Tag Archive: United States of America

Jul 22 2018

C-47 “Blue Bonnet Belle” destroyed in accident

The C-47 “Blue Bonnet Belle” of the Commemorative Air Force’s Highland Lakes Squadron has been destroyed in an accident as the aircraft was departing for Oshkosh. Of the 13 people on board at the time of the crash, 7 were injured, including one with significant burn injuries who was airlifted to the hospital. The aircraft was totally …

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Jul 21 2018

Fatal de Havilland Venom crash in Wisconsin

A pilot was killed when his Havilland DH 112 Venom crashed in a farm near Sheboygan County Memorial Airport in Wisconsin. The aircraft reportedly crashed in a field before hitting a farm building. Two farm workers were also injured, one of them severely. Several dozen farm animals were also killed in the crash. Few details …

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Jun 20 2018

Gloster Meteor flies again in Virginia

The Gloster Meteor T.7 WA591 flew again on June 18 at Hampton Roads Executive Airport in Hampton Roads, Virginia. The aircraft was previously owned by the Classic Air Force Trust in Coventry, England, and is now part of the World Heritage Air Museum based at City Airport in Detroit, Michigan. Read the full story on …

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May 09 2018

TBM-3 Avenger crashes in Arizona, crew OK

Grumman TBM-3E Avenger 53337 registered N337VT (formerly VH-VTB, arrived in the USA in 2017) was probably destroyed ina  crash near Fort Apache, Arizona. After an engine failure over mountainous terrain, the crew bailed out rather than attempt an emergency landing in what would probably have been extremely dangerous conditions. Both crew members were injured upon …

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Apr 27 2018

P-51 “Moonbeam McSwine” has returned to the US

The P-51D Mustang “Moonbeam McSwine” (previously F-AZXS) has returned to the US. The aircraft was sold to Frenchman Frédéric Akary in 2013 and had become a favourite at airshows in France and Europe thanks to Akary’s superb flight demonstrations. Before returning to France, “Moonbeam McSwine” belonged for several years to Vlado Lenoch, who was killed …

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Apr 11 2018

Lost Tuskegee Airman’s remains may have been found

The remains found at a crash site in Hohenturn, Austria, could be those of Captain Lawrence E. Dickson, who disappeared in his P-51 Mustang on 23 December 1944, during his 68th combat mission with the 100th Fighter Squadron. The US Defence POW/MIA Accounting Agency emphasize that they are still testing the remains but there is …

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Feb 02 2018

“That’s All, Brother” flies again

The Douglas C-47A Skytrain “That’s All, Brother”, the aircraft that led the aerial invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944, has flown again. The aircraft, whose unique history had somewhat been forgotten, hadn’t flown in nearly a decade and was scheduled to be converted to a turboprop by Basler Turbo Conversions in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The Commemorative …

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Dec 28 2017

Jerome “Jerry” Yellin †

Jerome “Jerry” Yellin, who flew the last American combat mission of World War II, passed away on December 21. On 15 August 1945, Yellin and his wingman Philip Schlamberg of the 78th Fighter Squadron took off from Iwo Jima to strafe Japanese airfields near Nagoya. Japan was imminently expected to surrender and the pair was to …

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Nov 12 2017

C-97 Stratofreighter “Angel of Deliverance” flies again

The Boeing C-97G “Angel of Deliverance” of the Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation made a successful first flight on November 7 from Floyd Bennett Field  to Robert J. Miller Airpark in Berkeley Township, NJ. From there, the aircraft was refueled and flew to Reading Regional Airport. “Angel of Deliverance” is currently the only airworthy C-97 Stratofreighter, a …

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Sep 05 2017

Steve Hinton Jr beats world speed record for piston-engined aircraft

On September 2, Steve Hinton Jr. established a new speed record for a propeller-driven piston-engined aircraft by flying the heavily-modified P-51 Voodoo at an average speed of 531.53 mph (855.41 kph), thus largely defeating the previous record, established by Will Whiteside Jr. and Yak-3U Steadfast in 2012. Despite this achievement, Hinton and his team were a bit …

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Aug 17 2017

CAF Dixie Wing FG-1D Corsair flies again

After spending several months during which “a Firewall forward restoration and engine change were completed”, the CAF Dixie Wing’s FG-1D Corsair flew again on August 15 with Thom Richard at the controls from the Kissimmee airport in Florida. Source  

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Aug 16 2017

Friends of Jenny’s Curtiss Jenny crash-lands in Kentucky

The Friends of Jenny’s Curtiss JN-4 Jenny replica crash-landed in a golf course on August 12 near Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport in Kentucky. Fortunately, pilot Terry Richardson was reportedly only lightly injured, suffering a light head wound. The aircraft is a replica built in 2012 using original plans, but is powered by a GMC V8 …

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Aug 15 2017

Four Bristol Fighters headed to New Zealand

From Aerodynamic Media: Four newly discovered Bristol Fighters commissioned by a film studio will be heading to New Zealand after being acquired by a new owner. The aircraft were among seven examples of the type originally built for the 1983 film High Road to China, but were subsequently written out of the production, leaving their whereabouts …

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Jul 28 2017

Two injured in Sea Fury accident in Breckenridge, Texas

Nelson Ezell of Ezell Aviation and his passenger Dustin Mayfield were injured in an accident involving Hawker Sea Fury N254SF on July 25 near Stephen County Airport in Breckenridge, Texas . Details concerning the accident are unavailable, with conflicting versions being provided by media. More to the point, Breckenridge American reports the following about the …

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Jul 17 2017

First engine runs for B-17 Flying Fortress “Shady Lady”

The Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum has reported that the B-17G Flying Fortress “Shady Lady” (s/n 44-83785) recently ran its engines for the first time in 15 years. The bomber was acquired by the Collings Foundation in 2015 and should make its first flight soon. It will then be flown to the Collings Foundation in Stow, …

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