Captain Ken Jenner, who has died aged 92, flew bomber operations in the European, Middle Eastern and Burmese theatres of war before becoming one of the earliest Comet pilots with BOAC. Read the full obituary on the Telegraph.
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Operations to recuperate the Dornier Do 17 that is laying in Goodwin Sands (off the coast of Kent) under 50 ft of water will begin this Friday. The aircraft will then be restored by the RAF Museum Hendon. Source: BBC News
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A Gloster Meteor T7 was transported by a RAF Chinook from Imjin Barracks, Insworth, to the Jet Age Museum, its new owner. Source
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Bill Allen’s restored Ryan STM-2 (of the Allen Airways Flying Museum) recently flew for the first time from Gillepsie Field in San Diego. Source
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Group Captain Ned Frith, who has died aged 79, was one of the RAF’s foremost post-war test pilots and had important roles in the very early development of some of Britain’s future combat aircraft. Read his obituary on the Telegraph.
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Flight Lieutenant Les Brodrick , who has died aged 91, was one of the 76 men to escape from Stalag Luft III during “The Great Escape”, which resulted in the murder of 50 RAF officers on the direct orders of Hitler. Read his obituary on the Telegraph
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Lockheed 10 n°1015, registered N72GT, will be added to the collections of the Seattle Museum of Flight. This aircraft was restored and flown around the world for the 60th anniversary of Amelia Earhart’s historic flight but had flown very little ever since. Source
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Eric Vormezeele’s Hispano HA-1112-M1L Buchón has recently undergone its first engine runs at Brasschaat Airport in Belgium. The aircraft has been completely restored in the hope of flying it again, but will need fuselage and landing gear restoration first. It has been equipped with the tail unit of a Bf 109K, giving it much better …
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Sir Alan Smith, who has died aged 95, flew as Douglas Bader’s wingman during Fighter Command’s offensive over northern France in the spring and summer of 1941; he went on to become a fighter “ace”, destroying at least five enemy aircraft. Read his obituary on The Telegraph.
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Lieutenant-Commander Peter (“Toby”) Davis, who has died aged 85, was a sailor, submariner and airman who flew more sorties in the Korean War than any other United Nations pilot, and took part in the first shooting-down of an enemy fighter since the Second World War. Read his obituary on the Telegraph.
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The Vintage Flying Museum, based at Meacham International Airpot near Fort Worth, TX, has received a Douglas EA-3B Skywarrior. Reassembly and restoration of this aircraft has begun. This aircraft, BuNo 146453, is one of the longest-serving Skywarriors, having flown with the US Navy from 1960 to 1991. After 1991 it was placed in storage at Davis-Monthan …
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Air Commodore Robert Carter, who has died aged 102, joined the RAF in 1927 as an aircraft apprentice, flew biplane bombers on the North West Frontier of India and, before retiring, converted to the Canberra jet bomber. Read his obituary on the Telegraph.
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Lieutenant-Commander David Waters, who has died aged 101, wrote the definitive account of the Battle of the Atlantic , quelled a mutiny by British prisoners of war, and was Deputy Director of the National Maritime Museum. Read his obituary on the Telegraph.
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Lieutenant-Commander Norman Sailes, who has died aged 92, was a Fleet Air Arm pilot decorated for his part in Operation Judgement, the last air raid in the war in Europe. Read his obituary on the Telegraph.
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The first post-restoration flight of Spitfire Mk XVI RW382 should take place within the next few weeks at Biggin Hill. Engine tests began last November. This is the aircraft that crashed in Blue Canyon, Canada, on 3 June 1998, killing its owner Thomas Jackson. It has been restored with a standard Spitfire canopy rather than …
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