Tag: United-Kingdom

Fly Navy Heritage Trust Sea Vixen belly-lands in Yeovilton

Sea Vixen XP924 of the Fly Navy Heritage Trust made a wheels-up landing in Yeovilton on Saturday 27 May, after developing hydraulics problems. The pilot is unharmed but the aircraft, the sole airworthy Sea Vixen in the world, received substantial damage. Source: Somerset Live Page Facebook du Sea Vixen “Foxy Lady”

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First flight for the Shuttleworth Collection Sopwith Camel

The Sopwith Camel replica built for the Shuttleworth Collection made its maiden flight on 18 May with chief pilot Dodge Bailey at the controls. The aircraft carries the markings of D1851 “Ikanopit”, a Camel built by Ruston-Proctor that served with the Royal Air Force’s No 70 Squadron in 1918. Sources: Aerodynamic Media The Shuttleworth Collection

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Spitfire NH341 performs brief maiden flight

John Romain of the Aircraft Restoration Company flew a short test flight in Aero Legends’ Spitfire LF. IXb NH341 ‘Elizabeth’, which has been converted to a T.9 twin-seater. During this test, a carburettor issue was detected, bringing an end to the flight.

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One dead and one injured in Mustang crash in the UK

A P-51D Mustang crashed this Sunday afternoon in Topcroft near Norwich in the United-Kingdom. The passenger, a man in his eighties, was killed in the crash. The pilot was seriously injured and was airlifted to the hospital. The accident aircraft is P-51D Mustang “Janie”, owned and operated by Maurice Hammond from Hardwick the former RAF …

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First engine runs for Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar’s Bf 109E

The Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar’s Messerschmitt Bf 109E “White 14” recently made its first engine tests. The aircraft was built in 1939 and lost in 1942 on the Russian front. It was salvaged in 1992 and changed hands several times before reaching the UK where it is being restored and should fly again soon.

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Grace Spitfire suffers light damage in landing mishap

The Grace Spitfire, one of the few remaining airworthy twin-seat Spitfires, suffered minor damage during the rollout after landing on September 15. Nobody was hurt and recent updates show that the aircraft suffered only minor damage.

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UK: Vulcan to the Sky Trust wants to return record-breaking Canberra to the air

Extract from the Vulcan to the Sky Press Release – issued 19th May 2016: Record-breaking English Electric Canberra to be returned to flight   The team that returned Vulcan XH558 to flight is to return another iconic all-British jet to the airshow circuit   One of Britain’s most important jet-age aircraft is to be returned …

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Eric “Winkle” Brown †

The famous Eric “Winkle” Brown, one of World War Two’s best-known veteran and test pilot passed away today aged 97. Born in 1919, Captain Eric Brown CBE, DSC, AFC, Hon FRAeS, RN discovered aviation in 1936 in Germany with Ernst Udet and joined the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm during the war. His superb pilot …

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Avro Vulcan XH558 final flight

The Avro Vulcan XH558 made its final flight on 28 October at Robin Hood Airport in Doncaster, Sheffield. The bomber had been restored to airworthiness in October 2007 by the Vulcan to the Sky Trust and made numerous appearances at airshows. Unfortunately, the aircraft’s age and total flight hours are such that still flying it is becoming …

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Spitfire MJ772 badly damaged in crash-landing

Supermarine Spitfire TR.IX MJ772 was badly damaged in an accident this morning near Woodchurch in Kent, United-Kingdom. Pilot Rob Davies walked away with no injuries. The aircraft appears to have suffered engine failure shortly after take-off, leaving Davies with no other options than putting it down with its gear up in a field. The left …

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Shoreham disaster death toll rises

The latest information provided by Sussex police services concerning the tragic crash that took place on Saturday is that it is “highly probable that eleven people were killed” and that the final figure could be as high as 20. Fifty-one year old pilot Andy Hill was pulled from the wreckage of the aircraft and is …

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Dramatic Hawker Hunter crash at the Shoreham Airshow

A Hawker Hunter crashed this afternoon during a display at the Shoreham Airshow in southern England. The aircraft fell near a road, and several cars were caught in the blast. The first reports indicate seven people were killed, with another four seriously wounded who were evacuated and some fifteen people presenting minor wounds which were treated …

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45 Spitfires, Hurricanes and Blenheim for Battle of Britain Day Flypast !

On Battle of Britain day, September 15th, a formation of 45 aircraft will take off from Goodwood aerodrome36 Supermarine Spitfires, 8 Hawker Hurricanes and the only airworthy Bristol Blenheim. The formation will be led from the back seat of a twin-seat Spitfire by Wing Commander Tom Neil, DFC, AFC, AE, a 95-year old Battle of …

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Folland Gnat pilot killed in airshow crash

Another accident occured yesterday in Great-Britain, with more tragic consequences. Kevin Whyman was killed in the crash of Folland Gnat XR538 he was demonstrating at the Carfest North show in Cheshire in the United-Kingdom. Aged 39, Whyman was married and had a young daughter. He was a city worker and Cambridge University graduate, and one …

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Oldest surviving Fairey Swordfish flies again

The oldest surviving Fairey Swordfish Mk I, W5856, has returned to the skies after twelve years of absence. The aircraft was mostly restored by the team of engineers on the Royal Navy Historic Flight based at RNAS Yeovilton. The aircraft, which made its maiden flight in 1941, has been repainted in the colour scheme of 820 Naval …

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