Ezell Aviation of Breckenridge, Texas has reported the first post-restoration flight of The ‎Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum’s (FHCAM) Goodyear FG-1D Corsair.

As previously reported, the aircraft (88303) was built by Goodyear in April 1945 and delivered to Marine Squadron VMF-115 in the southern Philippines, seeing combat in July and August. Following the war, it passed through the hands of a number of owners (including Flying W and the Champlin Fighter Museum) and, in 1995, commemorated the 50th anniversary of the end of WW2 by launching off the deck USS Carl Vinson. It was acquired by FHCAM in September 1998.

The aircraft is currently scheduled to make its flying debut with FHCAM at the museum’s Pacific Theater Day event at Paine Field in Everett, WA on June 24th.

Click below to check out video of the flight.

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Nearly three years after performing an emergency landing at RNAS Culdrose Air Day, Hawker Sea Fury T20 VX281/G-RNHF started up for the first time on Friday with a newly acquired, completely overhauled Bristol Centaurus XVIII engine.

The work is being carried out by Weald Aviation Services of Essex, who described the event as “a wonderful milestone” for those who have “put so much blood sweat and tears into repairing this lovely aircraft.”

In 2014, the Sea Fury suffered an engine failure during RNAS Culdrose Air Day which resulted in an emergency landing. In the process the machine’s undercarriage collapsed, causing it to skid off the runway.

Weald has already completed repairs to the Sea Fury’s airframe and reports that “if all goes well, she won’t have to wait too long before seeing air under her wings.”

Click below to check out video of Friday’s test.

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Aero Legends’ newly restored Spitfire T9 “Elizabeth” is already on the mend following a landing incident on June 16th.

As previously reported, the aircraft (NH341), which is used for passenger flight experiences from Sywell Airfield in Northamptonshire and Headcorn Airfield in Kent, experienced a landing “where the undercarriage was not fully locked down.” Both the pilot and passenger escaped unharmed.

Today, Aero Legends reports that Martin Overall and his team of Historic Flying Ltd and Aircraft Restoration Company engineers have assessed the damage and performed engine runs that were captured in the video below.

The machine returned to the air in March following a full restoration and conversion from an LF Mk. IXb to a dual cockpit T9. During WW2, it served with 411 Squadron RCAF, claiming two enemy aircraft before being forced down near Caen, France during combat with FW190s. Its remains were subsequently displayed at the Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie and the Juno Beach Museum before being acquired by Aero Legends in 2011.

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On Father’s Day, newly restored PBY-5A Canso C-FNJE returned to the air in front of “a huge crowd of supporters” that included two of the machine’s WW2 pilots.

The aircraft departed from Fairview Airport in Alberta, Canada at 11 am, making it the 13th airworthy example of the type currently in existence.

As previously reported, the Canadian-built aircraft performed its first flight in 1943 and operated as RCAF11094 during WW2. After the war, it was repurposed for use as a water bomber and served in this capacity until 2001, when it began taking on water while loading in Sitidgi Lake near Inuvik in Canada’s Northwest Territories.
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Earlier today, Hawker Hurricane Mk 1 (P2902/G-ROBT) returned to the air for the first time in over 75 years in a successful flight that lasted about 20 minutes.

As previously reported, the aircraft was built by Gloster Aircraft and served with 245 Squadron performing shipping protection patrols. In May 1940, Pilot Officer Kenneth McGlashan crash landed the machine on a beach at Dunkirk following an engagement with two Messerschmitt 109s. McGlashan survived, and attempted to set fire to the aircraft to prevent it from falling into enemy hands.

Over the years, the airframe was washed out to sea and became a menace for French fishermen, whose nets were continually being torn on the submerged wreckage. Following its discovery, the Hurricane was recovered by French enthusiasts and acquired by warbird operator Rick Roberts, who brought it to Hawker Restorations in Suffolk for restoration to airworthy condition.

Today’s test was conducted by noted warbird pilot Stuart Goldspink at Hawker Restorations’ new facility at Elmsett, near Hadleigh.

Click below to watch the historic warbird return to the air.

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Vintage Wings of Canada in Quebec has released the first official video of its newly restored, Merlin-powered Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX performing its maiden flight following over a decade of work.

As previously reported, the aircraft was built using the remains of TE294, which were salvaged from a South African scrapyard in the 1980s. Restoration began at the Comox Air Force Museum in British Columbia before the project was acquired by Vintage Wings of Canada. The aircraft has been dubbed “Roseland Spitfire” in honor of Flight Lieutenant Arnold Roseland of 442 Squadron, who was “one of only a handful of Canadian fighter pilots who fought both the Japanese and the Germans during the war.” The machine wears the colors of Y2-K, in which Roseland flew 65 sorties, and is considered “the very first true Canadian Spitfire — built from the spars up in Canada by Canadians for Canadians.”

The first flight was carried out on June 7th with pilot John Aitken at the controls. This initial test was conducted at low speed with extended landing gear and Aitken was reportedly “very satisfied” with the Spitfire’s performance. It has since performed two additional flights.

Click below to watch the aircraft return to the air.

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The Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach, Virginia has begun taxi tests for its new S.E.5a.

As previously reported, The aircraft was originally built from Replicraft plans and acquired by the museum as an unfinished static project. The experts at Vintage Aviation Services of Kingsbury, Texas were enlisted to perform a painstaking rebuild of the machine, bringing it to an airworthy standard while maximizing historical authenticity.

The finished aircraft is powered by a Hispano-Suiza engine and wears the colors of D6851, flown by Elliott White Springs of 85 Squadron. Click below to check out video of a recent test with builder Roger Freeman at the controls.

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Aero Legends has reported that their newly restored Spitfire T9 (NH341) “experienced a landing today where the undercarriage was not fully locked down.”

Both pilot and passenger escaped unharmed and damage to the aircraft “appears to be light.”

As previously reported, the aircraft served with 411 Squadron RCAF in WW2, claiming two enemy aircraft before being forced down near Caen, France during combat with FW190s. Its remains were subsequently displayed at the Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie and the Juno Beach Museum before being acquired by Aero Legends in 2011. [click to continue…]

The Big Spring, Texas city council has approved a $426,000 purchase of three aircraft currently on loan to the Hangar 25 Air Museum, which is based in a restored WW2 hangar at the former Webb AFB.

The aircraft, which have been based at the museum for the past 14 years, include T-33A Shooting Star and T-28 Trojan Cold War training aircraft, as well as an AT-11 Kansan, which was used to train bombardiers during WW2. Museum Director Jim Little asked the council for approval to acquire the machines after being notified that the benefactor was planning on selling some of his collection, including those on display.

Little says that the planes “represent the essence of the Hangar 25 Air Museum” stating, “if they are lost then a good part of that history is lost with it.”

The purchase will reportedly be paid out of the Airport’s oil royalty revenue.

(via Big Spring Herald Photo: Barbara Brannon via Wikimedia Commons)


Two Sopwith Pup reproductions built by volunteers at the Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley, British Columbia are returning home after cross-country tour plans were cancelled.

The aircraft were originally built to perform a flypast during the 100th anniversary commemoration of the Battle of Vimy Ridge in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France on April 9, being finished in the colors of N6205, “BETTY” flown by Sub Lt Joseph Fall of 3 Squadron RNAS and N6181, “HMA HAPPY” flown by Flt Lt. Lloyd Breadner of 3 Squadron, RNAS. Although they did make the trip, their participation was limited to static display due to the lack of flight time on their newly installed Lycoming engines. [click to continue…]