Happy Saint Valentine’s, airplane lovers!
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Feb 11 2015
A museum, visitor centre and home for the last Concorde to fly is expected to open in two and half years after the project was awarded a grant of £4.7 million by the National Lottery. The site will house a collection of planes, aircraft and memorabilia connected to Bristol’s aviation industry along with a shop, cafe and visitor centre, in addition to Concorde No 216, the last of its type to fly.
Source: Air Museum Network
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Feb 02 2015
Fantasy of Flight’s new Museum opens on Friday, January 30th 2015. This smaller, light version of Fantasy of Flight will be open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Admission will be: $12.00 Adults, $10.00 Seniors and $8.00 for Kids.
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Jan 29 2015
Edward J. Saylor, the engineer of the 15th aircrew that participated in the famous 18 April 1942 Doolittle Raid on Japan, passed away at his home on January 28, 2015. His crew bombed targets in Kobe and had to ditch its aircraft near the Chinese coast after the raid. Saylor stayed with the Air Force after the war, retiring in 1967 with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel.
More details on his career are available from Veteran Tributes.
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Jan 27 2015
The RAF Museum Cosford’s Vickers Wellington might receive the colours and markings a No 311 (Czechoslovak) Squadron later this year.
“If they would enforce the idea of using the 311th Squadron, it would be a great success. It would be a visible reminder of the respect that the British feel toward the Czechoslovaks for their contribution to the victory over Nazism,” Czech Radio General Manager Peter Duhan said.
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Jan 24 2015
When Fantasy of Flight was created, its Spitfire Mk XVI was airworthy but was rapidly grounded due to technical problems. After having been statically exposed for years, its engine was restarted on January 16, for the first time in 17 years.
After some repairs and adjustments, Kermit Weeks hopes to have it flying in the near future.
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Jan 23 2015
Gerald ‘Jerry’ Billing, considered one of the greatest Spitfire demonstration pilots to fly in the North American air show circuit passed away peacefully January 9th. A veteran of World War II he served 2 tours with over 250 combat sorties and stayed in the RCAF until 1964 becoming a member of Canada’s first jet demonstration team The Blue Devils. He was also the head aerobatic trainer for the RCAF Golden Hawks and throughout his long and distinguished career flew over 170 different aircraft from the Tiger Moth to the F-104 Starfighter.
Read the full story on All Things Aero.
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Jan 07 2015
In 1989 at the Paris air show, Viktor Pugachev in the Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker made the first public display of what became known as “Pugachev’s Cobra”, despite the fact that the maneuver was pioneered by LII test pilot Igor Volk during the Flanker’s trials. The maneuver is mostly useless in air combat but has always been a great crowd-pleaser.
Since then, many other aircraft types have proven capable of executing the Cobra. These aircraft are mostly modern designs with high thrust-to-weight ratios and thrust vectoring.
Except for the Saab 35 Draken, whose maiden flight was in 1955…
Don’t take my word for it and advance the video to 1:50 to see this classic Swedish delta-wing interceptor perform this extraordinary maneuver .
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Jan 06 2015
Lovell Steward (25 February 1917 – 17 December 2014) was a member of the famed “Tuskegee Airmen” during World War II, and flew 143 combat missions in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations in 1944 in the P-39 Airacobra, P-40 Warhawk and P-51 Mustang.
After his military discharge in 1946, he returned to Los Angeles with his wife to buy a house but they were not able to secure a mortgage because they were black. Because of this, he went to real estate school and obtained a real estate license. In the 1950s he helped to integrate parts of Los Angeles by facilitating home sales.
As a member of the Tuskegee Airmen, he received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2007.
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Jan 04 2015
While not exactly recent the most news, the sole Nord 2200 prototype, a post-war French naval jet fighter that first flew in 1949, was destroyed last year, as reported by the Ailes Historiques du Rhin and List’In MAE website.
For decades, the prototype was kept in the reserves of the Muse de l’Air et de l’Espace in Le Bourget near Paris until the 1980s. It was then transferred to the Ailes Anciennes d’Armorique, a French association that restored many aircraft and engines over the years.
When the association shut down last year, it was the Espace Aéro Lyon-Corbas who recuperated what was left of the Nord 2200 prototype, which had been stored outdoors for years.
Funding the restoration of such an aircraft type, which never went beyond the testing stage, would have been complicated indeed, but one can only regret that such a unique airframe was ultimately sold as scrap by the EALC in 2014.
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Dec 15 2014
Today, December 15th, 2014, World Warbird News has reached 1,000 “likes” on Facebook. Thanks for your continued support! It’s often a challenge to keep the blog up to date due to professional and personal constraints, but we’re trying to keep it up! Next stop: 2,000 “likes”!
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Dec 15 2014
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