Warbird Restorations

Ilyushin Il-2 Flies in Russia

Newly-Restored Ilyushin Il-2 Sturmovik Flies in Russia

On June 16th, 2017, a newly restored Ilyushin Il-2 Sturmovik took the skies over the Siberian Research Institute of Aviation (SibNIA) airfield in Novosibirsk, Russia. This WWII vintage attack aircraft is only the second of its type currently airworthy, with the other being Paul Allen’s Ilyushin II-2M3 based with the Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum in Everett, Washington. The restoration was a cooperative[Read More…]

by June 19, 2017 6 comments Warbird Restorations
A great shot of the Roseland Spitfire as she climbs back into the sky. The first flight would be carried out a low speed with the landing gear extended throughout. Photo: Peter Handley, Vintage Wings of Canada

The First Flight of the Roseland Spitfire

By Dave O’Malley Arnold Roseland was just 28 years old when he died in an aerial gunfight over Normandy in the summer of 1944. He had fought both the Japanese in the Aleutians and the Nazis before and after D-Day. If anyone deserved to return home to his family, it was the well-liked “Rosey”. But it was not to be.[Read More…]

HARS Wirraway Restoration Update

HARS Wirraway Restoration Update

By Phil Buckley A rare CAC Wirraway CA-3 Mark II is under rebuild within the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society’s workshops at Albion Park Airport, south of Sydney in New South Wales, Australia. As most readers will know, the Wirraway is a highly modified variant of the North American NA-16 designed and manufactured by the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation as a trainer and makeshift fighter/bomber[Read More…]

Brig. Gen. Paul Tibbets IV, 509th Bomb Wing commander, Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., conducts pre-flight checks on Doc, a restored B-29 Superfortress, June 9, 2017, on McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. Tibbets’ grandfather, retired Brig. Gen. Paul Tibbets Jr., piloted the ‘Enola Gay,’ during WWII and dropped the world’s first atomic bomb used in warfare. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Tara Fadenrecht)

Brig. Gen. Paul Tibbets IV Flies B-29 “Doc”

  Wichita’s beloved B-29 Superfortress, “Doc”, took to the skies yet again June 9, from McConnell Air Force Base, this time with an added aspect of historical significance and Air Force heritage. Sitting in the co-pilot seat was Brig. Gen. Paul Tibbets IV, 509th Bomb Wing commander. Taking control of the aircraft means he has now flown the only two[Read More…]

by June 12, 2017 0 comments B-29 "Doc"
English Electric Canberra and de Havilland Vampire set to Return to the Air

English Electric Canberra and de Havilland Vampire set to Return to the Air

In the biggest news in recent years, the Temora Aviation Museum‘s president and founder, David Lowy AM, has announced that the museum will start a complex project to return their English Electric Canberra TT.18 WJ680 and de Havilland Vampire T.35 A79-617 back to flying condition. Neither aircraft has flown for some years now, so a lot of work will be involved. Lowy stated that,[Read More…]