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John Sutton

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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1928 Waco flies again at EURA

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, first female pilot to fly around the world †

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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Super Constellation saved by Qantas Founders Museum

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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Seventeen bodies found in 1952 crash site in Alaska

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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Skyraider wreck discovered in the Everglades

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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World’s only airworthy F-86A Sabre to return to the US

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The world’s only airworthy F-86A Sabre, Duxford-based s/n 48-178, will return shortly to the US. Source

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Wing Commander Archie Boyd †

Archie-Boyd

Wing Commander Archie Boyd, who has died aged 95, flew during the Battle of Britain and was later one of the RAF’s most successful night fighter leaders. Read his obituary on the Telegraph.

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Lieutenant ‘Flash’ Allen †

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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Australian pilot posthumously awarded US Silver Star after 72 years

A B-25 Mitchell being refuelled. (Photo USAF)

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 †

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 †

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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Lieutenant-Commander Don Ridgway †

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 †

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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B-25 “Tondelayo” leased to Jimmy Doolittle Air & Space Museum Education Foudation

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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