Category Archive: News

Jan 29 2015

Doolittle Raid veteran Edwards J. Saylor passes away

Edward J. Saylor, the engineer of the 15th aircrew that participated in the famous 18 April 1942 Doolittle Raid on Japan, passed away at his home on January 28, 2015. His crew bombed targets in Kobe and had to ditch its aircraft near the Chinese coast after the raid. Saylor stayed with the Air Force …

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Jan 27 2015

RAF Museum Cosford’s Wellington may get Czechoslovak markings

A bomber crew of No. 311 (Czechoslovak) Squadron RAF study a map, while sitting on 250-lb GP bombs which are about to be loaded into their Vickers Wellington Mark IC at East Wretham, Norfolk. (Photo IWM)

The RAF Museum Cosford’s Vickers Wellington might receive the colours and markings a No 311 (Czechoslovak) Squadron later this year. “If they would enforce the idea of using the 311th Squadron, it would be a great success. It would be a visible reminder of the respect that the British feel toward the Czechoslovaks for their …

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Jan 24 2015

Fantasy of Flight Spitfire Mk XVI engine runs for the first time in 17 years

When Fantasy of Flight was created, its Spitfire Mk XVI was airworthy but was rapidly grounded due to technical problems. After having been statically exposed for years, its engine was restarted on January 16, for the first time in 17 years. After some repairs and adjustments, Kermit Weeks hopes to have it flying in the …

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Jan 23 2015

Gerald “Jerry” Billing ✝

Jerry Billing

Gerald ‘Jerry’ Billing, considered one of the greatest Spitfire demonstration pilots to fly in the North American air show circuit passed away peacefully January 9th. A veteran of World War II he served 2 tours with over 250 combat sorties and stayed in the RCAF until 1964 becoming a member of Canada’s first jet demonstration …

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Jan 08 2015

Squadron Leader John Rowland ✝

Squadron Leader John Rowland, who has died aged 94, was awarded the DFC twice in three days in 1943; later, on completion of 50 bombing operations, he received the DSO. Read his obituary on The Telegraph.

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Jan 06 2015

Lovell Steward ✝

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Lovell Steward (25 February 1917 – 17 December 2014) was a member of the famed “Tuskegee Airmen” during World War II, and flew 143 combat missions in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations in 1944 in the P-39 Airacobra, P-40 Warhawk and P-51 Mustang. After his military discharge in 1946, he returned to Los Angeles with …

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Jan 04 2015

Nord 2200 prototype scrapped

The Nord 2200 prototype in 1950 (Photo US Navy).

While not exactly recent the most news, the sole Nord 2200 prototype, a post-war French naval jet fighter that first flew in 1949, was destroyed last year, as reported by the Ailes Historiques du Rhin and List’In MAE website. For decades, the prototype was kept in the reserves of the Muse de l’Air et de …

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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

Updated: Evergreen Aviation Museum has NOT filed for bankruptcy

(Photo Farwestern (CC BY 3.0))

UPDATE Statement from the Curator Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum: “The Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum has filed for bankruptcy. It has not. Evergreen Vintage Aircraft Inc., a for-profit corporation has filed for bankruptcy, not the non-profit museum, which is a separate entity. Evergreen Vintage owns 25 of the 133 aircraft on display in the …

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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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