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Mig-29 Fulcrum from Paul Allen’s estate for sale

The MiG-29 Fulcrum N29UB (Photo Andrew W. Seiber "Red 64" in 2011. (VV BY-NC 2.0))

The two-seat Mikoyan-Gurevich Mig-29UB Fulcrum of Paul Allen’s estate is for sale by the Mente Group. The aircraft was acquired and was completely restored in 2008-2009 before being exported to the United States. Paul Allen, Microsoft’s co-founder, passed away in October 2018. He was a great aviation enthusiast and the founder of the Flying Heritage …

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Iouri Maksaïev, one of the last Normandie-Niémen veterans, has passed away

Iouri Maksaïev (Source : Russia Beyond)

Iouri Maksaïev, one of the last Normandie-Niémen veterans, passed away on August 3, 2019. Born in 1926, he trained as a mechanic and served in the famous franco-soviet fighter regiment equipped with Yakolev Yak-3 fighters and deployed on the Eastern Front. After the war, he remained in the armed forces until 1951 and then worked …

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Pilot injured in Vintage Wings of Canada FG-1D Corsair landing accident

Vintage Wings of Canada's Goodyear FG-1D Corsair C-GVWC in 2009 (Photo Henry Lo (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0))

Vintage Wings of Canada’s Goodyear FG-1D Corsair was damaged when it departed the runway during landing at Gatineau Executive Airport in Québec, Canada, on 3 July 2019. John Aitken, who was at the controls, suffered a broken rib and a broken nose but is expected to recover fully. The extent of the damage suffered by …

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JU-AIR’s Junkers Ju 52s to be completely overhauled and resume operations by 2021

Ju-52 HB-HOS in 2011 (Photo LFSB Plane Pictures (CC BY-NC-ND-2.0))

JU-AIR has shared the following information regarding the future of its three Junkers Ju 52s: JU-AIR has initiated the process to overhaul its three JU-52 completely.  The overhaul will be carried out by specialised firms and will last about two years. The airline will take up flight operations again in spring 2021. By then, it …

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New Warbird Shirts : F-8 Crusader, the last Gunfighter !

Two new F-8 Crusader Warbird Shirts are available in the shop : “Fear the Crouze”, depicting an F-8E(FN) of the French Navy, and an F-8C of VMF-333 “Fighting Shamrocks”.

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“Connie” Edwards has passed away

One of Connie Edwards' Buchón in 2018. (Photo Alan Wilson (CC BY-SA 2.0))

Wilson Connell “Connie” Edwards passed away on May 3, 2019 in Texas. Born on 25 April 1934, he served in the US Air National Guard from 1951 to 1960. In 1968 and 1969, he was chief pilot for the movie “The Battle of Britain”, flying Hispano Buchóns (Bf 109 built under license in Spain), Spitfires, …

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EAA’s B-25 Mitchell “Berlin Express” flies again

The Experimental Aircraft Association's North American B-25 Mitchell "Berlin Express" on its first post-restoration flight. (Photo © EAA)

The Experimental Aircraft Association’s North American B-25H Michell “Berlin Express” made its forst post-restoration flight on 20 April 2019 after a four and a half-year restoration. The aircraft is notably known for its role in the movie “Catch-22”. Photo & video © Experimental Aircraft Association

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Pilot killed in Northrop N-9M crash in California

  The 1944 Northrop N-9M restored and flown by the Planes of Fame museum crashed in a prison courtyard in Norco, California on 22 April 2019. The pilot did not survive the crash and the aircraft appears to have been totally destroyed by the crash and subsequent fire. The aircraft was the fourth and last …

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Lt Col Richard “Dick” Cole, last surviving member of the Doolittle raid, has passed away

Lieutenant Colonel Richard “Dick” E. Cole, Jimmy Doolittle’s copilot and last surviving member of the Doolittle raid on Tokyo on 18 April 1942, passed away on 9 April 2019. Born in 1915, he enlisted as aviation cadet in 1940. He was one of the 80 crew members selected to take part in the famous raid …

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New Warbird Shirt & 15% off all items in the shop

A new Warbird Shirt is available from our shop: “Old Crow”, the P-51D Mustang flown by 357th Fighter Group ace Clarence “Bud” Anderson, wingman to “Chuck” Yeager. Save 15% off this new shirt, or any other item in the shop, by using the promo code 15APRIL19 between 5 anf 9 April 2019. Thanks as always …

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Morane-Saulnier MS.733 flies again in France

Morane-Saulnier MS.733 n°134 F-WYOT ( Photo © Vintage Aircraft Midi Pyrénées )

On 17 March 2019, the Morane-Saulnier MS.733 Alcyon No. 134 (registered F-WYOT) made its first flight after a four-year restoration. This first test flight lasted thirty minutes, and was made with gear extended. Five other flights were made since. This aircraft is a former French air force example, and was purchased by a Swiss owner …

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New Warbird Shirt: Spitfire Racer !

A new Warbird Shirt is available in our shop: the Spitfire Racer ! This is Spitfire Mk 21 LA217 of No 41 Squadron in 1947 at Blackpool. You can find this shirt design as well as others in our Warbird Shirts shop and help support the website. Civilian or racing liveries are not very common …

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Spitfire T.9 PT462 damaged in gear-up landing

The Aircraft Restoration Company (ARCo) announced on its Facebook page that the Spitfire T.9 “Indy” made a wheels-up landing  at Denham Aerodrome on Wednesday the 27th of February. The pilot and copilot were unharmed but the aircraft sustained some damage, the extent of which will be evaluated when the aircraft is brought back to Duxford. …

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Engine runs for RAAF Museum Mustang “Duffy’s Delight”

The North American Mustang Mk 23 “Duffy’s Delight” (serial A68-170, registered VH-SVU) of the Royal Australian Air Force Museum recently made its first engine runs since the engine was returned from overhaul. The aircraft was fully restored in the nineties and made its first post-restoration flight on 17 February 1999. In 2012, the aircraft was …

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First official flight for XP-82 Twin Mustang prototype

The North American XP-82 Twin Mustang 44-83887 on test flight over Sierras in 1945 (Photo USAF)

After an unexpected first flight on 31 December, the prototype of Tom Reilly’s North American XP-82 Twin Mustang made its first “official” flight on Monday 28 January. Ray Fowler was again at the controls of the XP-82 for this “second first flight”, which went very well. Warbird Digest made this video showing the first flight. You …

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