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Geoff Jones reports: Work on Classic Aviation Projects Ltd’s English Electric Canberra B.2 restoration at Air Base, Coventry is proceeding well. The Avro Woodford-built Canberra, RAF serial WK163, has been at Air Atlantique’s base in Coventry since March 23rd, 2000, having previously operated for air show work from Bruntingthorpe, Duxford and RAF Wyton.
The Caproni Ca.3R has FLOWN! Although technically speaking, it just made a short hop to test the response of the flight controls and engine behavior, this is a major milestone on the road to the real flight tests, which will surely take place soon.
The Collings Foundation has a formidable collection of airworthy warbirds, almost all of which actively participate at air shows, or tour the length and breadth of the country. They also have several rare birds currently under restoration, including a Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat, FM-2 Wildcat and Focke-Wulf Fw-190F-8. However, lost amongst the more exotic types under the knife, is a North[Read More...]
The Commemorative Air Force’s iconic B-29 Superfortress “FIFI” returned from her Florida tour on Monday to join the collection’s B-24 Liberator “Diamond Lil” and C-45 Expeditor “Bucket of Bolts” at the Vintage Flying Museum, in Fort Worth, Texas. The VFM will become their new home for the next few years while the CAF determines the location for their proposed National Air Base.[Read More...]
The New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, Connecticut has a unique collection of remarkable aircraft, including several historic air racers. One such example, currently under restoration, is Anson Johnson’s P-51D Mustang, #44-72400. Johnson flew in the 1948 and ’49 Cleveland Air Races in this aircraft, winning the Thompson Trophy in 1948. Like most air racers based on military aircraft[Read More...]
By Aviation Enthusiasts LLC Eighty years ago today, the de Havilland DH.89 Dragon Rapide took flight for the first time. The Dragon Rapide was one of the most successful light commercial transports of the 1930s. The outbreak of World War II saw Rapide production soar to keep pace with demand for communications and navigation trainers. After the war, hundreds of[Read More...]
The Sandbar Mitchell project made major progress in March. They have completely stripped down the center section left side to just its front and rear spars. They have de-rivetted the webbing from the rear spar and cleaned the spar caps. They then clecoed the inboard webbing back into place, but need to replace the outboard webbing due to corrosion issues. On a[Read More...]
Amazing as this might sound, the buildings from America’s very first purpose-built aircraft factory still stand, and a group in Dayton, Ohio is seeking to preserve them. The two structures pictured above date from roughly 1910/1911, and were an integral part of the nascent Wright Company, established by Wilbur and Orville Wright in 1909. According to a recent press release,[Read More...]