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Jul 16 2014

July 2014 issue of Airshow available


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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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

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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 …

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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.

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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 …

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May 02 2014

Video: Flying Legends 2014

20 years of Flying Legends by Chris G.

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May 01 2014

Colonel Miloslav Bitton †

Colonel Miloslav Bitton

Colonel Miloslav Bitton, who has died aged 94, ran escape lines out of Czechoslovakia in the Second World War before serving with the Desert Rats in the Eighth Army and then as an RAF fighter pilot in bombing raids over Germany. Read his obituary on The Telegraph

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Apr 30 2014

William Ash †

William Ash

William Ash, who has died aged 96, was a Texan ‘hobo’ turned Spitfire pilot who became celebrated for his numerous failed attempts to escape from Stalag Luft III. Read his biography on The Telegraph

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Apr 28 2014

Pilot missing in Sea Fury racer and Cessna mid-air collision over California

Sea Fury Dreadnought

The Sea Fury T. Mk 20 “Dreadnought”, well known for its performances at the reno Air Races, was involved in a mid-air collision with a Cessna 210 over California. Both aircraft were returning from the Pacific Coast Dream Machines airshow when they collided. The Cessna 210 was seen falling into San Pablo bay. Although some …

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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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