Category Archive: News

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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Mar 04 2016

Catalina flies again in New-Zealand

Catalina takes offAnd we’re off!!! Here’s a video of the Catalina Flying Boat taking off on its first flight in four years after a major refurbishment. See the Catalina’s first major display since the refurbishment at Warbirds Over Wanaka 2016! Posted by Warbirds Over Wanaka on Monday, February 29, 2016 The New Zealand Catalina Preservation …

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Feb 21 2016

Eric “Winkle” Brown †

The famous Eric “Winkle” Brown, one of World War Two’s best-known veteran and test pilot passed away today aged 97. Born in 1919, Captain Eric Brown CBE, DSC, AFC, Hon FRAeS, RN discovered aviation in 1936 in Germany with Ernst Udet and joined the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm during the war. His superb pilot …

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Feb 15 2016

CWHM Lancaster to display temporary “Lady Orchid” colours this summer

The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum has announced on its Facebook page that its Lancaster FM213 will be painted and flown in the temporary markings of Lady Orchid, Lancaster KB895, WL-O. The usual VR-A markings will remain on the starboard side. “Lady Orchid was Lancaster KB895, a wartime veteran of 434 RCAF Squadron with 35 operations, …

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Feb 13 2016

Air Commodore John Mitchell †

Air Commodore John Mitchell, who has died aged 97, was the navigator of Winston Churchill’s personal aircraft during the Second World War. A veteran of a bomber tour and a specialist navigator, Mitchell was selected for the crew flying Churchill’s VVIP aircraft in late 1942. Earlier, the prime minister had flown in RAF and civil …

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Feb 10 2016

Video: Flying Legends 2016 trailer

The classic Flying Legends airshow in Duxford will take place on Saturady 9 & Sunday 10 July 2016. Enjoy!

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Feb 10 2016

Exceptional Avenger gathering in Illinois on April 16

From Warbirds News: a gathering of Grumman Avenger will take place at Illinois Valley Regional Airport on April 16, organised by Brad Deckert and his company TBM Avenger LLC. Nine aircraft have already been confirmed, and the organisers are hoping others will join. At least 31 Avengers are airworthy in the US as well as four in Canada. …

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Feb 10 2016

Blériot XI replica with Anzani engine displayed in Budapest

Blériot XI IF-BLE (Photo Hungarian Vintage Glider Club)

From the Early Aero blog: a Blériot XI replica, similar to the one used by Louis Blériot to cross the Channel and built from contemporary blueprints was recently displayed in the Vigadó Concert Hall in Budapest, Hungary. The replica is powered by a 3-cylinder Anzani engine replica. Built by the Hungarian Vintage Glider Club, it has received a certificate of airworthiness and is …

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Feb 09 2016

Final flight for Museum of Flight’s Boeing 727

After a 25-year restoration, the first Boeing 727 is to make a final flight when it will be flown from Paine Field where it is being restored to Seattle’s Museum of Flight, where it will be displayed along with the Boeing 737 and 747 prototypes. A special permit was required for this unique flight , …

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Feb 06 2016

Two killed in P-51 Mustang “Big Beautiful Doll” crash in Arizona

Two people were killed yesterday in the crash of the North American P-51D Mustang N351BD “Big Beautiful Doll” near Maricopa, Arizona. The pilot has been identified as Jeff Pino, former president of Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation and owner of the aircraft since May 2014. The identity of the passenger has not been revealed. Witnesses reported hearing …

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