Mar 04 2016

Catalina flies again in New-Zealand

Catalina takes offAnd we’re off!!! Here’s a video of the Catalina Flying Boat taking off on its first flight in four years after a major refurbishment. See the Catalina’s first major display since the refurbishment at Warbirds Over Wanaka 2016!

Posted by Warbirds Over Wanaka on Monday, February 29, 2016

The New Zealand Catalina Preservation Society’s PBY Catalina (ZK-PBY) took back to the air on February 28, after a thorough four year refurbishment and the application of a new paint scheme.

The aircraft will be displayed at the Warbirds over Wanaka airshow from March 25 to 27.

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Feb 22 2016

Video: Royal Air Force in Burma

The Library and Archives Canada video channel posted this 42 minutes-ong footage a few months ago. It shows Royal Air Force and Royal Canadian Air Force aircraft in full colour and in exceptional quality. Despite the title, it appears part of the footage was shot in Canada, but this does not diminish in the least the quality of this remarkable historical document.

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Feb 21 2016

Eric “Winkle” Brown †

Eric_BrownThe famous Eric “Winkle” Brown, one of World War Two’s best-known veteran and test pilot passed away today aged 97.

Born in 1919, Captain Eric Brown CBE, DSC, AFC, Hon FRAeS, RN discovered aviation in 1936 in Germany with Ernst Udet and joined the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm during the war. His superb pilot skills were quickly noticed and he became a test pilot, flying prototypes and developing new techniques. He flew all of the major types of aircraft used during the war.

After the war, he pursued his career as a test pilot and established numerous records, including that of the greatest number of aircraft types flown (487, not counting variants of a given type) and carrier landings (2,407 carrier landings). He is also the author of several books.

Read more about Eric Brown from Wikipedia or The Telegraph. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 15 2016

CWHM Lancaster to display temporary “Lady Orchid” colours this summer

Lady Orchid Lancaster

The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum has announced on its Facebook page that its Lancaster FM213 will be painted and flown in the temporary markings of Lady Orchid, Lancaster KB895, WL-O. The usual VR-A markings will remain on the starboard side. “Lady Orchid was Lancaster KB895, a wartime veteran of 434 RCAF Squadron with 35 operations, the center section of which was used to restore Lancaster FM213.

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Feb 13 2016

Air Commodore John Mitchell †

Air Commodore John MitchellAir Commodore John Mitchell, who has died aged 97, was the navigator of Winston Churchill’s personal aircraft during the Second World War.

A veteran of a bomber tour and a specialist navigator, Mitchell was selected for the crew flying Churchill’s VVIP aircraft in late 1942. Earlier, the prime minister had flown in RAF and civil aircraft but it was decided that a specially furnished RAF aeroplane should be used. The model chosen was the new Avro York and given the name Ascalon, after the lance with which St George killed the dragon.

Read his full obituary from the Telegraph. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 10 2016

Video: Flying Legends 2016 trailer

The classic Flying Legends airshow in Duxford will take place on Saturady 9 & Sunday 10 July 2016. Enjoy!

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Feb 10 2016

Exceptional Avenger gathering in Illinois on April 16

Tom Buck's TBM-3E Avenger 53768, one of nine aircraft whose presence has already been confirmed. (Photo D. Miller (CC BY 2.0))

Tom Buck’s TBM-3E Avenger 53768, one of nine aircraft whose presence has already been confirmed. (Photo D. Miller (CC BY 2.0))

From Warbirds News: a gathering of Grumman Avenger will take place at Illinois Valley Regional Airport on April 16, organised by Brad Deckert and his company TBM Avenger LLC.

Nine aircraft have already been confirmed, and the organisers are hoping others will join. At least 31 Avengers are airworthy in the US as well as four in Canada. A total of 9,839 Avengers were built by Grumman and General Motors.

Facebook event has been specially created and can be used to follow news on this remarkable event.

More info on Warbirds News.

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Feb 10 2016

Blériot XI replica with Anzani engine displayed in Budapest

Blériot XI IF-BLE (Photo Hungarian Vintage Glider Club)

(Photo Hungarian Vintage Glider Club)

From the Early Aero blog: a Blériot XI replica, similar to the one used by Louis Blériot to cross the Channel and built from contemporary blueprints was recently displayed in the Vigadó Concert Hall in Budapest, Hungary. The replica is powered by a 3-cylinder Anzani engine replica.

Built by the Hungarian Vintage Glider Club, it has received a certificate of airworthiness and is registered IF-BLE, although no plans for flight testing have been announced.

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Feb 09 2016

Final flight for Museum of Flight’s Boeing 727

Beoing 727 Museum of FlightAfter a 25-year restoration, the first Boeing 727 is to make a final flight when it will be flown from Paine Field where it is being restored to Seattle’s Museum of Flight, where it will be displayed along with the Boeing 737 and 747 prototypes.

A special permit was required for this unique flight , which should take place on March 1st, 2016. The aircraft hasn’t flown since it was donated by United Air Line to the museum in 1991.

Source: Museum of Flight

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Feb 08 2016

Super Cub donuts in the snow

Here’s some amusing footage that shows you don’t need a powerful car and a hefty tire budget to make donuts. 🙂

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Feb 06 2016

Two killed in P-51 Mustang “Big Beautiful Doll” crash in Arizona

P-51D Big Beautiful Doll N351BD at AirVenture 2008 (Photo D. Miller (CC BY 2.0))Two people were killed yesterday in the crash of the North American P-51D Mustang N351BD “Big Beautiful Doll” near Maricopa, Arizona. The pilot has been identified as Jeff Pino, former president of Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation and owner of the aircraft since May 2014. The identity of the passenger has not been revealed.

Witnesses reported hearing the engine “sputter” before the impact. The causes of the accident are not yet known. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 04 2016

P-51C Mustang “Tuskegee Airmen” damaged in wheels-up landing


The P-51C Mustang “Tuskegee Airmen” of the Commemorative Air Force’s Red Tail Squadron was damaged in a wheels-up landing yesterday in Dallas. Pilot and Unit Leader Bill Shepard walked away from the accident unhurt.

The restaured aircraft made its first flight in 2001 and was used to honour the memory of the Tuskegee airmen. In May 2004, it crashed in Minnesota, pilot Don Hinz dying from his wounds a few days later. It was rebuilt in only five years and flew again in July 2009.

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Feb 03 2016

Pfalz D.VIII replica powered by original engine to be built in Sweden

(Photo Mikael Carlson Flying Machines)

(Photo Mikael Carlson Flying Machines)

The well-known WW1 aircraft builder and collector Mikael Carlson of Sweden has announced that he is building a Pfalz D.VIII replica that will be powered by an original 200 hp Siemens-Halske Sh.III rotary engine.

The Pfalz D.VIII first flew in 1918. Some 120 were ordered by Germany based on its expected high performance, but only 40 machines were produced before the war ended, these being mostly used for evaluation.

Source: Mikael Carlson Flying Machines

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Jan 31 2016

Flight Lieutenant Eric Garland †

Flight Lieutenant Eric Garland (Photo via The Telegraph)

Flight Lieutenant Eric Garland (Photo via The Telegraph)

Flight Lieutenant Eric Garland, who has died aged 95, served throughout the Second World War, initially in the Army and then with the RAF; he was decorated three times, including two MCs for gallantry.

Read his obituary on The Telegraph.

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Jan 31 2016

Squadron Leader Keith Thiele †

Squadron Leader Keith Thiele (Photo via The Telegraph)

Squadron Leader Keith Thiele (Photo via The Telegraph)

Squadron Leader Keith Thiele, who has died aged 94, was decorated four times as a bomber and a fighter pilot and was one of only four New Zealand-born airmen to earn three DFCs; he also won a DSO.

Read his obituary on The Telegraph.

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