Unique Moynet M.360 Jupiter flies again in France

First flight of the Moynet Jupiter (Photo © Espace Air Passion)

First flight of the Moynet Jupiter (Photo © Espace Air Passion)

The Moynet M.360/6 Jupiter made its new maiden flight on July 26 in France after a lengthy restoration done by Espace Air Passion/GPPA (Groupement de Préservation du Patrimoine Aéronautique).

The test crew was composed of Christian Ravel and Jean-Pierre Lambin. The Moynet M360/6 was built in 1965 and had not flown since 1978. Designed as an executive transport, it was never produced and only two prototypes were completed.  Continue reading

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New warbird shirts and a special offer

Two new shirt designs have been added to the Warbird Shirts shop : a P-40F Warhawk of the famous Free French GC II/5 “La Fayette” fighter group with the Sioux head emblem, and the B-24 Liberator “Hot Stuff”, the first 8th Air Force bomber to survive 25 combat missions in World War II.

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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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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))





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



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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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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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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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Warbird Shirts : free shipping until July 17

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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.

Read the full story on Warbirds News.

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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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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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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.


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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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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Warbird Shirts: the F4U is (finally!) available, and free shipping

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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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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