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Name: Bertrand Brown
Date registered: April 23, 2011

Latest posts

  1. First engine runs for Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar’s Bf 109E — September 29, 2016
  2. Mosquito TV959 flies again in New Zealand — September 26, 2016
  3. Grace Spitfire suffers light damage in landing mishap — September 20, 2016
  4. Collings Foundation Spitfire Mk IX performs first post-restoration flights — September 2, 2016
  5. Families of Red Baron and of his first victims to toast together in their memories — September 1, 2016

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  1. Mid-air collision at Duxford — 29 comments
  2. Burmese Spitfires: are they really there? — 19 comments
  3. A Potez 63-11 will soon fly in Texas — 14 comments
  4. Burmese Spitfire excavation to start soon — 14 comments
  5. Anna Walker belly-lands Seafire in France — 13 comments

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Sep 29 2016

First engine runs for Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar’s Bf 109E

The Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar’s Messerschmitt Bf 109E “White 14” recently made its first engine tests. The aircraft was built in 1939 and lost in 1942 on the Russian front. It was salvaged in 1992 and changed hands several times before reaching the UK where it is being restored and should fly again soon.

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Sep 26 2016

Mosquito TV959 flies again in New Zealand

The de Havilland Mosquito T Mk III TV959 restored by AvSpecs for Paul Allen’s Flying Heritage Collection made its maiden flight today from Ardmore airport in New Zealand. The pilots for the first flight were David Phillips and Keith Skillings. The flight lasted thirty minutes and the Mosquito was escorted by Spitfire ZK-WDQ, acting as …

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Sep 20 2016

Grace Spitfire suffers light damage in landing mishap

The Grace Spitfire, one of the few remaining airworthy twin-seat Spitfires, suffered minor damage during the rollout after landing on September 15. Nobody was hurt and recent updates show that the aircraft suffered only minor damage.

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Sep 02 2016

Collings Foundation Spitfire Mk IX performs first post-restoration flights

Spitfire Mk IX BR601 of the Collings Foundation recently performed its first flights after restoration by the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar. This aircraft is considered as the second production Mk IX and was restored accordingly.

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Sep 01 2016

Families of Red Baron and of his first victims to toast together in their memories

On 17 September 2016, the families of Manfred von Richthofen and of his two first victims will meet and toast together in memory of their ancestors. Although Richthofen had already claimed two aerial victories, his first confirmed victory came on 17 September 1916 when he shot down the F.E.2b flown Tom Rees and Lionel Morris …

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Aug 29 2016

Curtiss-Wright 12W flies again after 67 years

Test pilot Jimmy Rollison recently made the first flight of Brian Meuser’s 1931 Curtiss-Wright Travel Air 12W. It took eight years to complete the restoration of the aircraft, which had not flown since 1949. Photos and more details can be found on Antique Airfield.

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Aug 21 2016

Dewoitine D.26 accident in Switzerland

A Dewoitine D.26 overran the runway and flipped on its back yesterday during the Wittingsburg airshow yesterday at 5:30 PM. The pilot emerged unharmed. The aircraft involved appears to be Dewoitine D.26 HB-RAG, which was returned to flight in 2010 and was purchased bu Hangar 31 in May 2015. Source: Le Nouvelliste

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Aug 08 2016

Scotty Wilson killed in Bugatti 100P crash

Scotty Wilson, test pilot of the Bugatti 100P replica and leader and mentor of the group, was killed last Saturday during the 3rd test flight of the aircraft shortly after take-off. “Scotty’s aviation career spans six decades and nearly 11,000 hours in everything from Cubs to F-16s.  After a thirty-year Air Force career, Scotty transitioned to …

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Aug 06 2016

First flight for Hangar10’s rare Messerchmitt Bf 109G-12

Hangar10’s Messerschmitt Bf 109G-12, a Hispano Aviación Buchón restored to the G-12 standard by Meier Motors using an original DB 605 engine, made its first flight on August 4 with Charlie Brown at the controls. This rare twin-seat variant of the German fighter will be used to train Bf 109 and Buchón pilots. Source: Hangar10

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Aug 05 2016

Canadian Harvards recovered from Great Lakes

The Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association plans on recovering elements of a North American Harvard that fell in Lake Erie in 1943. On June 19, 1943, student pilot William Charles Smith of the RAF buzzed a passenger ship on Lake Erie and entered into a steep turning climb to avoid the ship. The 17-year old pilot …

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Jul 27 2016

A-26 Invader “Silver Dragon” damaged in landing accident at Oshkosh

The A-26 Invader “Silver Dragon” was damaged in a landing accident in Oshkosh when the nose gear retracted upon touchdown. Fortunately the crew emerged unhurt but, despite appearances, the aircraft probably sustained substantial damage. Video: AirshowStuffVideos

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Jul 26 2016

Video: air-to-air footage of B-29 Doc’s first flight

Scott Slocum has posted on Vimeo some great air-to-air footage of B-29 Doc’s first flight as seen from the chase plane. Play it in HD and full-screen mode to enjoy fully!  

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Jul 21 2016

Nine P-40 to gather for AVG’s 75th anniversary in September

Nine Curtiss P-40 will attend the 3rd annual CAF Atlanta Warbird Weekend on September 24 & 25 for the 75th anniversary of the American Volunteer Group, better known as the “Flying Tigers”. This will be the largest gathering of P-40 in recent times. The event, hosted by the Dixie Wing, will take place at Dekalb-Peachtree …

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Jul 17 2016

B-29 “Doc” has flown

As scheduled, the Boeing B-29 Superfortress “Doc” flew today in Wichita, Kansas. It is one of only two airworthy B-29 in the world, the other being “FiFi”, which is flown by the Commemorative Air Force.

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Jun 23 2016

Two aviation legends pass away: David Thatcher and “Punchy” Powell

David J. Thatcher, one of the two remaining survivors of the famous Doolittle Raid, passed away on June 22, 2016 in Missoula, Montana. “Dick” Cole, a close friend of Thatcher, is now the sole surviving member of the group of 80 men who attacked Japan on 18 April 1942. Although such honours are rarely accorded …

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