Jun 28 2015

115/145-octane fuel to become available again

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During World War II, the increase in aircraftengine power led to the development of high-octane rating fuels to delay the apparition of “engine knock”. At the beginning of the war, most air forces used aviation fuel rated at 80 to 100 octane, but in 1945 more efficient fuels with octane ratings of 100 to 150 were commonly used.

With the advent of jet propulsion, such fuels became rare, leaving warbird operators to use Avgas 100 which in turn limited the power output of engines.

The polish petroleum company Walter Aviation has announced that it will soon commercialize Avgas 115/145, as the size of the world’s warbird fleet has made such a venture economically feasible.

More information (in French) on this topic on AeroVFR.

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Jun 17 2015

First post-restoration flight for Seafire Mk II PP972

A Supermarine Seafire on HMS Illustrious in February 1943. (Crown Copyright)

A Supermarine Seafire on HMS Illustrious in February 1943. (Crown Copyright)

Supermarine Spitfire Mk III PP972 made its first post-restoration flight on Monday, June 15 with Richard Grace at the controls. The aircraft will be presented to the public at the Flying Legends airshow.

Only four Supermarine Seafire are currently airworthy, with several restoration projects underway.

Sources (with photos):

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May 30 2015

Cockpit footage of TBM Avenger’s emergency landing during Arsenal Of Democracy VE Day Flyover

A very interesting video shot from the pilot’s helmet cam, showing the emergency landing of a TBM Avenger seconds before the flyover. What was initially thought to be smoke and fire prooved to be vapourized hydraulic fluid. Nobody was hurt in the incident, and the damage was repaired very quickly. The video also shows the lessons learned by the pilot and the conclusions he made. Well worth the watch!

 

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May 29 2015

La Ferté-Alais 2015 airshow: a few photos

Here are a few pictures taken during the “Le Temps des Hélices” airshow in La Ferté-Alais on May 23 and 24.

All pictures © Bertrand Brown

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May 25 2015

Landing accident for Hurricane P3351 after La Ferté-Alais airshow

Hurricane P3351 @ La Ferté-Alais 2015 © Bertrand BrownHawker Hurricane P3351 left the runway and ended on its nose in a landing accident at Dijon-Darois Sunday afternoon. Reportedly, nobody was injured in the accident. The aircraft had taken part in the large airshow in La Ferté-Alais on Saturday and Sunday.

Source: Bien Public

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May 09 2015

In-flight fire for BBMF Avro Lancaster

(Photo  Ronnie Macdonald (CC BY 2.0))

(Photo Ronnie Macdonald (CC BY 2.0))

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Avro Lancaster suffered an in-flight fire on its #4 engine during a training flight on May 7. The crew managed to land the aircraft safely at RAF Coningsby.

The extent of the damage suffered by the aircraft is unknown but it will not be able to participate in the commemorations for the 70th anniversary of VE-Day.

Source: BBC

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May 09 2015

World second airworthy Curtiss Hawk flies again

Curtiss P-36C Hawk N80FR at the Planes of Fame Airshow in 2015. (Photo Woodys Aeroimages (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0))

Curtiss P-36C Hawk N80FR at the Planes of Fame Airshow in 2015. (Photo Woodys Aeroimages (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0))

Curtiss P-36 Hawk s/n 38-210 N80FR of The Fighter Collection flew again a few days again and made its first public appearance at the Planes of Fame Airshow 2015. It is now headed for Europe and will be presented at Duxford’s Flying Legends airshow in a few weeks.

This is one of only two airworthy Curtiss Hawk aircraft in the world today, the other being the Curtiss Hawk 75 in French colours, also operated by Stephen Grey’s TFC. The restoration was headed by Matt Nightingale in Chino and lasted 4 years. The first flight was carried out by Steve Hinton.

More information and pictures:

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Apr 29 2015

Valiant Air Command TBM Avenger flies again

Source: Valiant Air Command.

Source: Valiant Air Command.

The Valiant Air Command’s TBM Avenger flew for the first time on April 25 after 14 years of restoration work.

More information and a video of the first flight can be found on the VAC’s Facebook page.

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Apr 27 2015

Chanute Air Museum to close by the end of the year

The replica Chanute Glider at the Chanute Air Museum (Photo Chris Light (CC BY-SA 3.0))

The replica Chanute Glider at the Chanute Air Museum (Photo Chris Light (CC BY-SA 3.0))

The Air Museum Network reports that the Chanute Air Museum will close by the end of 2015. “This was not an easy decision for anybody,” Nancy Kobel, air museum board president, said. She said finances was the primary reason for the action.

The museum has been operating since 1994 and houses a collection of over 40 aircraft including military fighters, bombers, rescue, recon, and cargo aircraft. Many of these were used for training purposes at Chanute, and most are on loan from the United States Air Force Museum. Other exhibits of note include a replica of the Wright 1903 Flyer, a large collection of Frasca Flight Simulators, and tributes to the veterans who have served in America’s conflicts and wars.

Read the full article on Air Museum Network

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Apr 18 2015

A Lockheed Constellation for Lewis Air Legends

A Lockheed C-69 Constellation in 1943 (Photo USAF).

A Lockheed C-69 Constellation in 1943 (Photo USAF).

Planes of Fame Air Museum’s Lockheed VC-121A Constellation has been sold to Lewis Air Legends of Texas who plans to restore the Aircraft to flying condition.

This ‘Connie’ named ‘Bataan’ was the personal aircraft of General Douglas MacArthur Supreme Commander Allied Powers during the Korean War. We look forward to seeing it fly on the Airshow circuit. The Planes of Fame Air Museum acquired the aircraft over 20 years ago and operated it for a short time before putting it on display at our Valle, AZ location. The sale of this aircraft will help advance our mission of preserving aviation history, inspiring interest in aviation, educating the public and honoring aviation pioneers and veterans.

Source: Planes of Fame Museum, April 10, 2015

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Apr 11 2015

A new look for Bravo Bravo Aviation !

BBA newBravo Bravo Aviation, editor of World Warbird News, is proud to present the new version of its website. The new website is better-looking and comes loaded with useful features, especially when viewed from a tablet or smartphone.

We’ve also made improvements to the way orders are handled: not only are shipping fees are now calculated more precisely to make sure you don’t pay too much, we are also offering free shipping for orders over 50€ !

Creating the new website has been quite time-consuming, and only a handful of new prints have been added recently. Now that we’re done creating the new version, we’ll shortly be adding many new exciting types to our collection: Hawker Hurricane, Mirage IIIE, Gee Bee QED, DH.88 Comet, de Havilland Moth ou encore Dewoitine D.520 pour n’en citer que quelques-uns…

Please feel free to visit our new website and share your thoughts and suggestions below!

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Apr 02 2015

Lt. Col. Robert Hite ✝

(U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Jacob N. Bailey)

(U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Jacob N. Bailey)

Retired Lt. Col. Robert Hite, one of the last surviving Doolittle Tokyo Raiders, died at his home in Nashville, Tenn., on March 29, aged 95. Hite was the co-pilot on plane #16, dubbed “Bat Out of Hell,” during the April 18, 1942 mission to bomb Japan.

Hite was captured by the Japanese in China following the raid and was imprisoned in Shanghai for 40 months, during which time he was held in solitary confinement, tortured, and starved until he was liberated on Aug. 20, 1945. He remained on Active Duty until Sept. 30, 1951.

During the Korean War, Hite once again returned to Active Duty and served overseas before he was released from duty for the second time in November 1955. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart with one Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Chinese Breast Order of Pao Ting. Hite, along with the other 79 Doolittle Raiders, also were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, which will be presented on April 15.

With Hite’s death, only two Doolittle Raiders are still living. They are retired Lt. Col. Richard Cole, co-pilot of crew #1, and retired SSgt. David Thatcher, engineer-gunner of crew #7.

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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.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.worldwarbirdnews.com/2015/03/16/historic-flight-foundation-spitfire-to-tour-england/

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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