Tag: First Flight

Spitfire Mk IX flies again at Filton

The Spitfire Mk IX RR232 / G-BSRF made its maiden flight at Filton, in the UK, on December 18 with test pilot Bill Perrins at the commands. The date was also the last day of operations of Filton airport, which was definitively closed on December 18. The Spitfire had not flown in 61 years and …

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BBMF Spitfire Mk XVI flies again

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVI TE311 flew again for the first time in 58 years on October 29. It took twelve years for the BBMF team to restore this aircraft to airworthiness. Although TE311 is not itself a combat veteran, it carries the colours of the aircraft flown by Squadron …

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Centaurus-engined Sea Fury flies again in California

The Hawker Sea Fury T.20 VX300/N924G flew again on September 25 at Ione, California, with Brian Sanders at the controls. The aircraft is powered by a Bristol Centaurus. Its restoration took 14 years and was carried out by Sanders Aeronautics. Source: Aeroplane Monthly

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Grumman F3F flies again

A rare Grumman F3F-2 flew again recentely at Sonoma Valley Airport in California, with pilot and restorer Chris Prevost at the controls.

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Mosquito KA114 flies in Auckland

A few days earlier than planned, Mosquito FB.26 KA114 flew in Auckland yesterday. Several videos showing the event are available from YouTube:

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Avro Anson Mk I MH120 flies again in New Zealand

Bill Reid took his Avro Anson Mk I up for its first flight on July 18 at Nelson Airport in New Zealand, after a ten-year restoration effort. The uneventful first flight lasted 45 minutes and was followed by another one-hour flight on the same day. This is th first time an Avro Anson Mk I …

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Hawker Fury flies again at Goodwood

The Historic Aircraft Collection’s Hawker Fury Mk.I K5674 flew again on July 30 at Goodwood in the UK, with Charlie Brown at the controls. The aircraft was restored by Aero Vintage Ltd et Retrotec. K5674 is the only known Hawker Fury survivor. It served in the RAF fomr 1936 to 31 March 1941, when it …

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Collings Foundation’s A-36 flies again

An A-36 Apache, the dive-bomber variant of the P-51 Mustang, flew again on June 13th at New Symrna Beach. The aircraft belongs to the Collings Foundation and was restored by American Aero Services. Source: Florida Warbirds Weblog

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Video: first flight of Memorial Flight’s Sopwith 1B2 1½ Strutter

Memorial Flight has posted a video of the first flight of its  Sopwith 1B2 1½ Strutter, which flew on April 30. More information is available on Memorial Flight’s website. Comme promis, l’équipe de Mémorial Flight vient de diffuser une vidéo plus étoffée du premier vol de son Sopwith 1B2 1½ Strutter, qui a eu lieu …

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Avro Anson Mk I to fly again in New Zealand

A 1936 Avro Anson Mk I should fly again in the near future in New Zealand, after a 10-year restoration by Bill and Robyn Reid. Read more about the project on stuff.co.nz (includes a video of engine testing).

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Restored Sopwith 1B2 1½ Strutter flies in France

The Sopwith 1B2 1½ Strutter restored by the French association Memorial Flight made its first flights on Monday, April 30, according to the association’s blog, where several pictures of the flights can be seen The two first flights were made with a crew of one then two members and lasted 25 minutes. The aircraft was …

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First flight of TFC’s P-47G Thunderbolt in Duxford

The P-47G Thunderbolt restored by The Fighter Collection flew its maiden flight on Saturday April 21st in Duxford.  Credit: The Fighter Collection

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OY-1 Sentinel returns to the air

A restored Stinson OY-1 Sentinel returned to the air after a 10-year restoration on January 16 at Franklin Municipal Airport. The aircraft was restored by the Commemorative Air Force Old Dominion Squadron at Franklin Municipal Airport.  The plan was to restore the plane to near-original condition as a Marine Observation Squadron 6 OY-1. Source

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Yanks Air Museum EC-121 takes back to the skies

After a lengthy seven-year restoration, the Yanks Air Museum’s EC-121 Super Constellation flew on the 14th of January. This aircraft, the AWACS version of the infamous Super Constellation airliner, was flown from Camarillo to Chino, California, where it will rejoin the museum’s collections.

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Il-2 Shturmovik takes to the skies in Russia

Updated Oct 12, 2011 After a little-known restoration program by Aviarestoration, an Il-2 Shturmovik recently took to the skies in Russia. While over 35,000 Il-2 were built, there are few survivors, and until recently, no flying example of this legendary attack aircraft.

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