Tag: United States of America

Combat veteran A-26 Invader unveiled at NEAM

After a 9-year restoration process, the Douglas A-26C Invader s/n 43-22499 nicknamed “Reida Rae” was unveiled on October 6th at the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, CT. The aircraft flew combat missions with the 416th Bombardment Group of 9th Air Force in Europe from December 1944 to August 1945 (sic). Twelve 416th BG …

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Centaurus-engined Sea Fury flies again in California

The Hawker Sea Fury T.20 VX300/N924G flew again on September 25 at Ione, California, with Brian Sanders at the controls. The aircraft is powered by a Bristol Centaurus. Its restoration took 14 years and was carried out by Sanders Aeronautics. Source: Aeroplane Monthly

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Grumman F3F flies again

A rare Grumman F3F-2 flew again recentely at Sonoma Valley Airport in California, with pilot and restorer Chris Prevost at the controls.

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Fairey Firefly damaged in landing accident

Fairey Firefly AS.6 WB518 was damaged when its landing gear failed during its landing run at the Wings over Gillepsie airshow last Sunday. The pilot was able to exit the aircraft unharmed and the plane was described as “not being a total loss” by the meeting’s spokesperson. Source (with picture)

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Howard Pardue killed in the crash of his F8F Bearcat

Howard Pardue, a valued member of the warbird community was killed in the crash of his Grumman F8F Bearcat on April 4, 2012, shortly after taking off from Breckenridge, Texas. The aircraft reportedly crashed at the end of the runway and burst in flames, leaving no chance of survival to the pilot.

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Retired AH-1 Cobra crashes in Arizona

A retired AH-1 Cobra helicopter flown by the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation made a crash landing near Coolidge Municipal Airport in Arizona. The helicopter was being filmed for TV show “Top Gear Korea” and was hovering 150 to 200 ft above the ground when it went down for an unknown reason.

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A Potez 63-11 will soon fly in Texas

As incredible as it may appear, it is in Texas, in Harlingen precisely, that a Potez 63-11 will soon take to the air thanks to a man, a Frenchman established there for several dozen years, Jean-Marie Garric, already known for his modifications of Yak-11 into Yak-3.

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OY-1 Sentinel returns to the air

A restored Stinson OY-1 Sentinel returned to the air after a 10-year restoration on January 16 at Franklin Municipal Airport. The aircraft was restored by the Commemorative Air Force Old Dominion Squadron at Franklin Municipal Airport.  The plan was to restore the plane to near-original condition as a Marine Observation Squadron 6 OY-1. Source

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T-33 makes belly landing in Utah

An emergency landing by a T-33 which couldn’t lower its gear went very well at St Georges Municipal Airport on Friday February 3rd. The pilot was reported to have flown several passes to burn remaining fuel while the airport services foamed the runway for the anticipated belly-landing. The T-33, which carries a fictional Blue Angels …

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Yanks Air Museum EC-121 takes back to the skies

After a lengthy seven-year restoration, the Yanks Air Museum’s EC-121 Super Constellation flew on the 14th of January. This aircraft, the AWACS version of the infamous Super Constellation airliner, was flown from Camarillo to Chino, California, where it will rejoin the museum’s collections.

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Curtiss SB2C Helldiver discovered off Florida coast

Divers from Jupiter, Florida, have discovered the wreck of a Curtiss SB2C Helldiver lying on its back at a depth of 185 ft. The aircraft seems to be in good shape. Its exact identity is unknown. Source.

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TSWM P-40 damaged in landing accident

The P-40M restored to flying condition by the Tri-State Warbird Museum was damaged in a landing accident. The aircraft was flown by 50 year-old Paul Redlich, President of the Tri-State Warbird Museum, when the engine blew a piston. With smoke and oil coming from the engine, Redlich managed to bring the aircraft back to Clermont …

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Huey pilot injured in forced landing

The pilot of a UH-1H Huey helicopter (N502AW) was wounded when he crash-landed his machine near Grand Canyon Valle Airport, Arizona on November 15. The pilot, Jeff Boatman, reported a transmission problem and then proceeded to make the landing. He was trapped inside the wreckage but was freed by emergency services. He is reported as …

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Howard Hughes record broken by Reno racer

On October 10, Will Whiteside broke the world speed record for an piston-engine powered aircraft of less than 6,600 lbs. This record was held since 1935 by Howard Hughes in his H1 racer, and was only broken in 2002 by an H1 replica. Flying his Yak-3U “Steadfast”, Whiteside broke the record at 407 mph, beating …

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Cleveland Air Race Revival 2011

Reminiscent of the National Air Races which were held from 1920 à 1949, an air race will be held on October 15th in Cleveland. The race is open to both standard and experimental aircraft. All racers will follow a six-branch 150-miles course starting and ending at Cleveland Municipal Airport. The public can watch the races …

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