Tag: United-Kingdom

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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Shuttleworth Collection to receive FM-2 Wildcat

A 1943 FM-2 Wildcat (Grumman F4F built under license by General Motors) will be joining the ranks of the Shuttleworth Collection next year. The aircraft, N49JC (s/n 51-235), was once part of the US Navy Museum in Pensacola. Photos of the FM-2 can be found on courtesyaircraft.com. Edit: a visitor tells us that the aircraft …

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Goodwood Harvard damaged in wheels-up landing

The pilot of G-AZSC, a North American Harvard IIb based at Goodwood Airport, had to belly-land his aircraft when the engine quit at low altitude near the airfield. The pilot was not injured and it appears the damage to the aircraft was rather light.

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Group Captain Gerry Blacklock

Group Captain Gerry Blacklock, who has died aged 96, joined the RAF just 13 years after its formation and enjoyed a distinguished career as a founder member of the RAF’s first squadron of four-engine heavy bombers. Read the obituary on the Telegraph.

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Dickie Douglas-Boyd

Lieutenant Dickie Douglas-Boyd, who has died aged 88, was a Fleet Air Arm pilot who, post-war, brought many bestsellers to the bookshops. Read the obituary on the Telegraph.

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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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Wing Commander John Beazley

Wing Commander John Beazley, who has died aged 94, was a Battle of Britain fighter pilot and saw almost continuous action during the Second World War. Read the obituary on the Telegraph.

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Bucker Jungmann crashes in Bedfordshire

It seems I’m only posting about crashes or accidents recently.. . 🙁 A Bücker Jungmann (G-RETA) crashed in a field near Old Warden airfield yesterday morning (Sunday, July 3rd). The pilot was only slightly injured. The Jungmann, which ended on its back, is part of the Shuttleworth Collection. More details and a video report can …

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