Morris near Marcoing in Northern France. Rees was killed during the dogfight and Morris managed to land the aircraft before dying of his wounds.

Following this first victory, Richthofen ordered a small silver cup from a Berlin jeweller to commemorate the victory. The inscription read: “1. Vickers 2. 17.9.16”. This was the first of 60 such cups which he ordered up until September 1917, at which time the jeweller declined further orders due to a wartime silver shortage.

To commemorate the centenary of the event, representatives of all three families will meet to commemorate the deaths of Captain Rees and Second Lieutenant Morris, and the moment the Red Baron began his path in military history, drinking from a replica goblet commissioned by Whitgift School in Croydon.

Read the full story from The Telegraph

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Aug 29 2016

Curtiss-Wright 12W flies again after 67 years

Similar to the 12W, aCurtiss-Wright Travel Air CW-12Q (G-AAOK) at the Great Vintage Flying Weekend rally at Cotswold Airport, Kemble, Gloucestershire, England in 2009. (Photo Adrian Pingstone)

Similar to the 12W, a Curtiss-Wright Travel Air CW-12Q (G-AAOK) at the Great Vintage Flying Weekend rally at Cotswold Airport, Kemble, Gloucestershire, England in 2009. (Photo Adrian Pingstone)

Test pilot Jimmy Rollison recently made the first flight of Brian Meuser’s 1931 Curtiss-Wright Travel Air 12W. It took eight years to complete the restoration of the aircraft, which had not flown since 1949.

Photos and more details can be found on Antique Airfield.

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Aug 21 2016

Dewoitine D.26 accident in Switzerland

Dewoitine-D.26-HB-RAI, twin brother to HB-RAG. (Photo Kogo (GFDL))

Dewoitine-D.26-HB-RAI, twin brother to HB-RAG. (Photo Kogo (GFDL))

A Dewoitine D.26 overran the runway and flipped on its back yesterday during the Wittingsburg airshow yesterday at 5:30 PM. The pilot emerged unharmed.

The aircraft involved appears to be Dewoitine D.26 HB-RAG, which was returned to flight in 2010 and was purchased bu Hangar 31 in May 2015.

Source: Le Nouvelliste

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