Tag: First Flight

Rare M-2 Bull Stearman takes back to the air

Alan Lopez’s rare Stearman M-2 flew on July 20 at Robbinsville Airport, NJ, where the biplane was restored by the Posey Brothers. The aircraft was found in a lake by Bob Cameron many years ago. The first flight was uneventful and further testing will be undertaken. According to Antique Airfield News, this is the first …

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Polikarpov I-16 Rata flies in Russia

A Polikarpov I-16 (“Red 65”) flew on July 17 at Mochische airfield near Novosibirsk, Russia. Photos of the first flight are available here.

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Video: Fairchild PT-26 takes to the skies again

Curt Kinchen flew his Fairchild PT-26 for the first time in two and half years on June 30, at Paine Field, WA. The aircraft was damaged in an emergency landing two and a half years ago.  

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First flight of CFM’s P-51D Mustang “The Brat III”

The Cavanaugh Flight Museum’s P-51D first flew on Wednesday, June 22 after a 4 year restoration. The Mustang now carries its historical wartime colours as “The Brat III”, which was flown by Lt. Hjalmar Johnsen of the 401st FS, 370th FG, 9th AF. Pictures are available on Ezell Aviation’s Facebook page.

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EAA Bleriot XI first flight

EAA’s reproduction of a 1909 Bleriot XI, powered by a 1909 Anzani engine, made its maiden flight on Sunday June 5, 2011 in Oshkosh. The pilot was Tom Hegy. Read the report on the EAA website. Also of interest are the photo gallery and the test plan.

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First flight of Collings Foundation Me 262

(Updated June 5) “White 1′, the Collings Foundation’s Messerschmitt Me 262 has flown on June 2, 2011, piloted by John Penney. The flight lasted half an hour and was successful. Pictures of the flight can be found on the Colling Foundation’s Facebook page and an in-cockpit video can be seen on Youtube (see below).

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Buchon flies again in Duxford

On May 6, 2011, the Hispano Aviación HA-1112 “Buchon” registered as G-AWHE made its first flight in the hands of John Romain. The aircraft was one of those used during the filming of the classic movie The Battle of Britain, and had not flown since. The first flight was succesful and flight testing will continue. …

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F4U-5NL first post-restoration flight

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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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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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 …

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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.

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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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