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B of B film aircraft up for sale
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 11:26

Two-seat Hispano HA-1112-M4L, C.4K-112, which flew for the cameras from Duxford during 1968 registered G-AWHC. Top: Gunnar Åkerberg  Bottom: John RaynerTwo-seat Hispano HA-1112-M4L, C.4K-112, which flew for the cameras from Duxford during 1968 registered G-AWHC. Top: Gunnar Åkerberg Bottom: John Rayner

Now up for sale with Platinum Fighters are six long-time residents of Connie Edwards’ hangar at Big Spring, Texas. Five examples of the Hispano HA-1112-M1L Buchon — the Rolls-Royce Merlin powered, Spanish built Messerschmitt 109 — and a Supermarine Spitfire IX, are up for grabs, the Buchons still sporting the markings they wore during production of the Battle of Britain film at Duxford during the summer of 1968. One Buchon, C.4K-112/N1109G, is the sole surviving, HA-1112-M4L two- seat trainer. It was flown during 1968 by Adolph Galland and Robert Stanford-Tuck.

The Spitfire IX, MH415, has not flown since 1973, and has an extensive combat history, having served with 129, 222 and 126 Sqns during the war. None of the Buchons have flown since 1968. More details at www.platinumfighters.com

 

 
Restoration for Flak Bait and Horten
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 00:00

 The Horton H IX V3 flying wing is carefully positioned onto a specially constructed steel frame at NASM’s Silver Hill storage facility, ready for the 40 mile move to the Udvar-Hazy Centre at Dulles. Eric Long The Horton H IX V3 flying wing is carefully positioned onto a specially constructed steel frame at NASM’s Silver Hill storage facility, ready for the 40 mile move to the Udvar-Hazy Centre at Dulles. Eric Long

The National Air and Space Museum’s Martin B-26B Marauder 41-31773 Flak Bait is finally to be restored/conserved before being put on display at the Udvar-Hazy Centre at Dulles Airport, Washington, reports Richard Mallory Allnutt.

The nose section of the historic bomber was moved into Udvar-Hazy’s Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar at Dulles Airport in June, having spent the past 38 years on display at the Air and Space Museum’s (NASM) main building, on the National Mall in Washington DC. The remainder of the aircraft will be reunited with the nose later this year after being moved from the NASM storage site at Silver Hill, Maryland.

The Marauder will undergo careful cleaning, preservation and, where necessary, restoration. When it goes on show, it will be the first time since the war that Flak Bait has been displayed as a complete aircraft.

 
Lancaster tour lengthened
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 00:00

Emblazoned with shark-mouth cowlings, Avro  Lancaster X, FM213 is seen over Hamilton, Ontario on June 14. Doug FisherEmblazoned with shark-mouth cowlings, Avro Lancaster X, FM213 is seen over Hamilton, Ontario on June 14. Doug Fisher

The Canadian Warplane Heritage  (CWH) Avro Lancaster tour this summer has been extended, with  FM213 now staying in the UK until September 23, three weeks later than the original return date.

In addition to a packed schedule of airshow appearance, FM213 will also now be available for air to air photo sorties, courtesy of the Canterbury-based company, Action Stations. Flights will be made from Humberside Airport on August 18, 19, 20, 26 and 27. Each flight should last 40 minutes, of which 30 will be with the Lancaster. For further information contact Stephen Burt, Director, Action Stations This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Phone: 01227 721929. Website: www.goactionstations.co.uk.

The Lancaster appeared in a temporary colour scheme at Hamilton’s  Skyfest event on June 14-15, representing one of the most colourful of all Royal Canadian Air Force Lancasters, KB772 VR-R Ropey of 419 Sqn, complete with shark- mouth markings. The bomber will revert to its normal identity, as the Andrew Mynarski Memorial Lancaster in 419 Moose Sqn colours before embarking on the UK trip.  

 

 
Restoration for Skyraider prototype
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 00:00

 While on display at Oceana, the XAD-1  wore the markings of an A-1H  Skyraider from  VA-15 ‘Valions’. In April 1965  the unit was assigned to NAS Oceana to begin transition from the Skyraider to the A-6A Intruder. The  BuNo. 109102, is ficticious: this number  was part of a batch allocated to night-fighter Grumman F6F-5N Hellcats, but with the end of the war that contract was cancelled. Alex Hrapunov While on display at Oceana, the XAD-1 wore the markings of an A-1H Skyraider from VA-15 ‘Valions’. In April 1965 the unit was assigned to NAS Oceana to begin transition from the Skyraider to the A-6A Intruder. The BuNo. 109102, is ficticious: this number was part of a batch allocated to night-fighter Grumman F6F-5N Hellcats, but with the end of the war that contract was cancelled. Alex Hrapunov

A historic prototype  Douglas XAD-1,  one of 25 prototypes that evolved in to the Douglas Skyraider, was removed from external display at the US Navy  Oceana’s Aviation Historical Park at Oceana, Virginia  during  May, and moved to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Land Museum in New York City, where it will be restored and eventually put on display.  The aircraft is owned by the National Museum of the Marine Corps, at Quantico, Virginia. 

Originally ordered as an XBT2D-1 in July 1944, the machine, c/n 1930 / BuNo. 09102,  was the 18th of the 25 prototype and Service Trial series aircraft built and accepted by the U.S. Navy between June 1945 and May 1948.

 
Multiple 80th birthdays at Moth Rally
Tuesday, 08 July 2014 00:00

Multiple 80th birthdays at Moth Rally. Via Stuart McKay  Multiple 80th birthdays at Moth Rally. Via Stuart McKay

The 80th birthday of the DH.87 Hornet Moth and the DH.89 Dragon Rapide will be celebrated at The de Havilland Moth Club 29th International Moth Rally at Woburn Abbey on August 16/17. Visiting Moths will fly in from Germany, The Netherlands, Switzerland and Ireland, and the world’s oldest airworthy Moth aircraft, DH.60 G-EBLV, will be the centrepiece in a Heritage Exhibition site sponsored by BAE Systems.

The event will also commemorate the 24 hour endurance flight by de Havilland test pilot Hubert Broad, who left Stag Lane Aerodrome at 5.30pm on August 16 1928 and landed back at 5.30pm the following day.

Celebrating her 80th birthday will be DH.60 GIII Moth Major HB-UPE, owned by the Groupement des Avions Historique at Lausanne, Switzerland. Pilot of HB-UPE,  Vincent Seguin says  “In my opinion there is no better way to honour this fantastic aeroplane than to land on Woburn’s green runway.”  The Irish Historic Flight, comprising  DH.84 Dragon EI-ABI Iolar and two former Irish Air Corps D.H.C. Chipmunks will be displaying during the weekend; as will the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight with a Spitfire, Hurricane and the Lancaster, PA474. The Club’s Tiger Nine  formation display team will also fly, and the  display on Sunday afternoon will  also feature invited aircraft from the  Miles stable.  

 
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