Aug 04 2014

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

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

“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 probably the most remarkable and gained fame by winning many races and establishing records, including the 1934 McRobertson Air Race, when it flew from the UK to Australia in 70 hours and 55 minutes.

More details and pictures can be read from Global Aviation Ressource Read the rest of this entry »

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Jul 27 2014

Lettice Curtis †

Lettice CurtisLettice 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 gained her helicopter pilot licence at the age of 77.

Read her obituary on The Telegraph.

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Jul 16 2014

July 2014 issue of Airshow available

Aishow-juillet-2014The 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 “reprinted” in this issue.

You can download Airshow from the CAF French Wing’s website.

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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 21 2014

Photos from La Ferté-Alais airshow

DSC_0620Here are a few photos from the meeting “Le Temps des Hélices” which takes place every year in La Ferté-Alais, south of Paris. As I am no expert photographer, only a few of my photographs were worth publishing, so the selection is somewhat limited when compared to the list of aircraft that were displayed.

I’m sorry for posting these pictures so late (they were taken on June 7): as shown by my (stupid) mistake of yesterday, I have a lot of work and very little free time these days… Anyway, I hope you’ll enjoy them!

Photos (C) Bertrand Brown

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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 first flew in 2012.


NB: The flight took place in Victoria, Canada, and not Australia as initially reported. Mea maxima culpa.  :-(

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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 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 RAF Blenheim Mk IV. After ten years of flight operations, it was severely damaged in a landing accident at Duxford and was thought to be a write-off. Nevertheless, it was patiently rebuilt, this time with a Blenheim Mk I “short nose”.

The first flight should take place soon, and will make the aircraft the only airworthy example of its type.

Source (with photos): Global Aviation Ressource

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May 26 2014

TFC F6F Hellcat flies again

F6F Hellcat Fighter Collection

The F6F Hellcat of the Fighter Collection in 2008 (Photo I Wish I was Flying (CC BY-ND 2.0))

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 in 2008 (Photo Arpingstone)

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 airshows, as will be a Percival Sea Prince.

Source: Aeroplane Monthly

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May 09 2014

Lt Charles “Sox” Hosegood †

Charles Sox HosegoodLt 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 GoodsonMajor 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 Kingdom aboard the USS Athenia, an unarmed passenger ship that was sunk off the coast of Ireland by a German submarine only three days into the war. He joined the RAF’s Eagle Squadrons and flew Hurricanes and Spitfires. When the Eagle Squadrons returned under American command and became the 4th Fighter Group, he stayed and flew P-47s and P-51s under the leadership of Don Blakeslee.

Before he was shot down and made a POW in June 1944, Goodson was credited with destroying 30 enemy aircraft and was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the Distinguished Flying Cross, a Silver Star, three Bronze Stars, a Purple Heart and other medals.



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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 BittonColonel 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 AshWilliam 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 DreadnoughtThe 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 wreckage was found by rescuers, the pilot is still missing. The Sea Fury was able to land at Eagle’s Nest in northern California, and the crew of two was unhurt.

Source: AP

Update (May 2, 2014): Sadly but not unexpectedly, the pilot of the Cessna 210 has been confirmed killed in the accident. His body and the aircraft have finally been recovered in San Pablo Bay. (Source)

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