Tag Archive: United-Kingdom

Aug 11 2017

Over 20,000 Mosquito technical drawings saved from destruction in the UK

From the Telegraph: “More than 20,000 wartime Mosquito engineering drawings and diagrams have been found in the corner of a wartime factory just days before bulldozers were due to flatten it. The archive includes what are thought to be the world’s only complete set of engineering drawings for the plane, as well as details of variants …

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Jul 11 2017

“Miss Velma” and “Berlin Express” damaged in separate incidents at Flying Legends

The TF-51D “Miss Velma” made a wheels-up landing during the Flying Legends airshow at Duxford this weekend. It appears the engine failed shortly before landing and the pilot made the quick decision to perform a wheels-up landing in a field. The aircraft suffered damage but the pilot was unhurt.   In a separate incident, the …

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Jun 20 2017

Hurricane P2902 flies again after 77 years

After so many bad news for the warbird community, we are happy to move on to better ones ! Hawker Hurricane Mk I P2902 flew again on 19 June, more than 77 years after it crash-landed on a beach near Dunkirk in May 1940. The aircraft was restored to airworthiness by Hawker Restorations Ltd and …

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Jun 18 2017

Messerschmitt Bf 109E “White 14” flies again in Biggin Hill

The Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3 W.Nr. 3579 (G-CIPB) “White 14” flew again at Biggin Hill on June 13, following completion by the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar.

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Jun 17 2017

Spitfire T.9 “Elizabeth” damaged in wheels-up landing

Not a great time for Spitfires. 🙁 Aero Legends’ Spitfire T.9 NH341 “Elizabeth” was lightly damaged on June d’Aero Legends during a landing in which the undercarriage was not fully locked down. Fortunately, nobody was injured and the aircraft should be flying again soon.

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May 31 2017

Videos: Sea Vixen “Foxy Lady” wheels-up landing at Yeovilton

Source: The Aviationist YouTube channel (video by Steven Canning)   Source: RAG85 YouTube channel  

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May 29 2017

Fly Navy Heritage Trust Sea Vixen belly-lands in Yeovilton

Sea Vixen XP924 of the Fly Navy Heritage Trust made a wheels-up landing in Yeovilton on Saturday 27 May, after developing hydraulics problems. The pilot is unharmed but the aircraft, the sole airworthy Sea Vixen in the world, received substantial damage. Source: Somerset Live Page Facebook du Sea Vixen “Foxy Lady”

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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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Mar 16 2017

Spitfire NH341 performs brief maiden flight

John Romain of the Aircraft Restoration Company flew a short test flight in Aero Legends’ Spitfire LF. IXb NH341 ‘Elizabeth’, which has been converted to a T.9 twin-seater. During this test, a carburettor issue was detected, bringing an end to the flight.

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Oct 02 2016

One dead and one injured in Mustang crash in the UK

A P-51D Mustang crashed this Sunday afternoon in Topcroft near Norwich in the United-Kingdom. The passenger, a man in his eighties, was killed in the crash. The pilot was seriously injured and was airlifted to the hospital. The accident aircraft is P-51D Mustang “Janie”, owned and operated by Maurice Hammond from Hardwick the former RAF …

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Sep 29 2016

First engine runs for Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar’s Bf 109E

The Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar’s Messerschmitt Bf 109E “White 14” recently made its first engine tests. The aircraft was built in 1939 and lost in 1942 on the Russian front. It was salvaged in 1992 and changed hands several times before reaching the UK where it is being restored and should fly again soon.

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Sep 20 2016

Grace Spitfire suffers light damage in landing mishap

The Grace Spitfire, one of the few remaining airworthy twin-seat Spitfires, suffered minor damage during the rollout after landing on September 15. Nobody was hurt and recent updates show that the aircraft suffered only minor damage.

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May 24 2016

UK: Vulcan to the Sky Trust wants to return record-breaking Canberra to the air

Extract from the Vulcan to the Sky Press Release – issued 19th May 2016: Record-breaking English Electric Canberra to be returned to flight   The team that returned Vulcan XH558 to flight is to return another iconic all-British jet to the airshow circuit   One of Britain’s most important jet-age aircraft is to be returned …

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Feb 21 2016

Eric “Winkle” Brown †

The famous Eric “Winkle” Brown, one of World War Two’s best-known veteran and test pilot passed away today aged 97. Born in 1919, Captain Eric Brown CBE, DSC, AFC, Hon FRAeS, RN discovered aviation in 1936 in Germany with Ernst Udet and joined the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm during the war. His superb pilot …

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Nov 01 2015

Avro Vulcan XH558 final flight

The Avro Vulcan XH558 made its final flight on 28 October at Robin Hood Airport in Doncaster, Sheffield. The bomber had been restored to airworthiness in October 2007 by the Vulcan to the Sky Trust and made numerous appearances at airshows. Unfortunately, the aircraft’s age and total flight hours are such that still flying it is becoming …

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