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.
Jul 26 2011
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Jul 26 2011
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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Jul 23 2011
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Jul 15 2011
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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Jul 13 2011
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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Jul 09 2011
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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Jul 08 2011
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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Jul 04 2011
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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Jun 01 2011
Commander Peter Savage, Fleet Air Arm pilot in World War II and naval aviation tactician, passed away aged 98 on March 21, 2011. Read the obituary on The Telegraph.
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May 24 2011
Veterans of the RAF’s Bomber Command will be campaigning to raise funds to build a national memorial for their 55,573 comrades who died during World War II. Permission to build the memorial in Green Park, Central London, has already been obtained, but the construction work will only begin when the £5 million total has been …
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May 16 2011
A man was killed and another gravely injured in the crash of their de Havilland Tiger Moth (XL716/G-AOIL) on May 15, 2011 near Witchampton, in Dorset. The exact cause of the accident is yet unknown, but eyewitnesses thought the aircraft was doing aerobatics and heard the engine quit shortly before the crash. Sources: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-13409273 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1387386/Pilot-passenger-pulled-alive-wreckage-WWII-fighter-crash-following-stunt.html
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May 01 2011
Two people were killed in the crash of their Yak-52 in Essex (UK) on 28 April 2011. The aircraft, which had been flying in formation with two other aircraft, appears to have hit some trees bordering a lake before crashing in the lake itself. The two people on board never exited the airplane, which rested …
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