“Hurricane” movie to tell 303 Squadron story

Kaleidoscope Film Distribution has published the teaser for its upcoming movie “Hurricane”, which will tell the story of No 303 (Polish) Squadron of the RAF, whose Polish pilots performed remarkably during the Battle of Britain. The story is set to be seen through the eyes of Polish ace Jan Zumbach.

The release date for the movie is not yet known but it would appear to be in 2019.

Source: Aerodynamic Media

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Margot Duhalde, Free French pilot, has died

Margot Duhalde, the only woman to join the Forces Aériennes Françaises Libres (FAFL, Free French Air Force), passed away on 5 February 2018 in Santiago de Chili. Born in 1920, she was of French origin and became a pilot in 1938.

Following de Gaulle’s call, she joined the FAFL in March 1941 but was not allowed to enter combat. She became a pilot for the RAF’s Air Transport Auxiliary, ferrying new and repaired planes to frontline units. She made over 1,300 such flights, on more than 100 types of aircraft.

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“That’s All, Brother” flies again

The Douglas C-47A Skytrain “That’s All, Brother”, the aircraft that led the aerial invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944, has flown again. The aircraft, whose unique history had somewhat been forgotten, hadn’t flown in nearly a decade and was scheduled to be converted to a turboprop by Basler Turbo Conversions in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The Commemorative Air Force discovered the aircraft and decided to restore it to airworthiness under its original specifications.

The first flight was made on January 31st, and was followed by two other test flights. Doug Rozendaal and Tom Travis were at the controls.

More information on the first post-restoration flight of this unique historical aircraft can be found on these websites:

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Discover the new website Greeks in Foreign Cockpits

We are pleased to announce that the website of our friend and colleague Dimitris Vassilopoulos is now online:

http://www.greeks-in-foreign-cockpits.com/

Dimitris has already written two remarkably complete volumes on the pilots and crews of Greek parentage or origin who served in foreign air forces during World War II, notably with the USAAF and RAF.

Unfortunately, the books are currently only available in Greek. The new website is in English and will provide valuable information to anyone researching the subject. Please give them a visit !

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Jerome “Jerry” Yellin †

Jerome “Jerry” Yellin, who flew the last American combat mission of World War II, passed away on December 21.

On 15 August 1945, Yellin and his wingman Philip Schlamberg of the 78th Fighter Squadron took off from Iwo Jima to strafe Japanese airfields near Nagoya. Japan was imminently expected to surrender and the pair was to abort their mission and return to base in the event they received the code word “Utah”, signalling the end of the war. For some reason, they never received the code word and Yellin discovered upon landing that the war had ended three hours earlier. Sadly, Schlamberg disappeared in a cloud bank after the attack and was presumed killed in combat.

After the war, Yellin became an advocate for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and personally struggled for years to overcome what he had experienced during his service.

He is survived by four children, one sister and six grand-children.

Source: Stripes.com

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New warbird shirt available: A6M Zero

Many of you had requested it, and your wish has been granted: the Mitsubishi A6M Zero shirt is now available from the Warbird Shirt shop! 🙂

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Donnet-Lévêque C replica flies in France

After 20 years of work, the replica of the Donnet-Lévêque Type C flying boat built by Les Retro Planes d’Argenteuil has taken to the skies. The 2-minute first flight was made on 16 November 2017 at la Ferté-Alais with Edmond Salis at the controls.

The flight showed that adjustments are needed on the 80 hp Rhône rotary engine, which was not delivering sufficient power. It would appear that the carburettor is the source of the problem.

More informations (with photos) can be found on Aero Buzz.

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World’s last surviving twin-seat Buchón flies again

The last surviving HA-1112-M4L Buchón (G-AWHC), a twin-seater variant of the Buchón, flew again yesterday at Sywell Aerodrome in the UK. Richard Grace was at the controls and made two flights.The aircraft was part of Connie Edwards’ collection, which was sold in 2014.

More information and videos on the Sywell Aerodrome Facebook page.

 

 

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Thomas J. Hudner †

Thomas J. Hudner Jr., the only US Naval aviator to be awarded the Medal of Honor during the Korean War, died age 93 at his home in Concord, Massachusetts, on 13 November 2017.

Born on 31 August 1924, Thomas Hudner was flying F4U Corsairs with VF-32 when the Korean War broke out. On 4 December 1950, during the Battle of Chosin Reservoir, Hudner deliberately crashed his aircraft on a mountainside in an attempt to rescue his wingman Jesse L. Brown, the first African-American aviator in the US Navy.

Hudner retired from the US Navy in 1973 and was very active with veterans associations.

His Medal of Honor citation reads:

“For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as a pilot in Fighter Squadron 32, while attempting to rescue a squadron mate whose plane struck by antiaircraft fire and trailing smoke, was forced down behind enemy lines. Quickly maneuvering to circle the downed pilot and protect him from enemy troops infesting the area, Lt. (J. G.) Hudner risked his life to save the injured flier who was trapped alive in the burning wreckage. Fully aware of the extreme danger in landing on the rough mountainous terrain and the scant hope of escape or survival in subzero temperature, he put his plane down skillfully in a deliberate wheels-up landing in the presence of enemy troops. With his bare hands, he packed the fuselage with snow to keep the flames away from the pilot and struggled to pull him free. Unsuccessful in this, he returned to his crashed aircraft and radioed other airborne planes, requesting that a helicopter be dispatched with an ax and fire extinguisher. He then remained on the spot despite the continuing danger from enemy action and, with the assistance of the rescue pilot, renewed a desperate but unavailing battle against time, cold, and flames. Lt. (J. G.) Hudner’s exceptionally valiant action and selfless devotion to a shipmate sustain and enhance the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.”

Read more on Thomas Hudner and Jesse Brown.

 

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C-97 Stratofreighter “Angel of Deliverance” flies again

The Boeing C-97G “Angel of Deliverance” of the Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation made a successful first flight on November 7 from Floyd Bennett Field  to Robert J. Miller Airpark in Berkeley Township, NJ. From there, the aircraft was refueled and flew to Reading Regional Airport.

“Angel of Deliverance” is currently the only airworthy C-97 Stratofreighter, a long-range heavy cargo derivative of the B-29/B-50.

 

More information can be found from Warbirds News by Warbird Digest.

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Fieseler Storch flies again in Norway

 

From Aerodynamic Media: Warbirds of Norway’s Fieseler Fi 156 Storch Wk.Nr. 1816, built by Morane-Saulnier in Puteaux, France, flew again earlier this month in Kjeller.

After serving with the French air force, the aircraft joined the civilian registry as F-BJQB until 1970, when it was exported to the US.

It has been restored to be as close to the original Fi 156C-3 specifications as possible, complete with an original Argus AS 10C engine, original instruments and equipment, and the markings of an aircraft that served with JG 5 in Norway.

 

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First flight for Caudron G.III replica in Czech Republic

The Caudron G.III replica built for the Metodej Vlach Aircraft Museum in the Czech Republic has been finished and made its maiden flight on 23 September 2017.

(h/t to Petr H.)

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First post-restoration flight for P-51C Mustang “Lope’s Hope 3rd”

The P-51C-10-NT Mustang “Lope’s Hope 3rd” made its first post-restoration flight on October 17 after being restored by AirCorps Aviation. The flight was made with pilot Warren Pietsch at the controls. The aircraft, serial number 43-24907, was used for training during World War II and did not see combat. It carries the colours of s/n 42-103585 “Lope’s Hope 3rd” flown by 5-victory ace Lt. Donald Lopez of the 23rd Fighter Group, 75th Fighter Squadron.

After the war Lopez became a test pilot and later was deputy director of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum until his passing in 2008.

Lt Donald Lopez’s P-51C “Lope’s Hope 3rd” in September 1944. Profile created by Gaëtan Marie/Bravo Bravo Aviation for AirCorps Aviation.

 

 

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Breitling to end its support to the Super Constellation Flyers Association

C-121C Super Constellation HB-RSC. (Photo Aldo Bidini (GNU FDL))

There is an end to even the best things. The 14-year-old partnership between the Super Constellation Flyers Association which flies the C-121C Super Constellation HB-RSC and the Swiss watchmaker Breitling is reportedly coming to an end.

Breitling, whose name is strongly associated to aviation, has been a generous donator to many classic aviation projects for years. Breitling was acquired by the British equity firm CVC Capital Partners earlier this year, and seems to be reducing its support for such projects.

Nevertheless, it was Breitling long-standing support that made it possible for the 3,500 members of the association to acquire, restore and fly the Super Constellation, one of only two airworthy examples in the world.

The association is now looking for new sponsors and ways to continue its operations, and the aircraft should keep flying and offering paid rides in the near future. We hope they will succeed in finding new sponsors and keep this extraordinary aircraft flying.

Source: Tribune de Genève

 

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New Warbird Shirt: P-51B Mustang “Berlin Express”

New Warbird Shirt available: the North American P-51B Mustang “Berlin Express”.

 

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