Tag Archive: First Flight

May 21 2017

First flight for the Shuttleworth Collection Sopwith Camel

The Sopwith Camel replica built for the Shuttleworth Collection made its maiden flight on 18 May with chief pilot Dodge Bailey at the controls. The aircraft carries the markings of D1851 “Ikanopit”, a Camel built by Ruston-Proctor that served with the Royal Air Force’s No 70 Squadron in 1918. Sources: Aerodynamic Media The Shuttleworth Collection

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May 10 2017

Allison-engined Bf 109 of the Erickson Aircraft Collection flies

On April 22, John Romain made the first flight of Bf 109G-10 registered N90602 in Madras, Oregon. It is a Hispano Buchón, re-engined with an Allison engine. The engine cowlings are identical to those of wartime Bf 109G, giving the aircraft an identical appearance. The only visible difference is that the propeller is a shortened DC-3 propeller. This …

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Mar 09 2017

CAF SoCal Wing Yak-3 flies again

After being grounded for 8 years, the Yak-3 of the Commemorative Air Force’s SoCal Wing flew again today. Find out more on the CAF SoCal Wing’s Facebook page or website.

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Feb 20 2017

CAF Dixie Wing P-63 Kingcobra flies again!

“After more than 40 years since it’s last flight, 16 years of restoration, being effected by the Mississippi River flood of 1993 and countless man hours by the dedicated volunteers of the CAF Dixie Wing, the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing Bell P-63A-6 Kingcobra serial number 42-68941 flew for the first time on Saturday …

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Dec 17 2016

CAC Mustang flies again in Australia

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Oct 18 2016

Video: Sopwith Pup replica flies in Spokane

Dr Larry Howard’s Sopwith Pup replica recently flew in Spokane, Washington. The aircraft is powered by a Le Rhône engine and is identical to original Sopwith Pups, except for modern magnetos. Its construction required eight years of work. Source: Page Facebook de l’Antique Airplane Association

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Oct 14 2016

P-38F Lightning “White 33” to return to the skies

The National Museum of WWII Aviation, based in Colorado Springs, recently announced on its Facebook page that the P-38F Lightning “White 33” (s/n 42-12652) will fly again on Monday, weather permitting. This will make it the 10th airworthy P-38 Mightning in the world, and only one of two with functioning turbochargers.

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Oct 04 2016

Video: Hurricane 5481’s first flight

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Oct 03 2016

Hawker Hurricane returns to the skies in Australia

The Hawker Hurricane Mk XII (s/n 5481) registered C-FDNL flew again on Sunday October 2 in Scone, Australia. The aircraft was restored by Vintage Fighter Restorations. It is painted in the colours of Hurricane Mk I V6748 of the Royal Air Force’s No 46 Squadron de la Royal Air Force during the Battle of Britain. …

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Oct 01 2016

Norwegian Starfighter flies again !

The Friends of the Norwegian Starfighter’s ex-Norwegian AF, Canadian-built CF-104D Starfighter flew again for the first time in 33 years on September 28 in Bodø, Norway. The restoration of the aircraft began in 2003, culminating with this week’s first flight with Eskil Amdal at the controls. You can enjoy the unique “howl” made by the …

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Sep 26 2016

Mosquito TV959 flies again in New Zealand

The de Havilland Mosquito T Mk III TV959 restored by AvSpecs for Paul Allen’s Flying Heritage Collection made its maiden flight today from Ardmore airport in New Zealand. The pilots for the first flight were David Phillips and Keith Skillings. The flight lasted thirty minutes and the Mosquito was escorted by Spitfire ZK-WDQ, acting as …

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Sep 02 2016

Collings Foundation Spitfire Mk IX performs first post-restoration flights

Spitfire Mk IX BR601 of the Collings Foundation recently performed its first flights after restoration by the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar. This aircraft is considered as the second production Mk IX and was restored accordingly.

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Aug 29 2016

Curtiss-Wright 12W flies again after 67 years

Test pilot Jimmy Rollison recently made the first flight of Brian Meuser’s 1931 Curtiss-Wright Travel Air 12W. It took eight years to complete the restoration of the aircraft, which had not flown since 1949. Photos and more details can be found on Antique Airfield.

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Aug 06 2016

First flight for Hangar10’s rare Messerchmitt Bf 109G-12

Hangar10’s Messerschmitt Bf 109G-12, a Hispano Aviación Buchón restored to the G-12 standard by Meier Motors using an original DB 605 engine, made its first flight on August 4 with Charlie Brown at the controls. This rare twin-seat variant of the German fighter will be used to train Bf 109 and Buchón pilots. Source: Hangar10

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Jul 26 2016

Video: air-to-air footage of B-29 Doc’s first flight

Scott Slocum has posted on Vimeo some great air-to-air footage of B-29 Doc’s first flight as seen from the chase plane. Play it in HD and full-screen mode to enjoy fully!  

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