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Name: Bertrand Brown
Date registered: April 23, 2011

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  1. Nine P-40 to gather for AVG’s 75th anniversary in September — July 21, 2016
  2. B-29 “Doc” has flown — July 17, 2016
  3. Two aviation legends pass away: David Thatcher and “Punchy” Powell — June 23, 2016
  4. No warbird to be destroyed for “Dunkirk” movie — June 21, 2016
  5. CWHM Lysander damaged in off-airport landing — June 20, 2016

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

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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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Jun 21 2016

No warbird to be destroyed for “Dunkirk” movie

On June 12, we wrote about a rumour suggesting that Christopher Nolan was planning to destroy a warbird for his movie “Dunkirk”. It would appear that the rumour is untrue: France 3 Nord-Pas-de-Calais, a French local news channel, has indicated that a Spitfire replica has been delivered in Dunkirk and that this is the “warbird” …

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Jun 20 2016

CWHM Lysander damaged in off-airport landing

Our Lysander had engine difficulty and performed an off airport landing. Crew dispatched maintenance to retrieve A/C pic.twitter.com/jm0LBSM3cp — CWH Museum (@CWHM) June 18, 2016 The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum’s Westland Lysander Mk III (s/n 2363, C-GCWL) was damaged in an emergency landing in a field following engine failure near Cayuga, Ontario, on June 18. …

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Jun 16 2016

Videos: First flight for Collings Foundation’s TF-51 “Toulouse Nuts”

Videos: Gary Norville via Facebook The Collings Foundation’s TF-51 Mustang “Toulouse Nuts” has made its first post-restauration flight. It is one of only three surviving TF-51 Mustangs, and is painted in its original markings of the 167th Fighter Squadron of the West Virginia Air Guard in the 1950s. Sources: Florida Warbirds Collings Foundation  

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Jun 12 2016

Will Christopher Nolan destroy a warbird for his movie Dunkirk?

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A rumour that originated from the Indie Revolver website has been agitating warbird fans for the past few days: it is suggested that Warner Bros. has spent $5 millions for a warbird that will be used and destroyed for Christopher Nolan’s movie Dunkirk, due to appear in July 2017. The warbird is thought to be …

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Jun 11 2016

First flight of the Letecké muzeum Kbely Morane-Saulnier BB replica

Source: EarlyAero.com

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Jun 11 2016

Spiros “Steve” Pisanos †

The American ace of Greek origin Spiros Pisanos, known as “Steve” or the “Flying Greek”, passed away on June 6, aged 96. He was credited with 10 confirmed aerial victories during World War II and received 33 decorations and distinctions during his career as a fighter pilot, which lasted until 1974. Born in Greece in …

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May 28 2016

US: First engine run for Blue Swallow Aircraft’s 1918 Curtiss Jenny

On May 24, Blue Swallow Aircraft made its first engine run on a 1918 Curtiss JN-4 “Jenny” powered by an original Custiss OX-5 V8 engine. The aircraft has been under restoration since May 2013. Source: Early Aero

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May 28 2016

Pilot killed in P-47 Thunderbolt Hudson crash

The pilot of the P-47 “Jacky’s Revenge” was killed during a crash in the Hudson river. An initial New Jersey PD statement indicated that the pilot had been rescued with minor injuries, but this statement was later retracted. The pilot was identified as Bill Gordon of Connecticut. Gordon flew P-47D Thunderbolt “Jacky’s Revenge” for the …

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May 24 2016

Military Aviation Museum’s Bf 109G flies in the US

On May 20, the Military Aviation Museum’s Bf 109G du Military Aviation Museum made its first flight since it arrived in the US. The aircraft is a Hispano Buchón restored by Meier Motors and powered by a DB 605 engine salvaged on a Bf 110, making it an approximation of Bf 109G-4/G-5. It is painted …

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May 24 2016

UK: Vulcan to the Sky Trust wants to return record-breaking Canberra to the air

Extract from the Vulcan to the Sky Press Release – issued 19th May 2016: Record-breaking English Electric Canberra to be returned to flight   The team that returned Vulcan XH558 to flight is to return another iconic all-British jet to the airshow circuit   One of Britain’s most important jet-age aircraft is to be returned …

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May 23 2016

Public début for TVAL’s Hanriot HD.1 in New-Zealand

The Vintage Aviator Ltd‘s Hanriot HD.1, formerly exposed at the RAF Museum in Hendon, recently made its first public appearance at Hood airfield in New-Zealand. The aircraft was built in 1917 and is powered by an original Le Rhône engine. Only four Hanriot HD.1 are preserved. Vidéo: Historical Aviation Film Unit  

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May 23 2016

CAF SoCal PBJ-1J Mitchell flies again after a 23-year restoration

After a 23-year restoration by the Southern California Wing of the Commemorative Air Force, “Semper Fi”, the world’s only airworthy PBJ-1J Mitchell, flew again on May 15 in Ventura. Visit the CAF SoCal’s website for more information and photos.

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