Jul 22 2018

Squadron Leader Geoffrey Wellum DFC †

Geoffrey Wellum in 2009 (Photo PeterPanPan (CC BY 3.0))

Geoffrey Wellum in 2009 (Photo PeterPanPan (CC BY 3.0))

Squadron Leader Geoffrey Harris Augustus Wellum DFC passed away on 18 July 2018, aged 96. A former RAF fighter pilot, he took part in the Battle of Britain in 1940. He remained in frontline service until 1943, when he became a test pilot on the Hawker Typhoon and ended the war as a gunnery instructor. He left the RAF in 1960.

His wartime memoirs, First Light: The Story of the Boy Who Became a Man in the War-Torn Skies Above Britain, were first published in 2002 by Viking Books. The book was adapted to film in 2010 by the BBC under the name First Light.

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Jul 22 2018

C-47 “Blue Bonnet Belle” destroyed in accident

The C-47 “Blue Bonnet Belle” of the Commemorative Air Force’s Highland Lakes Squadron has been destroyed in an accident as the aircraft was departing for Oshkosh. Of the 13 people on board at the time of the crash, 7 were injured, including one with significant burn injuries who was airlifted to the hospital. The aircraft was totally destroyed in the fire that followed the take-off accident.

The C-47 Blue Bonnet Belle N47HL (Photo D. Miller (CC BY 2.0))

The C-47 Blue Bonnet Belle N47HL (Photo D. Miller (CC BY 2.0))

 

 

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* Some sources indicate that 14 people were on board “Blue Bonnet Belle”.

 

 

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Jul 21 2018

Fatal de Havilland Venom crash in Wisconsin

de Havilland DH 112 VenomA pilot was killed when his Havilland DH 112 Venom crashed in a farm near Sheboygan County Memorial Airport in Wisconsin. The aircraft reportedly crashed in a field before hitting a farm building. Two farm workers were also injured, one of them severely. Several dozen farm animals were also killed in the crash.

Few details are currently available on this tragic incident.

Source: WBay

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Jul 20 2018

Discover the official trailer for “Hurricane”

Kaleidoscope Film Distribution has released the official trailer of Hurricane, which should be reaching British cinemas and online platforms in early September. The movie tells the “untold true story of Squadron 303”. The Royal Air Force’s No 303 (Polish) Squadron was composed of Polish pilots and was one of the highest-scoring units of the Battle of Britain.

While 303’s story is more than worthy of being told again and the footage seems quite good, the trailer seems to show the movie will include some of the usual – and tiresome – “Hollywood stereotypes”. Let’s hope the full movie will be able to tell the story without exaggerations and any “bending” of historical fact. We’ll find out in a few weeks !

Find more information on the movie on http://hurricanefilm.co.uk/

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Jul 14 2018

Ford unveils Mustang GT Eagle Squadron

Ford Europe unveiled the Ford Mustang GT Eagle Squadron, a unique Mustang GT bearing the colours and markings of a Spitfire of No 71 (Eagle) Squadron to honour the American pilots who served in the Royal Air Force.

The Mustang is powered by a V8 engine delivering 710 hp and 610 lb/ft of torque. The codes and serial match the Spitfire Mk V EN783, which was notably flown by Greek-American ace Steve Pisanos.

Spitfire Mk V EN783 of No 71 (Eagle) Squadron (© Gaëtan Marie)

Spitfire Mk V EN783 of No 71 (Eagle) Squadron (© Gaëtan Marie)

Spitfire Mk V EN783 of No 71 (Eagle) Squadron (Crown Copyright)

Spitfire Mk V EN783 of No 71 (Eagle) Squadron (Crown Copyright)

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Jul 13 2018

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Jul 11 2018

CAC Boomerang nearing return to flight in Australia

CAC Boomerang (via Wikipedia)

CAC Boomerang (via Wikipedia)

Two CAC Boomerangs are currently being restored in Brisbane, Australia. One of these, serial A46-54, is almost finished and should be flying soon. Out of 250 Boomerangs built between 1942 and 1945, only about ten have been preserved.

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Jun 20 2018

Gloster Meteor flies again in Virginia

Gloster Meteor T.7 WA591 in 2012. (Photo Steve Walsh (CC BY-ND 2.0)).

The Gloster Meteor T.7 WA591 flew again on June 18 at Hampton Roads Executive Airport in Hampton Roads, Virginia. The aircraft was previously owned by the Classic Air Force Trust in Coventry, England, and is now part of the World Heritage Air Museum based at City Airport in Detroit, Michigan.

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May 10 2018

F4U-5N Corsair flies again in France

 

The Vought F4U-5N Corsair (BuNo 124724, registered F-AZEG) of the Casques de Cuir flew again yesterday in La Ferté-Alais, south of Paris, after a ten-year restauration.

This aircraft was built in 1951 and served with the US Navy before being bought by Honduras and serving during the “Soccer War”. It was later transferred to the civilian market and reached France in 1986.

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May 09 2018

TBM-3 Avenger crashes in Arizona, crew OK

TBM-3E Avenger VH-VTB in 2015 (Photo Wes Eggins (CC BY-NC 2.0))

Grumman TBM-3E Avenger 53337 registered N337VT (formerly VH-VTB, arrived in the USA in 2017) was probably destroyed ina  crash near Fort Apache, Arizona. After an engine failure over mountainous terrain, the crew bailed out rather than attempt an emergency landing in what would probably have been extremely dangerous conditions.

Both crew members were injured upon landing but are recovering and are no longer with emergency services. The Avenger’s crash site has not yet been located and its exact condition is unknown.

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Update: I had initially mistyped the former registration as VH-CTB instead of VH-VTB. Thanks to Tim B. for pointing out the mistake.

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May 09 2018

M.S. 315 pilot makes impressive emergency landing on UK beach

The Morane-Saulnier MS.315 G-BZNK (Photo Mike Burdett (CC BY-SA 2.0))

Zac Rockey, the pilot of the Morane-Saulnier M.S.315 G-BZNK, was forced to make an emergency landing on Jacob’s Ladder Beach in Devon, after his engine cut during a flight from Branscombe à Bodmin airfield in the United-Kingdom.

Not only did Rockey and his passenger emerge unscathed from the incident, but none of the people on the beach was injured either and the aircraft appears not be have suffered any major damage. The impressive scene was filmed by some of the beach dwellers.

Rockey said the conditions were “not ideal” and that he’d “had better runways” in the past.

A job well done !

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May 04 2018

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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 .

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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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