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W/C Paul Farnes, last surviving Battle of Britain ace, has passed away

Wing Commander Paul Caswell Powe Farnes, the last surviving ace of the Battle of Britain, passed away on 28 January 2020 aged 101. His death takes place only a few weeks after that of Maurice Mounsdon, and there are now only two surviving Royal Air Force pilots of the Battle of Britain: F/L William Clark …

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“Greek Spitfire” MJ755 returns to the skies

Spitfire Mk IX MJ755 in 2006 (Photo Matteo Arrotta (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0))

Supermarine Spitfire Mk IXc MJ755, also known as the “Greek Spitfire” for its uncommon markings, flew again on Sunday 19 January 2020 for the first time since 1953. The aircraft, which was brought back to airworthiness by Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar, served on the Mediterranean front in 1944 and 1945 and was sold to Greece …

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Maurice Mounsdon, one of the last surviving pilots of the Battle of Britain, has passed away

Maurice Mounsdon at the controls of his Hurricane (Photo Crown Copyright)

Flight Lieutenant Maurice Mounsdon, one of the last surviving pilots to have fought during the Battle of Britain, passed away on December 6 at the age of 101. Born on 11 February 1918, Maurice “Mark” Mounsdon began his training on 24 August 1939 and was assigned to No 56 Squadron of the Royal Air Force …

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S/L John Hart, one of the last surviving Battle of Britain pilots, has passed away

Squadron Leader John Hart DFC, one of the last four surviving Battle of Britain veterans according to Metro News, passed away on 18 June 2019. Born in 1916, Hart was a Canadian pilot in the Royal Air Force (RAF) from 1938 to 1946. He flew Lysanders in the RAF Army Cooperation Command, Spitfires in the …

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Airco DH.9 E8894 flies again in Duxford

The Airco DH.9 E8894 G-CDLI ( Photo © Ashley Stephenson )

The Airco DH.9 E8894 registered G-CDLI of the Historic Aircraft Collection made its first post-restoration flight in Duxford on May 13. The flight lasted 30 minutes and was made with Dodge Bailey at the controls.The aircraft’s restoration was carried out by Retrotech and Aero Vintage Ltd and took over ten years. E8894 is the sole …

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Spitfire T.9 PT462 damaged in gear-up landing

The Aircraft Restoration Company (ARCo) announced on its Facebook page that the Spitfire T.9 “Indy” made a wheels-up landing  at Denham Aerodrome on Wednesday the 27th of February. The pilot and copilot were unharmed but the aircraft sustained some damage, the extent of which will be evaluated when the aircraft is brought back to Duxford. …

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Spitfire PR.XIX PS890 to fly again in 2019 following post-accident restoration

Spitfire PR.XIX PS890/F-AZJS at Duxford in 2015 (Photo Alan Wilson (CC BY-SA 2.0))

The French newspaper Le Républicain Lorrain reports that the Spitfire PR.XIX registered F-AZJS, which was damaged in a take-off accident in June 2017, is currently being restored by Historic Flying Limited in the United-Kingdom as well as in the USA. The aircraft is expected to fly again  in the spring of 2019. More information and …

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First engine run for Shuttleworth Collection’s new Albatros D.Va

The Shuttleworth Collection’s newly-arrived Albatros D.Va replica made its first engine run on October 1st. Source: The Shuttleworth Collection’s Facebook page

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Squadron Leader Geoffrey Wellum DFC †

Squadron Leader Geoffrey Harris Augustus Wellum DFC passed away on 18 July 2018, aged 96. A former RAF fighter pilot, he took part in the Battle of Britain in 1940. He remained in frontline service until 1943, when he became a test pilot on the Hawker Typhoon and ended the war as a gunnery instructor. …

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M.S. 315 pilot makes impressive emergency landing on UK beach

Zac Rockey, the pilot of the Morane-Saulnier M.S.315 G-BZNK, was forced to make an emergency landing on Jacob’s Ladder Beach in Devon, after his engine cut during a flight from Branscombe à Bodmin airfield in the United-Kingdom. Not only did Rockey and his passenger emerge unscathed from the incident, but none of the people on …

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Hawker Sea Fury WG655 flies again

The Fighter Collection’s Hawker Sea Fury T.20 WG655 flew again on February 22 after a period of re-engineering, and performed 3 test flights. The twin-seater was re-engined with a Pratt & Whitney R-2800, replacing the original Bristol Centaurus powerplant. Source: Aerodynamic Media

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World’s last surviving twin-seat Buchón flies again

The last surviving HA-1112-M4L Buchón (G-AWHC), a twin-seater variant of the Buchón, flew again yesterday at Sywell Aerodrome in the UK. Richard Grace was at the controls and made two flights.The aircraft was part of Connie Edwards’ collection, which was sold in 2014. More information and videos on the Sywell Aerodrome Facebook page.    

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Mid-air collision for P-51 “Miss Helen” and “The Shark” at Duxford

The P-51D Mustangs 44-72216 “Miss Helen” and 44-73877 “The Shark” suffered a mid-air collision during a formation flight during the Battle of Britain Air Show in Duxford on Saturday the 23rd of September. Both aircraft were damaged in the incident but luckily they were able to land and their pilots were unhurt. The collision can …

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Sea Fury T.20 G-RNHF flies again

The Hawker Sea Fury T.20 G-RNHF flew again on September 1st in North Weald with Lt Cdr Chris Gotke at the controls. Gotke was awarded the Air Force Cross for saving the aircraft after an engine failure in 2014. The aircraft is loaned by the Fly Navy Heritage Trust to the Royal Navy Historic Flight. …

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Two killed in Tiger Moth crash in the UK

A de Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth crashed Saturday morning in Shaftesbury, near Compton Abbas Airfield in Dorset. Tragically, the pilot, aged 64, and his passenger, aged 67, were killed in the accident. The causes for the accident are unknown. Source: The Sun

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