Tag: France

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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Two people killed in Fouga Magister crash

A man and a woman were killed this morning in the crash of their Fouga CM.170 Magister (F-AZZE) in a field near Champs-de-la-Pierre in France. The causes of the accident are yet unknown but according to witnesses, visibility was  limited by fog when the accident occurred, shortly after 9:00 AM local time. 

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Seafire SX336 leaves Bondues

The Seafire SX336, which was damaged on July 2 in a wheels-up landing in Bondues, has been dismantled and loaded on a flatbed to return to its home base for repairs. Antoine Alacusos’ Flickr page has been updated with pictures of this, on which the damage suffered by the airplane can be observed.

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Two killed in a T-6 crash in France

Two people were killed in the crash of a North American T-6 Texan (F-AZIG) in Lyon, France at 18:15 local time. The aircraft fell in a field some distance from the runways of the Lyon-Bron airport where it had refuelled. The aircraft had left earlier from Corsica and was headed for Dijon. The causes of …

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Anna Walker belly-lands Seafire in France

Pilot Anna Walker had to belly-land the Seafire SX336 at Bondues in France on July 2, at 5:30 PM local time. For an unknown reason, the gear did not extend. The aircraft landed on its belly and did a 180° turn before coming to rest. Fortunately, Anna Walker was not injured. It seems the aircraft …

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B-25 crashes in France

(Updated June 4, 2011 at 6:44PM) More bad news for the warbird community: a B-25 Mitchell crash-landed on May 31st, 2011, in France near Melun-Villaroche, south-east of Paris. It appears the B-25 is F-AZZU, s/n 44-58811, which is known as “Russell’s Raiders” and is well known in France due to its regular appearances at the …

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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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