Category Archive: News

Dec 15 2014

Travel Air 5000 restored

A Travel Air 5000 was restored to static condition by Cowtown Aerocrafters near Justin, Texas, earlier this year and has been moved to a museum in Fort Worth for display. Visit the Cowtown Aerocrafters Facebook page or the Another Time blog for pictures and more information.

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Dec 14 2014

Flight Lieutenant Bill Green ✝

Flight Lieutenant Bill Green, who has died aged 97, was twice shot down: first flying a Hurricane during the Battle of Britain; five years later he was taken prisoner after again being shot down whilst flying a Tempest over Germany. Read his obituary from The Telegraph.

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Dec 13 2014

Evergreen Aviation Museum files bankruptcy

(Photo Farwestern (CC BY 3.0))

Evergreen Vintage Aircraft Inc., whose museum features historic planes including Howard Hughes’s gigantic wooden “Spruce Goose,” has filed for bankruptcy. The McMinnville, Oregon-based company listed more than $50 million in assets and more than $100 million in liabilities in Chapter 11 papers yesterday in Portland, without giving a reason for the filing. The museum also …

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Dec 02 2014

UPF-7 Waco for the Collings Foundation

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A 1940 Waco UPF-7 has been donated to the Collings Foundation’s flying history collection. This new aircraft will be available for flight experiences during the Collings Foundation 2015 Open House events in June, July and October. Source: Collings Foundation Newsletter

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Nov 24 2014

Bristol Blenheim L6379 flies again

After a restoration that took over a decade, Bristol Blenheim L6739 flew a 20 minutes maiden flight at Duxford on November 20 with John Romain and John Gilmore at the controls. The aircraft was restored in 1987 but crashed a month after its maiden flight. Following this, it was repaired and flew again 5 years …

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Nov 16 2014

Connie Edward’s Buchóns to be restored in Switzerland

A few months ago, Connie Edwards’ fantastic collection of warbirds was put up for sale on Platinum Fighters. The collection included six Hispano Buchóns (license-built Spanish Me 109G powered by Merlin engines), two Mustangs and a Spitfire Mk XVI. The Swiss company Boschung Global Ltd will be restoring the Messerchmitts, in collaboration with B63 Switzerland, …

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Nov 11 2014

Art Nalls to import twin-seat Harrier from the UK

A Harrier T.8 (ZD990) bearing FAA colours. (Photo I wish I was Flying (CC BY-ND 2.0))

Art Nalls, owner of the world’s only civilian Harrier jump jet, will soon be importing a twin-seat Harrier T.8 from the UK. This will allow him to offer joy rides and flight training on the Harrier, which is known as a difficult aircraft to master. The aircraft is ZD993, A T.8 airframe in very good …

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Oct 29 2014

Handley-Page Halifax discovered in Norwegian fjord

Handley Page Halifax Norwegian fjord

A research team from the Marine Technology Center at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway has discovered the sunken wreck of an RAF Handley Page Halifax under roughly 180m of water on the bottom of a nearby fjord. The aircraft is very likely Halifax Mk II W7656 of No 35 Squadron, …

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Oct 03 2014

Wing Commander Bob Bray †

Wing Commander Bob Bray

Wing Commander Bob Bray, who has died aged 93, was a bomber pilot with the RAF who lit up targets in the Ruhr and during the lead-up to D-Day. He flew 94 missions over Europe and was twice awarded the DFC. Read his obituary on The Telegraph.

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Sep 26 2014

Folland Gnat F.1 to be restored

The Folland Gnats of the Gnat Display Team during a demonstration. (Photo Paul Lucas (CC BY 2.0))

The former Indian air force Folland Gnat F.1 E296 is now under restoration with the Heritage Aircraft Trust/Gnat Display Team at North Weald. It is a genuine British-built Gnat, not a Hindustan Ajeet, and should become the only single-seat Gnat to fly in the UK. More information from Aeroplane Monthly.

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Sep 22 2014

Jimmy Dodds †

Jimmy Dodds

Jimmy Dodds, one of the Royal Air Force’s most successful fighter pilots, has passed away aged 92. Flying outclassed Hurricane fighters in North Africa in 1941 and 1942, he shot down many Italian and German fighters. Read his obituary on The Telegraph.

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Aug 23 2014

Jean Sauvage, Normandie-Niémen fighter pilot and ace †

Jean Sauvage

The commandant Jean Sauvage, who fought with the famous Normandie-Niémen fighter group on the Eastern Front, recently passed away aged 97. Flying Morane-Saulnier MS. 406 fighters with GC III/3 during the Battle of France, he was credited with three shared aerial victories. He was sent to North Africa after the armistice and joined the Allied …

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Aug 10 2014

Wing Commander Bob Foster †

Bob Foster

Wing Commander Bob Foster, who has died aged 94,  was a Battle of Britain fighter pilot who went on to become an ace flying Spitfires in defence of Australia. In 2004, Bob Foster was reunited with Hawker Hurricane R4118, which he flew during the Battle of Britain. After the war Foster worked for Shell-Mex and …

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Aug 06 2014

RNHF Sea Fury damaged in emergency accident

The Hawker Sea Fury T.20 VX281 operated by the Royal Navy Historical Flight was damaged in an emergency landing during an airshow at RNAS Culdrose on Friday July 31st. The pilot was able to land the aircraft but the main landing gear failed and the aircraft exited the runway and ended its landing run on …

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Aug 04 2014

Shuttleworth Collection’s DH.88 Comet “Grosvenor House” flies again

"Grosvenor House" in the Shuttleworth Collection's hangar. (Photo Jimmy3d0)

The Shuttleworth Collection’s de Havilland DH.88 Comet « Grosvenor House » G-ACSS flew again from Old Warden on Friday August 1 with chief pilot Roger Bailey at the controls. The aircraft hadn’t flown in nearly twelve years and the two lengthy test flights went well. Of only five DH.88 racers built by de Havilland, “Grosvenor House” was …

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