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Aug 15 2015
The formation will be led from the back seat of a twin-seat Spitfire by Wing Commander Tom Neil, DFC, AFC, AE, a 95-year old Battle of Britain veteran. After reaching Selsey Bill, the formation will break into groups of four, which will fly different paths across south and south-east England and land at various airfields used during the battle: Biggin Hill, Duxford, Northweald, Northolt, with some returning to Goodwood.
It is the first time since the end of World War II that so many Battle of Britain aircraft fly together.
More information on this fantastic event can be found the Battle of Britain Day Flypast website. [NB:bad link corrected]
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Aug 14 2015
If you haven’t seen this yet on Warbirds News, chances are you’ll love it. This remarkable video by Lyle Jansma allows the viewer (if his browser permits it) to immerse in a Heritage Flight comprising a P-51 Mustang and F-22 Raptor. Start the video, and drag the image around to see what it’s all about.
A #360Video Experience taking a virtual Heritage Flight with this Cockpit 360° captured at the 2015 Abbotsford International Air Show. Ride along with Greg “B.A.” Anders in the Heritage Flight Museum’s P-51D Mustang “VAL-HALLA” while navigating the 360° video to the right to see Maj John “Taboo” Cummings piloting the Air Combat Command’s F-22 Raptor in close formation. Footage courtesy of Lyle Jansma of AeroCapture Images – www.heritageflight.org – www.acicockpit360.com – www.aerocaptureimages.com
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Aug 12 2015
The Messerschmitt Bf 109G D-FOON belonging to The Fighter Factory has been restored to airworthiness by Meier Motors and made it maiden flight yesterday with Charlie Brown at the controls.
Another test flight took place today, and in-flight photos were taken.
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Aug 09 2015
The Fieseler 156 Storch F-AZDA (ex-Morane-Saulnier 505 F-BBUG), operated by Aéro Rétro of Saint Rambert d’Albon was heavily damaged in a field landing near Chambéry, France. The pilot was slightly wounded.
The aircraft was to participate in the Bourget lake airshow that is taking place today. The French Air Police has launched an investigation.
Source (with photos): Le Dauphiné
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Aug 07 2015
In yet another incident in just a few days, a crewmember has been seriously injured in the accident of the Mosquito .75, a 3/4-scale de Havilland Mosquito replica built by RRAA (Reconstructions et répliques d’avions anciens). After a safe landing at Fontenay-le-Comte, the aircraft is reported to have flipped over while taxiing.
Source: Ouest France
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Aug 05 2015
Squadron Leader John Leslie “Les” Munro, CNZM, DSO, QSO, DFC, JP, the last surviving pilot of the “Dambuster raid”, passed away on 4 August 2015 in New Zealand, aged 96.
Munro was born in 1919 and joined the RNZAF in 1941. He made a first tour of operations with No 97 Squadron flying the Manchester and later Halifax, in 1942-1943. He volunteered fo No 617 Squadron and joined the unit at its creation in March 1943. He was part of the famous raid against the Rühr dams on 17 May 1943, but was forced to return home with his anti-dam mine after he was hit by Flak over the Netherlands and lost all communications.
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Aug 02 2015
Another accident occured yesterday in Great-Britain, with more tragic consequences. Kevin Whyman was killed in the crash of Folland Gnat XR538 he was demonstrating at the Carfest North show in Cheshire in the United-Kingdom. Aged 39, Whyman was married and had a young daughter.
He was a city worker and Cambridge University graduate, and one of the founders of the Gnat Display Team 2007.
He completed a flying scholarship with the RAF before studying Economics at Cambridge. He was a cox in the 1996 and 1997 Boat Races against Oxford.
The cause of the accident is unknown at this time.
Our sincere condolences go to Kevin Whyman’s family and relatives.
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Aug 02 2015
Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX MK912 was heavily damaged yesterday at Biggin Hill when it lost power shortly after take-off. Its pilot Dan Griffith managed to settle the aircraft down and limit the damage, and was only lightly wounded.
The Spitfire was seriously damaged but its owners have pledged to restore it to airworthiness.
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Jul 22 2015
Rimowa, manufacturer of aluminium and polucarbonate luggage, will build several Rimowa F13, based on the famous Junkers F13 of 1919, the world’s first all-metal commercial aircraft.
The first flight and certification should take place in 2016, and it is already possible to place an order for these aircraft. Some safety modifications will distinguish the Rimowa F13 from the original Junkers F13, including changes to the 450 hp Pratt & Whitney 985 engine, braked gear system and improved tail unit.
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Jul 17 2015
The oldest surviving Fairey Swordfish Mk I, W5856, has returned to the skies after twelve years of absence. The aircraft was mostly restored by the team of engineers on the Royal Navy Historic Flight based at RNAS Yeovilton.
The aircraft, which made its maiden flight in 1941, has been repainted in the colour scheme of 820 Naval Air Squadron on HMS Ark Royal during the attack on the Bismarck in the Northern Atlantic in the same year.
Sources (with photos):
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Jul 15 2015
David and Rick Bremner’s Bristol Scout replica flew last week. The replica contains original parts of Scout No 1264, which was flown by the Bremner’s grandfather with No 2 Wing RNAS during World War One.0
WWI aircraft pilot Gene DeMarco was at the controls for the two maiden flights, which went well and lasted five and twelve minutes.
More info can be found on the blog Bristol Scout – Rebuilding Granddad’s aircraft
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