Walkaround: CAP 20L F-AZVR

Here are some reference photos of the Mudry CAP 20L registered F-AZVL, which might be  of interest to modellers, illustrators. This aircraft was built in 1979. The photos were taken on 20 May 2017 at Le Plessis-Belleville. All photos © Bertrand Brown.

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B-17 “Shady Lady” flies again

As announced last month, the Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress “Shady Lady” has flown again and departed the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in McMinnville, Oregon, to join the collection of the Collings Foundation.

More information on Aerodynamic Media.

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Bolivia retires last active Lockheed T-33

(Photo Mateo33 (CC BY-SA 3.0))

On July 31st, the Bolivian Air Force’s Grupo Aéreo de Caza 31 retired the last four T-33 in military service worldwide, thus putting an end to the military career of Lockheed’s iconic jet trainer and light aircraft, which first flew in 1948. The T-33 served an impressive 44 years in Bolivia.

More on this topic from Jane’s 360.

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Two injured in Sea Fury accident in Breckenridge, Texas

Hawker Sea Fury N254SF in 2007 (Photo Greg Goebel (CC BY-SA 2.0))

Nelson Ezell of Ezell Aviation and his passenger Dustin Mayfield were injured in an accident involving Hawker Sea Fury N254SF on July 25 near Stephen County Airport in Breckenridge, Texas . Details concerning the accident are unavailable, with conflicting versions being provided by media.

More to the point, Breckenridge American reports the following about the health of Ezell and Mayfield:

Ezell sustained serious but not critical injuries, while Mayfield’s injuries were less serious, according to the men’s wives.

We wish both men a speedy recovery.

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First engine runs for B-17 Flying Fortress “Shady Lady”

The Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum has reported that the B-17G Flying Fortress “Shady Lady” (s/n 44-83785) recently ran its engines for the first time in 15 years. The bomber was acquired by the Collings Foundation in 2015 and should make its first flight soon. It will then be flown to the Collings Foundation in Stow, Massachusetts, and will join the “Wings of Freedom Tour” where it will replace the B-17 “Nine-O’Nine”, giving the latter the opportunity to undergo a major inspection and likely receive a new livery in the process.

More on this topic from Aerodynamic Media.

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USA: Two killed in P-51 Mustang crash

The P-51 Mustang “Baby Duck” in 2016. (Photo JanetanPhil (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0))

Vlado Lenoch and his passenger Bethany Root were killed in the crash of the P-51 Mustang “Baby Duck” on Sunday, July 16 in Atchison county, Kansas. Vlado Lenoch was a respected member of the warbird community and a member of the Air Force Heritage Flight since its creation in 1997. Bethany Root was general manager at the Amelia Earhart airport in Atchison.

Our thoughts and prayers go to the family and relatives of Vlado Lenoch and Bethany Root.

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A-26 “Special Kay” flies again

“Special Kay” made its first flight in Fort Worth, Texas on 8 July 2017 after a six-and-a-half year restoration.

This aircraft was the final B-26K, a variant of the A-26 Invader improved and re-engined by On Mark for service during the Vietnam War.

More info on this topic on Warbirds News.

 

 

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“Miss Velma” and “Berlin Express” damaged in separate incidents at Flying Legends

The TF-51D “Miss Velma” made a wheels-up landing during the Flying Legends airshow at Duxford this weekend. It appears the engine failed shortly before landing and the pilot made the quick decision to perform a wheels-up landing in a field. The aircraft suffered damage but the pilot was unhurt.

 

In a separate incident, the P-51B “Berlin Express”, which recently crossed the Atlantic to participate in the airshow, had its Malcolm hood disintegrate during a low pass, damaging the tail surfaces of the aircraft. Fortunately, nobody was hurt in this incident either.

 

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Video: 1939 Cleveland National Air Race

Found this on the excellent blog Hushkit. Enjoy !

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Video: First flight in the US for Mosquito TV959

Mosquito TV959, a T Mk 3 of Paul Allen’s Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum made its first flight in the US since its arrival in late 2016. Video by Jason Fortenbacher.

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Travolta donates his historic Boeing 707 to Historic Aircraft Restoration Society

John Travolta is donating his historical Boeing 707, part of a batch of 11 Boeing 707 delivered to Qantas in 1964. These were the first jetliners to be used by the Australian company and replaced the legendary Lockheed Constellation.

The aircraft hasn’t flown since last December and will reportedly require some minor repairs before delivery to HARS, which hopes to maintain the aircraft airworthy.

Source: ABC News

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New Warbird Shirt : Supermarine Spitfire Mk 24

 

Our Warbird Shirts have had some success, so we’re now expanding the collection to include more of your favourite warbirds. Our latest addition is the Spitfire F.24 shirt. This shows Spitfire Mk 24 VN489 of the Royal Air Force’s No 80 Squadron which was based in Hong Kong in the early 1950s. You can purchase the shirt on the Warbird Shirt section of the site or directly from Spreadshirt. Continue reading

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First post-restoration flight for The ‎Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum’s FG-1D Corsair

Ezell Aviation reported on its Facebook page that The ‎Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum’s FG-1D Corsair BuNo 88303 has made its first post-restoration flight.

 

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Another Ilyushin Il-2 Shturmovik flies in Russia

Photo © Wings of Wing Foundation

On Friday the 16th of June, an Ilyushin Il-2 Shturmovik made its maiden flight in Novossibirsk, Russia. Only two Il-2 are currently airworthy, the first one being part of Paul Allen’s Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum.

This aircraft was shot down in November 1943 and landed on a frozen lake near Murmansk, from which it was recovered in 2015.

More information on Warbirds News.

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Fairview Aircraft Restoration Society PBY-5A Canso flies again

As planned, the Fairview Aircraft Restoration Society’s PBY-5A Catalina (C-FNJE) flew again on Father’s Day – June 18, 2017 – some sixteen years after its last flight and a lenghty restoration.

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