Category Archive: News

Nov 25 2017

Donnet-Lévêque C replica flies in France

After 20 years of work, the replica of the Donnet-Lévêque Type C flying boat built by Les Retro Planes d’Argenteuil has taken to the skies. The 2-minute first flight was made on 16 November 2017 at la Ferté-Alais with Edmond Salis at the controls. The flight showed that adjustments are needed on the 80 hp …

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Nov 25 2017

World’s last surviving twin-seat Buchón flies again

The last surviving HA-1112-M4L Buchón (G-AWHC), a twin-seater variant of the Buchón, flew again yesterday at Sywell Aerodrome in the UK. Richard Grace was at the controls and made two flights.The aircraft was part of Connie Edwards’ collection, which was sold in 2014. More information and videos on the Sywell Aerodrome Facebook page.    

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Nov 14 2017

Thomas J. Hudner †

Thomas J. Hudner Jr., the only US Naval aviator to be awarded the Medal of Honor during the Korean War, died age 93 at his home in Concord, Massachusetts, on 13 November 2017. Born on 31 August 1924, Thomas Hudner was flying F4U Corsairs with VF-32 when the Korean War broke out. On 4 December 1950, …

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Nov 12 2017

C-97 Stratofreighter “Angel of Deliverance” flies again

The Boeing C-97G “Angel of Deliverance” of the Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation made a successful first flight on November 7 from Floyd Bennett Field  to Robert J. Miller Airpark in Berkeley Township, NJ. From there, the aircraft was refueled and flew to Reading Regional Airport. “Angel of Deliverance” is currently the only airworthy C-97 Stratofreighter, a …

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Oct 25 2017

Fieseler Storch flies again in Norway

  From Aerodynamic Media: Warbirds of Norway’s Fieseler Fi 156 Storch Wk.Nr. 1816, built by Morane-Saulnier in Puteaux, France, flew again earlier this month in Kjeller. After serving with the French air force, the aircraft joined the civilian registry as F-BJQB until 1970, when it was exported to the US. It has been restored to be …

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Oct 19 2017

First flight for Caudron G.III replica in Czech Republic

The Caudron G.III replica built for the Metodej Vlach Aircraft Museum in the Czech Republic has been finished and made its maiden flight on 23 September 2017. (h/t to Petr H.)

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Oct 19 2017

First post-restoration flight for P-51C Mustang “Lope’s Hope 3rd”

The P-51C-10-NT Mustang “Lope’s Hope 3rd” made its first post-restoration flight on October 17 after being restored by AirCorps Aviation. The flight was made with pilot Warren Pietsch at the controls. The aircraft, serial number 43-24907, was used for training during World War II and did not see combat. It carries the colours of s/n 42-103585 …

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Sep 29 2017

Breitling to end its support to the Super Constellation Flyers Association

There is an end to even the best things. The 14-year-old partnership between the Super Constellation Flyers Association which flies the C-121C Super Constellation HB-RSC and the Swiss watchmaker Breitling is reportedly coming to an end. Breitling, whose name is strongly associated to aviation, has been a generous donator to many classic aviation projects for years. …

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Sep 26 2017

Mid-air collision for P-51 “Miss Helen” and “The Shark” at Duxford

The P-51D Mustangs 44-72216 “Miss Helen” and 44-73877 “The Shark” suffered a mid-air collision during a formation flight during the Battle of Britain Air Show in Duxford on Saturday the 23rd of September. Both aircraft were damaged in the incident but luckily they were able to land and their pilots were unhurt. The collision can …

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Sep 05 2017

Steve Hinton Jr beats world speed record for piston-engined aircraft

On September 2, Steve Hinton Jr. established a new speed record for a propeller-driven piston-engined aircraft by flying the heavily-modified P-51 Voodoo at an average speed of 531.53 mph (855.41 kph), thus largely defeating the previous record, established by Will Whiteside Jr. and Yak-3U Steadfast in 2012. Despite this achievement, Hinton and his team were a bit …

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Sep 02 2017

Sea Fury T.20 G-RNHF flies again

The Hawker Sea Fury T.20 G-RNHF flew again on September 1st in North Weald with Lt Cdr Chris Gotke at the controls. Gotke was awarded the Air Force Cross for saving the aircraft after an engine failure in 2014. The aircraft is loaned by the Fly Navy Heritage Trust to the Royal Navy Historic Flight. …

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Sep 02 2017

Two killed in Antonov An-2 crash at Russian airshow

An Antonov An-2 crashed today at an airshow in Balachikha near Moscow. The two pilots were killed in the accident, but no members of the public were hurt. The scene was filmed from many angles and appears to show the pilot attempting a hard left turn to avoid the public before losing control and hitting the …

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Aug 28 2017

Two killed in Tiger Moth crash in the UK

A de Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth crashed Saturday morning in Shaftesbury, near Compton Abbas Airfield in Dorset. Tragically, the pilot, aged 64, and his passenger, aged 67, were killed in the accident. The causes for the accident are unknown. Source: The Sun

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Aug 25 2017

Stephen C. Ananian †

Stephen C. Ananian, who flew P-51 Mustangs with the 339th Fighter Group during World War II passed away on June 28, 2017. Stephen was born on Christmas Day 1922 and joined the Army Air Corps after Pearl Harbor. He was deployed to the UK with the 339th FG and was shot down on his first …

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Aug 17 2017

CAF Dixie Wing FG-1D Corsair flies again

After spending several months during which “a Firewall forward restoration and engine change were completed”, the CAF Dixie Wing’s FG-1D Corsair flew again on August 15 with Thom Richard at the controls from the Kissimmee airport in Florida. Source  

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