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TAVAS Fokker D.VIII replica to fly in Australia

The Australian Vintage Aviation Society (TAVAS) will soon be performing the first flight of its Fokker D.VIII replica. The aircraft is built using several original components, and an original Gnôme engine. The 160 hp rotary engine was purchased as surplus after World War One and used on an airboat, but saw very limited use and …

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Gatwick Aviation Museum to reopen after three years

The Gatwick Aviation Museum, located on the boundary of London-Gatwick airport, will reopen to the public on March 25, three years after being shut down following the death of its founder and owner Peter Vallance in January 2013. Source: Air Museum Network

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Mitchell Higginbotham †

Mitchell Higginbotham, a Tuskegee airman who trained with the 477th Bombardment Group in Freeman Field in 1945, died recently aged 94 in Rancho Mirage, California. Source

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Newly-restored SBD Dauntless installed in Marine Corps Museum

SBD Dauntless Marine Corps National Museum 1

The National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Virginia has just installed their newly restored SBD Dauntless into its final position in the museum’s Leatherneck Gallery. Read the full story from WW2 Aero.

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Newly restored DH.4 to arrive at Pearson Air Museum this summer

A de Havilland DH.4B “Liberty” is expected to arrive at Pearson Air Museum in Vancouver, Washington State this summer after a restoration by Century Aviation of East Wenatchee. Read the full story on Early Aero.

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RAAF Heritage donates three aircraft to museums

MEDIA RELEASE Gifting of heritage aircraft ‘shares Air Force history’ Friday 5 February 2016 The Royal Australian Air Force has today announced the successful recipients for three retired Air Force heritage aircraft being gifted to Australian historical organisations. These three aircraft have been on display at various RAAF Bases across Australia for decades but, following …

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Flight Lieutenant Bob Large †

Flight Lieutenant Bob Large

Flight Lieutenant Bob Large, who has died aged 94, flew Spitfires on sweeps over northern France before becoming a pilot on the “Moonlight Squadron”, flying Lysander aircraft into remote fields in France to deliver and pick up agents. Read his full obituary on The Telegraph.

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Commander David ‘Corky’ Corkhill †

Commander David “Corky” Corkhill, who has died aged 94, fought a German bomber in his Walrus amphibious biplane, and later helped to sink both a Vichy French and a German submarine. Read his obituary on The Telegraph.

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Group Captain Ray Price †

Group Captain Ray Price, who has died aged 93, was an RAF navigator who flew many low-level anti-shipping strikes; with his New Zealand pilot, Wing Commander Bill Sise, he formed one of Coastal Command’s most formidable partnerships. Read his obituary on The Telegraph.

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Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson makes emergency landing in Fokker Dr.I

The Fokker Dr.I flown by Dickinson. (Photo Paul Hudson (CC BY 2.0))

Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson was forced to make an emergency landing in his Fokker Dr.1 replica this past week when the aircraft began running low on fuel. Dickinson, an experienced pilot with over 7,000 hours of experience and part of the Great War Display Team, was able to land at RAF Halton, near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, where it …

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WAHT fly-in at Stow Maries on August 15 and 16

The WW1 Aviation Heritage Trust will host a fly-in at Stow Maries Aerodrome in Essex, England, on August 15 and 16, 2015. Flying demonstrations of the WAHT’s aircraft are expected: BE2e, Albatros D.Va and Sopwith Snipe, all built by The Vintage Aviation Ltd in New-Zealand. Source

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Tiger Moth flies again after 23 years

The de Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth N410H flies again after 23 years, reports Gary Lust. Photo and source: Antique Airfield

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Canadian Museum of Flight to build and fly Pup replica in 18 months

A Sopwith Pup replica at the Shuttleworth Collection Summer Air Display. (Photo Geoff Collins (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0))

The Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley has agreed to provide a replica of a Sopwith Pup for the 100th anniversary of the First World War battle of Vimy Ridge. They have 18 months to build one from scratch, then get it flight-tested and certified so that it can join other WWI replicas to commemorate the …

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Squadron Leader Jeff Rees †

Squadron Leader Jeff Rees, who has died aged 94, carried out more than 60 operations with Bomber Command and twice flew badly damaged aircraft back to Britain. On one of these occasions, he was awarded the DFC for flying his flak-damaged Wellington home in perilous conditions. Read his obituary on the Telegraph.

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Kenneth Tempest †

Kenneth Tempest, who has died aged 93, flew with the RAF’s Pathfinder Force as a navigator and later became a pilot with BOAC; during his flying career he completed 788 crossings of the Atlantic. Read his obituary on The Telegraph.

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