Tag: First Flight

First post-restoration flight for Seafire Mk II PP972

Supermarine Spitfire Mk III PP972 made its first post-restoration flight on Monday, June 15 with Richard Grace at the controls. The aircraft will be presented to the public at the Flying Legends airshow. Only four Supermarine Seafire are currently airworthy, with several restoration projects underway. Sources (with photos): Sim Outhouse Flying Legends Facebook page

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World second airworthy Curtiss Hawk flies again

Curtiss P-36 Hawk s/n 38-210 N80FR of The Fighter Collection flew again a few days again and made its first public appearance at the Planes of Fame Airshow 2015. It is now headed for Europe and will be presented at Duxford’s Flying Legends airshow in a few weeks. This is one of only two airworthy …

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Valiant Air Command TBM Avenger flies again

The Valiant Air Command’s TBM Avenger flew for the first time on April 25 after 14 years of restoration work. More information and a video of the first flight can be found on the VAC’s Facebook page.

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P-39 Airacobra “Miss Connie” returns to the skies

The CAF Central Texas Wing announced yesterday on its Facebook page that its P-39 Airacobra “Miss Connie” flew again, after a lengthy and major maintenance effort. The fighter is to be cleaned and repainted before resuming its airshow displays. “Miss Connie” is a Bell P-39Q Airacobra (serial number 42-19597)  which served in the USAAF during …

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Bristol Blenheim L6379 flies again

After a restoration that took over a decade, Bristol Blenheim L6739 flew a 20 minutes maiden flight at Duxford on November 20 with John Romain and John Gilmore at the controls. The aircraft was restored in 1987 but crashed a month after its maiden flight. Following this, it was repaired and flew again 5 years …

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Shuttleworth Collection’s DH.88 Comet “Grosvenor House” flies again

The Shuttleworth Collection’s de Havilland DH.88 Comet « Grosvenor House » G-ACSS flew again from Old Warden on Friday August 1 with chief pilot Roger Bailey at the controls. The aircraft hadn’t flown in nearly twelve years and the two lengthy test flights went well. Of only five DH.88 racers built by de Havilland, “Grosvenor House” was …

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de Havilland Mosquito flies in Canada

On June 16, Mosquito B.35 VR796 (CF-HML) made its first flight from Victoria airport in Canada following a very long restoration. The aircraft, which had not flown in 48 years, was piloted by Steve Hinton. There are only two airworthy Mosquito in the world currently, the other one being Jerry Yagen’s Mosquito FB.26 KA114 which …

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TFC F6F Hellcat flies again

The Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat of The Fighter Collection flew for the first time in 5 years on Friday May 23rd. The aircraft was flown by chief pilot Pete Kynsey. The aircraft will be presented during the Flying Legends airshow. Sources (with photos): Global Aviation Ressource The Fighter Collection

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Percival Pembroke flies again in Wales

Percival Pembroke WV740 recently flew again in St Athan in Wales, after a two year overhaul. The aircraft is now owned by Dr Mark Stott and will be available for airshows. Mark Stott is also the owner of Fairey Gannet AEW.3 XL500 which is currently being restored in. This aircraft will also be available for …

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First hops for Caproni Ca.3 replica in Italy

A Caproni Ca.3R replica built by Giancarlo Zanardo for the Jonathan Collection flew a few hops at the Francesco Barraca airfield near Venice, in Northern Italy. These short hops allowed Zanardo to get a felle for the engines and controls before moving on to actual flight testing. Some adjustment are required to the propellers and …

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Spitfire Mk Ia flies again in Duxford

Spitfire Mk Ia N3200 flew again in Duxford on 26 March 2014, flown by John Romain. It was assigned to S/L Geoffrey Stephenson who was shot down over Dunkirk in May 1940, and spent the war in captivity. Stephenson ended in the infamous Colditz castle, where he was part of the team who designed and …

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OV-10 Bronco 99+18 restoration complete

The Bronco Demo Team‘s former Luftwaffe North American OV-10 Bronco coded 99+18 recently made its first photo flight. The aircraft flew for the first time in 2012 but the team’s other Bronco (99+32) was lost, with pilot Tony De Bruyn suffering serious injuries. Bronco 99+18 was recently repainted in its former Luftwaffe colours and Tony …

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Curtiss Wright CW-19R First Flight at Fantasy of Flight

Kermit Weeks took the rare Curtiss Wright CW-19R for its first flight on February 13.

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Spitfire Mk XVIII flies again in Duxford

Spitfire Mk XVIIIe SM845 flew for the first time since 2010 on December 17 in Duxford, with John Romain at the controls. The aircraft now carries colours of a No 28 Squadron RAF Spitfire based in Hong Kong in 1950. The aircraft was rebuilt after the 2010 crash in Norway that cost pilot Bertil Gerhardt …

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Unique Lockheed Vega flies again

On December 17th,  a unique 1933 Lockheed Vega belonging to John Magoffin flew again. It is is one of nineVegas built by the Detroit Aircraft Corporation as part of the DL-1 series (for “Detroit Lockheed”). The Detroit-built Vega had aluminum fuselages, while the original Vega from Lockheed in California was plywood skinned. Sources: Another Time …

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