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Name: Bertrand Brown
Date registered: April 23, 2011

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  1. Rimowa to produce several new-build Junkers F13 — July 22, 2015
  2. Oldest surviving Fairey Swordfish flies again — July 17, 2015
  3. Bristol Scout replica flies in Great-Britain — July 15, 2015
  4. Duxford Flying Legends 2015 photo report — July 15, 2015
  5. Jean Delemontez, father of the Jodel aircraft family, passes away — July 9, 2015

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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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Jul 22 2015

Rimowa to produce several new-build Junkers F13

Rimowa, manufacturer of aluminium and polucarbonate luggage, will build several Rimowa F13, based on the famous Junkers F13 of 1919, the world’s first all-metal commercial aircraft. The first flight and certification should take place in 2016, and it is already possible to place an order for these aircraft. Some safety modifications will distinguish the Rimowa …

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Jul 17 2015

Oldest surviving Fairey Swordfish flies again

The oldest surviving Fairey Swordfish Mk I, W5856, has returned to the skies after twelve years of absence. The aircraft was mostly restored by the team of engineers on the Royal Navy Historic Flight based at RNAS Yeovilton. The aircraft, which made its maiden flight in 1941, has been repainted in the colour scheme of 820 Naval …

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Jul 15 2015

Bristol Scout replica flies in Great-Britain

David and Rick Bremner’s Bristol Scout replica flew last week. The replica contains original parts of Scout No 1264, which was flown by the Bremner’s grandfather with No 2 Wing RNAS during World War One.0 WWI aircraft pilot Gene DeMarco was at the controls for the two maiden flights, which went well and lasted five …

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Jul 15 2015

Duxford Flying Legends 2015 photo report

Photos by Bertrand Brown, Gaël Darquet & Romain Odent.

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Jul 09 2015

Jean Delemontez, father of the Jodel aircraft family, passes away

Jean Delemontez passed away on 7 July 2015 aged 97. He was a French air force mechanic during the Battle of France, working on the Morane-Saulnier MS.406. After the war, he went to work with his father-in-law Edouard Joly. The first Jodel (JOly et DELemontez) aircraft flew in 1948: the D-9 “Bébé Jodel” (Baby Jodel). …

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Jun 28 2015

115/145-octane fuel to become available again

During World War II, the increase in aircraftengine power led to the development of high-octane rating fuels to delay the apparition of “engine knock”. At the beginning of the war, most air forces used aviation fuel rated at 80 to 100 octane, but in 1945 more efficient fuels with octane ratings of 100 to 150 were …

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Jun 17 2015

First post-restoration flight for Seafire Mk II PP972

Supermarine Spitfire Mk III PP972 made its first post-restoration flight on Monday, June 15 with Richard Grace at the controls. The aircraft will be presented to the public at the Flying Legends airshow. Only four Supermarine Seafire are currently airworthy, with several restoration projects underway. Sources (with photos): Sim Outhouse Flying Legends Facebook page

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May 30 2015

Cockpit footage of TBM Avenger’s emergency landing during Arsenal Of Democracy VE Day Flyover

A very interesting video shot from the pilot’s helmet cam, showing the emergency landing of a TBM Avenger seconds before the flyover. What was initially thought to be smoke and fire prooved to be vapourized hydraulic fluid. Nobody was hurt in the incident, and the damage was repaired very quickly. The video also shows the …

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May 29 2015

La Ferté-Alais 2015 airshow: a few photos

Here are a few pictures taken during the “Le Temps des Hélices” airshow in La Ferté-Alais on May 23 and 24. All pictures © Bertrand Brown

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May 25 2015

Landing accident for Hurricane P3351 after La Ferté-Alais airshow

Hawker Hurricane P3351 left the runway and ended on its nose in a landing accident at Dijon-Darois Sunday afternoon. Reportedly, nobody was injured in the accident. The aircraft had taken part in the large airshow in La Ferté-Alais on Saturday and Sunday. Source: Bien Public

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May 09 2015

In-flight fire for BBMF Avro Lancaster

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Avro Lancaster suffered an in-flight fire on its #4 engine during a training flight on May 7. The crew managed to land the aircraft safely at RAF Coningsby. The extent of the damage suffered by the aircraft is unknown but it will not be able to participate in the …

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May 09 2015

World second airworthy Curtiss Hawk flies again

Curtiss P-36 Hawk s/n 38-210 N80FR of The Fighter Collection flew again a few days again and made its first public appearance at the Planes of Fame Airshow 2015. It is now headed for Europe and will be presented at Duxford’s Flying Legends airshow in a few weeks. This is one of only two airworthy …

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Apr 29 2015

Valiant Air Command TBM Avenger flies again

The Valiant Air Command’s TBM Avenger flew for the first time on April 25 after 14 years of restoration work. More information and a video of the first flight can be found on the VAC’s Facebook page.

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Apr 27 2015

Chanute Air Museum to close by the end of the year

The Air Museum Network reports that the Chanute Air Museum will close by the end of 2015. “This was not an easy decision for anybody,” Nancy Kobel, air museum board president, said. She said finances was the primary reason for the action. The museum has been operating since 1994 and houses a collection of over …

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Apr 18 2015

A Lockheed Constellation for Lewis Air Legends

Planes of Fame Air Museum’s Lockheed VC-121A Constellation has been sold to Lewis Air Legends of Texas who plans to restore the Aircraft to flying condition. This ‘Connie’ named ‘Bataan’ was the personal aircraft of General Douglas MacArthur Supreme Commander Allied Powers during the Korean War. We look forward to seeing it fly on the …

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