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Wing Commander Gordon Clegg †

Wing Commander Gordon Clegg was a night fighter pilot who cut a swathe through enemy bombers over Cairo. Read his obituary on The Telegraph.

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Armstrong-Whitworth Argosy prototype scrapped in the US

At the Yankee Air Museum in Ypsilanti, Michigan, the prototype Armstrong Whitworth Argosy, G-AOZZ/N896U, has been scrapped, nearly 54 years after it made its maiden flight from Bitteswell Aerodrome, Leicestershire. Source: Aeroplane Monthly

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Wing Commander Edward Smith †

Wing Commander Edward Smith was a Spitfire pilot who accounted for four enemy aircraft in the Battle of Britain. Read his obituary on The Telegraph.

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Stearman flies again after 60+ years

Stearman 87TL flew successfully for the 1st time since the late ’40′s or early ’50′s on Sunday October 6, 2013. That is Sixty plus years! It had been 36 years & nine days since Tim’s dream started (The project was purchased September 26, 1977) which he never gave up on. Source: Antique Airfield

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Ryan STM-2 arrives in the UK

A Ryan STM-2, registered N17343, was imported to Britain from Wilmington, Delaware, at the beginning of September. Source

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Arrow Sport biplane flies again in Dakota

Larry Linrud has just finished the restoration of an Arrow Sport biplane for the Dakota Territory Air Museum in Minot. The airplane has been test flown. Source: Antique Airlfield

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Bücker Jungmann flies in Washington State

A Bücker Jungmann restored by Ryan Pemberton has flown its maiden flight in Spokane, WA. Source: Antique Airfield

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Flight Lieutenant Ken Trott †

Flight Lieutenant Ken Trott, who has died aged 90, had a miraculous escape when his Typhoon fighter was involved in a mid-air collision over Normandy in 1944. Read his obituary on The Telegraph.

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Prague’s Military History Institute receives rare Petlyakov Pe-2

Soviet pilots and ground crew pose in front of a Pe-2 light bomber at Poltava, June 1944.

The Czech Military History Institute in Prague recently received a rare Petlyakov Pe-2, one of only three surviving examples. The aircraft is a former Soviet Air Force example, which crash-landed on a frozen lake in December 1943. The MHI is currently storing the bomber in container before the restoration process begins. Read more about this …

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Squadron Leader Kenyon Bowen-Bravery †

Squadron Leader Kenyon Bowen-Bravery, who has died aged 90, was a bomber pilot credited with opening the D-Day attack. Read his obituary on The Telegraph.

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Commander Giles Binney †

Commander Giles Binney, the naval aviator who has died aged 87, survived enemy and friendly fire, and being shot down while flying as a passenger. Read his obituary on The Telegraph.

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Air Marshal Sir John Curtiss †

Air Marshal Sir John Curtiss, who has died aged 88, had an unusual breadth of operational flying experience, which proved invaluable when, in 1982, he was appointed Air Commander for Operation Corporate, the recovery of the Falkland Islands. Read his biography on The Telegraph.

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Air Vice-Marshal John Smith †

Air Vice-Marshal John Smith, who has died aged 89, started flying on wartime operations before his 18th birthday; he went on to fly the RAF’s strategic nuclear bombers before filling a number of senior appointments in politically sensitive roles overseas. Read his obituary on The Telegraph

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Friends of the SAAF Museum to restore a Blackburn Buccaneer

The Friends of the SAAF Museum located at AFB Ysterplatt in Cape Town, South Africa are in the process of restoring a Blackburn Buccaneer. One of sixteen S.50 Buccaneer variants flown by the South African Air Force (SAAF), Buccaneer 416 had a long career flying for the SAAF, serving from 1965 to 1991 when its …

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Five hundred Facebook fans for WWN !

World Warbird News now has 500 Facebook fans! Thanks to all for your continued support. Next step: 1000 fans!

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