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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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.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 central engine, but the aircraft should make its first actual flight shortly. Zanardo has already built several replicas of the Wright Flyer, Fokker Dr.I and Blériot XI, but this heavy bomber with a wingspan of nearly 75 ft is is a much bigger achivement.

Read more about this (with pictures) on Warbirds News


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Apr 12 2014

April 2014 “Airshow” is available

Airshow-April-2014The April 2014 public edition of “Airshow” – the CAF French Wing’s monthly neswletter – is available. You can download it from the CAF French Wing website or subscribe for free here.

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Mar 29 2014

Spitfire Mk Ia flies again in Duxford

Spitfire N3200 on the beaches of Dunkirk in 1940.

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 built a glider in an escape attempt. After the war, Stephenson was King George VI’s personal pilot and was killed in 1954 flying the F-100 Super Sabre.

N3200 was exhumed in 1986 and spent a few years on display in a French museum before being sold to the UK in 2000. Its restoration began in 2007 and was made by Historic Flying Ltd. It is the fourth Spitfire Mk. I to take to the air agai, and the only Mk I of the three based in Duxford to have actually been based there in wartime.

Excellent pictures of this superb aircraft by David Whitworth are available here.

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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))

(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.


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Mar 18 2014

Blue Angels to fly again in 2014

(Photo Dirk Hansen (CC BY 2.0))

(Photo Dirk Hansen (CC BY 2.0))

The Blue Angels, the US Navy’s flight demonstration squadron, will resume its public performances starting in the spring of 2014, a Navy spokesman has confirmed. A highly unpopular decision, the team was forced to stop its public demonstrations in April 2013 due to budget cuts.

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