Category Archive: News

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.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.worldwarbirdnews.com/2014/09/26/folland-gnat-f-1-to-be-restored/

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.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.worldwarbirdnews.com/2014/09/22/jimmy-dodds-%e2%80%a0/

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 …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://www.worldwarbirdnews.com/2014/08/23/jean-sauvage-normandie-niemen-fighter-pilot-and-ace-%e2%80%a0/

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 …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://www.worldwarbirdnews.com/2014/08/10/wing-commander-bob-foster-%e2%80%a0/

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 …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://www.worldwarbirdnews.com/2014/08/06/rnhf-sea-fury-damaged-in-emergency-accident/

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 …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://www.worldwarbirdnews.com/2014/08/04/shuttleworth-collections-dh-88-comet-grosvenor-house-flies-again/

Jul 27 2014

Lettice Curtis †

Lettice Curtis, who has died aged 99, was arguably the most remarkable woman pilot of the Second World War, flying a wide range of military combat aircraft with the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) and being the first woman to qualify to fly a four-engine bomber. After ferrying Spitfires and other types to frontline squadrons, she …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://www.worldwarbirdnews.com/2014/07/27/lettice-curtis-%e2%80%a0/

Jul 16 2014

July 2014 issue of Airshow available

Aishow-juillet-2014

The latest issue of Airshow, the Commemorative Air Force French Wing’s monthly newsletter, is now available. This issue contains sad news as we’ve learned of the decease of Sandy Sansing, World War II fighter pilot and long-time French Wing honorary member. An article about Sandy’s extraordinary story was published in Airshow in 2005 and is …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://www.worldwarbirdnews.com/2014/07/16/july-2014-issue-of-airshow-available/

Jul 08 2014

Video: Memorial Flight LVG C.VI in flight

Memorial Flight has uploaded a video of its LVG C.VI reproduction flying with an original Benz Bz.IV engine, above la Ferté Alais airfield in France. The aircraft was built by the Memorial Flight Association in France, for The Vintage Aviator Collection based in New-Zealand. More details and pictures of the build on Memorial Flight’s website …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://www.worldwarbirdnews.com/2014/07/08/video-memorial-flight-lvg-c-vi-in-flight/

Jun 19 2014

de Havilland Mosquito flies in Canada

On June 16, Mosquito B.35 VR796 (CF-HML) made its first flight from Victoria airport in Canada following a very long restoration. The aircraft, which had not flown in 48 years, was piloted by Steve Hinton. There are only two airworthy Mosquito in the world currently, the other one being Jerry Yagen’s Mosquito FB.26 KA114 which …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://www.worldwarbirdnews.com/2014/06/19/de-havilland-mosquito-flies-in-canada/

Jun 02 2014

World’s only Bristol Blenheim to fly again

The Blenheim at Duxford in 2002 (Photo I Wish I was Flying (CC BY-ND 2.0))

The Bristol Blenheim (ex-Bolingbroke) Mk IV L6739, currently being restored by ARCo, was unveiled on May 30, a few days after its first engines run. The aircraft was restored in 1987 but crashed a month after a maiden flight. Following this, it was repaired and flew again 5 years later, wearing the colours of a …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://www.worldwarbirdnews.com/2014/06/02/worlds-only-bristol-blenheim-to-fly-again/

May 26 2014

TFC F6F Hellcat flies again

F6F Hellcat Fighter Collection

The Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat of The Fighter Collection flew for the first time in 5 years on Friday May 23rd. The aircraft was flown by chief pilot Pete Kynsey. The aircraft will be presented during the Flying Legends airshow. Sources (with photos): Global Aviation Ressource The Fighter Collection

Permanent link to this article: http://www.worldwarbirdnews.com/2014/05/26/tfc-f6f-hellcat-flies-again/

May 21 2014

Percival Pembroke flies again in Wales

Percival Pembroke WV740

Percival Pembroke WV740 recently flew again in St Athan in Wales, after a two year overhaul. The aircraft is now owned by Dr Mark Stott and will be available for airshows. Mark Stott is also the owner of Fairey Gannet AEW.3 XL500 which is currently being restored in. This aircraft will also be available for …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://www.worldwarbirdnews.com/2014/05/21/percival-pembroke-flies-again-in-wales/

May 09 2014

Lt Charles “Sox” Hosegood †

Charles Sox Hosegood

Lt Charles “Sox” Hosegood, who has died aged 93, was among a select group of British pilots who trained to use the first helicopters in combat, during the Second World War. Read his obituary on The Telegraph.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.worldwarbirdnews.com/2014/05/09/lt-charles-sox-hosegood-%e2%80%a0/

May 04 2014

Maj. James Goodson †

James Goodson

Major James Goodson, one of the top aces of the US 4th Fighter Group in World War II, passed away on May 1, aged 93. After the war, Major Goodson went on to a successful post-war business career. Goodson joined the war in 1939, at the age of 18, when he went to the United …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://www.worldwarbirdnews.com/2014/05/04/maj-james-goodson-%e2%80%a0/

Older posts «