Air Marshal Sir John Sutton, who has died aged 82, was a Cold War fighter pilot who also helped to shape the modern capability and direction of the RAF. Read his obituary on The Telegraph.
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A 1928 Waco ASO has flown again at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. The aircraft previously belonged to school co-founder Joyhn Riddle, and now sports the university’s colours. It will be displayed in flight at airshows and events to promote the school. Source
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Geraldine “Jerrie” Mock, the first female pilot to fly solo around the world in 1964, has died aged 88. She flew her single-engine Cessna 180 “Spirit of Columbus” 23,000 miles in 29-plus days before landing in Ohio’s capital city on April 17, 1964. Source: LA Times
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The Lockheed Super Constellation N4247K that was stored outdoors at Manila International Airport has been acquired by the Qantas Founders Museum and should be recovered soon. Source: Warbirds News
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The Pentagon has indicated that the remains of seventeen airmen killed in the crash of their C-124 Globemaster in 1952 in Alaska were recently located and recovered. The crash killed another 35 service members, whose bodies have not yet been located. Source
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The wreck of an AD-4 Skyraider was recently rediscovered in the Florida Everglades. The aircraft, BuNo 128988, crashed there on 19 May 1955, killing its pilot Lt Norman Dolsen of VMA-324. The Marines recovered Dolsen’s body at the time, but the wreckage was not. Source
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Lieutenant ‘Flash’ Allen, who has died aged 92, was a fighter pilot who saved British wartime convoys in the Bay of Biscay and en route to Murmansk and was twice decorated for gallantry. Read his obituary on The Telegraph.
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On July 26, 1942, Flying Officer Mobsby and four American crew took off from Port Moresby to attack Japanese flying boats at Gasmata, New Britain. Their B-25 Mitchell was shot down by Japanese fighters, killing all on board. All the American crew members were posthumously awarded the American Silver Star, but F/O Mobsby was left …
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Dennis Kirby, who has died aged 90, was a wartime Seafire pilot then colonial officer who later built towns in Scotland. Read his obituary on The Telegraph.
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Flight Lieutenant Ian MacLennan was a Spitfire pilot who applied his duck-shooting skills to destroy seven enemy aircraft during the Siege of Malta. Read his obituary on the Telegraph’s website.
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Lt-Cdr Don Ridgway was a Fleet Air Arm observer who helped cover the Arctic convoys and survived the sinking of the carrier Dasher. Read his obituary on the Telegraph.
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Group Captain Ronnie Churcher was deputy to Guy Gibson, hero of the Dam Buster raid, on the fateful mission in which Gibson was killed. Read his obituary on The Telegraph.
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The North American B-25J Mitchell 44-28932 “Tondelayo” has been leased by the Collings Foundation to the Jimmy Doolittle Air and Space Museum Education Foundation. Source
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