Tag Archive: United States of America

Mar 28 2013

Flying Heritage Collection F6F Hellcat first flight

Flying Heritage Collection test flew their newly restored Grumman F6F-5N for the very first time on Wednesday, March 27th, 2013 with Steve Hinton at the controls. The Hellcat is their latest addition to the collection and will be flying for the 2013 season here at Paine Field in Everett, Washington. Source: fight2flyphoto on YouTube

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Jan 04 2013

Tempest Mk II to be restored to airworthiness in Texas

Having arrived in Texas last October, Tempest Mk II MW404 should be restored to airworthiness over the next 5 years. The restoration could take longer as the exact state of preservation of the aircraft needs to be assesed. It will be powered by a Curtiss-Wright R-3350 engine, in remplacement of the original Bristol Centaurus. MW404 …

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Nov 22 2012

Combat veteran A-26 Invader unveiled at NEAM

A preserved A-26 Invader in flight. (Photo Javier Pedreira (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0))

After a 9-year restoration process, the Douglas A-26C Invader s/n 43-22499 nicknamed “Reida Rae” was unveiled on October 6th at the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, CT. The aircraft flew combat missions with the 416th Bombardment Group of 9th Air Force in Europe from December 1944 to August 1945 (sic). Twelve 416th BG …

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Oct 11 2012

Centaurus-engined Sea Fury flies again in California

A Hwaker Sea Fury (Photo Simon (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0))

The Hawker Sea Fury T.20 VX300/N924G flew again on September 25 at Ione, California, with Brian Sanders at the controls. The aircraft is powered by a Bristol Centaurus. Its restoration took 14 years and was carried out by Sanders Aeronautics. Source: Aeroplane Monthly

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Oct 07 2012

Grumman F3F flies again

A rare Grumman F3F-2 flew again recentely at Sonoma Valley Airport in California, with pilot and restorer Chris Prevost at the controls.

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Jun 04 2012

Fairey Firefly damaged in landing accident

Fairey Firefly AS.6 WB518 was damaged when its landing gear failed during its landing run at the Wings over Gillepsie airshow last Sunday. The pilot was able to exit the aircraft unharmed and the plane was described as “not being a total loss” by the meeting’s spokesperson. Source (with picture)

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Apr 07 2012

Howard Pardue killed in the crash of his F8F Bearcat

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Howard Pardue, a valued member of the warbird community was killed in the crash of his Grumman F8F Bearcat on April 4, 2012, shortly after taking off from Breckenridge, Texas. The aircraft reportedly crashed at the end of the runway and burst in flames, leaving no chance of survival to the pilot.

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Mar 02 2012

A Potez 63-11 will soon fly in Texas

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As incredible as it may appear, it is in Texas, in Harlingen precisely, that a Potez 63-11 will soon take to the air thanks to a man, a Frenchman established there for several dozen years, Jean-Marie Garric, already known for his modifications of Yak-11 into Yak-3.

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Feb 05 2012

OY-1 Sentinel returns to the air

The OY-1 is the Navy's designation of the L-5 Sentinel. (Photo Jo Hunter)

A restored Stinson OY-1 Sentinel returned to the air after a 10-year restoration on January 16 at Franklin Municipal Airport. The aircraft was restored by the Commemorative Air Force Old Dominion Squadron at Franklin Municipal Airport.  The plan was to restore the plane to near-original condition as a Marine Observation Squadron 6 OY-1. Source

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Jan 17 2012

Yanks Air Museum EC-121 takes back to the skies

After a lengthy seven-year restoration, the Yanks Air Museum’s EC-121 Super Constellation flew on the 14th of January. This aircraft, the AWACS version of the infamous Super Constellation airliner, was flown from Camarillo to Chino, California, where it will rejoin the museum’s collections.

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Jan 03 2012

Curtiss SB2C Helldiver discovered off Florida coast

Curtiss SB2C Helldiver

Divers from Jupiter, Florida, have discovered the wreck of a Curtiss SB2C Helldiver lying on its back at a depth of 185 ft. The aircraft seems to be in good shape. Its exact identity is unknown. Source.

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Dec 11 2011

TSWM P-40 damaged in landing accident

The P-40M restored to flying condition by the Tri-State Warbird Museum was damaged in a landing accident. The aircraft was flown by 50 year-old Paul Redlich, President of the Tri-State Warbird Museum, when the engine blew a piston. With smoke and oil coming from the engine, Redlich managed to bring the aircraft back to Clermont …

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Nov 17 2011

Huey pilot injured in forced landing

A UH-1 Huey. (Photo Steve Crane (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0))

The pilot of a UH-1H Huey helicopter (N502AW) was wounded when he crash-landed his machine near Grand Canyon Valle Airport, Arizona on November 15. The pilot, Jeff Boatman, reported a transmission problem and then proceeded to make the landing. He was trapped inside the wreckage but was freed by emergency services. He is reported as …

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Oct 13 2011

Howard Hughes record broken by Reno racer

Whiteside's record-breaking Yak-3U "Steadfast" (Photo Jack Snell (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)).

On October 10, Will Whiteside broke the world speed record for an piston-engine powered aircraft of less than 6,600 lbs. This record was held since 1935 by Howard Hughes in his H1 racer, and was only broken in 2002 by an H1 replica. Flying his Yak-3U “Steadfast”, Whiteside broke the record at 407 mph, beating …

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Oct 08 2011

Cleveland Air Race Revival 2011

Cleveland Air Races Revival 2011

Reminiscent of the National Air Races which were held from 1920 à 1949, an air race will be held on October 15th in Cleveland. The race is open to both standard and experimental aircraft. All racers will follow a six-branch 150-miles course starting and ending at Cleveland Municipal Airport. The public can watch the races …

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