Read his obituary on The Telegraph.
May 09 2014
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May 04 2014
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 01 2014
Colonel 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 28 2014
The 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.
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
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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Mar 29 2014
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
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
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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Mar 12 2014
The Bronco Demo Team‘s former Luftwaffe North American OV-10 Bronco coded 99+18 recently made its first photo flight. The aircraft flew for the first time in 2012 but the team’s other Bronco (99+32) was lost, with pilot Tony De Bruyn suffering serious injuries. Bronco 99+18 was recently repainted in its former Luftwaffe colours and Tony De Bruyn flew it for the photo shoot, having recovered from his accident.
They Bronco Demo team has another Bronco currently under restoration, the ex-Luftwaffe OV-10B 99+26.
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Mar 12 2014
The March 2014 issue of Airshow (Public Edition) is now available for download from the CAF French Wing’s website. Feel free to subscribe: it’s free! We hope you’ll enjoy it and that it will make you want to join our unit!
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Mar 10 2014
I digress today into general aviation news, for a simple reason. Maintaining a blog about warbirds and vintage aviation often means presenting accidents with the too-often loss of life or limb, not to mention loss of historically significant aircraft.
Today, the accident being presented ended unbelievably: last Saturday, a Cessna 170 struck a parachutist, sending him flying 75 feet back into the air and sending the airplane into the ground. Happily, and almost unbelievably, the pilot and parachutist reportedly suffered only minor injuries and are doing well. The whole scene was photographed by Tim Telford, whose amazing set of pictures can be seen on My Fox Tampa Bay.
I thought this was nice news to begin the week with.
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Mar 05 2014
In a surprise announcement yesterday, Kermit Weeks announced that the Fantasy of Flight museum will be closed to the public starting on April 6. Fantasy of Flight will not completely close but rather focus on restoration and maintenance, and some parts of the facilities will be made available to the public later this year.
In Kermit Weeks’ words: “Although we are located just 20 minutes west of Walt Disney World, we’re currently outside the center of mass tourism and not perceived of as a destination. We have a great product, but people have a misperception of what we offer. After 18 years of being in operation, it’s time we close the attraction and move forward toward creating the vision for what I know Fantasy of Flight can become.”
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