May 04 2018

Warbird Shirts: the F4U is (finally!) available, and free shipping

Many of you have been requesting we add the F4U Corsair to our Warbird Shirts shop. It’s now available, and you can also get free shipping from May 4 to 7 with the discount code SHIP2ME .

The Warbird Shirts shop helps us pay for the website’s hosting, and we greatly appreciate your support !

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Apr 28 2018

Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6 “Black 8” flies again in Germany

Hangar 10 shared two photos on its Facebook page showing the first flight of Bf 109G-6 “Black 8”, a veteran of JG 27 powered by a DB 605 engine. The flight took place from Heringsdorf airport on the Usedom island in Germany, with Klaus Plasa at the controls.



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Apr 27 2018

P-51 “Moonbeam McSwine” has returned to the US

The P-51D Mustang “Moonbeam McSwine” (previously F-AZXS) has returned to the US. The aircraft was sold to Frenchman Frédéric Akary in 2013 and had become a favourite at airshows in France and Europe thanks to Akary’s superb flight demonstrations.

Before returning to France, “Moonbeam McSwine” belonged for several years to Vlado Lenoch, who was killed in July 2017 along with his passenger in the crash of the P-51 “Baby Duck”. The Warbird Heritage Foundation announced earlier this year that it had acquired “Moonbeam McSwine” and plans to fly it in memory of Lenoch under the new registration N51VL.

Source: Aerodynamic Media

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Apr 11 2018

Lost Tuskegee Airman’s remains may have been found

Left to right: Alwayne Dunlap, Lawrence E. Dickson, Wilmeth W. Sidat Singh and Elmer L. Gordon in 1942 at the Tuskegee Army Flying School (Photo US Air Force)

The remains found at a crash site in Hohenturn, Austria, could be those of Captain Lawrence E. Dickson, who disappeared in his P-51 Mustang on 23 December 1944, during his 68th combat mission with the 100th Fighter Squadron. The US Defence POW/MIA Accounting Agency emphasize that they are still testing the remains but there is circumstantial evidence that this is the site where Captain Dickson crashed.

Lawrence Dickson was born in South Carolina on 1 January 1920. He was decorated multiple times during his service, earning the Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf clusters, the Distinguished Flying Cross and Purple Heart among others.


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Apr 08 2018

Two killed in Yak-18 crash in France

A Yak-18 at the Muzeum Lotnictwa Polskiego, Poland, in 2013 (Photo Alan Wilson (CC BY-SA 2.0))

A Yakovlev Yak-18 crashed today in Lens in northern France, killing the pilot and his passenger. The association Renaissance du Caudron Simoun indicated on its Facebook page that François Minard, one of its founders, was one of the two victims.

Our thoughts and prayers go to the family and friends of the two victims of this tragedy.


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Apr 01 2018

The Junkers F.13 certified again after 99 years

A Junkers F13 at the Deutsches Museum (Photo Nuno Cardoso (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0))

“Ninety-nine years after the first flight of the Junkers F13, Rimowa, the German luggage manufacturer responsible for ressurecting the type, has announced that its replica was certified by Swii aviation authorities on 28 March 2018.A small production run is being considered.” (Source: Aerobuzz)

The first replica aircraft made its maiden flight on 15 September 2016. Some concessions were made to modernity and safety, as the aircraft is powered by a Pratt & Whitney R-985 «Wasp Junior», hydraulic shock absorbers and brakes as well as a tail wheel rather than the skid of the original aircraft.

More details and photos can be found on Aerobuzz (in French).

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Mar 31 2018

Fagen Fighters acquires F6F Hellcat

F6F Hellcat 78645 (Photo Alan Wilson (CC BY-SA 2.0))

The Fagen Fighters WWII Museum has reported the acquisition of Grumman F6F Hellcat BuNo 78645. The aircraft was previously with the Yanks Air Museum in California. It will undergo an extensive IRAN (Inspect and Repair As Necessary) and should fly again by the summer of 2019.

Source: Aerodynamic Media

(Photo Alan Wilson (CC BY-SA 2.0))

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Mar 31 2018

Yak-3 damaged in ground collision at Warbirds over Wanaka airshow

A Yak-3 was seriously damaged when it crashed into a vehicle that was on the grass runway during the Warbirds over Wanaka International Airshow. Fortunately, pilot Arthur Dovey was “shaken but not injured”. Half of the aircraft’s right wing was torn off in the collision and there is extensive damage.

More information and photos from Stuff.

Video on the NZ Herald

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Mar 08 2018

USS Lexington and several aircraft discovered by Paul Allen

The wreckage of the aircraft carrier USS Lexington was located by the research vessel RV Petrel on 4 March 2018 during an expedition led by Paul Allen. The “Lady Lex” was America’s second aircraft carrier, and the first one lost in combat. She was badly damaged by Japanese attacks on 8 May 1942 and scuttled by the destroyer USS Phelps to prevent her capture by the enemy.

She lies some 3,000 meters below the surface approximately 430 nautical miles off Queensland. A remotely-operated underwater vehicle captured remarkable footage of the Lady Lex, and also discovered seven TBD Devastators, three SBD Dauntless and a single F4F Wildcat.

These aircraft are in a remarkable state of preservation, probably due to the great depth. The F4F Wildcat, belonging to VF-3 and carrying the number F-5, can be seen with 4 Japanese “kill markings” beneath the cockpit.

More photos and information can be found on Paul Allen’s website.

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Feb 27 2018

Spitfire XVI headed to Belgium

Spitfire Mk XVI SL721, previously operated by Vintage Wings of Canada, has been sold to a Belgian owner and should be arriving soon in Belgium. This is the first time an airworthy Spitfire has been based in the country since the 1960s, according to the Belgian Aviation Preservation Association.




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Feb 27 2018

Hawker Sea Fury WG655 flies again

The Hawker Sea Fury T.20 WG655 in2007. (Photo D. Miller (CC BY 2.0))

The Fighter Collection’s Hawker Sea Fury T.20 WG655 flew again on February 22 after a period of re-engineering, and performed 3 test flights. The twin-seater was re-engined with a Pratt & Whitney R-2800, replacing the original Bristol Centaurus powerplant.

Source: Aerodynamic Media

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Feb 22 2018

Miroslav “Tony” Liškutín DFC †

Squadron Leader Miroslav “Tony” Liškutín DFC died on 19 February 2018. Born on 23 August 1919 in Czechoslovakia, he fled to France at the time of the German invasion. After serving with the French Foreign Legion, he joined the RAF, becoming operational as a fighter pilot in September 1941.

Serving with several RAF units, he flew 131 combat missions, during which he shot down eight enemy aircraft and two V-1 missiles. After the war he returned to his home country only to return to the UK after being persecuted following the 1948 communist coup. He rejoined the RAF and served there until 1962.

With Miroslav Liškutín’s passing, Emil Boček, who will soon celebrate his 95th birthday, is the sole surviving Czech pilot who served in the RAF in World War II.

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Feb 12 2018

“Hurricane” movie to tell 303 Squadron story

Kaleidoscope Film Distribution has published the teaser for its upcoming movie “Hurricane”, which will tell the story of No 303 (Polish) Squadron of the RAF, whose Polish pilots performed remarkably during the Battle of Britain. The story is set to be seen through the eyes of Polish ace Jan Zumbach.

The release date for the movie is not yet known but it would appear to be in 2019.

Source: Aerodynamic Media

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Feb 06 2018

Margot Duhalde, Free French pilot, has died

Margot Duhalde, the only woman to join the Forces Aériennes Françaises Libres (FAFL, Free French Air Force), passed away on 5 February 2018 in Santiago de Chili. Born in 1920, she was of French origin and became a pilot in 1938.

Following de Gaulle’s call, she joined the FAFL in March 1941 but was not allowed to enter combat. She became a pilot for the RAF’s Air Transport Auxiliary, ferrying new and repaired planes to frontline units. She made over 1,300 such flights, on more than 100 types of aircraft.

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Feb 02 2018

“That’s All, Brother” flies again

The Douglas C-47A Skytrain “That’s All, Brother”, the aircraft that led the aerial invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944, has flown again. The aircraft, whose unique history had somewhat been forgotten, hadn’t flown in nearly a decade and was scheduled to be converted to a turboprop by Basler Turbo Conversions in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The Commemorative Air Force discovered the aircraft and decided to restore it to airworthiness under its original specifications.

The first flight was made on January 31st, and was followed by two other test flights. Doug Rozendaal and Tom Travis were at the controls.

More information on the first post-restoration flight of this unique historical aircraft can be found on these websites:

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