Tag: United States of America

First post-restoration flight for The ‎Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum’s FG-1D Corsair

Ezell Aviation reported on its Facebook page that The ‎Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum’s FG-1D Corsair BuNo 88303 has made its first post-restoration flight.  

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Paul Tibbets IV to fly on B-29 “Doc”

Brigadier General Paul Tibbets IV, the grandson of Brigadier General Paul Tibbets Jr., who flew the B-29 “Enola Gay” during the Hiroshima nuclear bombing on 6 August 1945, will fly as copilot of the B-29 “Doc” during a flight from Wichita to Whiteman AFB this coming Friday. Paul Tibbets IV is the commanding officer of the US Air …

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Allison-engined Bf 109 of the Erickson Aircraft Collection flies

On April 22, John Romain made the first flight of Bf 109G-10 registered N90602 in Madras, Oregon. It is a Hispano Buchón, re-engined with an Allison engine. The engine cowlings are identical to those of wartime Bf 109G, giving the aircraft an identical appearance. The only visible difference is that the propeller is a shortened DC-3 propeller. This …

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Pilot killed in Nieuport 28 replica crash

Javier Fernando Arango was killed in the crash of his Nieuport 28 replica last Sunday near Paso Robles, California. Arango, aged 54 ans, was a board member emeritus of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museumet and owner of “one of the world’s finest private collections of World War I aircraft.” Sources: The Tribune (San Luis Obispo) …

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CAF SoCal Wing Yak-3 flies again

After being grounded for 8 years, the Yak-3 of the Commemorative Air Force’s SoCal Wing flew again today. Find out more on the CAF SoCal Wing’s Facebook page or website.

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Bob Hoover passes away

Legendary pilot Bob Hoover passed away today aged 94. He is often considered as one of the greatest pilots of all times. Born in 1922, Hoover became a fighter pilot and flew 59 combat missions before being shot down in 1944. He was captured and spent 16 months in German prisons before escaping by stealing …

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Video: Sopwith Pup replica flies in Spokane

Dr Larry Howard’s Sopwith Pup replica recently flew in Spokane, Washington. The aircraft is powered by a Le Rhône engine and is identical to original Sopwith Pups, except for modern magnetos. Its construction required eight years of work. Source: Page Facebook de l’Antique Airplane Association

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P-38F Lightning “White 33” to return to the skies

The National Museum of WWII Aviation, based in Colorado Springs, recently announced on its Facebook page that the P-38F Lightning “White 33” (s/n 42-12652) will fly again on Monday, weather permitting. This will make it the 10th airworthy P-38 Mightning in the world, and only one of two with functioning turbochargers.

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Video: Successful second flight for B-29 “Doc “

From Doc’s Friends website (visit the page for more information and pictures): The B-29 known as Doc successfully completed its second flight since being restored to airworthy status. Doc’s second flight lasted approximately 52 minutes at an altitude of four to five thousand feet on a flight pattern east of Wichita, Kans. The historic warbird …

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Curtiss-Wright 12W flies again after 67 years

Test pilot Jimmy Rollison recently made the first flight of Brian Meuser’s 1931 Curtiss-Wright Travel Air 12W. It took eight years to complete the restoration of the aircraft, which had not flown since 1949. Photos and more details can be found on Antique Airfield.

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Scotty Wilson killed in Bugatti 100P crash

Scotty Wilson, test pilot of the Bugatti 100P replica and leader and mentor of the group, was killed last Saturday during the 3rd test flight of the aircraft shortly after take-off. “Scotty’s aviation career spans six decades and nearly 11,000 hours in everything from Cubs to F-16s.  After a thirty-year Air Force career, Scotty transitioned to …

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A-26 Invader “Silver Dragon” damaged in landing accident at Oshkosh

The A-26 Invader “Silver Dragon” was damaged in a landing accident in Oshkosh when the nose gear retracted upon touchdown. Fortunately the crew emerged unhurt but, despite appearances, the aircraft probably sustained substantial damage. Video: AirshowStuffVideos

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Nine P-40 to gather for AVG’s 75th anniversary in September

Nine Curtiss P-40 will attend the 3rd annual CAF Atlanta Warbird Weekend on September 24 & 25 for the 75th anniversary of the American Volunteer Group, better known as the “Flying Tigers”. This will be the largest gathering of P-40 in recent times. The event, hosted by the Dixie Wing, will take place at Dekalb-Peachtree …

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Videos: First flight for Collings Foundation’s TF-51 “Toulouse Nuts”

Videos: Gary Norville via Facebook The Collings Foundation’s TF-51 Mustang “Toulouse Nuts” has made its first post-restauration flight. It is one of only three surviving TF-51 Mustangs, and is painted in its original markings of the 167th Fighter Squadron of the West Virginia Air Guard in the 1950s. Sources: Florida Warbirds Collings Foundation  

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Rare F-86A Sabre flies again

North American F-86A Sabre 48-0178, the only airworthy F-86A Sabre and one of the oldest jets still flying, has returned to the skies this week in Rockford, Illinois, with Paul Wood at the controls. The aircraft was previously operated in the UK by the Golden Apple Trust and returned to the USA earlier this year …

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