Category Archive: News

Apr 16 2014

First hops for Caproni Ca.3 replica in Italy

A Caproni Ca.3 at the Italian Air Force Museum in Vigna di Valle. (Photo Bergfalke2 (CC BY-SA 3.0))

A Caproni Ca.3R replica built by Giancarlo Zanardo for the Jonathan Collection flew a few hops at the Francesco Barraca airfield near Venice, in Northern Italy. These short hops allowed Zanardo to get a felle for the engines and controls before moving on to actual flight testing. Some adjustment are required to the propellers and …

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Mar 29 2014

Spitfire Mk Ia flies again in Duxford

Spitfire N3200 on the beaches of Dunkirk in 1940.

Spitfire Mk Ia N3200 flew again in Duxford on 26 March 2014, flown by John Romain. It was assigned to S/L Geoffrey Stephenson who was shot down over Dunkirk in May 1940, and spent the war in captivity. Stephenson ended in the infamous Colditz castle, where he was part of the team who designed and …

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Mar 18 2014

FAA donates last DC-3 to Texas Air & Space Museum

(Photo thatguyeric (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0))

The Federal Aviation Administration has donated its last operational Douglas DC-3, registered N34, to the Texas Air & Space Museum. The aircraft, built in 1945, flew in a low level flyby and then landed at Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport where it taxied to the English Field Aviation hangar in Amarillo, Texas. Source

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Mar 18 2014

Blue Angels to fly again in 2014

(Photo Dirk Hansen (CC BY 2.0))

The Blue Angels, the US Navy’s flight demonstration squadron, will resume its public performances starting in the spring of 2014, a Navy spokesman has confirmed. A highly unpopular decision, the team was forced to stop its public demonstrations in April 2013 due to budget cuts.

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Mar 12 2014

OV-10 Bronco 99+18 restoration complete

The Bronco 99+32, in which De bruyn was seriously injured in 2012. (Photo Geoff Collins (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)).

The Bronco Demo Team‘s former Luftwaffe North American OV-10 Bronco coded 99+18 recently made its first photo flight. The aircraft flew for the first time in 2012 but the team’s other Bronco (99+32) was lost, with pilot Tony De Bruyn suffering serious injuries. Bronco 99+18 was recently repainted in its former Luftwaffe colours and Tony …

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Mar 10 2014

Extraordinary luck

© Tim Telford

I digress today into general aviation news, for a simple reason. Maintaining a blog about warbirds and vintage aviation often means presenting accidents with the too-often loss of life or limb, not to mention loss of historically significant aircraft. Today, the accident being presented ended unbelievably: last Saturday, a Cessna 170 struck a parachutist, sending …

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Mar 05 2014

Fantasy of Flight to close to public

(Photo Netweave (CC BY-SA 3.0))

In a surprise announcement yesterday, Kermit Weeks announced that the Fantasy of Flight museum will be closed to the public starting on April 6. Fantasy of Flight will not completely close but rather focus on restoration and maintenance, and some parts of the facilities will be made available to the public later this year. In …

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Mar 02 2014

Rostislav Belyakov †

A Soviet MiG-25 Foxbat (Photo USAF)

Rostislav Belyakov joined the Mikoyan-Gurevich company in 1941 as a young aeronautical engineer, and succeeded MiG founder Artem Mikoyan in 1969. He was chief designer for the MiG-23, MiG-25 and MiG-29 projects. Belyakov died aged 94 on February 28 in Moscow. Source

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Feb 28 2014

Miroslav Standera †

Miroslave Standera

Born in 1918, Miroslav Standera flew against the Nazis with the French air force in 1940, and was seriously injured during a dogfight. After France’s fall, he joined the Royal Air Force and flew with No 312 Squadron during the Battle of Britain before moving on to twin-engine fighter-bombers making night-time raids over France and …

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Feb 27 2014

Curtiss Wright CW-19R First Flight at Fantasy of Flight

Kermit Weeks took the rare Curtiss Wright CW-19R for its first flight on February 13.

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Feb 26 2014

Lightning T.5 flies again in South Africa

After a 5-year interruption, Lightning T.5 ZU-BBD (XS452) flew again on January 14 near Cape Town. Source: Aeroplane Monthly

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Jan 09 2014

Spitfire Mk XVIII flies again in Duxford

Spitfire SM845 in its former colours. (Photo I wish I was flying (CC BY-ND 2.0))

Spitfire Mk XVIIIe SM845 flew for the first time since 2010 on December 17 in Duxford, with John Romain at the controls. The aircraft now carries colours of a No 28 Squadron RAF Spitfire based in Hong Kong in 1950. The aircraft was rebuilt after the 2010 crash in Norway that cost pilot Bertil Gerhardt …

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Jan 05 2014

January 2014 Airshow now available

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The January 2014 issue of Airshow, the monthly newsletter of the CAF French Wing, is available. For non-members, a public edition is also available and can be downloaded here: Download the January 2014 issue of Airshow (Public Edition) You can subscribe to Airshow for free on the CAF French Wing’s website.

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Jan 05 2014

Video: Bloch MB-152 digital recreation project

Following yesterday’s article on the MB-152 project, here is a video giving an overview of the project. Unfortunately for many readers, it’s in French but contains interesting wartime footage and images of the project. Source

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Jan 04 2014

Dassault digitally recreates the MB-152

MB-152

From the 17th to the 19th of December 2013 at the Dassault center in Saint-Cloud near Paris, an exposition named “MB-152, le pionnier réinventé” [MB-152, the reinvented pioneer] lifted the veil on a remarkable project initiated in 2010 by the association Dassault Passion, with the support of Dassault Aviation. The goal of this project is …

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