May 28 2016

US: First engine run for Blue Swallow Aircraft’s 1918 Curtiss Jenny

On May 24, Blue Swallow Aircraft made its first engine run on a 1918 Curtiss JN-4 “Jenny” powered by an original Custiss OX-5 V8 engine. The aircraft has been under restoration since May 2013.

Source: Early Aero

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May 28 2016

Pilot killed in P-47 Thunderbolt Hudson crash

The P-47D Thunderbolt "Jacky's Revenge" (Photo Eric (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0))

The P-47D Thunderbolt “Jacky’s Revenge” (Photo Eric (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0))

The pilot of the P-47 “Jacky’s Revenge” was killed during a crash in the Hudson river. An initial New Jersey PD statement indicated that the pilot had been rescued with minor injuries, but this statement was later retracted. The pilot was identified as Bill Gordon of Connecticut.

Gordon flew P-47D Thunderbolt “Jacky’s Revenge” for the American Airpower Museum in East Farmingdale, New York.

Our thoughts and prayers go to the family and relatives of Bill Gordon.

Source: Newsday

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May 24 2016

Military Aviation Museum’s Bf 109G flies in the US

On May 20, the Military Aviation Museum’s Bf 109G du Military Aviation Museum made its first flight since it arrived in the US. The aircraft is a Hispano Buchón restored by Meier Motors and powered by a DB 605 engine salvaged on a Bf 110, making it an approximation of Bf 109G-4/G-5. It is painted in the colours of the aircraft flown by Hptm. Klaus Quaet-Faslem, Kommandeur of I./JG 3.


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May 24 2016

UK: Vulcan to the Sky Trust wants to return record-breaking Canberra to the air

Camberra WK163 (Photo Andy Leonard (CC BY-NC 2.0))

Camberra WK163 (Photo Andy Leonard (CC BY-NC 2.0))

Extract from the Vulcan to the Sky Press Release – issued 19th May 2016:

Record-breaking English Electric Canberra to be returned to flight


The team that returned Vulcan XH558 to flight
is to return another iconic all-British jet to the airshow circuit


One of Britain’s most important jet-age aircraft is to be returned to flight. English Electric Canberra WK163 spent most of her life playing a central role in the development of advanced propulsion technologies followed by a period with the Royal RADAR Establishment, at the heart of British scientific and engineering innovation. In 1957, she shot into the headlines around the world when a prototype Napier Double Scorpion rocket motor fired her to 70,310 ft and a new world altitude record.

“WK163 was a celebrity even amongst the research aircraft,” said one senior engineer who worked on world-leading secret research programmes at the Ministry of Aviation. “She flew to the edge of space. It was an astonishing achievement.” Read the rest of this entry »

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May 23 2016

Public début for TVAL’s Hanriot HD.1 in New-Zealand

The Vintage Aviator Ltd‘s Hanriot HD.1, formerly exposed at the RAF Museum in Hendon, recently made its first public appearance at Hood airfield in New-Zealand. The aircraft was built in 1917 and is powered by an original Le Rhône engine. Only four Hanriot HD.1 are preserved.

Vidéo: Historical Aviation Film Unit


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May 23 2016

CAF SoCal PBJ-1J Mitchell flies again after a 23-year restoration

After a 23-year restoration by the Southern California Wing of the Commemorative Air Force, “Semper Fi”, the world’s only airworthy PBJ-1J Mitchell, flew again on May 15 in Ventura.

Visit the CAF SoCal’s website for more information and photos.

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Mar 04 2016

Catalina flies again in New-Zealand

Catalina takes offAnd we’re off!!! Here’s a video of the Catalina Flying Boat taking off on its first flight in four years after a major refurbishment. See the Catalina’s first major display since the refurbishment at Warbirds Over Wanaka 2016!

Posted by Warbirds Over Wanaka on Monday, February 29, 2016

The New Zealand Catalina Preservation Society’s PBY Catalina (ZK-PBY) took back to the air on February 28, after a thorough four year refurbishment and the application of a new paint scheme.

The aircraft will be displayed at the Warbirds over Wanaka airshow from March 25 to 27.

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Feb 22 2016

Video: Royal Air Force in Burma

The Library and Archives Canada video channel posted this 42 minutes-ong footage a few months ago. It shows Royal Air Force and Royal Canadian Air Force aircraft in full colour and in exceptional quality. Despite the title, it appears part of the footage was shot in Canada, but this does not diminish in the least the quality of this remarkable historical document.

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Feb 21 2016

Eric “Winkle” Brown †

Eric_BrownThe famous Eric “Winkle” Brown, one of World War Two’s best-known veteran and test pilot passed away today aged 97.

Born in 1919, Captain Eric Brown CBE, DSC, AFC, Hon FRAeS, RN discovered aviation in 1936 in Germany with Ernst Udet and joined the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm during the war. His superb pilot skills were quickly noticed and he became a test pilot, flying prototypes and developing new techniques. He flew all of the major types of aircraft used during the war.

After the war, he pursued his career as a test pilot and established numerous records, including that of the greatest number of aircraft types flown (487, not counting variants of a given type) and carrier landings (2,407 carrier landings). He is also the author of several books.

Read more about Eric Brown from Wikipedia or The Telegraph. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 15 2016

CWHM Lancaster to display temporary “Lady Orchid” colours this summer

Lady Orchid Lancaster

The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum has announced on its Facebook page that its Lancaster FM213 will be painted and flown in the temporary markings of Lady Orchid, Lancaster KB895, WL-O. The usual VR-A markings will remain on the starboard side. “Lady Orchid was Lancaster KB895, a wartime veteran of 434 RCAF Squadron with 35 operations, the center section of which was used to restore Lancaster FM213.

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Feb 13 2016

Air Commodore John Mitchell †

Air Commodore John MitchellAir Commodore John Mitchell, who has died aged 97, was the navigator of Winston Churchill’s personal aircraft during the Second World War.

A veteran of a bomber tour and a specialist navigator, Mitchell was selected for the crew flying Churchill’s VVIP aircraft in late 1942. Earlier, the prime minister had flown in RAF and civil aircraft but it was decided that a specially furnished RAF aeroplane should be used. The model chosen was the new Avro York and given the name Ascalon, after the lance with which St George killed the dragon.

Read his full obituary from the Telegraph. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 10 2016

Video: Flying Legends 2016 trailer

The classic Flying Legends airshow in Duxford will take place on Saturady 9 & Sunday 10 July 2016. Enjoy!

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Feb 10 2016

Exceptional Avenger gathering in Illinois on April 16

Tom Buck's TBM-3E Avenger 53768, one of nine aircraft whose presence has already been confirmed. (Photo D. Miller (CC BY 2.0))

Tom Buck’s TBM-3E Avenger 53768, one of nine aircraft whose presence has already been confirmed. (Photo D. Miller (CC BY 2.0))

From Warbirds News: a gathering of Grumman Avenger will take place at Illinois Valley Regional Airport on April 16, organised by Brad Deckert and his company TBM Avenger LLC.

Nine aircraft have already been confirmed, and the organisers are hoping others will join. At least 31 Avengers are airworthy in the US as well as four in Canada. A total of 9,839 Avengers were built by Grumman and General Motors.

Facebook event has been specially created and can be used to follow news on this remarkable event.

More info on Warbirds News.

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Feb 10 2016

Blériot XI replica with Anzani engine displayed in Budapest

Blériot XI IF-BLE (Photo Hungarian Vintage Glider Club)

(Photo Hungarian Vintage Glider Club)

From the Early Aero blog: a Blériot XI replica, similar to the one used by Louis Blériot to cross the Channel and built from contemporary blueprints was recently displayed in the Vigadó Concert Hall in Budapest, Hungary. The replica is powered by a 3-cylinder Anzani engine replica.

Built by the Hungarian Vintage Glider Club, it has received a certificate of airworthiness and is registered IF-BLE, although no plans for flight testing have been announced.

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Feb 09 2016

Final flight for Museum of Flight’s Boeing 727

Beoing 727 Museum of FlightAfter a 25-year restoration, the first Boeing 727 is to make a final flight when it will be flown from Paine Field where it is being restored to Seattle’s Museum of Flight, where it will be displayed along with the Boeing 737 and 747 prototypes.

A special permit was required for this unique flight , which should take place on March 1st, 2016. The aircraft hasn’t flown since it was donated by United Air Line to the museum in 1991.

Source: Museum of Flight

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