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Seven killed in B-17 “Nine O Nine” crash

More information has been released by authorities concerning the crash of the B-17 “Nine O Nine”. It is now being reported that seven were killed, and seven wounded (including one person on the ground). The status of the survivors is not known as authorities are understandably declining to provide more details until the families of …

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Several casualties in Collings Foundation B-17 Flying Fortress crash

The Collings Foundation’s Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress “Nine O Nine” crashed this morning shortly before 10:00 AM at Bradley International Airport near Hartford, Connecticut. Available information on this tragic accident is incomplete and in many cases conflicting, but it appears at least two were killed. Several other were wounded, including one person on the ground. …

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Aermacchi MB-326 flies again in Italy

An Aermacchi MB-326K (construction number 6574, registered I-MBCK) flew again on 26 September 2019 in Reggio Emilia near Bologna, Italy. The aircraft was built in the mid 1970s and was intended for the Zairian air force. The aircraft was never delivered due to financial troubles in Zaire and no other owner was ever found, the …

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Henry Buttelmann, the youngest Korean War ace, has passed away

Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Buttelmann, the youngest ace of the Korean War, passed away on September 16, 2019. Henry Buttelmann was born in Corona, New York on 26 June 1929. Entering the Air Force pilot training program in 1952, he graduated and went through advanced gunnery training before being sent to Korea in December of that year …

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Belgian Aviation Preservation Association receives SV4-RS prototype

The Belgian Aviation Preservation Association (BAPA) recently added a “classic aircraft from the future” to its collection ! The aircraft in question is the most recent variant of the famous Stampe & Vertongen SV-4 : the SV4-RS, built by Ultralight Concept. The SV4-RS is an ultralight version of the SV-4 designed and built by Raoul …

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S/L John Hart, one of the last surviving Battle of Britain pilots, has passed away

Squadron Leader John Hart DFC, one of the last four surviving Battle of Britain veterans according to Metro News, passed away on 18 June 2019. Born in 1916, Hart was a Canadian pilot in the Royal Air Force (RAF) from 1938 to 1946. He flew Lysanders in the RAF Army Cooperation Command, Spitfires in the …

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Tupolev Tu-2 to be restored to airworthiness in Russia

A Tupolev Tu-2 in flight.

Two Tupolev Tu-2S bombers were recently received by the Novosibirsk State Technical University in Russia. These aircraft served with the Chinese air force before being stored in a museum and were later purchased by John MacGuire of the War Eagles Museum in Santa Teresa, New Mexico. Staff at the University plan to restore one of …

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Aéroscopia museum in France receives an Airbus A380

An Airbus A380 at ILA 2006 (Photo Łukasz Golowanow (CC BY-SA 2.5))

The French museum Aéroscopia, located in southern France near Toulouse, received the Airbus A380 MSN 002 on 29 August. The aircraft was simply towed to the museum as it is located next to the airbus assembly complex. Source (and photos): Aerobuzz | Aéroscopia accueille son A380

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ATAC Mirage F1 makes maiden flight

ATAC F1s are off and flying. We recently undertook successful first flight with our F1 Mirage as we prepare to support customer training needs. All functions progressing: new facilities; upgraded aircraft; and additional pilots with more to come! pic.twitter.com/135UkedGQD — ATAC (Airborne Tactical Advantage Company) (@ATACTextron) August 26, 2019 Five years after their withdrawal from …

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Open Hangar Day for the Belgian Aviation Preservation Association on Saturday the 31st of August

Silence on set, the BAPA makes its cinema, first, action, rolling! BAPA will be holding its open house on Saturday, August 31 to celebrate the fifth participation in a shooting of its B25J Mitchell with its almost fully equipped interior and its superb current Pinup “Yankee Doodle” from the mini-series “Catch-22”. The whole event will …

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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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Airco DH.9 E8894 flies again in Duxford

The Airco DH.9 E8894 G-CDLI ( Photo © Ashley Stephenson )

The Airco DH.9 E8894 registered G-CDLI of the Historic Aircraft Collection made its first post-restoration flight in Duxford on May 13. The flight lasted 30 minutes and was made with Dodge Bailey at the controls.The aircraft’s restoration was carried out by Retrotech and Aero Vintage Ltd and took over ten years. E8894 is the sole …

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