Tag: United-Kingdom

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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Supermarine Swift for sale on eBay

The world’s only known surviving Supermarine Swift has been put up for sale on eBay.co.uk, with a base price of £ 250,000. The aircraft hasn’t flown in 40 years and was displayed in front of a camping and clothing shop in Leominster, Herefordshire.

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Was Guy Gibson killed by friendly fire?

That is what James Cutler, a British historian, claims to have discovered. For years, it was presumed that Gibson had run out of fuel or crashed while flying at low altitude. On the night he was killed, he was flying a de Havilland Mosquito, acting as a pathfinder for heavy bombers raiding Germany. The date …

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Flight Lieutenant Wallace Cunningham †

Flight Lieutenant Wallace Cunningham, who has died aged 94, flew Spitfires during the Battle of Britain, when he was awarded the DFC. Read his obituary on the Telegraph.

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Tiger Moth G-ANPE damaged in Duxford

Classic Wing’s Tiger Moth G-ANPE was damaged on Friday September 30 when it overshot the runway at Duxford. The two people on board received minor injuries and were taken to the hospital. The aircraft has received substantial damage. 

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Rear Admiral “Chico” Roberts †

Rear-Admiral “Chico” Roberts, who has died aged 93, was one of the Royal Navy’s most experienced aviators and saw action in two of the last century’s major conflicts. Read his obituary on the Telegraph.

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Red Arrows crash in Bournemouth

(Updated Aug 20, 2011 @ 2016): One of the Red Arrows’ aircraft crashed early this afternoon at Bornemouth Air Festival in the UK. It would appear the pilot was able to eject but was killed. The causes of the crash are unknown. The MoD has confirmed that the pilot involved was F/L Jon Egging, aged 33. …

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Lt Cdr Bill Henley, FAA †

Lieutenant-Commander Bill Henley, who has died aged 88, was one of the few pilots whose war career spanned the age of the biplane and the jet; on one occasion he hunted down and destroyed a German U-boat. Read the obituary on the Telegraph.

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