May 17 2017

A-20 Havoc discovered in Gulf in Finland

A Douglas A-20 Havoc in Soviet AF service.

What is presumably a Lend-Lease Douglas A-20 Havoc operated by the Soviet air force during World War Two was discovered in the waters of  the Western part of Gulf of Finland. The wreck was discovered by construction workers assigned to the Nordstream gas pipeline from Russia to Germany.

Source with photos.

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May 11 2017

Warbird T-Shirts

The 2017 airshow season is starting. We have created a range of warbirds t-shirts which will be perfect for the occasion, with the added benefit of supporting World Warbird News. These shirts, as well other warbird-themed items such as phone cases, caps and more, can be purchased from the integrated shop we’ve added to the website, or directly from the Spreadshirt shop.

More designs will be added in the future. Feel free to let us know what you think of them, or suggest some new additions !

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May 10 2017

Allison-engined Bf 109 of the Erickson Aircraft Collection flies

On April 22, John Romain made the first flight of Bf 109G-10 registered N90602 in Madras, Oregon. It is a Hispano Buchón, re-engined with an Allison engine.

The engine cowlings are identical to those of wartime Bf 109G, giving the aircraft an identical appearance. The only visible difference is that the propeller is a shortened DC-3 propeller. This choice of engine offers several advantages. The Allison engine is far more available and cheap than the original DB 605 engine, with more readily available spare parts as well as cheaper operating costs and easier maintenance.

More information can be found on the Erickson Aircraft Collection Facebook page.

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May 08 2017

P-40 Warhawk discovered and salvaged in Ketch Straight

A Soviet Lend-Lease Curtiss P-40 Warhawk was discovered underwater in the Kertch Straight during preparation work for the construction of the Kertch Straight bridge, a road-rail bridge under construction by the Russian Federation, to span the Strait of Kerch between the Kerch Peninsula of Crimea and the Taman Peninsula of Krasnodar Krai.

The aircraft was recovered using equipment borrowed from the construction group. No details on its exact identity are available but photos of the recovery operation are available from The Daily Mail.

(h/t Benjamin G.)

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Apr 24 2017

Pilot killed in Nieuport 28 replica crash

A Nieuport 28 replica. (Photo John Davies – CYOW Airport Watch (GNU FDL))

Javier Fernando Arango was killed in the crash of his Nieuport 28 replica last Sunday near Paso Robles, California.

Arango, aged 54 ans, was a board member emeritus of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museumet and owner of “one of the world’s finest private collections of World War I aircraft.”


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Mar 16 2017

Spitfire NH341 performs brief maiden flight

John Romain of the Aircraft Restoration Company flew a short test flight in Aero Legends’ Spitfire LF. IXb NH341 ‘Elizabeth’, which has been converted to a T.9 twin-seater. During this test, a carburettor issue was detected, bringing an end to the flight.

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Mar 09 2017

CAF SoCal Wing Yak-3 flies again

After being grounded for 8 years, the Yak-3 of the Commemorative Air Force’s SoCal Wing flew again today.

Find out more on the CAF SoCal Wing’s Facebook page or website.

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Feb 20 2017

CAF Dixie Wing P-63 Kingcobra flies again!

“After more than 40 years since it’s last flight, 16 years of restoration, being effected by the Mississippi River flood of 1993 and countless man hours by the dedicated volunteers of the CAF Dixie Wing, the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing Bell P-63A-6 Kingcobra serial number 42-68941 flew for the first time on Saturday February 18, 2017. Just after 1300hrs local time pilot Jim Dale took off from the Atlanta Regional Airport, home of the Dixie Wing.”

Find out more on the CAF Dixie Wing’s website or Facebook page.

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Feb 13 2017

Gaël Taburet, last surviving Normandie-Niémen pilot, has passed away

Gaël Taburet, the last surviving Normandie-Niémen pilot, passed away on February 10 in Southern France, aged 97. Born in 1919, Taburet enlisted in the French air force in 1938 and received his pilot’s wings in 1939.

In January 1944, he volunteered to join the Normandie  fighter regiment (later renamed Normandie-Niémen by Stalin in recognition of their contribution to the Soviet war effort) fighting on the Soviet front, joining the unit in April of the 1944. He scored his first aerial victory when he shot down a Fw 190 fighter during his first operational sortie. By the end of the conflict, he was credited with 2 confirmed aerial victories, 3 shared victories, 2 damaged and one shared damage. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jan 28 2017

Video: F4U Corsair makes wheels-up landing at Hunter Valley Airshow in Australia


The pilot of Chance-Vought F4U-5N Corsair (registered VH-III) made a wheels-up landing during the Hunter Valley Airshow at Maitland Airfield in Australia. Little information is currently available, but the footage seems to suggest the pilot was unharmed and that damage to the aircraft was kept to a minimum.

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Dec 17 2016

CAC Mustang flies again in Australia

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Dec 15 2016

“Jock” Moffat †

John “Jock” Moffat, the Swordfish pilot who crippled the German battleship Bismarck on 26 May 1941, has died at the age of 97. On the day of the attack, Moffat and his crew were able to launch a torpedo that struck and jammed Bismarck’s rudder, preventing it from escaping from the Royal Navy task force pursuing it. It was scuttled the following day by its crew while under attack by Royal Navy ships.

“Jock” Moffat, who was born in 1919, returned to civilian life after the war but always kept an interest in aviation and started flying again in his 60s.

Source: Royal Navy

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Dec 11 2016

Discover the Flying Legends airshow 2017 poster

The next Flying Legends airshow will be held at Duxford, UK, on 8 & 9 July 2017. 🙂

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Dec 08 2016

John Glenn, first American in orbit, has passed away

john_glenn_portraitJohn Herschel Glenn Jr. passed away today, aged 95. While he is especially famous for being the first American to orbit the Earth, he led a very rich aeronautical career as a fighter and test pilot, and was three times a US senator.

Born in 1921, Glenn joined the US Navy after Pearl Harbor and was eventually transferred to the US Marine Corps. He flew a fiorst tour of operations flying R4D transports, the US Navy version of the famous C-47, and later a second tour on the F4U Corsair fighter.

During the Korean War, he completed a first tour of operations flying F9F Panthers before joining a US Air Force exchange program and flying 27 missions on the F-86 Sabre, with which he claimed 3 victories over MiG-15 jet fighters in the final days of the conflict.

He later became a test pilot and made the first supersonic transcontinental flight over the US, flying an F8U-3P Crusader on 16 June 1957. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 04 2016

“Tuskegee Airmen” P-51C flies again

The P-51C “Tuskegee Airmen” operated by the CAF Red Tail Squadron was damaged eight months ago in a landing accident in Dallas, TX. The aircraft was taken to AirCorps Aviation for repairs and flew again on December 1st with Doug Rozendaal at the controls.Rozeendaal reported that “there were no issues with the test flight and the aircraft flew great”.

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