Tag: United-Kingdom

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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Bristol Scout replica flies in Great-Britain

David and Rick Bremner’s Bristol Scout replica flew last week. The replica contains original parts of Scout No 1264, which was flown by the Bremner’s grandfather with No 2 Wing RNAS during World War One.0 WWI aircraft pilot Gene DeMarco was at the controls for the two maiden flights, which went well and lasted five …

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Record-setting Hunter painted in its original 1958 colours

In 1958, Roger Topp, Co of 111 Squadron, flew Hawker Hunter FGA.9 XG194 as the lead aircraft in a 22-aircraft formation which was looped at the Farnborough Air Show. The aircraft was preserved and carried several paint schemes, including one imitating a Soviet Sukhoi for training purposes. Restored in 2009 at Wattisham, the aircraft was …

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Hawker Fury flies again at Goodwood

The Historic Aircraft Collection’s Hawker Fury Mk.I K5674 flew again on July 30 at Goodwood in the UK, with Charlie Brown at the controls. The aircraft was restored by Aero Vintage Ltd et Retrotec. K5674 is the only known Hawker Fury survivor. It served in the RAF fomr 1936 to 31 March 1941, when it …

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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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Sea Vixen XP924 gear collapses on landing

Sea Vixen D.3 XP924 (G-CVIX), the sole airworthy Sea Vixen, was damaged when its nose gear collapsed upon landing at Bournemouth, UK. The airport was closed to traffic for several hours following the incident. Nobody was hurt in the incident. The extent of damage to the aircraft is unknown. Source

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Red Arrows pilot killed in ejection seat accident

Less than three months after the tragedy that cost Jon Egging his life, another pilot of the Red Arrows display team died yesterday. F/L Sean Cunningham was killed yesterday when his ejection seat fired while his aircraft was at a standstill.

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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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