Category: News

Video: BBC interviews Rob Davies after Duxford collision

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Video: Fairchild PT-26 takes to the skies again

Curt Kinchen flew his Fairchild PT-26 for the first time in two and half years on June 30, at Paine Field, WA. The aircraft was damaged in an emergency landing two and a half years ago.  

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More bad news: Dr. I, Beechcraft and L-39 accidents

More bad news for this week-end, but at least no deaths. If this goes on, I’ll have to consider renaming the blog warbird-crashes.com. 🙁 A Fokker Dr.I replica nosed-over while taxiing at Duxford. Another Dr. I replica crash-landed after engine failure at the Geneseo Airshow (NY, USA) on Saturday July 9, the pilot escaping unharmed. …

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Duxford collision: videos and photos

Unsurprisingly, the collision between P-51 “Big Beautiful Doll” and Skyraider F-AZDP was filmed and photographed by dozens of people. I’ll be posting some of the most interesting ones here if I have permission to do so, or just links when I don’t.

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Mid-air collision at Duxford

P-51 "Big Beautiful Doll" (Photo Simon (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0))

I just received word from Gaël, a friend and fellow member of the CAF French Wing that the French Skyraider (F-AZDP) collided with P-51 “Big Beautiful Doll” at the Duxford Flying Legends airshow.  Rob Davies, BBD’s pilot, bailed out while the Skyraider was able to land, minus several feet of right wingtip. Fortunately, no casualties …

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Warbird Heritage Foundation’s P-51 “Baby Duck” flies again

The Warbird Heritage Foundation’s P-51 Mustang “Baby Duck” took back to the air for the first time since 1996. Pictures are available on the WHF’s Facebook page.

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Record-breaking Lynx restored to initial configuration

G-LYNX, a specially-modified Lynx helicopter which beat the world speed record in 1986 by reaching 400.87 km/h (249.09 mph), was restored to its initial configuration. After its record-breaking flight, the helicopter was modified for other tests before being retired in 1991. In 1995 it was donated to the Helicopter Museum. In 2007, AgustaWestland took back …

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Wing Commander John Beazley

Wing Commander John Beazley, who has died aged 94, was a Battle of Britain fighter pilot and saw almost continuous action during the Second World War. Read the obituary on the Telegraph.

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Fighter ace Geoff Fisken passes away

New Zealander ace Geoff Fisken, DFC, passed away on June 12, 2011. He was credited with 10 to 13 confirmed aerial victories against the Japanese, flying the Brewster Buffalo and later the P-40 Warhawk. He is believed to be the highest-scoring British Commonwealth ace in the Pacific theater. After the war, Fisken returned to his …

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Bucker Jungmann crashes in Bedfordshire

It seems I’m only posting about crashes or accidents recently.. . 🙁 A Bücker Jungmann (G-RETA) crashed in a field near Old Warden airfield yesterday morning (Sunday, July 3rd). The pilot was only slightly injured. The Jungmann, which ended on its back, is part of the Shuttleworth Collection. More details and a video report can …

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Anna Walker belly-lands Seafire in France

Pilot Anna Walker had to belly-land the Seafire SX336 at Bondues in France on July 2, at 5:30 PM local time. For an unknown reason, the gear did not extend. The aircraft landed on its belly and did a 180° turn before coming to rest. Fortunately, Anna Walker was not injured. It seems the aircraft …

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Curtiss A-1 replica crashes in Keuka Lake

A replica of a 1911 Curtiss A-1 Triad seaplane crashed in Keuka Lake in Hammondsport, NY, on the evening of Thursday July the 30th. The pilot, 58 year-old Kevin House, was not injured. The replica was flown by the Glenn H. Curtiss Aviation Museum and was substantially damaged. It was towed back to shore and …

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Seattle Museum of Flight’s B-17F back on display

The Boeing B-17F Flying Fortress “Boeing Bee” s/n 42-29782 is now back on display at the Seattle Museum of Flight after a 20-year long restoration. The bomber, which is considered as one of the most authentic survivors of its type, was last displayed by the SMF in 1999. A photo gallery can be found here. …

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First flight of CFM’s P-51D Mustang “The Brat III”

The Cavanaugh Flight Museum’s P-51D first flew on Wednesday, June 22 after a 4 year restoration. The Mustang now carries its historical wartime colours as “The Brat III”, which was flown by Lt. Hjalmar Johnsen of the 401st FS, 370th FG, 9th AF. Pictures are available on Ezell Aviation’s Facebook page.

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Air Commodore Peter Cribb

Air Commodore Peter Cribb, who has died aged 92, was one of the most successful and gallant master bombers of the Pathfinder Force; he flew more than 100 wartime operations, including one when he made an unauthorised raid on Hitler’s retreat at Berchtesgaden. Read the obituary on the Telegraph.

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