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Nose of Comet Mk 2 saved by volunteers

The nose section of the world’s only surviving Comet Mk 2 airliner has been saved by the Boscombe Down Aviation  Museum. Source

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Ron Clark †

Ron Clark was a pilot whose Lancaster, Phantom of the Ruhr, was one of just 35 – out of 7,373 – to survive 100 flights in the war. Read his obituary on The Telegraph.

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Wing Commander Jimmy Flint †

Wing Commander Jimmy Flint was a bomber pilot who, uniquely, won two gallantry awards for his actions on a single hellish flight. Read his obituary on The Telegraph.

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Air Commodore Peter Merriman †

Air Commodore Peter Merriman was a Spitfire pilot who flew alongside Douglas Bader as Fighter Command went on the offensive over France Source: The Telegraph

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Spitfire Mk IX flies again in Biggin Hill

The Spitfire Mk IX TD314 made its first post-restoration flight in Biggin Hill on Saturday, December 7. Source

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War hero’s funeral plea attracts hundreds

Hundreds of people are expected to attend the funeral of a war veteran they never knew after he died with no close friends or relatives around him. Read the full article on the BBC’s website.

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Squadron Leader Tony Iveson †

Squadron Leader Tony Iveson was a decorated pilot of both Spitfires and Lancasters who campaigned on behalf of his fallen comrades. From Wikipedia: Thomas Clifford “Tony” Iveson DFC AE (11 September 1919 – 5 November 2013) was a Royal Air Force pilot and veteran of World War II, and one of The Few. Born and …

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Squadron Leader Tadeusz Karnkowski †

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Squadron Leader Tadeusz Karnkowski has died at the age of 95 in New Haven,USA. He was born in Poland on 27 November 1917. On September 1st, 1939 he graduated as ground crew. He joined No 316 Polish Squadron in the RAF in 1942 and mostly flew barrier patrols against V-1 “buzz bombs”, shooting 6 of …

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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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