F4U-5NL first post-restoration flight

F-AZYS in its previous livery. (Photo Volalto (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0))

F4U-5NL BuNo 125541 (F-AZYS) flew its first post-restoration flight on May 5, 2011 with Achim Meier at the controls. The aircraft was previously in F4U-7 configuration and carried French Navy colours.

The restoration to its original configuration and colours was carried out by Meier Motors in Germany.

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Starfighters Inc. to receive five more F-104

Photo by TMWolf (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Florida-based Stafighters Inc. will be receiving five more Starfighters, which have been purchased from the italian AF and should arrive next month. This will bring the fleet to a total of 9 aircraft. The new F-104s are more recent than the ones already being used by Starfighters but importing them and making them ready for operations will still cost up to $1 million per airframe. Source

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90-year old Marine pilot returns to the cockpit

Burrel Sumner, USMC flight instructor and veteran from World War II and Korea, flew in a Stearman, the airplane that he learned to fly in 71 years ago. Source

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Beechraft Model 18 crashes in Florida

Photo D. Miller (CC BY 2.0)

A Beechcraft E18S (N18R) used for cargo transport crashed near some houses in Opa-Locka, FL shortly after take-off. The pilot was killed. Continue reading

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Dambuster raid reenacted in Canada

An Upkeep bomb, preserved in the Imperial War Museum (Photo Martin Richards (CC BY-SA 3.0))

The bomb that was used to destroy the Ruhr dams during the infamous 1943 Dambuster raids, known as the “Upkeep”, was recreated and tested in Canada. The Upkeep was designed by Barnes Wallis. The raid has been reenacted many times, notably by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Lancaster but, by a twist of fate, the bomb’s original design and calculations were lost in 1960 in a flood.  Continue reading

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Oldest Stearman back in the air

After crashing in September 2008 and being rebuilt by owner Larry Tobin, Stearman C3B s/n 004 took back to the air on May 1 at Felts Field in Spokane (WA),  thus reclaiming its title of oldest flying Stearman. More information and pictures on AntiqueAirfield.com.

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Two killed in another Yak-52 accident (UK)

Photo Geoff Collins

Two people were killed in the crash of their Yak-52 in Essex (UK) on 28 April 2011. The aircraft, which had been flying in formation with two other aircraft, appears to have hit some trees bordering a lake before crashing in the lake itself. The two people on board never exited the airplane, which rested under some 10 ft of water. Continue reading

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L-39 crash-lands in France

(Photo by Fabio)

A French Aero L-39 Albatros operated by “Les Ailes de Pégase” crash-landed in a forest Gironde, France, on Saturday April 30th. Both the pilot and passenger survived the crash landing and were evacuated to a nearby hospital. Continue reading

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Pacific Aviation Museum receives a T-33

A USAF T-33 (Photo USAF)

The Pacific Aviation Museum has received a Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star jet trainer, which became the museum’s 28th aircraft. The aircraft was used at Honolulu Community College, and was donated to the museum. It will be available for viewing by visitors in Hangar 79, where the aircraft will undergo restoration by the museum’s Lt. Ted Shealy Restoration Shop team. Source

More information and pictures of the arrival of the T-33

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F-8 Crusader 149210 and its drivers, by Chris Monier

It is difficult to come up with an idea that is both original and interesting in the world of aviation books. Chris Monier has managed to do this with this book, which is dedicated to F-8 Crusader BuNo 149210. Continue reading

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Video: Mosquito 3/4-scale replica maiden flight

The French association Reconstruction Répliques Avions Anciens has succesfully carried out the first flight of its 3/4-scale Mosquito replica. Here is a video of the first flight, by Jean-Pierre Montreuil.

Work on the replica began in 1995 and required over 30,000 hours of work before it was ready for the first test at the Fontenay-le-Comte airfield. The first engine test were carried out earlier this year and were then followed by high-speed ground tests. The first flight took place on April 23, 2011.

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Two killed in Yak-52 accident

Photo Geoff Collins

Two people were killed in the crash of their Yak-52 during an aerobatic training flight over Fontenay-Trésigny airfield(France). The causes of the accident are yet unknown. Continue reading

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P-40C takes to the air again

On 17 April 2011, a rare P-40C Tomahawk flew again in New Zealand, after a five and a half-year restoration by Avspecs Ltd. Test pilot John Lamont was satisfied with the handling of the aircraft, which has been painted to represent 2Lt. George Welch’s aircraft at the time of the Pearl Harbor attack. Continue reading

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Unique Do 17Z found off the coast in Kent

Dornier Do 17Z (Photo Deutsches Bundesarchiv)

A rare Dornier Do 17 has been located by sonar off the coast of Kent in the UK. On 26 August 1940, a Do 17Z from 7./KG 3 was shot down and force-landed on a sandbank on the coast of Kent, where it disappeared in the sand. Sixty-eight years later, the wreck began emerging from the sand. Continue reading

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First flight of 3/4-scale Mosquito replica in France

A 3/4-scale replica of the de Havilland Mosquito made its maiden flight on Saturday April 23, 2011 in France.

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