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On October 19, The Historic Aircraft Collection’s newly restored de Havilland DH.9 E8894/G-CDLI performed its initial engine test at Duxford.

The aircraft is one of two DH.9s discovered in an elephant stable in India and restored by Guy Black’s Retrotec workshop in East Sussex, England. While the first example (D-5649) was rebuilt for static display at the Imperial War Museum, this second DH.9 was restored to airworthy status and is powered by the only airworthy Siddeley Puma engine in the world.

The machine is reportedly undergoing ground runs for CAA paperwork. At the moment, a time frame for flight testing has not yet been announced. Click below to check out a video of Friday’s test.

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Storch Fi 156 G-BPHZ, currently under restoration in the UK, has hit the market. The description states:

Under restoration at Retrotec with an original Argus engine. Post-war use with French (as F-BJOC) as an Argus engined MS 500 with all the evidence of German manufacturer’s specification, including side opening doors, and many other brackets and parts not always seen on MS 502 and 505. Later on BJOC was converted to MS 505, but the original MS 500 data plates is still affixed and is a war-time German design. Most minor components and assemblies (for example the undercarriage and control brackets) are German Fieseler 156 marked. Tail number 1827. Original rear gunner’s ring for MG 15.

The airframe can reportedly be rebuilt “as a Fi 156 C1 with a guaranteed genuine identity if preferred,” and will include “metal wings and empennage for practicality, but the fuel lines from the wing tanks will be routed as on the Fi 156 specification.” The description also states: [continue reading…]

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Leicestershire-based charity The People’s Mosquito (TPM) has announced an “achievable, structured five-year engineering plan” to return de Havilland Mosquito RL249 to UK skies.

The news reportedly comes after close consultation with the historic aircraft experts at Retrotec, Ltd. and includes the launch of a dedicated fundraising campaign which seeks to raise “£499,000 over the next 12 months to deliver the successful front-end engineering, tooling and design and fabrication of the Mosquito FB.VI fuselage mould in the UK.”

The funding will reportedly support “crucial UK CAA due diligence from the outset of the project” and enable Retrotec’s engineers to analyze TPM’s massive technical library and develop exact computer aided design (CAD) models for the airframe. Additionally, the funding will allow Retrotec’s workshops to be reconfigured to accommodate the build and enable the fabrication the Mosquito’s unique fuselage mold, which will see the return of a manufacturing capability “not seen on these shores for more than 75 years.” [continue reading…]

An effort by Leicestershire-based charity The People’s Mosquito, Ltd. (TPM) to return a de Havilland Mosquito to UK skies has taken a major step forward with the announcement of a contract with East Sussex-based Retrotec, Ltd. to construct and test the machine.

The deal will provide Retrotec’s restoration experts with full access to TPM’s massive collection of Mossie engineering drawings and allow the aircraft to be to constructed in the UK. TPM Managing Director John Lilley states: [continue reading…]

The Historic Aircraft Collection’s newly restored de Havilland DH.9 E8894/G-CDLI will reportedly make its first public appearance at the upcoming Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) at RAF Fairford.

The aircraft is one of two DH.9s discovered in an elephant stable in India and restored by Guy Black’s Retrotec workshop in East Sussex, England. While the first example (D-5649) was rebuilt for static display at the Imperial War Museum, this second DH.9 was restored to airworthy status and is powered by the only airworthy Siddeley Puma engine in the world.

The aircraft will be on static display at the Air Tattoo, which runs from July 14-16. Afterward, it will reportedly begin finally assembly at Duxford (in public view) in preparation for its first post-restoration flight.

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Earlier today, Sopwith Pup N6161 took to the air for its second flight following a full restoration by Retrotec of East Sussex.

The Thulin Le Rhone-powered aircraft will reportedly be included in the Historic Aircraft Collection’s upcoming “At Home” event at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford on November 12th. The gathering will provide visitors with an opportunity to meet the HAC team and listen to talks on several of the collection’s aircraft, including Hawker Fury K5674, Hawker Nimrod K3661, Hurricane P3700 and Spitfire BM597, the last of which will be open so guests can take a seat in the cockpit. Exclusive videos, DH.9 components and a Rolls Royce Merlin engine will also be on display.

Click below for additional details and videos of today’s flight.

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Yesterday, Sopwith Pup N6161 performed its first post-restoration flight from the Imperial War Museum, Duxford with pilot Dodge Bailey at the controls.

The Le Rhone-powered aircraft was reconstructed to exacting standards by Retrotec in East Sussex and is believed to be the first original Pup to take to the air since the early 1920s.

The aircraft will be collected by its new owner, although future plans remain a mystery.

Click below to watch video of the flight.

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