Jul 28 2017

Two injured in Sea Fury accident in Breckenridge, Texas

Hawker Sea Fury N254SF in 2007 (Photo Greg Goebel (CC BY-SA 2.0))

Nelson Ezell of Ezell Aviation and his passenger Dustin Mayfield were injured in an accident involving Hawker Sea Fury N254SF on July 25 near Stephen County Airport in Breckenridge, Texas . Details concerning the accident are unavailable, with conflicting versions being provided by media.

More to the point, Breckenridge American reports the following about the health of Ezell and Mayfield:

Ezell sustained serious but not critical injuries, while Mayfield’s injuries were less serious, according to the men’s wives.

We wish both men a speedy recovery.

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Jul 17 2017

First engine runs for B-17 Flying Fortress “Shady Lady”

The Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum has reported that the B-17G Flying Fortress “Shady Lady” (s/n 44-83785) recently ran its engines for the first time in 15 years. The bomber was acquired by the Collings Foundation in 2015 and should make its first flight soon. It will then be flown to the Collings Foundation in Stow, Massachusetts, and will join the “Wings of Freedom Tour” where it will replace the B-17 “Nine-O’Nine”, giving the latter the opportunity to undergo a major inspection and likely receive a new livery in the process.

More on this topic from Aerodynamic Media.

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Jul 17 2017

USA: Two killed in P-51 Mustang crash

The P-51 Mustang “Baby Duck” in 2016. (Photo JanetanPhil (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0))

Vlado Lenoch and his passenger Bethany Root were killed in the crash of the P-51 Mustang “Baby Duck” on Sunday, July 16 in Atchison county, Kansas. Vlado Lenoch was a respected member of the warbird community and a member of the Air Force Heritage Flight since its creation in 1997. Bethany Root was general manager at the Amelia Earhart airport in Atchison.

Our thoughts and prayers go to the family and relatives of Vlado Lenoch and Bethany Root.

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Jul 13 2017

A-26 “Special Kay” flies again

“Special Kay” made its first flight in Fort Worth, Texas on 8 July 2017 after a six-and-a-half year restoration.

This aircraft was the final B-26K, a variant of the A-26 Invader improved and re-engined by On Mark for service during the Vietnam War.

More info on this topic on Warbirds News.

 

 

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Jul 11 2017

“Miss Velma” and “Berlin Express” damaged in separate incidents at Flying Legends

The TF-51D “Miss Velma” made a wheels-up landing during the Flying Legends airshow at Duxford this weekend. It appears the engine failed shortly before landing and the pilot made the quick decision to perform a wheels-up landing in a field. The aircraft suffered damage but the pilot was unhurt.

 

In a separate incident, the P-51B “Berlin Express”, which recently crossed the Atlantic to participate in the airshow, had its Malcolm hood disintegrate during a low pass, damaging the tail surfaces of the aircraft. Fortunately, nobody was hurt in this incident either.

 

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Jul 07 2017

Video: 1939 Cleveland National Air Race

Found this on the excellent blog Hushkit. Enjoy !

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Jun 25 2017

Video: First flight in the US for Mosquito TV959

Mosquito TV959, a T Mk 3 of Paul Allen’s Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum made its first flight in the US since its arrival in late 2016. Video by Jason Fortenbacher.

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Jun 24 2017

Travolta donates his historic Boeing 707 to Historic Aircraft Restoration Society

John Travolta is donating his historical Boeing 707, part of a batch of 11 Boeing 707 delivered to Qantas in 1964. These were the first jetliners to be used by the Australian company and replaced the legendary Lockheed Constellation.

The aircraft hasn’t flown since last December and will reportedly require some minor repairs before delivery to HARS, which hopes to maintain the aircraft airworthy.

Source: ABC News

Permanent link to this article: http://www.worldwarbirdnews.com/2017/06/24/travolta-donates-his-historic-boeing-707-to-historic-aircraft-restoration-society/

Jun 23 2017

New Warbird Shirt : Supermarine Spitfire Mk 24

 

Our Warbird Shirts have had some success, so we’re now expanding the collection to include more of your favourite warbirds. Our latest addition is the Spitfire F.24 shirt. This shows Spitfire Mk 24 VN489 of the Royal Air Force’s No 80 Squadron which was based in Hong Kong in the early 1950s. You can purchase the shirt on the Warbird Shirt section of the site or directly from Spreadshirt. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jun 23 2017

First post-restoration flight for The ‎Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum’s FG-1D Corsair

Ezell Aviation reported on its Facebook page that The ‎Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum’s FG-1D Corsair BuNo 88303 has made its first post-restoration flight.

 

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Jun 20 2017

Another Ilyushin Il-2 Shturmovik flies in Russia

Photo © Wings of Wing Foundation

On Friday the 16th of June, an Ilyushin Il-2 Shturmovik made its maiden flight in Novossibirsk, Russia. Only two Il-2 are currently airworthy, the first one being part of Paul Allen’s Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum.

This aircraft was shot down in November 1943 and landed on a frozen lake near Murmansk, from which it was recovered in 2015.

More information on Warbirds News.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.worldwarbirdnews.com/2017/06/20/another-ilyushin-il-2-shturmovik-flies-in-russia/

Jun 20 2017

Fairview Aircraft Restoration Society PBY-5A Canso flies again

As planned, the Fairview Aircraft Restoration Society’s PBY-5A Catalina (C-FNJE) flew again on Father’s Day – June 18, 2017 – some sixteen years after its last flight and a lenghty restoration.

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Jun 20 2017

Video: first flight of the Roseland Spitfire

Vintage Wings of Canada published this video of the first flight of the Roseland Spitfire on June 9, 2017 with John Aitken at the controls.

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Jun 20 2017

Hurricane P2902 flies again after 77 years

After so many bad news for the warbird community, we are happy to move on to better ones !

Hawker Hurricane Mk I P2902 flew again on 19 June, more than 77 years after it crash-landed on a beach near Dunkirk in May 1940.

The aircraft was restored to airworthiness by Hawker Restorations Ltd and made a 20-minute maiden flight yesterday from Elmsett airfield in Suffolk. Stuart Goldspink was at the controls and was satisfied with the aircraft’s behaviour. After conclusion of the flight tests, the Hurricane will be based in Duxford.

This brings the number of airworthy Hurricanes to 15, including 9 in the UK. Hawker Restorations Ltd is reportedly also restoring two other Hurricanes, including a twin-seater.

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Jun 20 2017

France: NA-68 crash-lands in field

A North American NA-68 (registered F-AZHD, a T-6G converted into an NA-68 and painted as a French Navy F6F Hellcat for a 1992 movie) crash-landed yesterday in a field near Mont-près-Chambord near the city of Blois. Sources are unclear on the matter, but it would seem the pilot was either uninjured or only slightly injured.

The aircraft is part of France’s Flying Warbirds collection and is well-known to the public due to its regular appearances at the annual airshow in La Ferté-Alais.

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