Tag: France

Chipmunk WZ877 flies again in France

The de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk WZ877 (F-AZLI) flew for the first time in La Rochelle, France, on June 23. The aircraft had been sold from RAF stock in 1996 but had never flown again. Bought in 2010 by MM. Gilles Carter and Patrick Pierre-Pierre, pilot for the first flight, it was restored to airworthy …

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French Spitfire PR.19 damaged upon landing

On July 5, Supermarine Spitfire PR.19 (F-AZJS) was damaged upon landing. According to some sources, the aircraft was landing after having experienced engine problems. On this YouTube video, it can be seen nearly nosing over on touchdown. The propeller was shattered, and the engine will have to be inspected for shock damage. Aside from this, …

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Henri Bourrassier †

We are saddened to learn the death of Henri Bourrassier, who passed away on April 6. Henri Bourrassier flew the B-26 Marauder with the Free French  “Bretagne” bomber group during World War Two. He later flew Dakotas and Noratlas transport aircraft for the French Air Force in during the wars in Indochina and Algeria. He …

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Breguet Alizé to fly in France

The association Breguet Alizé, which is mostly composed of former French Navy personnel, has been working for the last few months on restoring their Breguet Alizé ASW aircraft back to flying status. Engine runs and taxiing tests began at the end of 2012 and the association has now received permission to make test flights with …

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Roland de la Poype †

Roland de la Poype, a French ace of the Normandie-Niémen group, died aged 92 at Saint-Tropez in Southern France on 23 October. Roland Paulze d’Ivoy de la Poype, Compagnon de la Libération and Hero of the Soviet Union, was one of the first Frenchmen to rejoin General de Gaulle in June 1940. He volunteered to …

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NA-64 Yale to be restored to airworthiness in France

The Musée Aéronautique de la Presqu’Ile Cote d’Amour (MAPICA) based at La Baule in France received a North American NA-64 Yale in January 2012 and is restoring it to airworthiness. Some fifteen NA-64 Yale are reported to be flying in the world today. France was one of the major operators of the type, but only …

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Pilot killed in Fokker Dr.I replica crash (updated)

The pilot of a Fokker Dr. I triplane replica (F-AZAQ) was killed this afternoon in the crash of his aircraft. The aircraft was being displayed as part of the Couhé-Vérac meeting in Charente, France. The pilot, whose identity has not been disclosed, was a 66 years old man and lived near Paris. The accident took …

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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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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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A French association plans to build a 1/4,41 scale Latécoère 631

Found on Piloter Mag’s blog: In 2010, a French Association decided to design and build a replica of the huge Latécoère 631 flying boat. Instead of a 57.43m wingspan, the replica would have a 13 m wingspan, and its wing area would only be 19.93 m² instead of 350 m². This would make the aircraft …

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Walkaround: Morane-Saulnier MS.317

These pictures are of a Morane-Saulnier MS.317 registered F-HCJD. They were taken at the annual meeting in La Ferté-Alais in 2011. The MS.317 was a re-engined MS.315, powered by a 220 hp Continental W-670K instead of the original 135 hp Salmson 9Nc. Some forty aircraft were converted in this manner in the 1950s and 1960s.

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France: Memorial Flight’s Sopwith 1B2 Strutter almost finished

Memorial Flight has finished the assembly of its Sopwith 1B2 Strutter and is now finishing the paint work on the aircraft before it leaves for La Ferté-Alais. The aircraft carries an unusual but historically accurate, representing an aircraft from Escadrille Sop 66. The Memorial Flight is a non-profit organisation formed in 1988 which aims to …

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Airco DH.2 flies from Wickenby, UK to Albert, France

An Airco DH.2 flown Stewart Smith will fly from Wickenby, UK, to Albert, France, to take part in the commemorations on November 11th and overfly a memorial to Lanoe Hawker, VC, that was recently built in Ligny Thilloy. The trip will be flown in three legs, and the crew has already succesfully made the two …

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A-26 Invader to be restored in France

A Douglas A-26 Invader recently arrived in Avignon and should be restored. It is A-26B-45-DL s/n 44-34172, built by Douglas in Long Beach, California. Sold as surplus in 1958, the airframe was owned by several different companies and individuals.

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Henri de Bordas †

Henri de Bordas, Free French ace, died on October 22, 2011. Bordas was still a student when France fell and he rallied England in 1940. Trained as a fighter pilot in the RAF, he flew during most of the war, flying some 320 wartime missions. He was credited with 11 aerial victories, including ten V-1 …

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