Tag: Restoration

Lancaster “Just Jane” could fly soon

Lancaster NX611 “Just Jane” could fly soon according to this BBC article. The four-engined bomber is currently only able to taxi and is regularly displayed to the public at the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre. A fourth Merlin engine has been obtained for “Just Jane”, which was needed to make her fly again. The bomber belongs …

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Combat veteran A-26 Invader unveiled at NEAM

After a 9-year restoration process, the Douglas A-26C Invader s/n 43-22499 nicknamed “Reida Rae” was unveiled on October 6th at the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, CT. The aircraft flew combat missions with the 416th Bombardment Group of 9th Air Force in Europe from December 1944 to August 1945 (sic). Twelve 416th BG …

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Messerschmitt Bf 109G to fly again in Austria

Since 2006, Michael Rinner has been building a Messerschmitt Bf 109G in Althofen, Austria, using newly-manufactured parts that were either reverse-engineered or based on original drawings. The fuselage is now largely complete and the next major step is creating a set of wings for the aircraft. It is hoped that it will fly in late …

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Spanish Civil War veteran Bf 109E to be restored

German-based warbirds restairation company Meier Motors has revealed on its website that it has been tasked to restore a Bf 109E to airworthiness. The aircraft, belonging to an unknown private owner, is an early-series “Emil” that took part in the final stages of the Spanish Civil War. The aircraft’s fuselage is in poor condition but …

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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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Fiat G.55 to be restored to airworthiness

According to Aeroplane Monthly, the Fiat G.59B MM53778 is to be restored to its wartime configuration as a Fiat G.55 Centauro. The aircraft belongs to Jerry Yagen’s Military Aviation Museum. Although a German-built DB.605 engine is available, there are doubts that it can be rebuilt to airworthiness and the MAM is looking for an licence-built …

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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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Saved Supermarine Swift to be restored

The Supermarine Swift F.4 WK275, which is the only complete surviving Swift F.4 today, has been saved and will be restored by Jet Art Aviation in Yorkshire. The aircraft was kept at the entrance of a salvage yard and exposed to weather for nearly 40 years until it ws put up for auction on eBay …

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Fairey Gannet AEW.3 to fly again

The Fairy Gannet AEW.3 XL500 (G-KAEW) is to be restored to flying condition by Hunter Flying Ltd atSt Athan in the UK. Read more about the project on AeroplaneMonthly.com.

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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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Vigna di Valle museum exposes restaured Ro.43

On November 17, a restaured IMAM Ro.43 was unveiled at the Italian Air Force museum in Vigna di Valle, and will be added to the museum’s exhibits. The aircraft was restored over a two year period and was inaugurated in presence of General Giuseppe Bernardi, the Italian AF chief of staff and Major General Giuseppe …

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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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Restored DC-2 rolls out in Finland

A recently restored Douglas DC-2 transport called “Hansin Jukka” was rolled out on September 7. The aircraft is painted in Finnish AF colours. Source (translated).

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Record-breaking Lynx restored to initial configuration

G-LYNX, a specially-modified Lynx helicopter which beat the world speed record in 1986 by reaching 400.87 km/h (249.09 mph), was restored to its initial configuration. After its record-breaking flight, the helicopter was modified for other tests before being retired in 1991. In 1995 it was donated to the Helicopter Museum. In 2007, AgustaWestland took back …

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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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